December 30, 2010

Back to the drawing board.

Back home and after a wonderful Christmas with family.

I hope you  had a wonderful Christmas and that Santa was good to you.

Queensland was not the place to visit this Christmas.  It was rain rain and more rain. a cyclone up north and floods everywhere.   We unfortunately decided it best to cut our holiday short by one day and good job we did as the highway closed the next day.   We made it home safely. pot holes in the road and rain most of the way home.

The year is almost at an end.  I hope 2011 brings the best creations out for us artists.  During 2010 I have enjoyed the wonderful standard of work shared by many blogger artists and I know 2011 will be even better.
Happy drawing and painting to you all.  

Back into the Lorikeets now and should have it finished in the next few days.

December 20, 2010

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To all my blogger friends and guests.  I hope you have a wonderful Christmas whether you are staying home or away on holiday.     Stay safe and I look forward to sharing our art in the new year.  Thank you for your support through the year which I have appreciated and enjoyed . 

We will be heading off to meet my daughter Sandra and family for Xmas.   We are each travelling halfway  to make it easier for us all.  Australia is such a big continent.  They will travel from Townsville QLD  and us from NSW.     Staying at Harvey Bay  QLD,  which is approx halfway.
Hope the weather improves for us all.  It's rain, floods or wind all down the east coast.

My very best wishes to you  for a Healthy and  Happy 2011.  

Big Hugs.   Dors.  xx

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December 19, 2010

Lorikeet WIP #3

A little more done. Still have work to do on the lower part of the left bird. I wasn't happy with the lower part so some erasing/removing of color has been done so now to hopefully put that right.     I think it will now stay on my drawing board until after Christmas. It will be something nice to come back to after the holiday break.
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December 13, 2010

Lorikeet WIP 2

Got a little more done over the last two days. I got on a roll yesterday amd forgot to post LOL Still have a lond way to go yet.
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December 11, 2010

Rainbow Lorikeet WIP #1

20 x 26 cm   Canson 220gsm 

Oh it seems forever since I did a piece in color pencil. I almost binned this LOL . I will keep going as it does seem to be slowly coming together. This should keep me busy for a while.
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December 03, 2010

Kangaroos in our garden

The family portrait.
Mum Dad and Bubs..  

Look what we found munching on our grass in the garden late  afternoon today. We have seen them really close but never in our own garden.
The house in the background is our next door neighbours. not sure if you can pick the wire fence between us. It was so exciting to see them. Hope they decide to come regular... there is plenty of grass to share with them. We are totally amazed at just how much wildlife we are getting on a 1/2 acrea lot.

Check out the short movie. The Kangaroos looking left then right to cross the road... leaving our garden.
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December 01, 2010

Wildlife in our garden.

More wildlife in our garden.   We feed them all.    The cheeky King Parrot helps himself to the tomatoes growing.  photos taken by Nev

Long Billed Corella

Pink Galahs

Yellow Crested Cockatoo

King Parrot

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November 18, 2010

Koala WIP Finished.


Here is the finished drawing of the Cutest Koala. Thank you again to Erik for the permission to use one of his wonderful photos.
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November 15, 2010

Koala WIP 3

Good news... My Carpal Tunnel is a lot pain. I am moving along now with Cutie. still lots to do on the lower limbs of the Koala and the paws. Lots yet on the back ground. I should have it finished by the end of the week.
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November 08, 2010

Koala #2 WIP

A little more done on the little cutie. The Carpel Tunnel is playing up again so it's going a bit slow. I will get there.
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November 05, 2010

Koala WIP #1

Thank you Erik for your kindness in allowing me to drawing the cutest Koala.
Drawn on Arches smooth 300gsm watercolor paper. 22 x 32cm

I know you will all agree that he is the cutest little guy. It's day one so I will be going back over this as I see the need to change a little here and there.

I have really missed drawing and have been so busy lately with one thing and another. Now it's down to work on the drawing board and am I having fun. "You Bet" LOL.
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October 26, 2010

The cutest Possum

We had a visit from the Possum again last night,  Not so timid this time.  maybe he was too hungry.  LOL
Enjoying some dried fruit here.   Last week it was Bananas.  Guess we will have to go get plenty of Bananas in stock for them.     No baby this time.  I hope it is still alive.
We are so thrilled that we have all our little visitors on just a 1/2 acrea.  

October 24, 2010

A short break.

I have had a little forced break.   All is settling down now and I will get back to my artwork.

My dear Mum passed away in the UK.  She reach the good age of 87
Mum suffered from dementia.

We also had friends visit from Queensland last weekend.

We have started the landscaping in the garden,  Nev has been busy building a retainer wall at the back and the side of the house.

I have uploaded a couple of videos on my YouTube channel.

I hope in the next couple of days to catch up on all my bloggers friends recent work that I have missed.


October 14, 2010

More wild life in the Cross's garden.

I had a nurse of this gorgeous Blue Tongue Lizard this morning as he seems to have made our garden his home.
The photo is on Nev's camera. I will post it when Nev loads it onto his computer.

Here are a couple from yesterday.
He is enjoying a nice lump of minced steak....  Premium quality too.   LOL.

Another addition to our wildlife.
A Dragon Lizard. 

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October 07, 2010

Feeding time close to our home.

The Roos feeding time at sunset. This was taken just around the corner from where we Live. They cross the main road through the estate so we have to be careful driving,especially at dawn and
dusk. We are hoping that the council will put up signs so that people driving through will be aware that we have such beautiful wildlife here. The Roos are are not tame, they are quite cautious of us humans. Aren't they gorgeous ?
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October 04, 2010

Kangaroo- Finished.

Graphite on Canson 220 gsm paper

Here is The sweet Kangaroo finished. I would like to thank Sam Dolman for the lovely ref photo. It is so kind of him to offer this image along with another one which I will draw later.  Take a look at Sam's wonderful art work.
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October 03, 2010

Kangaroo... on Canson 220 gsm.

Here we are with TAKE TWO of the Kangaroo.    This time I have done it on Canson 220 gsm paper. I am much happier with it now.  Also it is a whiter paper and gives a much better contrast.
I got a good few hours in yesterday in the art room which was so relaxing.
I still have more work to do on this...  more layers of fur.  I should get this finished today.

October 01, 2010

Kangaroo WIP #3

Still more work to be done. I am not really happy with the paper, it seems too soft and flimsy. (Strathmore 400 series med drawing paper) I am thinking about starting this again on Arches paper that seems to have more body. I am finding the paper is creasing and I am just not happy with it.
Decisions decisions. LOL. lot of work but I am very fussy. Looks like it's a start over... Take 2 about to begin. :)
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September 29, 2010

Brushtail Possum in our garden

Look what we found in the tree in our garden.  They have been coming to visit for 3 nights now.  So we will feed them and hope they come every night.
 We also have Kangaroos hopping around here as we have bush area around the estate. I suppose they will disappear when all the estate is built on.
We had 6 Roos cross the road in front of us last week early in the evening.
It's lovely to have the wild life so close and we will also plant many grevillea trees that the birds love

Check out what is in Sue's back garden...LOL doesn't take much to keep us girls happy.

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September 27, 2010

Kangaroo #2 Update.

It's been a very busy week. We had family visiting for a few days. Here is the update where I was at last week.
Looking forward to getting back into it.
Happy Drawing/Painting.
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September 20, 2010

Kangaroo WIP #1

I have made a start on the Kangaroo. Just got some guide lines working. more to do on the eyes. I think I will really enjoy drawing this fellow. It's good be have those pencils back in my hand. WooHoo. LOL Art Addict.
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