And finally, the last drawing for the ‘Elements of Nature’ series. The little teapot was my Grandmother’s and is made from porcelain.

Because I was trying to draw a variety of nature I used grass and the grass seeds or grains in this drawing for the man-made and natural combination. The drawing took about three hours.

This is the completed fifth drawing for my series. It’s not the greatest photo, unfortunately. I took it with my phone. I will take the proper photo with my camera later on.

It is now a complete series.

Here are the five drawings together as a series:

The drawings will be hung on a white wall to present for the exhibition…(not on a blue blanket ūüėČ

Here is the fourth drawing in my ‘Elements of Nature’ series. I chose to use all native plants for the series, and this one emphasises that. Once again I completed this drawing very fast so I only have two images to show. One halfway through and the other the finished drawing.

This drawing includes gum leaves, gum nuts and flowers from a flowering gumtree.

And here is the final, finished drawing. It took two and a half hours to complete. I used to hate working with pencils because of the very fine tips РI found them time consuming and frustrating. But now I am starting to really enjoy drawing with  grey-lead (in monotone), rather than coloured pencils. If I had done this series in colour it would have taken me three times as long.

I am really happy with the way this drawing turned out. I think this is my favourite of the series.

This is the third drawing in my ‘Elements of Nature’ series. Because I completed this one so fast I forgot to take any documentation photos, so all I have is the final image.

The little teacup is made from clay and was a gift to my Mum when she was a little girl from the elderly Mrs Davies who was a much loved neighbour at the time. The native seed pod is the natural connection for this drawing. Out of the series, this is the smallest piece.

This is my second drawing in my series, ‘Elements of Nature’. I used natural objects, but also man-made items made from natural material like wood and clay. Each man-made object I have drawn for this series also has sentimental value to my family. This wooden trinket box was a gift from my Dad after his mission trip to India.

I always start a grey-lead drawing with a very light outline Рmaking sure I put in the correct guidelines first before starting all the shading.

I then work my way usually from the centre out. Just seems to work best for me.

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I actually really love a drawing when it has only particulars in fine detail while the rest is still a line drawing. Adds a bit of character.

But I am never really satisfied unless I completely finish in detail the drawing. Typical me. I wanted to highlight the wood grain in the trinket box, so I made sure I drew every line and detail to achieve that.

I did this drawing over two days…at least it took less time than the log. As you can see, I messed up the shadow so once again I had to erase the majority of it and improvise my own shadow.

Worked rather well. I am happy with the way this second drawing came together for my ‘Elements of Nature’ series.


“Spring” – Sanctuary Series

This is my second painting that I have completed for my series: Sanctuary.

I documented my painting throughout the couple of weeks it took to complete.

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I started the painting in a hurry…not a great way to set out an image, which meant I placed everything wrong. So I had to go backwards and erase all that I had originally painted. It took three coats of grey to get rid of the dark colours underneath. Each layer I painted lighter and lighter to get a decent background for the sky.¬†When I restarted the painting, I made sure I was standing at my easel, instead of sitting down painting, because my perspective seems to get warped when I sit. As you can see, there is a big difference between the two starts. I took my time setting everything out this time too.

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My technique when completing a painting is all about layers. I am constantly building up the image, whether it is grass or the foliage in the background or bark on the trees. Each part of the painting has numerous layers by the time I finish. The most obvious build up in my photos is the grass in the foreground.

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One main thing I have learnt when painting landscapes is the art of addition and subtraction. Add something in; take something else out. As you can tell by my photos I was very particular with the background foliage, because I was trying to create the depth that was in the photo I was using to paint from. The method I used worked really well to achieve that in this painting.

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This is the final, finished painting “Spring”. Unfortunately, this photo has some light glare on the left hand side so it doesn’t show the darker areas on that side, but it gives a pretty good idea of what my completed piece looks like.