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07-23-2006, 01:47 PM
Hi :)

Welcome to my sketchbook :)

My plan is to post a variety of paintings and drawings here - and partake in workshops as often as I can. I welcome visitors and comments :) Traditional mediums (paper, canvas, clay & some photography) are what make up my art background. As yet, I haven't ventured into the digital world of art, maybe one day ;) I hope that despite my non-cg background, it's ok for me to hang around here... :)

The 50 heads workshop:
First are a few of the heads I did (9 to a page) photographed from sketchbook... I ended up with 54 of these, just working roughly with the heads getting a feel for them, and enjoying the pace.. getting hooked :)




cheers a. :)

07-23-2006, 01:52 PM
:) and a few more of the "thumbnail" style heads :)




Mainly used pencil graphite, charcoal, pen and pastel on these...

cheers all :) a.

07-23-2006, 02:01 PM
:bounce: While I'm at it... just thought I'd post a few of the larger ones I've done as well

The 50 heads have been great.. will most likely just keep going ;)

Head #39 Pencil on paper

Head#55 Pencil on paper

Head#65 Pencil on paper

Head #54 Ballpoint pen on paper

Head #3 a quick pen sketch on paper

cheers :) a.

07-23-2006, 02:12 PM
Here are a few more :) these mainly done using charcoal, conté and pastels

Head #64

Head #28

Head #82

Another one of #82 pen and ink..

Head #35

Cheers :) a. long day and time to hit the sack ;)

07-23-2006, 02:17 PM

Welcome aboard! :) You are most welcome to post your Traditional work here. :) Traditional work is really the foundation to all different types of work, and it's great to see more of it around. I encourage you to look at other peoples' Anatomy Threads as there is some great work happening (as you know from the 50 Portraits Thread)! :)

It would help if you wouldn't mind telling us something about your art training and background. It's great to see you completed the 50 Portraits, and I look forward to seeing more of your work! :)



07-23-2006, 02:38 PM
Thanks for the welcome Rebeccak :)

A little bit about my training... :) I studied Fine Arts with focus on painting and drawing with photography and screen-printing as secondary subjects for 3 years in Sweden.. then I went on to study Ceramics for 2 years at the Industrial School for ceramics and design (also in Sweden), this led to going back home to Australia and completing a 3 year diploma in Fine Arts (ceramics) at The National Art School in Sydney...

I have always drawn and painted, for as long as I can remember, and the years spent working with clay (both as a teacher since 1998 and as a vocational ceramicist for 10 years) have been both bread and butter and an interesting journey that I still draw from. Have over the last 3-4 years been returning more and more to the canvas and the paper... Illustrating and commissioned work being part of what I do :)

I find that as an artist work and mediums to work with keep changing as you change... I enjoy the journey and it's great to jump into a place like this and see that there are obviously a lot of great people who enjoy it too :)

cheers a. :)

07-23-2006, 05:57 PM
Thats ALOT of heads! :D
Looking good thought. I epecially like your inked pics. I hope you'll post full body pictures or environments too. I'll be checking back again for sure.
Sorry, I'm bad at giving feedback or critisism. All I can say is that I like your lines, and can't think of anything to complain about :)

07-23-2006, 11:01 PM
Thanks Jho :)

Nice to have a visitor so soon after posting thread, and thanks for kind words... I have just been to check out your sketch book but thought I'd comment there instead of here... :)

will be posting more of own work here soon :)

cheers :) a.

07-23-2006, 11:15 PM

Thank you for telling us about your background, I always find that really interesting! It's very cool that you do ceramics, growing up I had a wonderful family friend who is an amazing potter living here in the US, and her work and creativity always inspired me (and still does). You are welcome to post examples of your ceramics work here, just so that we get a better idea of the work that you do :) ~ would love to see some of it. :)



07-24-2006, 05:30 AM
back again.... :)

Thanks for your comments Rebeccak, nice to have inspirational family friends ;) Have posted an image of a ceramics piece.. some of the work I did was sculptural, but maily wheel-thrown pieces... and like I mentioned before my direction has changed over the last few years, so more 2D.. yet there are always areas to draw from and incorporate, mixing mediums :)

Fiery Redheads - wheel-thrown and painted stoneware bowl

and some more heads... :bounce:

this is #48 a quick pencil drawing on paper... done while doing other things... :rolleyes:


and no#59 pastel drawing on paper

no#38 pen on sketch paper

few more to go
cheers and happy drawing,painting and enjoying :)

07-24-2006, 07:28 AM
Hey Annette,

great head studies here:thumbsup: , it's clearly to see that you have a lot of experience...I really enjoy the style of #28 and #82:) ...
Nice to discover your colorful ceramics too!
Looking forward to see more soon.



07-25-2006, 02:48 AM
Hi Frejashere,

WOW, it is really impressive to see all the heads together like that. Great work.:thumbsup:
love that bowl, wild. A long time ago when I was about 4 or 5 my mom had a plate made up with a picture I drew on LOL . cough ,cough lets just say i have come along way.

#59 the eyes in both ours works are very close to being the same. I know they should be but never noticed so very much with others. Now I have to go back and compare the two again.


07-25-2006, 03:58 AM
OPB Frejasphere: Thanks for your comments Rebeccak, nice to have inspirational family friends ;) Have posted an image of a ceramics piece.. some of the work I did was sculptural, but maily wheel-thrown pieces... and like I mentioned before my direction has changed over the last few years, so more 2D.. yet there are always areas to draw from and incorporate, mixing mediums :)
Frejasphere, it's great to see the variety of your work, the ceramics look like pure unadulterated fun, and I would love to try my hand at something like that someday ~ probably highly involving physically in that everything you do is with your hands instead of the artificial intelligence of our wacoms :) ~ also liking these updates, amongst the last, #48 stands out to me as a direction in which to go.

Looking forward to more! :)



07-25-2006, 04:41 AM
Hey again :)

DaWinky - thanks for kind words :blush: it's always a bit daunting to post own work, but this forum is so positive and supportive... browsing trhough and looking at crits and comments - I haven't come across a single bad post... that's pretty awesome I think :)

Rebeccak - thanks for popping back :D and for comments. I think that crossovers between different mediums is healthy and invigorating.. yes throwing pots on the wheel is quite physical, which can offer a sense of "achievement" in itself; it can also be really relaxing (once you've wedged up all the clay and sit at the wheel dreaming away whilst forming the clay) it's one of those mediums where you have to wait through all the stages until after the firing, before you truly know the result - then again photography and even digital imaging/animation, would have elements of that too although on a different level... I won't go on a philosophical blurb... ;) and thank for comment on #48...

Mark - really cool that you noticed the eyes too :D it was the first thing I saw when scrolling down your thread. and thanks for comments :)

cheers all will be back to post more in a bit
:bounce: a.

07-27-2006, 10:41 PM
Hi all :)

Missed the deadline for these last ones...(call it time difference... ;) ) but thought I'd post them here anyway, and I think
there are a couple more heads that I won't be able to keep my fingers off ;) on a roll :D

Can't wait for next project though... it's been super, so BIG thanks!

Doing a fair few from life... and thought now that 50 heads is done.. might post some different
work in a bit...

This one: # 27 Pen on paper

#56 pen on sketch paper

#61 ballpoint pen on paper

#53 Pencil and graphite on paper

Cheers all :) a.

07-28-2006, 11:04 AM

Like those ink drawings...#56 +#61 are my favorites...all of them are nice really...:thumbsup:
Would be great to see you put one of your studies done from this forum, sometime down the road...onto a piece of ceramic....might turn out really nice....:shrug: ...just a thought
Really like that plate that you posted....kind of Picassoish ....I like the bright colors, and flat devided areas of color, combined with the flowing line of the hair ect....nice bold effect...:thumbsup:
Looking forward to seeing more of your works...:)


07-29-2006, 08:41 AM
Hey Frejasphere

Muchothanx for the kind words in my sb.

Good looking drawings, really like them. Remember to have your lines flow around your forms - this will add more depth it them. In the Durer studies you have acjieved this very well, Durer is awesome. Also maybe try to get a wash effect - this helps to establish some basic tones ... up to you.

Good works mate, keep 'em coming man!


- d.

07-29-2006, 10:29 AM
Hey there all :)

did post a quick one before but browser crashed...


Glenn :) thanks for popping in and for kind words and comments, much appreciated :) Had a ball browsing through your awesome thread earlier today :) It was so exciting seeing all your great progress, the colours, the great comments and heaps more. It's such a great forum this one...

Demented :) thanks for your great comments and kind words, really nice coffee here ;) and funny, I was just thinking this morning that it would be great to do some ink washes... must have been in the pipe line

Back to post more in a bit

cheers all and enjoy
a. :)

07-29-2006, 01:40 PM
Hi again all :)

Thought I'd post a few of my own works for a change... ie not heads :D

these are acrylic on canvas and were done a few months back, the figure was part of a series where I fragmented the body increasingly through the use of colour.. first one being the least fragmented...

the next one is symbolic... moving through the levels of consciousness in one's mind, dreams and memories, yet guided by the part of self that always watches and knows that one can go through things and be ok..

the last one is about the cycle of life and death.. the elements always playing a large part in life, death and rebirth



Life Cycle - 90x90cm

Oh I'd better hit submit before I chicken out :rolleyes:

cheers all and enjoy drawing, painting and creating
a. :)

07-29-2006, 01:54 PM
Hi Freja - FYI photobucket is hosing these images right now. Just a bunch of little "photobucket sucks" icons : ) I would really like to see the images, the few pieces I can see look really good. Rock on.

07-29-2006, 02:12 PM
Hey there se7en :)

thanks for popping in and saying hi

Not quite sure what you mean about hosing the images... as I can see them :shrug: bit new to this side of things so might have made a mistake somewhere along the line....

Just hope this doesn't mean that deleting images from the photobucket site means they disappear here?????


anyways... thanks heaps for comments
cheers :) a.

07-29-2006, 02:38 PM
Hi Annette,
Nice work on the heads! Good proportion and observation!Hope to see lots more from u :thumbsup:! "7 0" is right ! In your last pic post all the images are missing! It might be they are still cached in your browser so its still displaying to you!



07-30-2006, 12:55 AM
Hi again :)

Thanks both Siju and Se7en for pointing that out... hopefully it's fixed now that I reuploaded the images to photobucket and replaced them here...

Se7en I had a quick look at your site... impressive :) :thumbsup:

Siju Thanks for popping in :) am in awe of your drawing style, so your comments warm tremendously :blush: :arteest: :)

take care all and hope the image problem is sorted
cheers a. :)

07-30-2006, 09:56 AM
Hi all again :)

Biggest doh(!) :rolleyes: experience as far as posting images... oh well - I AM here to learn :D think it's sorted now and thanks for prompts.





these ones were part of the 50 heads, most were posted there, just thought I'd put them up here as well - they don't appear in order completed :)

cheers all
a. :)

07-30-2006, 03:32 PM
Nice heads! And I love those paintings!

07-30-2006, 04:06 PM
really nice stuff! I like your paintings - the Van Gogh/Munch feel and colours! really like the blue and yellow together...:thumbsup:

07-31-2006, 01:23 AM
Hi all :)

Thanks Cernew for popping in and for your comments :)

Thanks Intervain for popping back and for your kind words - glad you like the paintings :) It's an ongoing journey... yet full of excitement!

enjoy drawing painting and creating
cheers all a. :wavey:

07-31-2006, 05:52 AM
Hey Frejaspere

Great painting - very expressive, colours are well done! These last heads are really good too, much better feel for line and form. Durer is amazing and definitely one to study. Can't really see anything big to crit, so I'll just say keep drawing as this journey never ends - even dudes like Mentler are learning new things every day. Looking forward to more!


- d.

07-31-2006, 06:33 AM
Hi Annette,

great to discover your own paintings here, I really like the first two with this expressive use of color:applause: !
And again really nice head studies, like Brendan I find nothing to crit, so keep posting:) !

Have a nice day!


07-31-2006, 08:06 AM
Humbled big time :blush: by very kind words from you guys :)

Big thanks to both of you Sabrina and demented for popping back in, appreciate your comments and having visitors is always nice.

Journey is endless, and worst critic tends to be myself...(yet can totally fail to see things others do, which is why the c&c coffee is so great), finding a balance between creation and exposure can be hard.. so on it goes with a constant need to get those images in head out on to the canvas, paper... and maybe, maybe sometime in the future try the digital world :D

Have a great day all, from the (to break the heatwave pattern ;) ) wintery land down under

a. :wavey:

07-31-2006, 02:51 PM
Thanks alot Frejasphere! Your hard at work as well I see :)
The colored paintings are magnificent! I love the fire/water-life/death piece, there is just so mutch colour O_O

Have to bookmark your sketchbook, as I didn't find it at first :)
But I recommend putting a link in your signature.

