. . . Inspired by a beautiful granite rock with layers of overlapping ochre pieces, I imagined dinosaurs and lizards and their diamond patterned reptile skin, blending into their bush environment. Coloured pencil and graphite on paper, 21 x 29.5cm, 2018 . . .
. . . ‘Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration,’ is a massive online course that teaches people how to draw plants and animals in a realistic style. Represented by The University of Newcastle, this six week course is free or $50 to gain a certificate. It will deepen your interest and appreciation for the natural world of art and science. Please click on the link below for more information . . .
. . . These oil paintings by contemporary Japanese artist Miho Hirano, for me, suggest the feeling of floating in a softly lit sky or gentle water . . .
. . . I love flowers. Their aesthetic beauty of kaleidoscopic colour, form and pattern fascinates me, and their functional role in the cycle of all living things. A single bud, bloom or full bunch delights my eye, like these few reference photos I took for future illustrations . . .
. . . The Latvia based illustrator and graphic designer, Alex Konahin (1981-) believes artistic skill and technique is equally important as the concept. Konahin uses dip pens with india ink on paper to create intricate organic designs and ornate patterns, reminiscent of the baroque style. He has created series of works based on dogs, anatomy and little wings . . .
. . . The beautiful Wendy Whiteley’s secret garden. I walked along the magical paths she created surrounded by luscious fig trees and numerous chairs and tables for many tea parties. Do visit the Lavender Bay garden when in Sydney . . .
. . . The young American painter Dimitra Milan creates big and bright montages of imagery, that treat you to tropical worlds of wonderment. Above the loose sketches of form, layers of colourful oil paint transparencies are left abstracted or rendered into realistic forms of fearless people and animals and exotic plants. She notes that the message she wishes to give through her art is a sense of adventure, infinite possibilities, hope, love and beauty . . .
. . . Ignacio Canales Aracil is a Spanish flower sculptor who explores the ephemeral qualities of the continual wheel of life. He adopts the old fashioned Victorian craft of flower pressing, and creates elegant new age pieces of beautiful art. The fragile nature of his works echo the fragility and preciousness of time and also juxtaposes life and death. I think his work is absolutely stunning, and celebrates the innate charm that every flower has . . .
. . . Carne Griffiths’ unique style of intricately adorned, yet flamboyantly rhythmic portrait studies are created with an unusual range of wet media. Calligraphy ink, coffee, tea, brandy and vodka cover his paper. Geometric shapes and floral forms are woven around his faces of misty blue green haze and rich ochres. I’m drawn to his style because it suggests the element of air and water. The flourishing contour lines seem to spring to life, dance and rest, revealing the faces with mystical character . . .
. . . The contemporary Japanese flower artist Azuma Makoto, creates magical visual feasts of bulbs, buds and blossoming flowers expressing the passage of time in the form of sculpture. His exhibition ‘Iced Flowers’ silences the flowers in the stillness of shiny ice pillars. Makoto’s exquisite floral sculptures give life to each flower’s natural beauty, structure and form . . .