November 19, 2009

Possum Finished

I have just replaced the first image with this signed image and brightened the eyes a tad. I am calling this done now. :)

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Ok here it Possum all finished..except for my signature. I will do that tomorrow. I am thinking maybe he needs a little more sparkle in the eyes. what do you think ?

November 10, 2009

November 09, 2009

November 07, 2009

New project coming up.

I am ready to start another little sweetie (Possum). I think you will fall in love with this one.
We fed him both nights when we stayed at the farm cottage nr the Jenolan Caves (Blue Mountains. NSW). He ate well, Ham, Rump Steak, Grapes. LOL. He posed well for us before we left, we got some nice photos.
Also while we were there. I almost stood on what I thought was an old dead snake...Hmmmmm Nev came along to see what I was studying...He said that is no dead snake. he is alive and well. He was a Highland Copperhead snake. (deadly) LOL
Here is a photo of the snake and the Possum.

October 31, 2009

Cougar Finished

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I just could not stop once I got into this. LOL Loved the experience working Prismas on black board.

October 30, 2009

Cougar WIP

Just started a Cougar in Prismacolor on black board. The first time I have used this support and I love it.

October 26, 2009

The Orangutan... Finished.

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Here is the finished Orangutan. 23 x 25cm Graphite on Arches 300gm watercolor paper.
I would like to thank Cathy Keele very much for allowing me to draw from one of her photos.
Thank you Cathy. Hugs.
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Orangutan WIP 2

I have about 3 -4 hours work still to go on the Orangutan. Some darker tones and a little tweaking to be done and then I will call it done.

October 19, 2009

Orangutan WIP 1

Graphite on Arches watercolor paper Smooth 300gm. 23 x 25 cm
Lots of work to do on this yet.
I got a bit carried away here and should have done my WIP #1 sooner. ah well I won't be able to do any more to it for a few days.

October 02, 2009

Post Office.. Wiseman's Ferry .... WIP 1

A bit of a challenge with all the lines and the tin roof. I am doing this on Arches smooth 300gm paper. 13 x 30 cm
I thought it was time to do another building. We stayed at Wiseman's Ferry Nr Sydney. We stayed at the resort for a night. We had a great time and took lots of photos.

September 22, 2009


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Graphite with a touch of Prisma CP on 220gm Canson 23 x 25 cm

I thought I would show the photos taken at different times of the day.. left is night(artificial light) right is morning (daylight) The likeness to my drawing is more like the one on the left.
I did another drawing the same as this a while back which I gifted to Maria... I thought I would also have one to hang along side the Meerkat.. I may even keep going and have animals all along one wall.

September 16, 2009

Baby Meerkat

This is one of two baby Meerkats born recently at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

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Baby Meerkat .... Graphite on 23cm x 25cm on Canson 220gm paper, using Staedtler 2B and 2H pencils.

September 11, 2009

The Lily pond was a great challenge ..Thank you Maria.
I did it 16 x 18 cm and wished I had done an ATC size. LOL. all those leaves.
Maria really excelled in this challenge and did a superb job.
Great Job Maria. Maria

September 06, 2009

Lily Pond

Another challenge, this time Maria chose the subject. I must say was very challenging, but we do enjoy these challenges. It's all good practice.
You can visit Maria's lilies here. Maria

August 20, 2009

Toadstools in the woods

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This is a fun challenge that I did with Maria. It's Graphite on Canson paper 220 gm and is 30 x 19cm. I thought this would make a good wall piece. Check out Maria's Toadstools and other beautiful art pieces. A very talented artist. Maria
Photo taken by my husband Nev Cross. you can see his amazing photography here. Nev

August 03, 2009

July 27, 2009

Lizzie (Schnauzer)

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Here is Lizzie in ColorPencil (Prismacolor) 12" x 12" on Arches smooth paper.

July 01, 2009

Commission Portrait

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Finished Portrait. Rather a challenge as the photo black and white and very worn and pieces missing. you may guess it has been in the mans wallet for over 40 yrs. with the help of a magnifying glass, I did my best.

June 04, 2009


I have to be truthfull ...I did find this a very difficult project. I am learning though and that is the important thing. Please feel free to critique as it will help me to learn more.  

May 18, 2009

Acorn Doll

drawn in CP Prismacolor and Polychromos. 
I did this for a challenge on
We can draw whatever we like from a photo... being our own interpretation of it.  and show our drawing/painting along with the original photo.   It was fun.   This is an ornament of mine that my sister gave me from the UK.  

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May 10, 2009

May 02, 2009

Almost finished now.  The next update will be the finished Roses.  
It was hard deciding what the last rose color should be so it would balance.  Hope the peach has worked.

April 30, 2009

Roses WIP

Update on Roses.  I think it's starting to work with the dark background. 

April 29, 2009

Roses (WIP)

This is a CP painting.  I have used both F-C CP and Prisma CP.   It's A3 size..not showing the full size with scanning.  The paper is Canson 220 gsm  paper
This is not really at a good stage, but I thought I would start it as a WIP.  So far I am not happy with the very dark background but will see how it progresses. 

April 21, 2009

Lotus Flower

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I have been busy doing a challenge for It's an interesting challenge in Color Pencil.  I used a mixture of pencils because I don't yet have all the colors in the Prisma CP I used both Prisma and Polychromos.   
It's good to have a love of many subjects. still life, portraits, I don't have a great love of landscapes but maybe one day I will try. 

April 12, 2009


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Here is Bronte finished for the second time.  I decided to leave the background this time and just do it as a portrait. 

April 09, 2009


Oh dear I was tweaking the final bits.....I messed up big time... Ruined it.  So it's back to the drawing board and start over....  I should learn when to STOP.  can't help myself.  

I will post the new drawing.    wonder if it will look better or worse.  LOL.  hope it workes out better as I was ready to post this to my daughter. 

April 07, 2009


Bronte is finished
(I messed up on the whiskers with a blue pencils instead of black...  CP is sometimes unforgiving.LOL)

An update on Bronte. slowly getting there. 

I was on a roll today,  still there is plenty to do on it yet.  

April 03, 2009

My Art Supplies

Thought I would show you my art supplies...   I love my art toys.  don't you ? 
i have purchased even more pencils since I took this photo.  I am so happy ...I have found an art shop in Australia that have Prismacolor stock... I have to order online..but that's a small price to pay to get the pencils you want. 

March 31, 2009

March 26, 2009

Here is an update on the house..  Window fixed..I hope.   Please feel free to critique

March 25, 2009

Phewwwwwwwww   back to normal again...well as normal as I can be.  We are settled in out new rented villa...I am staying put now until we build our new home. 
I am happy to be back into my art work...  Oh I hate those art withdrawels..   Nice to have the pencils back in my hands. 
i am at present drawing an old English home.  another Surrey house.  We took so many photo's or I should say Nev did.   He is the amazing photographer. 
Here is the first stages of my drawing .  Oh my I see a huge mistake... The window on the left is NOT right.  I will have a quiet work with that tomorrow.  LOL.. 

February 21, 2009

English Cottage

Thatched Cottage
Graphite Drawing.
I drew this from a photo we took while on holiday in Devon.
The Bishop’s House, Lower Street Chagford. Devon.
With its thatched roof, mullioned windows and added two-storey porch,
this is the most striking and best-preserved example of the earliest houses
surviving in the town dating from the early 16th century

©Doreen Cross

February 18, 2009