08-02-2006, 11:52 PM
Hi frejashere
Great heads. Really liking, Levels of Consciousness and Life Cycle but they're all really great :thumbsup: Keep it up.


08-03-2006, 03:56 AM
At the risk of sounding like an idiot, I was wondering what conte (dont know how to add the accent) is?:shrug: I really like your ink and I like the pastel and conte work alot I dont know why the pastel and conte apeals to me but I like it :thumbsup:

08-03-2006, 10:32 AM

Just noticed those paintings....WOW....cheeky green my favorite...nice experiments in creating and expressing ....mood thru color....really kike the way you have devided, and at the same time unified the form using those colors in their purest state....very expressive, and a real pleasure to see....also really am liking your ink drawings on those head studies...strong linework..:thumbsup: ....Can't wait to see your experiments and expressions, when you delve into digital ....:)


08-03-2006, 11:43 AM
Hey there Mark, thanks for stopping by :) and for kind uplifting words :wavey: been busy painting all day, but as on canvas, need to take pics before I can post :) Hope all is well :)

AnOldFriend, thanks for popping in, and no, you don't sound like an idiot at all :) Best way to find out about anything is to ask questions. Conté is something in between charcoal and graphite (in terms of how it feels to use), it comes in different grades.
"In 1795 Nicholas-Jaques Conté developed a method that involved mixing powdered local graphite with clay, waxes and water, firing the mixture in a kiln and forcing it into wooden casings." - quote from Blick Art Materials :) Thanks too, for your comments - much appreciated :)

cheers all and take care
a. :)

08-03-2006, 12:21 PM
Hi Glenn :)

Wow! thank you for your comments *blushing* :) I love colour and see I have a friend in you there ;) You are so right in that it's important to go with what feels right for you (as in bright colours - comment in your thread.. ) because if you go against it, it just won't be you... Then again, experimenting and pushing the boundaries is always healthy, so I guess it's about balance and chaos all in one happy go.. I guess the full chaos for me will be when I curiously delve into digital :D

take care and cheers
a. :)

08-03-2006, 12:37 PM

I like this one, not for the content, but the thoughts it makes me think. The words tropical, holiday, fruit, fun, happiness come to mind, and I see that abstract is what this is all about.

But for crits, I would say placeing blue and red together can only hinder an image. Because its an abstract, most critiques aren't really valid, but colour choices do play a big role.

08-05-2006, 11:27 PM

Wow, looks like I missed a lot here! :) Great to see the larger images of the heads, and it's also cool to see the variety of work that you've done. You certainly have a bold expressive style so far, and it will be interesting to see how that's affected by more and more study of the figure. Can't wait to see what's next! :)



08-06-2006, 03:53 AM
Hi all :)

Thanks for your comments and nice to see you again Rebeccak I can't wait for the next project... this is so well timed and totally addictive :thumbsup: I did some of the Sketchathon ones too but haven't got around to posting them - :scream:

Thanks for popping in Fl3wk :) comments and views are always welcome ;)

got a few more heads.... couldn't keep away from them

Head no 63 - pen drawing on paper

Head no 68 - pen drawing on paper

cheers all
a. :)

08-06-2006, 04:17 AM
:) This is an edited post... I discovered the pain photobucket can put you through, so have re-organized my image hosting and am now back on track :)...
the images in this post have been moved to the end of the thread.

cheers all
a. :)

08-06-2006, 04:28 AM
A few sketches of heads and some from imagination :)

I guess this one would have to go down as a "fan-head" :D Soccer fan... doodled
this during world cup-even though this player wasn't in the Argentine team this WC..

pen on paper

Dragonwings - pen on paper from "doodelania" ;) (quote from demented that sort of fits)

some more dragons on paper

cheers all and take care
a. :)

08-06-2006, 12:00 PM

GREAT ink drawings .....realy really like the way you use color...very striking and pleasing to my eyes...:bounce:
Also like those dragons....would be great to see a big one done with that colorful imagination of yours...:) .....GREAT UPDATES....can't wait to see more..:thumbsup:


08-06-2006, 01:38 PM
Thanks Glenn :)

Your comments certainly put a happy smile on my face - thank you for popping in :)
and a big colourful dragon would be fun :bounce:
Take care
a. :)

08-06-2006, 01:40 PM
hi frejasphere, great to see your work, very interesting style you have, with lovely use of bold, strong colours, really works on your ceramics especially which are great.....also loved Noey....


08-06-2006, 07:15 PM
Hey Frejasphere!

man, i need to get here more often - great progress! Love the bold way you use your colours - very exciting - it puts some zest and energy into the painting. Your pen is also looking great, looks like you are approaching them in a very fearless manner - keep at that! Something you might want to try with the pen is to draw without picking it up, or picking it up as little as possible. This tends to take any hairyness away and seems to add some more enrgy to the drawing.

The drawing of the woman with her face on the ground - great idea, think you could have enforced the idea some more, maybe exaggerated the way her nose and cheeks and lips press against the floor, have some of the hair drop to the surface. But very impressive overall - post more!


- d.

08-08-2006, 08:48 AM
Hi all again :)

thanks demented for kind words :) and suggestions, I quite like drawing cross-contour or continuous line... on my want to do more list ;) I do like your post titles too :thumbsup: they live an amusing / poignant life of their own - keep them coming and thanks for popping in :)

A few of the sketches I've done for the 15 min Sketchathon... popped them all in one file.. to save some space, but they are drawn on 30x30 or 30x21cm paper. Most are 15 minute, a few are around 10 minutes.. heaps fun and will find time for more :)


cheers all
a. :)

08-11-2006, 06:34 AM
Hey Annette,

just dropped in to see what's new and needed a while to have a closer look at each piece. I'm really impressed to see the wide range of your skills, I like the ink drawings as much as the colorful paintings...all full of energy, I admire:thumbsup: .
And the 15 minutes sketches, wow, you have no problems at all to capture the proportions perfectly, not:scream: ? I especially like the middle one on the right side, looks like much more work than 15 minutes! Keep posting here, it's a pleasure to follow!:)

Have a nice day!


08-13-2006, 07:03 PM
Hello Frejasphere!
Nice looking speed sketches there, haven't tried it mutch myself, do you find it helpful?
It seems your biggest problem are the hands, but these are made fast so I guess you would work them further if you err. would work them furher :)
But I think your heads look really great! And I'll try to learn a thing or two about your use of colours.
I'll be visiting this thread again for sure, so keep posting! :D

08-13-2006, 11:12 PM
Hi again...

Thanks for stopping in Sabrina and Jho :)

Sabie; kind words :) thank you! I do like to draw fast, there's that freedom in looking and drawing with limited time, aiming just for the essence of form... I thought the pen version of the woman on the middle right would have been better with ink wash... but that was a bit hard to change 10 minutes into madly cross-hatching away ;)

Jho, thanks for comments and for popping back :) and yes you're right these sketches are fast, so main thing I find is to concentrate on the form and the pose... I do like to use quick sketches as a way of capturing some essence, it can be good for losening up... sometimes using your non-drawing hand, or not looking at the paper (blind contour), or just concentrating on the negative spaces - can help to push things in new directions. Even if a blind contour might look crazy, yet there can be things there that are exciting to build on :)

take care and cheers
Annette :)

08-20-2006, 05:15 AM
Hi all :)

Done some quick sketches of hands (and a few small feet) even got my 4 year-old to model for a bit, so those ones are VERY quick :D, she did think it was fun though, so will try to bribe her into some more modelling :)

biro on paper - quick sketches ~ 5 min


Hands and feet of family members

This one is a quick painting I did the other day... based on the style of work I used to do on clay... just thought I'd pop it in :) - Acrylic on canvas

"Mother Earth Will Carry Me Back to The Sea" Acrylic on canvas 2006 AA

take care and cheers
a. :)

08-20-2006, 08:33 AM
nice studies, the hands are good, watch the length of the joints on some of them......i like your colourful acrylics, full of energy.....


08-20-2006, 09:43 AM
Kris, thanks for popping in and for comments :)

Here's a painting done today - pretty much finished...
no references used ;) I enjoy breaking faces/bodies into planes of colour. Also gives me a break from more detailed and realistic work that I'm doing :)


cheers all and happy creating
a. :)

08-20-2006, 06:46 PM

I see you've been hard it, great work. Thought I might find some digital work ? not yet\


08-21-2006, 03:33 AM
Hiya Mark... thanks for popping back, always nice :)

No, not done any digital work yet... been too busy with "traditional" work, but will take the plunge in the not too distant future I hope :) - Just spent weekend cleaning out workshop and making more space to paint... :rolleyes: I do think they are combinable though.. just have to give it a go.

cheers and take care
a. :)

08-24-2006, 11:22 PM
Done some quick sketches (pencil and graphite on paper) of da Vinci drawings... 5 - 15 minutes. :)

this one was 5 min.. I think it's called something like "proportions of the head" :scream:

cross section of scull... 15 min

"grotesque" head.. 15 min I realized afterwards that his chin actually comes out quite a bit further - prominent features ;)

15 min

a. :)

08-24-2006, 11:36 PM
and 2 more paintings with faces... they sort of tell stories - through colours and expressions, as they are stylized and not obviously representational of any particular face, the story can vary depending on who is looking. Acrylic on canvas, no references ;) I paint straight on the canvas and let the faces evolve as I go.



Now that these are done... I need to get back to finishing portraits and... get stuck into the underworld giant... who is by now haunting my dreams and very much awake.... :scream: I sort of have the concept... just need to get the sketches done :)

cheers all and take care
a. :)

08-28-2006, 04:24 PM
... who is by now haunting my dreams and very much awake....

I have that too... dreaming about it is good though :)
Love your use of color Frejasphere, allthough I fear it's a bit too much for my simple brain to understand :D

your drawings are superb and show you've got great skill! I'm jealous :buttrock:

09-02-2006, 12:08 AM
Opps sorry for neglecting thread for a while... :scream: been busy and sick all in one go...

Thanks NR43 for stopping by and for kind words :) :wavey: really appreciate it :)

Been idea-mangling the earth-awakening-giantess and finally got to sketching the first stage of her.... concept is based on Earthmother - giantess who awakens from the sea, despairing at what humankind has done to nature... she morphes into a cyklone, rising out of the sea with devastating force... this force isn't governed by anger, but a reaction to what us humans have brought on through neglecting earth and awakening the giant...

so... a rough sketch, and be posting more in a bit :)


cheers all and take care

a. :)

09-02-2006, 02:50 AM

great concept , very fitting these days, sad to say.

hope your family is feeling better


09-02-2006, 06:47 AM
Studying Da Vinci, eh? Great. Nice quick studies. Try doing some longer ones, practise hatching. Fun stuff :bounce: I'm not really a fan of paintings like yours with those faces, so skipping that. The giant, it's still an early idea so I'll wat for more updates. Ah, all the giants in almost every thread pushes me to do one of my own, but I can't get it work...

09-02-2006, 08:39 AM
It's interesting to see everyone start their ideas on awakening the giant.

I am still trying to decide what to do for that.

Some really nice hand studies, Annette.


09-02-2006, 08:55 AM
Hi all :)

Mark - thanks for popping by and for your comments, much appreciated :) and yes thanks we're all better now, so hoping to get quite a bit of painting/drawing done this week :)

Razz - thanks for comments and for popping in :) I enjoyed doing those quick daVinci sketches, and you are spot on ;) it would be heaps fun to do some longer ones... sometimes all it takes is a little push.. so thanks :D

Chris - nice to see you back again, and thanks for your comments :)

Thinking my giantess will be a detailed drawing in the end... as I'm working in colour so much at the moment it would be interesting to go for the pencil drawing, and maybe some ink pen... still idea-mangling obvoiusly :D posting soon :)

take care and cheers
a. :)

09-05-2006, 01:05 PM
The Earthmother giantess is taking form... :)

been working on the drawing today, after a number of sketches (some which, were subjected to the wind flapping about the backyard, aiming to collect paper, bits of charcoal and patience :scream: .. it got to the stage where it was cyclone feeling not only in idea and paper mode... ), I'm now working on a thick printing style paper A2 size and just building up the drawing as I go, initially using charcoal and graphite.


Cheers all and more updates soon
take care
a. :)

09-10-2006, 11:56 PM
Hi all...

A bit of an update on the Underworld Giantess.. have posted most of the updates in the OFDW but thought I'd post something here too, she's almost done, atleast I've stared myself silly on some of the details and managed to blacken half my face in the process :D Quite a large drawing (55x75cm) so tends to rub off a bit ;)




cheers and take care
a. :)

09-11-2006, 02:17 AM
Wow. Your Underworld Giantess is intense, a truly captivating image! Great emotion. I really dig the turbulent quality you've managed to create here. :thumbsup:

BTW, your "Mother Earth Will Carry Me Back to the Sea" painting is absolutely gorgeous.

09-11-2006, 08:04 AM
Hey Annette!

