Category Archives: Portraits

Amanda and Eliza

I started the New Year with a list of things I want to achieve in 2017.  It’s now the end of January and I’ve only achieved what’s not on the list!

I completed a portrait of a mother with her new born daughter whose strawberry marks give her a beautiful intense look.

Amanda and Eliza

Amanda and Eliza

I played with an idea for combining landmarks and native flowers in a painting.

Donkey Orchids - Mundaring Weir WA

Donkey Orchids – Mundaring Weir WA

I created with yarn and fabric:

Footstool cover

Footstool cover

Toddlers Pinafore Dress in Progress

Toddlers Pinafore Dress in Progress

Tea Towel Topper

Tea Towel Topper

I’d better make a Chinese New Year Resolution to tackle what is on my list!

Hooroo!

🙂
Helen

Still No Flora?!!

Yep!  True.  Still no flora.  Even though the rains have started and the land has started to grow and blossom!

All because people come first and a portrait of my daughter in law and her son was overdue!

Mother & Baby

Mother & Newborn Son

This portrait was designed to go with the earlier one I did of Alex and their son in the shower from a photo when their son was a little older.

It was a design decision to render clothing as minimalist as possible so to focus attention between parent and child as much as possible.  Hope it worked!!

If you’d like to see more or would like to commission a portrait please go to my link ‘Portrait Commissions’.

 

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Helen

 

A Horse is A Horse Of Course, Of Course

Except when it’s wooden maybe?  I received a gift of a little statue of a horse in February in celebration of my birthday.  The statue also commemorated the Chinese Year of the Wooden Horse.  It’s only about 6 cms high but had such presence I just had to draw it.

I found some paper called ‘Elephant Hide’ at a local art supplies store which had an antique look to it that I thought went with the theme of representing the long standing culture of the Chinese and their Zodiac.  I tested the paper out and it takes all manner of media well including heaps of water – but it doesn’t take erasure!  Nevertheless I decided graphite suited my purpose and the paper best. This is the result – in a frame that also seemed to suit the style!

Graphite on Elephant Hide

2014 Year of the Wooden Horse – by Helen Lock

I’m very happy that it raised funds for a worthy cause at auction 🙂

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Helen

Last Day Of Summer

 

Today is the last day of Summer in Australia but reality seems to be parting ways with our old Roman calendar with today’s temperature approaching 40 degrees Celsius in the Perth Hills.  Nevertheless it’s a way of marking time and impressing on me how fast time has passed lately!

Progress has been slow on The Beer Belly Tree despite the errant air-conditioner being fixed.  I did however complete a commission for a father and baby daughter portrait.  It was the first time I’ve done a portrait of people I’ve never met and I found it unsettling to attempt to bring humans to life from a small photograph.  Happily the commissioner was very happy with the result – phew!

Father and Daughter - By Helen Lock

Father and Daughter – By Helen Lock

Maybe I’ll have more projects reach fruition during Autumn and enjoy taking in my harvest.  I think I need to take heed of this pearl of wisdom from Pablo Picasso:

“All human beings are born with the same creative potential. Most people squander theirs away on a million superfluous things. I expend mine on one thing and one thing only: my art.”
Pablo Picasso

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Helen