I am both shocked & totally overwhelmed to learn that I have been selected as one of the finalists in the Women of the Year Awards for 2017. I am in the Creative Woman of the Year category & the winner will be announced at a black tie event in Cheltenham on June 1st. I have my posh frock & my Jimmy Choos all dusted off ready to go although just being selected is already a huge achievement for me.
I will keep you all posted!
I am finally able to share with you the latest magazine that I have been published in. I have 2 fantastic features over 13 pages in Issue 16 of the Creative Artist magazine which is available to purchase in shops across Australia now.
You can order a digital copy here Digital Copy
Or a hard copy here Hard Copy
Really pleased to wake up on New Year’s Day to the news in my inbox that my portrait of Cowboy here was awarded a Special Merit in the 6th Annual All Women International Exhibition with Light Space & Time Gallery. He was up against all media including photography so to be a coloured pencil artist up amongst such traditional works was fantastic! The gallery received 890 entries from 32 different countries from around the world so I am truly honoured.
You can see the full results here https://www.lightspacetime.com/all-women-art-exhibition-january-2017/
I have finally gotten around to creating the first of hopefully many Tutorial Step by Steps that is now available as a digital download. It shows everything you need to know to create this beautiful portrait of an Australian shepherd dog using watercolour pencils on Pastelmat. There are 16 pages in total plus an additional high resolution reference photo & line drawing. This first tutorial is available to purchase at an introductory offer of just £5 GBP. If you would like to buy one please click this link which will take you direct to the payment page. From there your digital download will be sent out automatically. I would love to see your versions of my Aussie too!
Click the link here to purchase now Shop
***Please note – As of November 1st 2016 my commission diary is now closed until the New Year. I am fully booked until June 2017 & to allow me to focus on my Christmas commission work I will be unable to respond in detail to everyone’s requests before January. If you would like to register interest in a commission from July-Dec 2017 please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Contact form. Spaces will be limited to 2 per month but I will respond to everyone on a 1st come 1st contact basis. Many thanks for your understanding***
Ok, I have been keeping a secret for almost 7 months & today is finally the day when I am allowed to share it with you all!
In January I was approached by the team at Ann Kullberg’s Color Magazine to see if I would be one of their featured artists for 2016. I honestly thought they had made a huge error at the time but when the offer was not retracted a few days later I squeaked with excitement as I said yes please! I know that I have worked so hard over the last 4 years & this was always something that I was striving for but it came completely out of the blue & much, much sooner than I could have dreamed.
If you would like to purchase a copy please follow this link http://annkullberg.com/collections/cp-magazine-2013-issues/products/august-2016-ann-kullbergs-color-magazine
Those cheeky donkeys have only gone & won another award, this time in the international Colourbrations Exhibition held by the AUSCPA. Again, the other entries were just phenomenal & I literally entered just to say that I had taken part. My surprise winning news came on my birthday & they achieved the Woodland Award as judged by the esteemed Eric Shepherd. Here are his comments ‘Judges Comments : What more could be said about this fine piece of art work. (A nice morning pick me up). If this doesn’t make you smile, nothing will. An Original Concept, Beautifully drawn and executed, with a nice range of tones’
You can see all of the entries & award winners here http://www.auscpa.org/new-colourbrations-2016.html
I simply cannot believe the news today that Hee Haw here has been awarded as one of the winners in the Light, Space & Time International annual ‘Animal’ exhibition! Over 900 entries from around the globe, in all different mediums & the quality was just intense. So, so pleased (& surprised). You can view the winners & the full exhibition of finalists here https://www.lightspacetime.com/animals-2016-art-exhibition-overall-category/
I am still pinching myself after my visit to the opening night of the UKCPS exhibition at the Menier Gallery in London. Stella not only won the SAA award for Best in Category of Domestic Animal & Bird but I was also awarded The Artist prize for Reserve Best in Show!!! This is me in tears at the news. Very, VERY happy tears!
I was recently approached by the product manager at Derwent Pencils who liked my contemporary style of animal portraiture and use of colour. They say they like to work directly with artists on their range development and wondered if I would be interested in joining their Derwent LAB as an artist to product test some of their pencils. I have already received my first batch of lovely new pencils t try and will be asked my opinion of them, which in turn, greatly helps Derwent to make the best product for artists to use.
Absolutely delighted to hear that ‘It’s all about Stella’ achieved a Special Merit award in this year’s annual All Women Art competition. This is an international competition, organised by Light Space & Time, & it is open to all media so to gain any kind of recognition was just so unexpected! A lovely boost to the start of the New Year.
I spent a wonderful day at Taurus Crafts teaching some fantastic local school children in a special workshop that I had set up for them. The level of work & vision that they showed was inspiring. I would love to do more of these workshops so please do let me know if it something that I can do in your area.
I was totally blown away when Jill Robinson of Animals Asia said she would come to my bear exhibition to do a talk about the plight of the moon bears & her team’s amazing work to help save these beautiful souls. Jill & her team are changing hearts, minds & laws in China & making a difference every day. Please read about their continued work here Animals Asia & show your support where you can.
I was invited to display & talk about my work, what inspires me & my collection of bears at a local school today. I was managing to suppress my fears until they opened the talk up to all 3 of the art classes…eeek!!!
By the end though, I loved it!
I hate public speaking & get so stressed that I stumble over my words. However, once I got going I found that talking about the plights of my 8 bears to a captivated group at Forest Oak Farm it started to come naturally. A wonderful evening & I would love to do many more.