About time to take a look here again and I see it's always worth the visit...I'm again impressed to see how familiar you are with all the different styles and medias. And I agree with the others here, your Giantesse is a real eyecatcher, great expression:thumbsup: ! Looking forward now for the finished picture!

Have a nice day!:wavey: (http://forums.cgsociety.org/misc.php?do=getsmilies&wysiwyg=1&forumid=0#)


09-12-2006, 05:10 AM
Hi all :)

This is the finished Earthmother Giantess of the Sea... I enjoyed this one, feel I have to stop some time or it just ends up being fiddling... :D

Concept: The Earthmother Giantess of the Sea awakens in despair at what humankind has done to nature... reaching out of the ocean she morphes into a cyklone rising up and spiralling with force, although that force in itself is destructive, it's not governed by her anger - it's a chain-reaction to what we, as humans have brought on by neglecting earth and forcing the giantess to awaken...

Drawing (traditional) charcoal and graphite done on thick paper - size 55x75cm




Three versions.. the top one being the original, the blue ones I just altered the values a little in the photo... for fun mainly and because of the ocean - moonlight thing :)

cheers all and take care
a. :)

09-12-2006, 05:52 AM
Wow. Wonderful work; I like the meaning behind it as well.

09-12-2006, 06:17 AM
Thank you Mychael :) I really appreciate your comments :) It's humbling and warming to get positive feed-back after working intensely on a piece for over a week. I always walk away feeling I could have done it differently or better or something, but sometimes you just need to stop, walk away and look with fresh eyes a while later, before starting on the next one :)

Thanks Sabrina for popping back :) nice warming comments from you too :) think I'll have to go cool my ego with a cold drink or something :D

cheers all and take care... now looking forward to the torso challenge :thumbsup: and to finish off some work that has been pushed to the side for a bit ;)

a. :)

09-12-2006, 09:25 AM
The Earthmother Giantess looks really good! I especially like the face and the neck. Also the expression on her face is awesome.
It would be nice to see this in real size, I guess looking at it on a computer monitor isn't the same :)

09-13-2006, 06:57 AM
Hey Annette!

Great to see your Giantesse finished, I really like the result and can well follow the explanation of the thoughts behind it. The original is impressive and I agree with Juho: I'd also like to see it in real:) ...And for me the second blue version is especially good, with this feeling of cold moonlight all over it...

Great work:thumbsup: , congrats!


09-13-2006, 06:47 PM
Thank you Mychael :) I really appreciate your comments :) It's humbling and warming to get positive feed-back after working intensely on a piece for over a week. I always walk away feeling I could have done it differently or better or something, but sometimes you just need to stop, walk away and look with fresh eyes a while later, before starting on the next one :)

I know how you feel. I think it's about being sensitive to the work itself. Sometimes I get the feeling that my paintings/drawings are saying to me 'would you just leave me the hell alone so I can get some sleep already!!??' -That's when I know it's time to quit. It's when you're not receptive to the nuance of the work that you get into trouble...... I don't think you've run into that problem here at all. This piece has a very 'classical' feel to it that's quite nice, and it seems very natural in its execution. Sure, you could've done it differently, but better? mmmmm. I guess you're the only one who can answer that question.......looks great from where I'm sitting!

09-13-2006, 10:50 PM

:thumbsup: awesome job on the earthmother giant. very expressive http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/36/36_2_35.gif
cann't decide on which i like the better original or last blue one.
great work


09-13-2006, 11:57 PM
Ahhhhh THANK YOU guys (and girl :) )

Sabrina and Jho: Thanks for popping in and for kind words :) I'll have to invite you around won't I ;) putting things up on the screen does alter it a bit - the journey from the easel to the computer and what happens on the way - It was interesting though to alter the values a little, perhaps starting like that - just tweaking a drawing in Photoshop or similar, can be my VERY humble and tentative look-in to digital? I prefer the second blue one to the first - more moon-lightish... Might try to play around a bit more and see what happens :D

Mychael: Thanks for your comments :) kind words and very insightful :) Am enjoying the great work you are posting on your thread and great to have you popping in - thanks! :thumbsup:

Mark: Ohh :) :blush: Thanks so much! and I love that rollling smiley! It's like a box of chocolates!!! (puts a smile on my face!) Thanks for popping back!

Cheers all and take care!
a. :)

09-14-2006, 06:22 AM
Hey Annette,

great piece you've created here for the OFDW.
Love the facial expression... yes your hard work pays off :)
55x75 seems like a nice size to work on...

c ya soon

09-14-2006, 08:04 AM
I'm really enjoying seeing your waking giant take form. It has real power.


09-14-2006, 11:26 AM
Hi all :)

Thanks Cris for popping back :) and you inspired me to go look at the daily sketch thread and the Dark Lord... so I just couldn't resist.. ended up doing a sketch - it's rough, but I enjoyed it :)


cheers all and take care
a. :)

09-15-2006, 10:26 AM
And so the Torsos begin.... :D

1st one and a bit of a rush... just wanted to get something done on the first day :)
Michelangelo - Crouching boy #10

Pencil and Charcoal on sketchpaper
cheers all and take care
a. :)

09-16-2006, 02:33 PM
Today's torsos....

well sort of yesterday this one, but it was 2am, so I guess today ;)
pastel and charcoal on paper

Pen sketch on paper

#12-Michelangelo-David (rear view)
dry pastel on paper

pastel and charcoal on paper

#48-Rubens-Jupiter and Callisto
pastel and graphite

bit overworked and messy this one :D

cheers all
a. :)

09-16-2006, 04:43 PM
Hi there
you're a busy girl :)
thanks for your info on using traditional media as per my request

I'm gonna have a hard time keeping up with you on the torso challenge at this pace you're cruising currently :D

I really like your sense for proportions
Keep going


09-16-2006, 08:21 PM

at this pace i think you can get though all 110

great job :thumbsup:


09-17-2006, 01:35 PM
Hi all :)

Thanks NR43 and Mark for popping in :) really appreciate your comments and that you visit - it's a great one the torsos - glad to see you are both doing it too :)

After getting frustrated and messy working on A4 paper in front of computer, and sitting in the sun having coffee with print-out of originals flapping about... I got some larger ones done today. I like drawing figures on big paper, so atleast I had lots of fun ;)

093-Raffaelo Stanzio-Kneeling Nude Woman
Chalk pastel on Sketch paper - 51x76cm

090-Raffaelo Stanzio-Study for Adam
Chalk pastel and Charcoal on sketch paper 51x76cm

094-Leonardo da Vinci - Leda
Charcoal on Sketch paper 51x76cm

110-Charon Ferrying the Shades
Chalk pastel and Charcoal on sketch paper 51x76cm

cheers all and take care
a. :)

09-17-2006, 01:51 PM

Are there 40 hours in a day in Austrailia? 'Cause we only get 24 here (rip-off!).

Great work, and so much of it! If your trading sleep for art........ it's working.

Hope to see more.

09-17-2006, 03:39 PM

A really nice update here - and I enjoyed reading your comments on the Workshop Thread as well. :) I think your focusing on the clean lines has really organized your thoughts, and your linework is looking much more considered - I would suggest exploring line weight and how that affects the volume the lines create. You're developing a nice sense of opposing curves and it would be great to see you explore the calligraphy of line much, much further. Looking forward to following your progress here. :)



09-18-2006, 03:15 AM
Mychael: I have been trying to get more hours in a day for ages ;) cant see it happening in a hurry though, but then again, sleep... who needs that? :D - thanks for your comments, and really enjoying your thread too :)

and yes... Rebecca :) Nice to have you pop back in here - thanks - wonder how on earth you manage to keep up with threads and workshops - without taking on a more computer friendly form - like a midget thread fairy or similar flitting from one to the next... Size of paper does matter, and that's as far as my thought organization went - I like drawing figures on larger paper because it allows you to work from the shoulder creating more flow with line, and just having the room to move around more.

The thing I like about doing a workshop like this is drawing, drawing, drawing - 10 years to learn, 10 years to unlearn and a further 10 years to refine and develop a personal style... To me it's not as much about coming to terms with the medium itself (apart from digital then *scream* where I have yet to set my foot) as it is about seeing - analysing - looking, and within each medium exploring and playing with different things. This experimenting obviously allows for playfulness and total crap to emerge, yet I find that healthy... With a workshop like the torsos or heads I don't tend to really want to push my style, more use it as a way to refine technique and experiment... Some artists tend to be scared of leaving the style they have worked hard to refine, and in a way this stops them from progressing (we all have different ways to work and progress, so there's not necessarily a wrong or right approach, everyone arrives at different goals and has different reasons for doing the work they do). I Love life-drawing and have done a lot of it :) I also modelled for life-drawing and painting for over 5 years (one crazy semester I both taught and modelled - not really to be recommended, but it worked :rolleyes: ), drawing from life is bliss, because you have the 3 dimensional figure to study (including the movements and light changes that occur), you also have the interaction with the model and other people in the room - enthusiasm and learning - I feel that modelling was a great way to learn how to feel the pose - sensing the pose you draw in a physical and visual way - sort of like when you draw the opposite angle to the one you are looking at, if that makes sense? :) The way I see it is that there's concept / thematic drawing; where you have something to say and put a large part of yourself in the work, and then there's the studies... the drawings you need to keep doing forever, losening up the joints to keep the machinery running smooth.

My goodness what a blab :eek: sorry all, I think my coffee must have been too strong - it's just sometimes I think about these things, like the life you lead as an artist, what it all means, the love of art and the fact that it isn't really a choice what we do - it's something we must do or else we would not function...,

now: off to mow lawn with 4 year-old helper and then do more drawings...

cheers all and take care
a. :)

09-18-2006, 06:10 AM
10 years to learn, 10 years to unlearn and a further 10 years to refine and develop a personal style...

I like that!! Sounds like a great plan... something I was thinking for my humble self as well :)

These last studies look wonderful. Very inspiring. it's a real pitty that I'm finding myself here at my desk at the office iso at home argh
Love the curves!

09-19-2006, 01:36 PM
Hi all :)

NR43 - thanks for those comments and for not going ballistic over my blab :)

Been playing with more torsos this evening, really time for bed - but am enjoying this a lot :)

#28-Michelangelo-Nude man turned to the Right
This is a quick sketch on paper ~ 10 minutes, using a 1mm point black pen, bit rough ;)

#002-Michelangelo - Bacchus
Chalk pastel on paper 51x76cm

Playing with oil-pastels and ink on paper 51x76cm
figured that with Michelangelo being gay... he might not mind a bit of colour on the young man, that is being presumptuous - I know! :D

#109-Nude Woman Viewed from Behind
Oil-pastels and Ink on paper 51x76cm

cheers all and take care
a. :)

09-19-2006, 04:17 PM
Hi there !

Great to look at your anatomy thread !
The head studies I mostly liked your #82. Very nice style !
You doing a great work here ! Congratulations!
I couldn't participate on the OFDW 19, but I did take a look, sorry not commenting on your work there, I was kinna crazy busy here, but you did a great artwork, your giantess is a very nice concept and I loved the way you gave movement to it. As well the color tone chosen, very good.

Now you're doing great at the torso studies, this one I'll sure be faster on posting and commenting everybody there. I got my time management back on track.
Your #2 is quite nice the way you shadded it.

Wish you the best, take care and keep in touch ! Cya

10-08-2006, 11:03 AM
Hi all :)

Feel like I've disappeared off the face of the earth for a while... Photobucket removed most of my images in one big swipe, so had to sort out a different hosting - that's done and I'm back on track again :) I also had a portrait commission to finish which kept me up all hours :) Now I'm looking forward to finishing more of the torsos *yiiihaaaa!* (pulls very silly face) :)

Thanks Djampa for your comments - I really appreciate you popping by and can only apologize for taking forever to respond :)

These 2 torsos were done on the train, quick sketches balancing the folder with images and my sketchbook on my lap (and using my fourth arm for handing treats to the kids :scream: )

Graphite on paper (A4)

Graphite on paper (A4)

Cheers all
a. :)

10-08-2006, 11:08 AM
A few more larger drawings :)

Chalk pastel on paper

Graphite and charcoal on paper

Chalk pastel and graphite on paper

Chalk & oil pastel and graphite on paper

Take care and cheers
a. :)

10-08-2006, 11:55 AM
These were posted earlier in the thread... but not quite finished, so I thought I'd post them finished here as they're no longer where they used to sit... don't ask.. :scream: all I can say is getting rid of photobucket is a GOOD thing :thumbsup: :)

3 portraits - acrylic on board




cheers all :)

10-08-2006, 06:32 PM

Just stopping by to say Hi, and to see what you've been up to..:)
Always like the way you use color...bold style:bounce:
Also really like your torso studies.. #'s 7, 8, and 9 my favorites....like the way you are working
Keep up the GREAT and WORK , Always a pleasure to see it...:)


10-08-2006, 08:00 PM

I have to agree with Glenn about the size of your drawings. It's something I plan to increase gradually for my own work...

