Tag Archives: Pastels

Down To The City

‘Down to the City’ is the title of T Brian Aylward’s latest exhibition which opens at the Tresillian Community Centre in Nedlands, Western Australia on Friday 2nd May 2014 at 6pm.

Down to the City - Brian Aylward

Down to the City – Brian Aylward

Brian works with most media but is possibly better known for his beautiful pastel works.  You can find out more about Brian on his website here but better still – treat yourself and go along to the exhibition if you’re lucky enough to live in this part of the world!


Geewillikinwinkings! What A Wipeout!

A wipeout – that’s how I was thinking about my week before I saw footage of the nominees for the 2013 Billabong XXL Wipeout of the Year Award on the news last night.  The sight of the surfers taking on humongous waves and losing was enough to get my ‘Wows’ rolling again 🙂

You can see the wipeouts here on the Billabong site.  I think the nominees deserve a bravery award for even thinking of taking those waves on!

I’m not really into painting waves.  I know some artists are – and are very good at it.  My favourite wave art is by my son Leo, which goes to show how important emotional attachment is when ‘consuming’ art.  🙂  Leo surprised me (as he does not usually draw or paint anything) by presenting me with this wave as a present one time.  I love the style – and think it’s wonderful that no-one ever told him you don’t normally do a drawing on canvas!

Leo's Wave

Leo’s Wave

I wonder if it’s age or gender difference that leads my art in a more peaceful direction…

I did this pastel painting in memory of quiet time at Denham in Western Australia – a place conveniently located to visit Monkey Mia Reserve at Shark Bay – and its dolphins and pelicans – that doesn’t incur such high accommodation costs as Monkey Mia.

Denham At Sunset

Denham At Sunset

I hope this image conveys some of the relaxation imbued by the soft light and gently lapping waves for you too.


Gee – What On Earth?!

G’Day – Geewillinkinwinkings Day.  The biggest ‘Wow’ moment of my week was one of amazement rather than pleasure.

Elephant or Rat?

What on earth got into our secure home, did this and left only teeth marks?!

Nocturnal Visitor - With A Preference for Nectarines

Nocturnal Visitor – With A Preference for Nectarines

The best suggestion from a friend: ‘An elephant – they like fruit and are good at hiding’, but another ‘smelled a rat’!
(I’m using a lot of self restraint here in refraining from telling elephant jokes 🙂 )

The most likely explanation is a rat, despite baits always in place because of being on a bush block and no point of entry or exit of any size that we can find.  A skink is a possibility.  A possum – mmm, too big?!


Here’s an unblemished fruit bowl:



One of a few pastel pieces I’ve done.  I think maybe I should try copying the works of some pastellists I like in order to ‘loosen up!’.

Brighten Your Day

A favourite pastellist of mine is Mark Leach who has sadly moved on but his family is keeping his web presence alive here.  Scroll down on his site to read his manifesto and find the link to his online gallery.  A visit will brighten and enrich your Monday / any day!