Bella Sings..

This is my favourite music clip of all time… far. 18 year old Bella Ferraro sings like a bird….so talented, so young so beautiful.

Watch the full clip with judges comments:


The Rubens

Here is a link to Indie Rock band from Sydney, Australia called The Rubens, another Triple J Unearthed winner.  The track is called “Lay it Down”.

Sounds like the Black Keys, Doors.  Influences, Jimi Hendrix, Black Keys, Rolling Stones


Mummies continued…

I have today continued on the mummy theme with a poignant one of mother and child.  The mother seems to look down at the child with love and care even though they are both dead.  I guess mothers loved their childen as much long ago as they do today. 

Quote for today, “We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Art Therapy and the Mummy

I have been rather sick and spending some time in hospital thinking about my mortality off and on.  At one point, I could not see my way ahead so when I returned home spent some time in my studio drawing mummies and the like.  This is quite timely as the Queensland Museum (5 minutes from my house)  currently has an exhibition of mummies from the British Museum.

I will review the exhibition in a few days.  Quote for today, “The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.”

A Kiss Changes Everything

Here below is another fantastic gestural drawing of a couple kissing by Gustav Klimt.  The loose lines show the sensuality of the moment and even the viewer cannot help but experience the emotion of the kiss.  I love this drawing!

This is a link to very famous kisses by many artists over the century including my very favourites by Edvard Munch.

Quote for today: “Would they remember the love you showed?”

My Favourite Kiss Drawing

My favourite kiss drawing is the one below drawn by Gustav Klimt. 

Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other art objects.

Oh to be able to do these lovely fluid lines!

Quote for today “Patience turns the mulberry leaf into satin”.  Unknown

A Kiss continued..

Another attempt in my sketch book after a lovely photo. I tried to show the work as tender with the girl’s hand pressed softly on the man’s face. 

Quote for today.  ” .its really a tightrope sort of thing, living” – Joy Hester 1920 – 1960″

I can identify as I seem to walk a continuous tightrope myself.

Joy Hester was an Australian artist born in 1920.  Her art was raw, complex and challenging yet she found no appreciative audience during her lifetime.  Joy was beautiful, exuberant and unconventional, her short life plagued by illness and poverty.  She died in 1960.

After Rodin

Here is another kiss drawing using biro and white spirit as before.  This is a particularly emotive and passionate marble statue dated 1901-1904 and created by Auguste Rodin.  It shows the fateful embrace of Francesca and Paola, the adulterous lovers from Dante’s Inferno and is on display at the Musee Rodin in Paris.

Today’s quote: “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
Vincent van Gogh


A Kiss Drawing in Biro

Well, so much for a kiss painting a day.  I have been really sick for a very long time, you know, that old chestnut, yes, it’s true.  Anyway, I am back with a new series of kisses using a biro and methylated spirits on rag paper.  The white spirit acts like watercolour and makes the biro marks run and soak quickly into the paper.  Btw, this is possibly not light fast but fun to try.

Same Kiss – Different Day

Today another kiss painted from the John Lennon, Yoko Ono photograph.  This study is similar to the first one and done in the same style.   The ink has a lovely vibrancy and the colours run in the most unpredicatable ways, so much fun to work with.

I am a big fan of Julian Schnabel and have found a fantastic video link to his masterclass, my thoughts have changed completely since watching it.  Julian tells artists to stand up for themselves and not let the world push them around, “If you’re scared then you’re done”  he says.  Julian lives and works in New York as a film maker, interior designer and artist. His favourite saying is “jump into the pit, if you can climb out you get to go home, if you don’t, you die”. 

This is the link:

Quote for today, “If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague”.  Source unknown. 

This work is A3 size on good quality cotton rag watercolour paper.