Very colorful these last ones and it's great to see so many different approaches so fast after eachother!

10-09-2006, 02:42 AM
Annette, wow! You've got a real way with color that I truly enjoy. These last portraits are really nice, especially "Noey," which is absolute bombs :applause:.

I have really been enjoying watching your progress on the torsos as well. I've only done like 2, so I admire the sheer volume that you've been able to put out. Not to mention the style with which you render these figures. I am quite taken with the way that you have not been afraid to interpret the masterworks you are working from instead of merely 'photocopying' them (I am guilty of this, BTW :blush: ). The "Nude Viewed from Behind" and "Ignudo" are great examples of your raising the stakes beyond the relm of mere studies and into something much more expressive, personal, and even playful (I fell out laughing when I read the caption before the "Ignudo.").

Keep up the great work...... I'm taking notes!

10-09-2006, 04:09 PM
Hi all :)

Glenn - Thanks for popping back, always nice to have you visit, and *blushing* :) such encouraging comments - thank you! am enjoying this so much, and glad to have found a bit of time (always bartering for more time...)

Johan - nice to see you visit again too! :) the variety is what I enjoy, to approach drawing and painting from as many angles as possible, it's fun! and what can be more exciting than playful learning?

Myku - Mychael - Hmm I think I'll just keep on blushing :) very nice and encouraging comments :) thank you!

It's 2am and I should be asleep... so, even though I'd like to comment more, it will most likely end up being drivel, so I'll post some torsos and go to bed - have a great day - night all and keep enjoying the creative process!

Quick study - blue pen on paper (A4)

Quick study - blue pen on paper (A4)

Quick Study - blue pen on paper (A4)

Oil pastel, graphite and ink on paper 51x76cm

Oil & Chalk pastel, graphite and ink on paper - 51x76cm


10-10-2006, 03:03 PM
Inbetween torsos... a dive in the closet of old drawings...

large drawings of friends and family... all charcoal and graphite on paper - around 10-12 years old.. :scream:

I'm going to do more large face drawings inbetween painting, and as a reference thought it would be interesting to see what time does.





cheers all and take care

a. :)

10-11-2006, 07:08 AM
Hi all :)

done a few more today and am having heaps of fun with this :)

chalk pastel on paper 51x76cm

oil pastel graphite and ink on paper 51x76cm

chalk & oil pastel and ink on paper 46x61cm

cheers all and take care
a. :)

10-11-2006, 01:52 PM
I was supposed to be doing more torsos, but got side-tracked and did a few faces instead :)

charcoal on paper - black hands, face the lot :)
but fun :)

reference - used small photos
images - 2 friends :)

charcoal on paper 46x61cm

charcoal on paper 46x61cm

cheers all :)

10-12-2006, 07:48 AM
continued side-tracking a bit.. will get back to torsos this evening :)

Not too happy with Captain Jack Sparrow... his face is a tad long and hand a bit small, got carried away with his hair I think :D

The other one is my father-in-law :) he's a lovely man, just turned 93.

Charcoal on paper 46x61cm

Charcoal and graphite 46x61cm

cheers all and take care
a. :)

10-12-2006, 08:05 AM
Hi, Annette...you busy girl!

I especially love the portraits of Noey and Christopher. I really love the colors in Noey. Great to see your torsos...such variety.


10-12-2006, 10:06 AM
Thank you Cris :) kind words and lovely to have you visit again!

I am having a lot of fun, :D on a bit of a roll - yet always feel I'd like more time in the day (or night) to work

These sketches and finished painting is the latest commission I was working on, just thought I'd pop it up here (I couldn't post any WIP because the customer wanted it as a surprise for her son-in-law... and you never know where people go looking;). The actual painting took a while to finish (a few months) but I was working on a lot of other pieces in between... so actual time wasn't that long, I find that especially with detailed painting, it's good to step away every now and then, so your eyes stay fresh. Worked from photos and also had the children pose during one day. It was really good to have them sit for me - and they didn't seem to mind, were very sweet and entertaining - Comparing real life to photo is very helpful, also the boys had grown their hair - and that needed to be adjusted ;)





cheers all and take care
a. :)

10-12-2006, 10:34 AM
Hi....Fejasphere......:bounce: :applause: :thumbsup: :)
BEAUTIFUL job on that painting of those three kids....GREAT color harmony :thumbsup: ....real pleasure
to look at...:thumbsup: :)

10-13-2006, 03:39 AM
Thank you Glenn for such kind words :) I'm glad you liked the painting *smile* (I'm on an emoticon shartage sorry...) it means a lot to have such positive and encouraging feed-back!

these torsos are nearing the end... time-wise, I might do a few more, but so far - totally enjoyed the workshop!

Last night's drawings... did a number of quicker studies, looking more at the pose and gesture, not so much at detail... hmm I really do like variation *scream*, but I also think that there are so many ways of looking at the same thing, so many drawings/paintings possible from the one image...

Charcoal on paper 46x61cm

blue pen on A4 paper

blue pen on A4paper

watercolour pencils and pen on A4 paper

watercolour pencils and pen on A4 paper

watercolour pencils and pen on A4 paper

watercolour pencils and pen on A4 paper

take care and cheers all
a. :)

10-13-2006, 05:31 AM
Hey Annette,

having a great ride I see :)

Really love those last ones with them aquarel pencils?
That's why I love browsing your thread because it makes me curious about media I've never used. I'm gonna ask about these watercolor pencils in the artstore next time I am there... wanna try that too... lovely effect

Nice series of portraits too

take care,

10-13-2006, 03:33 PM
One more before bed.... :)

Accidentally posted in wrong thread... so I really do think it's time to call it a day :D

Thank you Johan for visiting :) and for your kind words :) The watercolour pencils are fun to experiment with and easy to move around with... great for quick sketches :)

Drawing, charcoal and graphite with a bit of chalk pastel.. large paper
my little bro :)


cheers all and take care
a. :)

10-26-2006, 02:34 PM
Hi all :)

Been drawing and painting away without posting anything for a bit :D
Two completely different paths... One being more portraits... as I do commissions I like to paint and draw as many faces inbetween as I can, it allows me to experiment, and also get more invaluable practice, which i believe you can never get enough of :)


Acrylic on board

Acrylic on canvas

This one's not finished but thought I'd post anyway as I don't often get around to posting WIPs :)

10-26-2006, 02:45 PM
and a few drawings...
no references used

I'm not as good as our lovely Spritdreamer and others at giving background info to
drawings and paintings... so best just leave it at this :D

Charcoal and chalk pastel on paper 46x61cm



Take care all and cheers
a. :)

10-26-2006, 09:28 PM
hey Frejashere

he-he was going to bug u for an update last night, then decided not to for some reason...
guess because there was no need LOL

really enjoy seeing the portaits you do, such a great vib come off them :thumbsup:
ahh the dark side, have been really wanting to do some my self, great stuff.:twisted:
dumb question...do you guys do halloween down there? just wondering.
love that one you worked the skull in


10-26-2006, 10:05 PM
For some reason I find the normal faces more creepy than the zombie ones :)
Still, nice work!
I especially like the first, the one with white lightnings on his face, the expression is beutiful in a sad-kind-of-way.

10-26-2006, 11:38 PM
Thanks Mark and Jho for visits :)

Really appreciate comments from both of you

Mark -
Here in oz -we do have Halloween, like with most adopted traditions, it's been morphed with a few other traditions and has really only grown over the last 10 or so years - kids doing the trick or treat and getting dressed up - some throw Halloween parties, I think it's a lot bigger in the US though...:twisted: The drawings were unfortunately not inspired by Halloween - just my mad imagination :D
will try to give a brief description:
the first one - Crumbling Reality - a face cracking and crumbling allowing everything beneath the surface to seep through the cracks
the middle one - Mean Monkey - the monkey or freeloader that sits on your "back" chanting the same old crap, year after year - most people have one, some have either booted theirs out or found a way to gag it :)
the last one - Headless - loss of control - sort of :D

Some drawings just need to be done, when they pop into my head they're partly finished and tend to evolve as I go, some people write down thoughts, I draw them - so like with everything in life there's more than one side :) :)

Jho - so sorry, but not sure which faces you see as normal and which you see as zombies? thanks for your thoughts :thumbsup: always welcome!

cheers and take care
a. :)

10-27-2006, 12:04 PM
but not sure which faces you see as normal and which you see as zombies?

I didn't mean that the first "normal" faces looking creepy was a bad thing. I just thought it was funny. Sorry.

I meant the faces you posted 02:34 PM were "normal", the happy people (like this (http://abolinaart.abolins.net/Sketchbook/images/page158.jpg) and this (http://abolinaart.abolins.net/Sketchbook/images/page153.jpg)).
With the "zombies" (as I couldn't think of a better word for them) I was referring to the white skinned, red eyed guys in the 02:45 PM post (like this one (http://abolinaart.abolins.net/Sketchbook/images/page150.jpg) (which is also my favorite :)))

I just love the feeling of sadness the last pic has. Its like his just about to saying something, but can't find the words, and a second later bursts into tears.. I don't know if you meant to, but it really seems to have a story in it.

10-27-2006, 01:02 PM
Thanks Jho :) That was great of you to explain, I really like the feed-back that goes into how things are percieved, and find it interesting how differently the same image can be viewed :)

Your thoughts about the "sad" face do in many ways match the feeling I wanted to express - I really like the way you describe it :Its like his just about to saying something, but can't find the words, and a second later bursts into tears.. - much better than my attempt at finding descriptive words - thank you :) I see them as women, but I think they could be either, just depends on who you are maybe :)

take care and cheers

a. :)

10-27-2006, 02:17 PM

Nice batch of paintings and drawings..:)
I really like the last ones from your imagination the most...just me:scream:
They remind me of the german expressionistic style of the 1930's.
They might be even more powerful, if they contained a curent political aspect...better run for cover...:scream:
I think that is why those paintings from the 30's are so powerful still...they dared to express true feelings regardless of the conseqences...:thumbsup:
Wouldn't mind seeing your very personal expressionistic style done in oils...just a thought..:)
Would be very powerful indeed, knowing the way you use color..:)

11-02-2006, 11:19 AM
Thank you Glenn for your comments :) I do enjoy and like to on occasions (esp now) explore political issues in art - even though those drawings were based more on personal things, I agree with you that the style could be worked to suit a political theme.

I think that is why those paintings from the 30's are so powerful still...they dared to express true feelings regardless of the conseqences...:thumbsup:

Couldn't agree more :)

Have been drawing a bit, initially it started out as a sketch idea for a painting, it still is I guess, just ended up a bit bigger than I'd first intended... :) I swim a lot, and I was wanting to put that sense of flowing through water into a painting - not perhaps as it looks, but the visual perception you have when swimming - if that makes sense? :D

Charcoal Oil pastel and chalk pastel on paper 42x240cm (4 A2 sheets)


Cheers all and take care
a. :)

11-02-2006, 11:47 AM
Well, that's it then for your set of blue chalk sticks hehe

2m40 tall... how do you do that then? Just start with one sheet on the floor? or an easel mabe but by page 3 you'd get into trouble no?
The drawing is really nice btw...

11-02-2006, 11:58 AM
Thanks Johan for popping in - and am still laughing at your accurate observation... blue pastel sticks are pretty depleated :) thanks for your comments and visit :bounce:

I used an easel to work most of the drawing, but lay them all on the floor to do initial sketching and get the joining to match up... at times I had 2 on the easel and stood on a chair - standing on chair, drawing with good music playing... not to be advised :D

cheers & take care

a. :)

11-02-2006, 12:02 PM
Great idea :)
think you captured that watery feel you were after. great work :thumbsup:


11-02-2006, 01:09 PM
Hi...Annette ...:thumbsup: :scream:

I think you ought to maybe get a 4 BY 8 foot piece of mazzonite...building supply store, and a roll of 4 foot wide masking paper, the kind house painters use to mask windows ect. before they spray paint the house..car painters also use it...comes in 50 and 100 foot rolls..one side is slick, and waxy, but the other side of the paper is great for drawing on and painting on...:)
You can cut a piece of paper from the roll, and tape it to the sheet of massonite...then put it up against a wall, and work on it in a vertical manner, at shoulder length from paper..will get more energy and more powerful and expressive line and brushstroks that way...PLUS NO SEAMS..:)
I used to do life size, and bigger than life size figures, FROM IMAGINATION...using conti crayons, when I was going to Burne Hogarths class years ago...was nice, because you could just roll the finished pieces up, and put a little piece of tape on them to keep them from unrolling..easy to store that way..:)
I used to take them into class, tape them to a wall, and he would just go up and draw right over them, with his conti crayon, showing me and the rest of the clsss all of the mistakes, and how it should look....got used to it real quick...LOL..:scream: ...Also learned a lot that way.:)

P.S......That paper is a nice gold color, which acts like a midtone for your drawings and paintings...:thumbsup:

11-03-2006, 04:41 PM
Hello again Frejasphere. First, thank you alot of your words back in my sketchbook, I found them really correct and they made me feel good :)
I really like your swimming painting, I love how it could be held in any position, she could be diving deeper, coming back to the surface or just floating. Its so peaceful :)
Its good that its a big piece, I picture it as a whole wall painting. I too love swimming.
The color of the water gives away a bit of you origin, in Finland where I live, the water is almost black :D

11-03-2006, 06:12 PM
Hi, Annette.

