Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy Snap of Cooktown Art Society Christmas Lunch Mob

Click on this image to see the larger version.

Mr Bean the Wonder Dog!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Fun with New Art Pens!

Have been trying out new ink pens.  This one works well for sketching.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Black & White!

Well I was lucky enough to receive a gift.

Inks and nibs and Pitt Artist Pens.  Now I have to start experimenting in black and white.  This is fun!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Colour Theory Art Workshop

Back to basics!  Colour Theory Art Workshop is a step in the right direction.  Making colour Wheels and tonal value scales.  Mixing a wide range of tertiary colours from the Primary and Secondary colours.  One more lesson on Saturday 21st November.

My Weirdness! Animated Cheetah Painting!

Short 'Crazy Talk' Program animation using a Cheetah drawing modified from Muggle Sam Sophia's Web Site Store! See Sophia doing the original drawing here ArtGirlSophia at Zazzle dot com.  She is so cute.  If you wish to keep Sophia's page and this blog open then right click the link and open in a new tab.

Talk about using all the technology.
Step 1 Capture a Sophia original Cheetah drawing from a streaming You Tube video by pausing and using 'print screen and Windows Paint'.
Step 2 Use Adobe Photoshop and Wacom Bamboo tablet to modify and enhance original drawing.
Step 3 Open picture in Crazy Talk photo animation program.
Step 4 record a Cheetah sound file by playing sound file on line while live recording.
Step 5 Use Crazy talk to animate the picture and save as avi file
Step 6 Use AVS Video Converter Program to convert avi file to MP4 format file.
Step 7 Upload to You Tube!
Step 8 Tweet mugglesam re uploaded video.
Step 9 Embed the You Tube video in this blog post!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Colour Theory Art Workshop

Have been to a Colour Theory Art Workshop by Elizabeth Johns at the Cooktown School of Art Society gallery.  We are having a series of three three hour lessons over three weeks.  We meet Saturday afternoons from 1pm - 4pm.  Had the first lesson - 'Creating a Colour Wheel - on 7th November 2009.  Excellent to go back to basics.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

New Blog Header

Well I did something artistic!  I changed the blog header picture and added some of my art work and some digitally painted text.  Looks a little messy but as it took a while to do I will leave it for now and mull over what I need to do to create a better one!

Blank Canvas!

Have a pile of half finished paintings in the 'art' room.  This week have been procrastinating by helping in the garden and doing some cooking.  Well at least the results were worth it!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Musings of a Wanna-Be Artist!

Well I have just been going through my photos of art works and have posted some to this blog. I look back on the many different styles I have and am still trying out. Different mediums - acrylic, pastel (chalk and oil), watercolour (paints and pencils), oil (traditional, water soluble and genesis), mixed media, charcoal, graphite; sizes from miniature to rather large and on many different supports - gallery wrap canvas, art board, papers, wood and even wet sandpaper from the hardware shop! Still find it all facinating and want to continue.

I have stepped aside from covering the role of Secretary and Treasurer for the Cooktown School of Art Society on and off over the last three years and will just do the web site and blog - visit and to see the art! Now I have no excuses! I need more brush time as an artist friend of mine says!

My Art Shed

'Hidden Splendour' - Mixed Media

Did this for 2009 Cooktown School of Art Society Annual Art Exhibition - Contemporary Section. Judge said "Like the queen said to Rolf Harris about her portrait - it is very colourful!"

The bird is a Wompoo Pigeon and we have them on our block. They are very shy birds.

It has SOLD!

Pastel Seascape from Pastel Book

Did this by following the guidelines in a pastel for beginners book but haven't been able to get it 'finished' to my satisfaction.

Pastel Portrait - 'Mr Bone'

First ever pastel portrait done in an art workshop by Maxine Thompson run in November 2006

The Gardener - Pastel Portrait

Won a Highly Commended in the 2007 Cooktown School of Art Exhibition in the Pastel Portrait Section.

Cooktown Wharf - Acrylic Painting

Where There's Smoke Acrylic Painting

This painting I did for the Art Awards in 2008 and won Highly Commended in the Cooktown Bowls Club Award. Traditional representational landscape painting – Any medium.

Captain Cook Statue in Cooktown

Acrylic Painting done several years ago. I have had postcards made up to sell from this one.

Brass Boot Acrylic Painting

Did this in art group several years ago.

We had a brass boot with plastic flowers to paint.

Many attempts and different compositions. Finally got it done to a stage I could live with! Good exercise af a still life.

Daffodil On an Art Card

Experiment with doing an Art Card using acrylic gold paint.

Cooktown Wharf Fishing - Charcoal

Charcoal on a canvas board. From a few years ago.

Cooktown Post Office Drawing 2004

Fabric Art from 2007 - 'The Giant Grouper'

Did this one for a fabric entry. Someone liked it for their childs room!

Cooktown Orchid Painting SOLD

'Open The Mind' Painting from 2008 SOLD!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Painting by Gwen Pini

Wonderfully atmospheric painting by Gwen Pini in the style of Tony Smibert. See his Web Site at and you'll see what I mean.

Flame Tree Painting - Cooktown

This painting of a Flame Tree was done by a local child! I think it is amazing!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Paradise Colours

Digital Portrait of Sammy

Have just purchased a Wacom Bamboo tablet and with the ease of use of the pen have tried it our and this is the result!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Gwen Pini Watercolour Paintings

Two watercolour paintings by Gwen Pini done as an 'exercise' in using watercolour paints.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Ustream Artist Video Figure Painting

Dave the Painting Guy Part 1
Dave the Painting Guy Part 2
Most recent two video of Dave painting a figure. Run for about 45 minutes each.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Cooktown Discovery Festival in Oil SOLD

Oil painting of a crowd at Cooktown Discovery Festival in June.

Completed this one for sale in gallery!

SOLD 15th September 2009

Dusk on Cooktown Wharf

Started another oil painting. Cooktown wharf with fishing boats. Have done the drawing using copic markers and am building up layers in oil. Early days yet!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Art Bras Entry In Cooktown Art Festival!

As part of the Cooktown Art Festival there is an 'Arty Bra" competition that will raise money for breast cancer. We have heaps of entries!

This is my entry titled "you're Ringing My Bells"!

Should be a fun Week-end!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Paradise Flower Oil Painting Stage 1

Stage 1 of a 'Bird of Paradise' Flower.

Size about 8 x 10 inch

Using Genesis Oil paints. I used an old watercolour painting on 300gsm watercolour paper that hadn't turned out - you can see the shapes and texture in the background. Placed a cut-out of the paradise flower from a photo I took as a template and washed on oil paint (mixed colours with overall grey made up of scrapings from used palette) thinned with odourless solvent.

Started with some colour in background - leaves and stems - to set the tones. Washed in white and yellow in correct shapes as a base for glazing in colours later. Allowed to dry.
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