. . . While exploring the Northern Rivers, NSW I walked up Mount Warning and loved being immersed in the rainforest environment of ferns, volcanic rock and leafy vines . . .
. . . Images I captured at Woodford Folk Festival featuring the magnificent bamboo structures and illuminated sculptures . . .
. . . I celebrated the beauty of life and the New Year at Woodford Folk Festival. The festival is a magical world of inspiration, adventure and connection. I enjoyed the yoga classes and I sketched a few street performers, lanterns and creatures hand crafted from natural treasures like clay, gumnuts and feathers . . .
. . . 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 . . .