You know, aside from Noey, I think I love that painting of the three children the most of your work. I really do love when you do color...you are so free and loose with them and the most unexpected things happen.


11-04-2006, 06:05 AM
Thank you all for great comments and feed back :) I truly appreciate your visits and that you take the time to comment as well :bounce:

Mark - Thank you :) Maybe it's that we're going into summer not sure, but there's a lot of water in my mind at the moment, may as well explore it...

Glenn - Thanks for your comments - glad you like the drawing, I've got side-tracked again, but will go back and do a painting based on it soon :) Oh yes, I have masonite and rolls of paper :D the masking paper sounds cool, might have a look to see what's available here. I've been lucky to pick up end-rolls (30-50 metres of paper that's about 1 metre wide) from newspapers, that serves well for sketching on and also for keeping children happy in the studio as they like to spend time there as well. I tend to work at the easel most of the time, it's way large enough for big paintings and I just put the masonite up on the easel for drawings, gives you a good angle and allows that moving around - except when standing on that chair, listening to that music... :D

Jho - Thanks for your visit and comments :) black water eh... hopefully not too cold to swim in, but maybe this time of the year it's a bit chilly? Sometimes it's great that indoor heated pools exist or water lovers would be starved :)

Cris - Warming comments from you, thank you! I'm painting a colourful portrait with 5 faces at the moment, haven't had a chance to take photos yet, but will try to do a WIP soon... Thanks for popping in and putting a smile on my face.... I really like what you added to your profile: she-who-must-paint: I totally agree :thumbsup:

cheers all and take care

11-09-2006, 01:42 PM
A few WIPs and the finished painting...



colour and sunnies... ;)

It's late, and I think if I try to comment more I'll end up posting gobblygook...

so cheers all and take care
a. :)

11-09-2006, 04:39 PM
Great exercises with pastels and acrylics. Struggling myself now with gouache and acrylics. And you here doing one drawing/painting after another and in a pretty big format, nice. Tell me, have you read or maybe you know a good book about painting? In goauche? Or oil? Painting was just writen in my everyday's schedule, hehe, if I have the time. So I'd love to gain some knowledge, because know I suck at it.

By the way, you really have no mercy for your pastels, haha :thumbsup:

11-10-2006, 01:50 PM
Hi Razz :) Thanks for popping in and for your comments too :) except I don't think you suck at painting ;) having an interest and wanting to paint is telling enough :)

There are lots of great books on painting, wouldn't know where to start... I tend to pick up books from second-hand shops when browsing about. Mainly though, I have found that hands on play and practice with each medium & studying art and artists (both new and old) gives more practical feed-back. Books on general techniques and materials are good and readily available. even on the internet... :) http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/farp/acrylics/introduction.html
At artschool I had a lot of different teachers, who all had their own approach to painting and drawing, some were very traditional, others more experimental. I enjoyed (and still do) the variety. Best thing I think is to jump right in, play around with the medium - learn about mixing colours and practice layering and varying the paint thin and thick - to have fun :)

cheers and take care
a. :)

11-10-2006, 10:00 PM
Wow, Annette, I love that last piece. Great colors and faces.


11-11-2006, 04:43 AM

great painting :thumbsup: it's amazing how you get all the different colors to work for you...
i would never think to try this, would end up with an un-intentional abstact. lol

lots of vibes :) fun, friends and good times


11-11-2006, 09:21 AM
Hi Annette,

been coming by to look at your last piece a few times now... thinking about it and coming back, wondering what it is that bothers me a bit... I found it:

The womans face in the bottom center appears a bit squashed, just a bit...
and the man on her left, on his forehead there is green reflection... I think the shape of the reflection is flattening his head a bit. I liked it better in the WIP's you posted.

I do think you really created those sunglasses very well. They actually look very real to me!

no hard feelings I hope, especially to get critics from a noob like me :D
All in all your work is very inspiring, colorful and easy to absorbe, which I think are very nice qualities for an artist to have... something for me to aspire to (with all my oh so very academic work)

11-11-2006, 10:46 AM

Just wanted to say THANKS, and to see your feel good colors and paintings...always a pleasure:) Like the composition, colors,of that last one, and mostly just the way it makes me feel, when I see it..:thumbsup:
Looking forward to seeing more..:)

11-12-2006, 11:00 AM
Hi all :) great to have you all popping in for comments and feed-back, it really is so inspiring to have visitors and I thank you all for taking the time to share your thoughts

Cris - Thank you :wavey:(I like your new avatar too!)

Mark - Thanks I enjoyed painting this... and it is just that, good vibes, friends and good times :) As far as the colours go... I seem to see colours in everything - especially in peoples faces, just can't help myself :D I love exploring what makes a face, what emphazises character and all that - with each painting there's something new to discover and learn - hopefully I will have the chance to paint many many more faces :)

Johan - :) No hard feelings whatsoever! I really appreciate your feed-back and thank you for taking the time to both look and comment.
I do agree with you.. Noey, the girl in the middle ended up a tad squashed inbetween the 2 guys, all that hair to share with the other 2 :D - In a symbolic way I decided that it was ok to blend her with the green guy a bit, as they are a couple - yet in a realistic way I agree that she has less space than she perhaps should have.
With the green reflection on Jim, I can see what you mean - I think it works better on the actual painting than in the photo, even though I may have gone a bit overboard - I wanted to compensate for his eyes being least visible of all, by adding more colour to his face... if that makes sense?
Thanks for your kind words and observations :thumbsup:

Glenn - Thanks for popping in! Glad you like the painting - if it puts a smile on your face, I'm happy :) Take care and keep that spirit up

cheers all and take care
a. :)

11-24-2006, 04:16 AM
Hi all :)

Have been busy working, but not posting for a while... so a little update :)

I have a stall at an art-market each month, I have paintings and my jewellery on display, meet people, take commisssions and spend time in the sun - This month there were 2 girls at the stall next door who asked me to draw them, so we sat down on the ground for 10 minutes and I did a quick sketch - it's rough, but I enjoy drawing people from life and having a chat with them at the same time.


This one is a rough painting - acrylic and oil pastels on paper, continuing on that
water theme... not quite as serene as the swimming upstream - considering the shark.
Was more a play with mixing pastels and acrylics.


Also working on a few more portraits... At the moment I seem to be working my
way through the family :D I find it fascinating though to study the likeness and
difference in peoples faces.

First 2 are in progress, so still a way to go, both are Acrylic on canvas


This one is of my sister, who has been modelling - so only worked from life so far on this one, it's a real pleasure to work from life as you see the person from more than one angle. :)

And one finished one:
(I posted a WIP of this one earlier - and was thinking of posting the reference photo too)

Mum - Acrylic on board

cheers all and take care
a. :)

11-24-2006, 04:20 AM
Opps I double posted :D

anyway; here's the reference photo for the painting above:


Cheers all and take care
a. :)

12-03-2006, 09:04 AM
Hi all :)

Busy time of the year, with assessments and general end of year madness :D So even though busy painting and working, don't seem to find enough time to update.. hope everyone's well and happy though :)

Another update - finished painting of my sister, most of this one was done from life, which I really enjoy doing.

Cheers all and take care

a. :)

12-03-2006, 09:20 AM
Annette, you really have a definite style for your portraits and I love this last one. Nice use of color and shapes.

Good job!

12-03-2006, 10:19 AM
One of my co-workers does a great deal of acryllic painting, the resemblance in styles is uncanny :)

The second sister painting is wonderful, and the picture of mum is strikingly accurate (except in the painting her hair is longer :P)

12-03-2006, 10:35 AM
Maaan, looking at all these paintings makes me want to paint traditionaly! Aah, soon I'm gonna, now a piece in cg to finish...
Tell me, Frejasphere, why acrylics? Is it because their fast drying time (which is too fats for me, I can't blend colors because the paint gets dry)?

12-03-2006, 10:38 AM
Hey Annette,

being busy in a creative way.... what can be better than that huh?
Your sister is very pretty :)

Have fun creating!

12-03-2006, 10:51 AM
Awesome portraits, Annette!!:thumbsup: beautifully painted! your style reminds me of some of the early 20th century masters

12-03-2006, 12:27 PM
Hi all thanks for popping in and visiting :)

Cris - Thank you :) Your visits and comments always warm and inspire!

Therverian - Thanks for your comments :) Yes, mum's hair grew since the photo, so I took the liberty of adding more, growing up with a mum with red curly hair... hair seems to be the dominant thing ;)

Razz - Thank you for visiting and for your comments. Hmm why acrylics? To be honest, not sure :) I've used oils in the past and like them too :) There are so many traditional mediums and I can't say there are any I truly dislike... The thing I do like about acrylics is that you can choose how fast to work; by adding retarder or gel-like medium you can work in an impasto way, building up the paint really thick, or you can glaze in layers, which I tend to do with the portraits, to let the colours underneath effect what goes on next... Also; my workspace is limited and having turps fumes over long periods of time would most likely send me balmy :)

Johan - Thanks for your visit - I'll have to tell my sister :) and both of us will be blushing!!Am having fun creating though - and glad to see that you are busy too!

Anandpg - Thank you for popping in :) - very kind comments! I do love painting faces and people though, and hope to do many many more!

Cheers all and take care!
a. :)

12-05-2006, 06:47 AM
Hi all :)

A few charcoal drawings today... one from photo reference and one mainly from memory.

Both are done on paper (42x59cm) using vaired thickness willow charcoal sticks.


cheers all and take care

a. :)

12-05-2006, 01:15 PM
Ahhh so the new OFDW has started :D great!

Want to paint one in acrylics, just choosing at the moment and sketching...

first one (001)


cheers all and take care
a. :)

12-09-2006, 02:02 PM

portaits of your mom and sister came out great :) (thought i had commented on these already) great charcoal study of 001 cann't wait to see in color :thumbsup:

do you use a fixative while your working on a drawing in charcoal? just at the end ? not at all? just wondering, i have a horrible time with keeping it from smudging where i don't want it :scream: but i do have fun making the mess... make white paper dark gray... my best work!:)


12-13-2006, 03:29 AM
Hi all :)

Been busy with work, markets and everything :D but am so enjoying the time I do manage to spend on this OFDW :)

Mark - Thanks for popping in :) and for your encouraging comments!
I do use fixative on charcoal drawings... (on sketches that I'm not too precious about I use cheap hairspray (it can yellow the paper, although I haven't noticed any discolouring over the 15-20 years I've been using it, but to be on the safe side it's probably a good idea to use proper stuff on drawings you want to keep...) sometimes in stages to be able to work over areas without, like you say, smudging it... :) I do tend to end up with black hands and face (my best work ;) ) as I use my fingers to blend and work into the drawing...

Bit of an update on the painting... working in acrylics. Still a long way to go, but things are starting to come together a little, hopefully :)

a start...

taken a bit further...

cheers all and take care
a. :)

12-13-2006, 03:37 AM
you have some nice work going on here - I like the portraits, raphael studies, and ink (dragon) drawing in particular.


12-13-2006, 03:38 AM
I like the last one a lot. Very nice use of colors, and teh shadowing is giving it some forms too. So its kind of like a 2d illustration in term of style, and has a bit of depth with the shading. I think you could push the shading a bit further with brighter highlights and perhaps establishing a different texture for the hair (from a different brush stroke? dry brush in a distinct direction?) I'm not sure if that would help though, I don't have a huge amount of painting experience.

