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!
2014 Year of the Wooden Horse – by Helen Lock
I’m very happy that it raised funds for a worthy cause at auction 🙂
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
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.”
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!
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
I hope this image conveys some of the relaxation imbued by the soft light and gently lapping waves for you too.
Monday has been an extension of our weekend – cleaning up after Aaron the Arborist who gives the word extension new meaning – and the expression ‘Geewillingkinwinkings’!
Yes, this is the right way up!
He’s trimming the dangerous branches from two of our very old Red Gums.
Aaron was only about 20 metres high!!!
Aaron at 20 metres
He carefully dropped tonnes of wood and didn’t damage one grasstree!
Sad to see the trees diminish, but over a few years several branches weighing hundreds of kilos have fallen on our driveway. Other branches fell into the bush damaging trees and bushes on the way. Even in death wood has a beauty that lives on. This is a pen and ink sketch of a beautiful piece of deadwood I came across at Wheatley, WA. I enjoyed a peaceful, relaxing hour, or so, in the bush sitting on my fishing stool doing this – a lovely memory!
I’m sure there were more ‘Wow’s in the past week but I’m short on time – but I just have to mention discovering Coco J Ginger’s blog and this: Your Little Sister -powerful writing – discovered by following up a ‘like’!
I hope your week had memorable moments of the best kind too and you’re more than welcome to share them here.
I guess I’m lucky to be suffering flower deprivation as it means I’m used to having a fantastic variety around me. I can’t help but think that the world needs more flowers, not only for their intrinsic beauty but also as a symbol of passive resistance, peace and environmental harmony.
Scientific research has also shown that flowers benefit emotional health.
“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy. Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.” – Dr. Haviland-Jones.
After a long, hot summer there are few flowers around Balligar and I’m recalling a rainbow of WA wildflowers I found in WA during Spring. It may be more correct to call them flowers found growing wild as some of them may not be natives and some may be weeds – beautiful nevertheless. I hope digital flowers also lift spirits!
I created the original drawings / paintings using Prismacolor coloured pencils on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.
Rainbow pencil (Photo credit: @Doug88888)
Each 10cm square took about about 10 hours to do as many layers were needed to get depth of colour. Coloured pencil work makes me look forward to painting big in Acrylics – and painting in Acrylics makes me look forward to sitting quietly and working small in pencil – how good is that?! I love watercolours too – and pastels – and charcoal – and…
Now I have a lot of coloured pencils but not enough to build a wall of 12,000!