Friday, March 21, 2014

PAINTING RE-WORKED

I recently was asked to put my painting 'The Placegetters' into an upcoming art show called "Marvellous Melbourne" being held in conjunction with the Melbourne Grand Prix. When I took it down off the wall I thought it really needed some changes that had been bothering me for quite a while and this was an opportunity to revisit the piece. The background in particular needed to be changed, there was just too much green, so I thought I would layer some colours and add the sand track to add a bit of depth. Here are the before and afters of the painting and I am much happier with the finished result, well worth doing! What do you think?


"The placegetters" 36" x 48"



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"TONE AND TEXTURE"

"Tone and Texture" was the theme, with horses and elephants the inspiration, for my last pencil workshop conducted this past weekend. Seven artists attended, ranging in age from a vibrant teenager to equally bubbly older ladies. The group jelled so well with the common interest of drawing and the creative energy in the studio was quite tangible and made for a fun and productive weekend. They were all keen to develop their skills in drawing and tackled some quite difficult subject matter with determination and diligence. I love to encourage the use of pencil and the versatility of drawing and it is so rewarding to receive grateful and positive feedback in return, it's a win, win situation for us all!


                                  Sunday afternoon - photo credit Bruce Kirby
                         

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

EQUINE AND WILDART EXHIBITION

The Old Post Office Gallery at Seymour, where my work is represented in Australia, hosts a wonderful annual group art show featuring wildlife. This year, they incorporated equine art as well. The show opened on Sunday and was well attended. Time and again I heard the same comments, 'What a wonderful show!" and it was. It is so refreshing for me as an artist with a passion for these two genres to see such a lovely collection of this art and they worked in well together. If you are passing Seymour, it is well worth stopping in and taking a look. I have four originals in the show as well as some prints.

'Ticked off!' is one of the originals done in oil. I saw this magnificent male giraffe in Tanzania where he had a line-up of tick birds along his neck. After a while, he got annoyed with all the pecking and shooed them off!


'Ticked off!'  24" x 18"

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

WILLPOWER

I watched a very inspiring webinar the other morning hosted by Robin Sharma, www.robinsharma.com, a life coach and motivator, with his main theme being willpower and how it effects our lives. Much of what he spoke about, I could relate to as a full-time artist and how working at home involves discipline and order and how many of the choices we make each day ultimately effects our lives and what we achieve. He stressed how it is possible for each and everyone of us to make a difference to the world and not just be content to live a life of mediocracy… practice every day, have grit, deal with failure, lean into your fear not away from it… hmm… true and very real and I think a necessary mantra for any artist. At the end of the day, it's what it is all about, setting goals and working through each day with determination, to see the results.

Here is one of my latest pieces done in coloured pencil and yes, it took a fair bit of determination to finish all those stripes!

                                       'Group hug'         8.5" x 12"





Friday, February 7, 2014

TIGER - FINISHED!

I have just finished the tiger portrait and it is about to head off to the framers, then it will go off to an autumn art show. I titled it 'Rustle in the grass' as I feel the anticipation in the tigers' face as he hears a sound up ahead in the grass and all his senses come to the alert! What has he heard?


                                  "Rustle in the grass"    9.5" x 13"

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

LIGHT AND SHADE

'Light and shade' was the theme for this weekend's pencil workshop held here in my studio and the subject matter was equine. Horses lend themselves to being great subjects because of their fine skin and the ability to see the dips and highlights caused by rippling muscles and bone structure close to the surface, especially when in bright sunlight. It is very rewarding to see the continued progress from these ladies as they dedicate their time and effort to improving their drawing skills and it is paying off with some great results. Here are a couple of pictures of them hard at work. Congratulations to all of you!

The next workshop in March is now full but I am taking a list for April so email me if you are interested at kate@kateferguson.com


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

TIGER IN PENCIL - work in progress

The combination of this smooth Bristol plate paper (Canson) and the Grafwood pencils is a perfect mix for drawing the big cats and to get the effect of their soft, fluffy fur. This work-in-progress is a portrait of a Siberian tiger and so far I am happy with how this piece is coming along. As it is a close-up, it gives me an opportunity to showcase this magnificent animals markings and structure of his face. This type of drawing is really slow going as I build it up in layers to attain the look of the fur. Hopefully I will have it finished be the end of the week.