12-13-2006, 04:22 AM

looking great :thumbsup:

i'll have to try using it in stages next time i give it a go. Have fixitive but just neverr thought to use it like that 'till the other day when i was trying to figure out how you could go so dark and still have white showing.( skill and practice i know are a large factor in this, which i have little of in this medium) Have stumps too, start off using them then revert back to fingers by the end. oh well "war paint"

Thanks :)


12-13-2006, 04:35 AM
Gord - Thanks for popping in :) and for your comments, much appreciated :)

Womball - Thanks for your comments! I appreciate your feed-back :) As this is a WIP I still have a long way to go, have basically just got proportions and colour scheme established, from here on it's texture, highlights and details. I tend to work in layers where the lighter colours go on over the darker ones and texture of things like hair and fabric come later... hope that makes sense. Up to now my main aim has been to capture something of her young age, not sure how old she is, but my guess so far has been 9-10 possibly 12... so been trying to not paint her looking 45 ;)

hopefully another update later today

cheers all and take care
a. :)

12-13-2006, 06:01 AM
Great to see you working with traditional medium for the OFDW, even if I don't really like acrylics. Keep pushing it! Real paints are hell of a fun! :scream:

12-13-2006, 06:48 AM
Oh my

so gracious... and that look... was waiting for it while keeping an eye on the ofdw thread... now it's there... like a slap in the face... don't want to imagine how hard it would hit me if I were standing in front of the painting in real lol
I believe this is called art :bounce:

12-13-2006, 08:54 PM
Hi all :)

Time for a very quick update and then more work :)

Thanks Razz for your visit :), I am having fun and will keep pushing it :thumbsup:

Johan - oh *blushing* :) still a long way to go, but humble thank you for your encouragement :)

cheers all and take care
a. :)

12-15-2006, 11:38 AM
Another little update...


take care and cheers
a. :)

12-18-2006, 01:14 PM
Hi all :)

Taken a little break from Biondina as there's a lot of work to finish at the moment, will be back to her in the week though - and am enjoying the workshop a lot :)

Finished off this one of my daughter... it's been a bit of both (as in life and photo reference) and a lot of input, suggestions and ideas from the model herself :D


cheers all and take care
a. :)

12-19-2006, 07:30 AM
argh this reminds me of the fact that I am actually a chicken when it comes to drawing my children. I often think about it though, but they can't sit still for 2 seconds and I know I won't be able to put them on paper or canvas the way I would really like to.

She's about 6 years old or...?
The dark blue and yellow background works well I think. I'm wondering now... not just about this painting but generally spoken... upon what do you base your choice of color? is it the mood you are in? is it the mood the "subject" is in? probably, you use certain colors to evoke particular emotions with us viewers, just curious about the how's and why's ;)
(let's forget about commissioned work where the client usually has an input on this)

12-24-2006, 03:20 AM
Hi all :)

Popping in to wish you all a very Merry Christmas with bells and happy times!:wavey:
Thank you all for your much appreciated visits with inpspiring comments, thoughts
and feed-back :) :)

Been too busy to update - and now, off to celebrate with family...

Take care and cheers!! :beer:

a. :)

12-24-2006, 04:42 AM
Merry Christmas! Looking forward to a great 2007! :)

12-24-2006, 08:29 AM
Have fun! :D

12-24-2006, 07:59 PM
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2007

12-28-2006, 12:40 PM
Hi all :)

a quick update post inbetween being totally occupied in the busy "silly season"..
All is good :) & I will be working on OFWD v soon - just so many things came up all at once and I found myself inundated.

Johan :) thanks for visit and very sweet comments in your thread :) I realised I hadn't commented on your what you wrote earlier... sorry.. so here goes: It's a funny thing when you work traditionally and take photos... the camera seems to alter things as it so pleases ;) So what looks like a blue background in the photo is actually purple with yellow/gold streaks... Apart from that, I do think about the colours, and what you said does make sense.. it's a bit of everything really - I feel that most people have definitive colours in their faces or personalities... I like to bring those colours out - depending on the style of painting - colour can be the focus and quite exaggerated, or placed in the background... Hope that makes some sense :)

Here's an inbetween drawing that I did for my dad for Christmas... it's of my grandmother - who was and will always be a special person to me :)


cheers all and take care!
a. :)

12-28-2006, 01:11 PM
HEY...Annette...:thumbsup: :)
Just stopping by to say HI...Hope you had a great holiday season, and wishing you and yours the best in the NEW YEAR...:thumbsup:
Really like your last few paintings....a nice feeling in all of them....caught a little something of yourself in those last two I think...your feelings toward the subjects ...MAYBE...:)
I like the way you explained your color theory about people to Johan....COLOR ME BLUE...:scream:

12-30-2006, 08:26 AM
Hi all :)

A quick update on the OFWD - am trying to do too many things at once :D but am having fun too, so it's ok :)

her mouth is on the wrong angle at the moment, will get to that - today I worked mainly on
her blouse and a few highlights. I was spoilt for Christmas with some new sable brushes - there's such a lovely feel to them :)

Thanks Glenn for popping in and for your comments :)

Wishing you all a fabulous 2007 - hoping the year will be filled with artistic expression and adventure!

Cheers all and take care
a. :)

12-30-2006, 12:15 PM
Hello Frejasphere,

this last painting is esp. wonderful. There's quite an intense presence of the subject in it.

I dont have the reference at hand right now, but the only thing I would suggest is to introduce more values to the dark cloth she is wearing abover her blouse as it looks too much like an area of only one value in the photography.

keeping an eye on your thread...:)

12-30-2006, 01:25 PM
Hi Frej!
great portrates, the last one is just beautiful.
Your daughter looks a bit like Bridgette in Medium (the series) :)

Merry Christmas! And new year too.

12-30-2006, 11:30 PM
Hi there!
I just adore your OFDW image! She's gorgeous and I do like the lips... what bothers me a tad is the hair on the left seems to be sloping too much on the forehead... but otherwise I love it, especially the lively colours!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!:bounce:

12-31-2006, 12:46 AM
Hello again :)

Mu - thanks for popping in and for your comments :) It's nice to see you back! I agree with you on the bodice - and there will be some more highlights in there :)

Intervain - thanks for your visit and kind words :) and yes... that forhead - thanks for pointing that out :thumbsup: - I've been focused on the angle of her mouth bringing her face to a sort of drooped look, but looking at it can see the forhead angle is doing it as well... need to get cracking, but have to do NYE first ;)

Cheers all and take care!

a. :)

12-31-2006, 07:49 AM
Hey Frejashere

something tells me, your going to put them new brushes to good use :D got a few myself guess i'll have to get back to it soon

Have a great new year :)


12-31-2006, 10:22 AM
Hi Annette! Just dropped in to say Happy New Year!!:scream: Beautiful painting, as usual!!:)

01-01-2007, 08:26 AM
dear Annette,

Wishing you all the best for 2007!
May it be a warm and colorful year!

btw, you're OFDW study... very nice! Keep going at it!

01-01-2007, 03:07 PM
Hi Frejasphere, I really like your portrait work you've done, and that master copy is turning out really nice. Nice to see some traditional media around here too :)

01-04-2007, 03:00 AM
Thank you Johan :)

And Thanks Roja for kind words and for popping in :)

a little update on the OFDW - like I explained in that thread, it's a dreadful photo :D
Sorry about that...
Anyways, I still have a way to go,
detailing and pulling it all together hopefully in time for that lurking deadline
Hair, background and a bit of hairline adjusting - today's work :)

Take care all and cheers

a. :)

01-04-2007, 03:19 AM

i hate when that happens to me, i found if you can turn flash off and point a desk lamp at your painting some times does better. though i still have a couple of paintings one oil and one aacrylic that just refusses to let me get a decent photo off, who knows?

really looking good :thumbsup:, hope you are able to get a good photo when it's finished :)


Edit: opps :) never mind, just read your other post

01-04-2007, 10:42 AM
Great work on the OFDW piece, Frejasphere. I like the way you handle acrylics. Seems very hard to me. I believe I'll be starting some new painting after a week or so at the art school, so maybe then you could stop by my thread and write a comment or two :thumbsup: Would be awesome from you.

Oh, what's the surface you're painting this on? And how the hell you control acrylics? :D

01-10-2007, 12:19 PM
Opps... sorry for disappearing, been struggling for time :D

Thanks for popping in both Mark and Razz!

Appreciate your helpful comments on taking photos Mark :) I haven't been using a flash, but think that the lights I have in the studio are pretty strong (and flourescent..) so probably quite good at causing havoc with reflections... hopefully these aren't as bad...

Razz: Thanks for your comments and kind words! I work on canvas or on board when painting, this one is on canvas...

I wrote this in the OFDW...
Method of painting: (just a bit of a blab really :D)

I have done this one in acrylics (on canvas) (size 45x60cm - so pretty close to the original size, even though I did crop her blouse a bit..) I did an initial sketch, charcoal on paper, but no actual sketching on the canvas. I don't use grids or measuring, basically just a lot of looking (read staring) at the A5 printout of the original which has been blue-tacked to the easel while I've been working. My palette has been made up using: Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Paynes Grey, Cadmium and Alizarine Red, Cadmium Yellow and Titanium White plus a little Ultramarine Blue. I have really enjoyed this one; studying a painting so in-depth is totally humbling, frustrating and rewarding! :)

Added to that: Acrylics need to be kept moist while working to not have them dry out too quickly. I find using a spraybottle gives you quite a bit of extra time!

1 hour before deadline...
Choice 01:
Lord Frederick Leighton (1830-1896)
Oil on canvas, 1879
20 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches (52.1 x 41.3 cm)
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg


and a detail pic:

Take care all and cheers!
a. :)

01-10-2007, 12:41 PM
HEY ...Annette....:bounce:

REALLY CAME OUT ...BEAUTIFUL....:applause: :thumbsup:


01-10-2007, 02:33 PM
I totally agree with Glenn :)

Congratulations on another beautiful painting Annette!

01-10-2007, 02:53 PM
Thank you Glenn and Johan :)

Kind and encouraging words from both of you :blush: :wavey:

There are always things you keep looking at thinking "oh that could be better" or "that's waaaay off" or "I'm going cross-eyed here" :have to stop at some point and I guess that's a good thing about deadlines at times :)

Looking forward to doing some quick sketches now, and finishing of other work

Take care!

a. :)

01-10-2007, 03:37 PM
HEY....LOL...Annette......I'm up to 102 versons and variations on mine..:scream:
Still have 13 hours left...dam computers...make it to easy to make changes...but having fun, and learning a little something from each one.
Im going to have to go back and relearn how to do Z BRUSH all over again. I think I forgot how to do it, spending so much time on this Ingres painting...LOL...:)
Oh well tomarrow is another day...HOPEFULLY :) :bounce:

01-10-2007, 05:05 PM
love the final image! She's turned out gorgeous:thumbsup: :bounce:

01-11-2007, 05:37 AM
Hi Annette! beautiful work!:applause: your coloring is delightful as always!!

01-11-2007, 07:52 AM
Thank you Intervain and Anandpg :) I so appreciate your kind feed-back!

No work to post yet, but have spent time cleaning up the studio, (washing brushes :D), also varnished the painting which to me gives a definite closure, it's like saying you're really truly finished :) and I am all excited to get into some quick sketches, bit of a change :bounce:

Take care all and cheers!
a. :)

01-11-2007, 02:01 PM
Hi all :)

a few very quick sketches on A2 paper... just wanting to do a bunch of quick ones, with these I used Shepard's drawings as a rough reference (holding book in one hand standing at easel, getting the rough outline and a sore arm, and then putting book down to keep going :D )

They're all around 15 min each, and yes - quite rough... but fun to do :)




Take care all!

a. :)

01-12-2007, 02:21 AM
:eek: That acrylic work is really umblievable!! I´m in love! :) I hope I could learn something from that. I'm sure I will try.

01-12-2007, 04:02 AM
hmmm.... cool studies.:) I think you should do a lot more of these!

01-18-2007, 04:44 AM
Thank you Schneesturm :) very kind words!

Thanks Anand for your visit and comments :)

Been sketching a bit more today... All on A2 paper (42x59cm) and playing with chalk & oil pastels, and a bit of ink...

The first 3 I used Shepard drawings as a rough reference - the last one (all ink) there's no reference, just a very quick ink study from imagination.

chalk pastel & graphite on paper - 20 min

red crayon on paper - 15 min

Oil pastel & Ink on paper - 20 min

Ink on paper - 5 min

Cheers all and take care
a. :)

01-18-2007, 08:24 AM
Where do you keep all these lol You must have a room in the house, solely for concervation purposes :D

Anyway, we can't have enough studies right?
It's always a pleasure to see your work.

01-18-2007, 09:52 AM
Hey Frejasphere,

like these last studies and even though the last one is not the one which is the most accurate, I like it best for its graphical impact.

As concens pure anatomical study and emotional impact I like the second one.

Great (and huge...:D ) work!

01-18-2007, 02:58 PM
Hi :)

Thank you Johan :) and well yes... atleast the paper is flat :D so piles and piles and rolled up ones too... some I stick up on the wall for a while, it helps me see and think (or atleast I tell myself that :) ) And you are soooo right about never enough studies :) I picked up a great book the other day on sale; a reference book packed with photos of paintings and sculptures from all ages and styles BC to the late 1960's. So head buried in book with kids joining in, has been an exciting and amusing pass-time these past few days :) Especially as 6 my year-old boy picks his favourite as Caravaggio's Medusa... :D

Mu :) thank you for your visit and comments, I've been a dreadful commenter lately, I think the season has got the better of me... as we have summer and school holidays... time runs away... I appreciate your feed-back and hope all is going well your end :)

take care all and cheers
a. :)

01-19-2007, 03:51 PM

don't think i mentioned it, but i thought your OFDW020 came out awesome :thumbsup:, made me want to go back and work on my Waterhouse painting, slow progress

love that red crayon sketch, got some red colored pencils for christmas, now i know what to do with them. :) my not come out as great as yours though, suspecting my new pencils may be of an evil nature LOL....Hammett's NO. 666 RED...:eek:


01-21-2007, 12:26 AM
my year-old boy picks his favourite as Caravaggio's Medusa...

