Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Tabby Cat

Tabby Cat – hand-drawn using Derwent colour pencils on cartridge paper. 
I'm actually surprised I haven't drawn this character before - I feel as if I have known him for years. Come to think of it, he does remind me of a cat we had when I was growing up, called Blackie, so maybe that's it? Blackie was a bit more boofier though, he had to be – he used to scare dogs away from our front yard! He would also walk us part of the way to school every morning. Of course, he'd be there waiting for us when we got back home but I doubt he was actually sitting there all day, he would have had much more important cat stuff to do (like sleeping...). x

Monday, 22 August 2016

Portrait of Opal the Cat

Pencil Portrait of Opal – this one is drawn with colour pencil. Its a friend's cat (who I'm hoping will recognise her?!). I used a photo as reference.
Have I ever mentioned how much I love drawing? Ok, what about drawing with Derwent colour pencils? Well I just rediscovered another love... drawing animals. Actually, drawing anything realisticly in pencil. I LOVE IT!! As a result I have decided to start doing Pet Portraits in pencil or pastel. I hadn't realised that in all the time I have been drawing, I haven't done a realistic sketch of a dog or a cat! Seriously... it surprised me too! So now I'm dedicating myself to making people happy by sketching portraits of their beloved and most loyal furry friends. x

This one's dedicated to a distant friend (and yes I will send you the original). xo

If you want to see more, go to my Etsy shop, kazartgallery.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Kazart Time

The other day I discovered a 3 hour block of uninterrupted time each day that is perfect for focusing on art. Yay! So now every morning I go straight to the art studio, coffee in one hand and phone in the other, and stay there until my alarm goes off and it seriously scares me every time... 3 hours goes so fast!! Its officially called Kazart time - no excuses - it has priority over everything else. This means I should be able to get at least one artwork completed every 2 days. Sounds brilliant in theory but the real test is in me getting there every morning - its amazing how easily distracted I am sometimes. However if I persist with it for at least 2 weeks it will become a habit and habits are hard to break. Sounds like a plan? Indeed it is... wish me luck!

This also means I will be blogging more often... double yay!!

The first artwork I did in Kazart time is a pencil portrait of our beloved dog, Skippy. I've just started doing Pet Portraits so it made perfect sense to do her's first (I've actually been meaning to do a portrait of her for ages). It actually took more than 3 hours though but it was sooo enjoyable... I had forgotten how much I love drawing animals?! I've decided to focus on the face, especially the eyes, that way I can capture their personality more. Here she is... x
Portrait of Skippy - sketched by hand with Derwent colour pencils. I used 3 different photos as reference.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Katie Cat

This cat is dedicated to someone who is able to stand on their own two feet with such poise and balance and level headedness it astounds me! She is quietly strong and determined and I am positively sure she will make it in this world without the help of anyone else. Elegant, smart, talented and creative... I am sooo very proud of her. x
Katie Cat - drawn using Derwent colour pencils. 

Friday, 3 June 2016

Vermillion Centred

Today I remembered a prayer on a plaque that sat on top of my Mum's kitchen cupboard when I was growing up. It said:

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference." - REINHOLD NIEBUHR

Vermillion Centred - acrylic paint on canvas. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Ode to Nicolas Cage

This illustration is dedicated to a very dear friend that I have known for at least a thousand years (slight exaggeration of course). I hope she likes it... x 

Ode to Nicolas Cage - drawn using pastels on some beautiful old Stonehenge paper.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Big Red Canvas

Big Red Canvas No 1 – acrylic paint on large canvas (1000 x 70cm ish)

Sometimes I just feel like painting... I felt like painting blue but I had tonnes more red paint and not much blue so red won. Next time I'll do blue. There is something so satisfying about painting colour on a large scale. I used crimson, yellow, white, black and a mysterious redish pink tube of leftover paint from who knows where? Choosing which brush to use was probably the hardest part but once I had it in my hand, I started. I basically let the paint and the brush have its way and didn't think about it – just let it happen. Not sure how many hours passed or how many times I listened to the same CD over and over but there it was... a big red painting. As I stood back and looked at it for what seemed like the first time ever, I wondered what its destiny would be? 

Can't wait to do blue...