Yes, that sounds about right! Kids, eh? :)

I'm with Mark, Annette. Meant to comment earlier on what a fantastic result you got for your OFDW20. Beautiful image, and as a bonus, traditional!

01-22-2007, 12:31 PM
Mark :) Thank you for comments - :) Would love to see you keep going on the waterhouse, finding time with those red pencils calling for attention... so many directions, so little time :D Sure you'll find it though!

YMS - Thank you for your kind words! and yes, kids do tend to keep the imagination flowing in all directions :)

A bit of a play with oil pastels - no reference just an image from my imagination...
The eye looking out at you with the face in profile - my thoughts were meandering along the line of that someone that sees you, sees what's in the future, yet does not speak - possibly a dreamlike aspect of self... hmm I'm sure there's a better description somewhere :D and it's just a sketch really - a way of putting ideas and thoughts on paper...

A largish drawing: 56x91 cm on fairly thick paper, which allows blending the colours without tearing the paper :)


Take care all and cheers
a. :)

01-22-2007, 01:11 PM

Alwats a pleasure visiting your thread...never know what to expect, full of surprises....PICASSO this morning I see...:scream: :applause:
Keep the colors alive and vibrant...they always brighten up my day...:)

01-24-2007, 02:05 PM
Glenn :) Thanks for your visit and your happy comments - always nice to have you pop in and glad you like the colours :)

Another large drawing, from imagination so no reference used


cheers all and take care
a. :)

01-25-2007, 02:53 AM
A few charcoal studies - again used Sheppard as rough reference. Drawing on A2 paper at the easel, holding ref book in left hand and putting the book down once I've sketched the basics. Fairly quick studies, looking more at posture and form than detail.

Having fun :)

Charcoal on paper - 15 min

Charcoal on paper - 15 min

Charcoal on paper - 15 min

Take care all!
a. :)

01-25-2007, 06:27 AM
wow these come just at the right time
I'll be experimenting with charcoal a bit next weekend I hope
Thanks Annette!

01-25-2007, 09:10 AM
Cool Johan! :thumbsup: Can't wait to see :) Hope to get time to do some more too, they're fun and great practice!

A few smaller size quick studies (A4) on paper.


cheers all and take care!
a. :)

01-27-2007, 02:39 PM
Today's drawing: :)

Pencil drawing from photo ref.
on paper - A4


cheers all and take care
a. :)

01-27-2007, 02:49 PM
This whole page gives a nice variety of tools you use. I like trying out different tools myself.
Is this last one with a charcoal pencil? The lips turned out esepcially nice I think. Would love to see some more pastel drawings from you. I have some kind of pastels too, maybe someday I'll try them out :)

01-27-2007, 05:38 PM

Just stopping by to see what you've been up to..:)
Like those drawings, ...the reclining female one is my favorite..like the deep space effect, and the oneness of the forms in the way that they interlace...great job..:thumbsup:
Was wondering on your mother and child color piece,how a nice yellow golden shin child, with golden blonde hair, might look next to that purple in the mother...yellow and purple..usually set each other off nicely...but the green is nice also..just a passing thought as I was looking at it is all...nice feeling in that one..:thumbsup:

01-28-2007, 12:07 AM

just stopping buy to enjoy your great sketches :)

the eye in post 188- logicily i know it's in the wrong perspective, but how ever did you manage to make it work? amazing :thumbsup:


01-28-2007, 12:57 PM
Hi all :)

Razz :) Thanks for your comments... always a pleasure to have you come visiting :)
The last drawing (plus this next one) are pencil drawings. I use quite soft pencil for the darker and detail lines - 9B, and for the hair I've used lead stick - or thicker piece of graphite.

Mark :) Thanks for visit and comments! The one with the eye... I dreamt it, woke up with the image in my head, hard to explain, but I think the sense of an eye following you may allow for the distortion on some level (although to some it may just look plain wrong :D )

Glenn :) it's nice to have you pop by as always... it's this funny thing; this transferring images of drawings/paintings from reality to screen via digital camera (strange things happen along the way :D) the boy is a warm yellow colour and something changed in the translation... I appreciate your feed-back though :)

Another pencil drawing on A4 size paper; sorry about the bad quality photo.


Cheers all and take care!
a. :)

01-31-2007, 05:39 AM
Hi all :)

I have this book published by Black&White - called the Sydney Dream, it's one they put together for the Olympics in 2000 (here), & portrays Australian Athletes photographed in the nude in environments & or poses relating to their sport. There're some lovely photos in the book, so I decided to do a few charcoal drawings using the photos as a reference.

A2 size drawings in charcoal.

Here are the first 3

The Gymnast - charcoal on paper

The Swimmer - charcoal on paper

The Hockey Player - charcoal on paper

cheers all and take care
a. :)

02-06-2007, 04:44 AM
A few more Charcoal studies of athletes... :)

A2 size paper - willow charcoal sticks

The Softball Player - charcoal on paper

The Hockey Player no:2 - charcoal on paper

The Male Swimmer - charcoal on paper

cheers all and take care!
a. :)

02-06-2007, 05:16 AM
hi :wavey:

some great work, very inspiring :thumbsup:
willow sticks... hehe just to messy not to have fun with :)


02-06-2007, 08:49 AM
Really really nice use of charcoal, it gives your subjects a nice soft look. Using that book of athletes is also an inspired idea! My favourite sketch is the one of the young girl - you've captured the expression of a young child perfectly there. I'm not sure about the eyes though - with the face being at the angle it's at, would there be some more distortion on the shape of the eye? Whatever you do, don't try and change the original, because you've created a beautiful image that appears to the capture the essence of your subject - maybe experiment with paintovers on the scan? I could be wrong though, because I in no way can be called an expert!

02-06-2007, 11:23 AM
Hey Annette!! really cool posts!! I love the variety in your work!:applause:

02-06-2007, 11:57 AM

Nice charcoal studies...all of them...:thumbsup:
I was wondering if you can use transparent acrilic colors on top of the charcoal drawing...in that same beautiful color style of yours, and still retain the shading strokes and line of the original charcoal drawing..might end up with some really beautiful paintings, if that kind of glaseing techique is posible...just a passing thought..:)
It's always a real pleasure stopping by your thread, and seeing what you have been up to..:)

02-06-2007, 03:28 PM
wonderful wonderful
pitty my time is so very limited at the moment...
keep going Annette! we love it

02-07-2007, 12:32 PM
Hello all :)

A few torsos with a different approach... ;)
Art market is this week-end and to add some variety to my stall I painted these torsos (...psychedelic women).
They're sort of a paper-maché material, so white gesso to start with and then lots of colour. I didn't really have a plan as to how they would look, just good music and letting the patterns evolve as I go, a lot of fun :)


will be back with some more "serious" stuff soon :rolleyes: :)

hope all is well and take care all!
a. :)

02-07-2007, 12:55 PM
And opps :)

sorry meant to reply to my visitors and hit submit too early...

Thanks all for popping in :)

Mark - agreed! Willow sticks are so much fun - I think I'm ingesting charcoal and addicted to it :D

Thek - Thanks for your visit and your comments :) I like working with lots of different mediums - charcoal is definitely one favourite! Glad you popped in, and best of luck with your art. Sorry about the bad photo of the drawing of the little girl; it pretty much got rid of the nose shading, which could be why it looks strange - thanks for looking and commenting on it though.

Anand - Always a pleasure to have you pop in :)

Glenn - Thanks for your kind words and encouragement :) Yes it is possible to work over charcoal with acrylic washes... (fixing the charcoal before painting) preferably on canvas or board though, as paper tends to get soggy or start coming apart pretty soon... - might have to do some charcoal-colour paintings soon :)

Johan - Thanks for popping in... and for your kind encouragement :)
I hope your time becomes less limited very soon, there's quite a chant going on in your thread ;)

cheers all and take care!
a :)

02-09-2007, 02:26 PM

LOVE those torso's..:bounce: ......maybe a lamp in the future...the shade would make a great hat, and the light from the bulb a nice head, that enlightens, and shows off those pretty colors...A BLACK LIGHT MAYBE..PSYCHEDELIC..YES..:scream: :) ...just a passing thought..:)

02-15-2007, 02:05 PM
Hi all :)

Thanks Glenn for your comments :) lamp-shade sounds cool ;) - thanks for popping in, always nice!

Done some more charcoal drawings today, feels like half my nose is full of it... :D

The Male Swimmer no:2 - Charcoal on paper (A2)

Lou - Charcoal on Paper (A2)

Bo - charcoal on paper (A2)

cheers all and take care
a. :)

02-15-2007, 04:00 PM
Hi Anette,

just popping in to say how much I like your torso statuettes. They look like some tribal art... by an especially happy tribe, I might add...:D

see you soon

02-26-2007, 01:01 PM
:shrug: Lack of time... trying to negotiate with time-lords for more!

Feels like I've disappeared off the face of the earth a bit, I really want to do something for the new OFDW, but things have been so busy lately; I have a portrait that needs to be finished by the weekend, & teaching work - drawing, that needs planning attention... and on top of that I started a course in graphic design :D It's great fun, so I'm not really whinging, just popping in to say hello, and that I'll hopefully get some more time soon.

Thanks Mu for your visit... I like the idea of a happy tribe!

cheers all and do take care!
a. :)

03-13-2007, 07:53 AM
Hey Annette,

just popping in to say hi...

Missing your updates :)
Hope you're having a great time!

03-17-2007, 08:08 AM
Oh! I so wish I had more time to spend here :cry: !!

Thanks Johan for popping in :) Things have been really flat-out the last while, so I completely missed out doing the last OFDW and all the goings on in the last month. Hope you're all well and happy creating! :) I am fine, just busy.

A small update and will be back with more soon.

This is another painting I finished about 2 weeks ago; a commissioned portrait of 2 children (almost 5 and almost 2) worked from a number of different photos and because the children are smiling in all of them, I felt like I was being smiled at the whole time which was lovely :)

Started with a few sketches (A2) in charcoal, to get a feel for their faces (I notice I tend to enlarge eyes when I draw, more so than when I paint, oh well :shrug: ... I guess I'm "eye-focused")


a. :)

03-17-2007, 08:15 AM
and the finished painting:


I also tried to do a WIP animation :D never tried this one before, but thought I need to learn how to esp. as I work traditionally it can be hard to show the process ;)

so here goes: :)


and a few close-ups


cheers all and take care :)
a. :)

03-17-2007, 08:22 AM
I'm hungry for more updates now :p

Really nice to see the WIP anim too...

Take care,
a fan (lol)

03-17-2007, 03:51 PM
Here's a charcoal study using this reference (http://www.ginosprio.com/_images/James+Nesbitt_bySprio.jpg)

Bit rough and I'm not happy with the hand (feels too small) & a few other bits and pieces, he's a good actor though; makes me laugh :)


cheers all and take care
a. :)

03-18-2007, 03:43 AM

That is a great painting :thumbsup: really captures that youthfull spirit and playfulness.
I think a childs eyes say so much that they need to be bigger to capture everything they are convaying.

great to see the wip animation :)
maybe you'll have time for the next ofdw


03-19-2007, 08:43 AM
Hi Anette,

lovely painting of the two kids. The girl's smile is especially well done. It's also nice to see the WIP and follow your corrections on the facial features and all.

about the charcoal study: you are right; the hand is too small. Strangely, though, it rather makes the head look too big which is sad, because you captured the emotional essence quite nicely.

What I notice about the charcoal and the traditional paintings you do in general is that you work very light (speaking about tonality/values). There are dark parts in your paintings alright, but what I mean is that if you introduced a wider range of values in all of the local parts of your image including the directly lit areas you could increase the depth and impact of your paintings.

Not that I am able to do stuff anywhere near the stuff you do, though... :D

hope you find more time to spend here, I noticed how you paid many people a visit. :)

have fun!

03-28-2007, 10:30 AM
Hi all :)

Thanks for popping in, I really appreciate your visits and feel bad about being absent...

Johan - thank you! I'll have to play more with WIPs ;)

Mark - Thanks, warming comments from you :) I'd love to join the next OFDW - will just have to MAKE time eh? :)

Mu - Thanks for your visit and for your great comments, I appreciate you taking the time to put words to your thoughts here :) I like your suggestions on the charcoal drawings, some of the values may be lost in transition from real to photo... but I still think it's a good point and something I'll think about. Also: have you just added the blink animation to your avatar? or am I just hopelessly unobservant? It's very cool either way:thumbsup:

A few more drawings - portraits:

charcoal on paper: 42x59cm

Allison - Soft pastel on paper: 53x68cm

Monica - soft pastel on paper: 53x68cm

Lots of colourful dust from these last 2! Hopefully I'll have time to update more soon again.
Hope you're all well and happy!

a. :)

03-28-2007, 02:01 PM
... And a lovely update it is :D

Very powerful eyes in the charcoal portrait!

the portrait of Allison: the part above the upper lip seems a bit flat to me... maybe it's due to the upper lip edge being almost a straight line.
The piercing looks a bit small

Love the one of Monica. The background colors work really well with the colors of the face I think!

04-06-2007, 01:40 AM
I'm still keeping my eyes on your work ! Just to let you know ;)

Very inspiring, you've been practicing a lot, keep it up !
Lovely portraits.
Good to see you're back !


04-23-2007, 01:45 AM

hope your on to update :)


04-25-2007, 02:13 PM
Hello all :)

long time between updates... thanks for visiting guys I really appreciate it :)
it's all been a bit mad here :shrug: so even though I've barely been a "floater" I look forward to finding time to spend here :)

Johan - hope your hand is feeling better, I will try to get time to have a proper look at what you've been up to very soon :) thanks for your comments earlier. thanks to you pointing out Allison's lips (I wasn't really happy with the drawing but couldn't see past the eyes..) I went back and did a bit more on her - thanks for stopping in :)

Djampa - thanks for the visit - kind words and sorry about the late reply :)

Mark - Hey :) not that fleeting visit, but a little update now. Thanks for popping in!

first up - the slightly reworked pastel drawing of Allison
soft pastel on paper 53x68cm

04-25-2007, 02:19 PM
and a few quick sketches - taken photos from sketchbook... mostly sketches of family members

Coloured pencils and pen:






04-25-2007, 02:38 PM
on an update roll - even though it's been hard to find time, I'm still working away :)

This is a large pastel drawing - no reference, just playing with colours - might go back and work a bit more on it, haven't made up my mind yet.



Pencil and graphite on thick paper with an almost canvas like texture.
A great friend and the Orca :)

These last 2 are very much at the beginning stage -
no actual reference used - apart from Infected Mushroom's awesome music :)
I was lucky enough to see them live a few weeks ago - considering I've wanted to see them for years it was truly amazing! I'll update as I get a bit further - not as great (at least at this stage), to find the words to describe, as some are... so bear with me ;)



Cheers all and do take care!
a. :)

05-02-2007, 09:58 AM
A little more done on these 2 "musical" paintings

Still a long way to go :)



I'm in a strange place today - my grandad died late last night, it's been a sad journey as he's been very sick these last 9 weeks - and we've all watched as he's got worse. Time for happy memories and celebrating a very special man and his life will come soon - tears need to flow first - and having art and images does help to re-channel and focus on the things that make life a cycle of joys and sorrows.

(to not confuse too much... these paintings are non-reference inspired by Infected Mushroom's music... so not really related to everything else.. even though I suppsose in some way that everything is connected)

Cheers all and take care
a. :)

05-02-2007, 11:02 AM
colors!! Weee great way to celebrate good memories!.... I'm sorry to say but the first of the two actually freaks me out a little - don't know if that was your intention... I mean it's a cheerful atmosphere and all but those red things coming out of the ears just make everything kinda creepy for me :eek: ... Still, more would be desired... I like the fact that your works are instantly recognizable as yours!

05-02-2007, 11:19 AM

Very sorry to hear about your GRAND FATHER....HOPE that the end of his journy was a peaceful one, and that his SPIRIT finds PEACE in it's next journy.



05-02-2007, 01:15 PM
Hi Annette,

I'm really sorry to hear the news too. Watching someone you love a lot suffer is the worst - and I'm guessing you probably have a lot of mixed feelings right now. I know that when my grandmother died after a long illness I was both relieved and definitely saddened by the whole thing. It's tough to get through, but we all wish you the best.

05-02-2007, 02:58 PM
Hi Annette,

my heartfelt sympathy... I hope you have people around you who you can talk to or lean on.
Long sufferings mean long goodbyes and it's the one thing that is good about it: that you had the chance to say goodbye, mentally or even out loud.

Luckily, your colour abundance wasn't affected by your loss...:)

Fine gradations of the skin tones in the cheek in the first painting. :thumbsup:

05-02-2007, 04:24 PM
Dear Annette,

Your thread is so different than any other thread I've seen... It's amazing!
From what I know about you I can tell you're a very unique person and I'm sure your Grandfather was too.

My thoughts are with you...
I hope you can find piece with what has happened soon.

05-03-2007, 03:43 AM

I'm sorry to here about your Grand-Father and wish him well on his new journey.
Let the tears wash away the sorrow so you can feel joy and happinesss again.

Thinking of You

05-03-2007, 11:25 AM
Oh you guys are so kind and sweet! Thank you all so much for being so supportive and such lovely online forum art buddies! It means so much to me and I really appreciate all your lovely words! thank you! :)

Magdalena - Thanks for your kind words and comments! Sorry to freak you out with the painting ;) hmm... what I'm aiming for (and I'm totally not there yet) is a sense of sound becoming in a way part of oneself; music entering ears, taking over the senses and being "felt" and sensed in a physical way. Not sure it that explains, I think I started with the oversized ears and the serpentine "sound waves" hoping to resolve it as I go :)

Glenn - thanks, yes the beat does go on - I hope that his journey is a peaceful one too - a big part of me believes that it is so - thanks again for your kind supportive thoughts :)

Rebeccak - :) thanks, I appreciate you popping in, and I hope that the loss of your grandmother has evolved into special memories - even though we always have a sad spot for those we've lost.

Mu - So well put and so true! long goodbyes are hard, but in many ways easier than not having the opportunity to say goodbye. I am lucky to have a close family and close friends around. Grandad memories and thoughts will live forever - and there is so much to cherish in a person who has lived a long and very interesting life. thanks for your kind words :)

Johan - Such kind words! this forum means so much to me - people like you (make me blush) put a smile on my face and help take visual ideas and skills to new places :)
Yes my Grandad was a very special person - he always had a smile and a nice word for you, and he lived life to the fullest - I think in many ways he will go on inspiring for generations to come :)

Mark - Thanks for popping in - and for your kind words :) I have always believed that in order to appreciate the sunny days, you need rain some days - as you need to cry in order to be really happy.

I will be updating soon - I think as I said earlier, that having art is an important release for so many aspects of life.

cheers all and do take care, and thanks so much again. This forum really has some very special people :thumbsup:


05-04-2007, 02:42 PM
A little update - :)

First a small step on the 3rd painting in the "music series"; it's really only the basic layout so far, but thought I'd post it so that I can (atleast aim to) update these as I go...

acrylic on canvas

This next one is an attempt at a self portrait. I put a masonite board up against the mirror in the bathroom - leaning it on the sink. Using charcoal and a largish piece of paper. The angle to draw was pretty good - even though it's a bit of a stare face :D


cheers all and take care

a. :)

05-05-2007, 02:05 PM
Another self portrait... this one's a bit strange looking, same set-up as last night, with the board leaning against the bathroom mirror. Was trying to do a different angle, and realized fairly soon how hard it is to keep your head at a set angle when you're drawing :D So the result is a bit skewed. Think it's a good idea to do some sp every now and then, seen a few around here come up with some great studies :thumbsup:

As these 2 are quite quick (occupying the only bathroom does have a natural time-limit) I should aim for some more detailed studies.

charcoal on paper

cheers all and do take care
a :)

05-05-2007, 03:44 PM
mighty fine sketches Frejasphere, i also like you colorfull painting ... excellent works ... thx :thumbsup:

05-06-2007, 03:45 PM
Thanks for comments Wolf :)

Another sp... pen sketch on A4 paper


cheers all and take care
a. :)

05-06-2007, 03:51 PM

great SPs and wow that last one is really dynamic, powerful, awesome


05-10-2007, 06:05 AM
Hey Annette:wavey: ,

looking through your latest additions I noticed again what I really like:
All your colorful portrait sketches and paintings give me the wish to know something more about the people you're showing, it's always amazing for me to see how much personality and life you put in these drawings with a few quick strokes:) . So especially interesting to see your powerful self portraits:thumbsup: !
I second Magdalena's comment, it's easy to recognize your special style!

I'm sad to hear about your grandpa, words can't really help you in this hard time, but I hope when the first pain is gone your art will help you and your family to remember the good times with him...


05-10-2007, 08:04 AM

this last one sp is so different from all the other things in this thread, it's really exciting!

I think you should a lot more of them, you seem to discover totally new things, in your art as well as in yourself (the latter is at least what I feel like after having done my self-portrait - and you seem to have gotten to know yourself better, because the last one shows a different Annette).

So, take this as an encouragement to do more SPs! Looking forward to your updates.


05-11-2007, 09:31 AM
Thanks all so much for comments and visits :)

Mark - Thanks for comments about self-portrait, I actually had quite big hesitations about doing them (and about posting them) - I felt that too much of the sadness in the last week was showing in my face... Perhaps it's ok to explore a variety of emotions even in self-portraits... Hopefully be back with some happier ones soon :)

Sabrina - Kind words thank you :love: I think I am very lucky to have many special people around me, to try and do them jusitice though portraits or other depictions, is a joy for me :)
Thank you too for kind words about Grandad, means a lot. And I think it's true that art does carry us though so much in life.

Mu - :) It was actually your sp that inspired me in the first place - so there you go :) I think you are right that a self-portrait becomes a slightly different journey - atleast you become quite familiar with the variety of facial expressions you're capable of ;) Hopefully next time I'll be back with some showing a different Annette - thanks again for the encouragement!

A little bit of a reference...
2 recent pics of me (feels a bit wierd posting them, but I guess this forum is slowly teaching me to not be such a chicken about being "out there")



and one of the space I work - it's a bit messy, but I love it

05-11-2007, 09:36 AM
and a little update on 2 of the paintings I'm working on



Still a fair way to go :)

and a 10 min pen sketch of Bo:

Take care all and cheers
a. :)

05-11-2007, 10:28 AM

REALLY ENJOY seeing those free and lose style paintings of yours..they are just plain nice to look at..which is what it's all about in the end..:thumbsup:
You might try getting a couple of mirrors set up so you can see yourself from different perpectives and angles...one mirror reflecting off the other kind of thing. You can position them so you don't even have to turn or move your head while you paint your image....profile,..three quarter from the back/front view, ect ...just a passing thought..:)
ALWAYS a real pleasure seeing your works...also...GREAT photos of you..I like the questioning kind of expression you have in your eyes in that bottom one...would make a great painting..:)

05-11-2007, 11:03 AM
Hey Annette,

good to see who we are talking to, although I already had a pretty good idea after seeing your self portraits :)

You look tired on the photo's but it sure doesn't show in your work! Vivid and full of life they are! Thanks for sharing...

Keep well

05-16-2007, 01:10 PM
Another little update :)

and thanks Glenn and Johan for commenting :)

Good idea with the mirrors Glenn :) will see what I can come up with..

Done a bit more on this one... there's some blue - but a fair bit of what looks blue in the photo - is actually a dark purple- esp in the faces...:shrug:
Oh well, it's just a WIP so I'll try to get better colour rep as I finish :)

take care all!
a. :)

05-16-2007, 01:50 PM
Hey Annette!

Great to see the "references" for your self portraits, nice photos!
And now I can say that you've already achieved to show a good impression of yourself with this loosely sketches:thumbsup: , I hope to see more of this soon.

Nice progress with your "musical serie", I like especially the yellow figure on the blue ground, very dynamic:) !



05-16-2007, 02:34 PM
Thanks Sabrina :)

Kind words - always nice to have you pop in :)

a fair way to go on all 3 still, but I feel as though they are slowly coming together

It's too late for me to string 3 words together in any orderly fashion... just wanted to say hi and thanks for stopping by :)

a. :)

05-20-2007, 06:29 AM
Hi all :)

A little further on this one..


and a finished painting:


Acrylic on Canvas

Inspired by the music by Israeli psytrance duo Infected Mushroom

cheers all and take care :)
a. :)

05-20-2007, 03:30 PM
Hi Annette,

you know what I like about these paintings of yours?

You simplify the subjects so much that they seem like things that a child might have painted, clear and joyous and colourful, but at the same time there's a deeper understanding of form, values and anatomy which nicely and clearly distinguishes your paintings from paintings by so-called artists which kind of exploit the naive look to disguise a lack of knowledge or craftmanship.

I need to keep a few links to your paintings at hand so I can link artsy-fartsy people up to how this is done properly next time my bullshit detector goes off on their drivel.

eek! Rant mode off...:D

05-20-2007, 08:59 PM
Hey Annette! Lovely paintings. Very colorful, I must say :D A lot of times I wanted to draw/paint something inspired by the music I listen to, but never had. The images just left in my head. This inspires me to at least try. You know, the thing why I haven't done it is because I'm not confident enough about my imaginational stuff.
I like the whirpool kinda things in the paintings. Where all the colors flow together. Looking forward to what you'll show next.