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Peace and Goodwill

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At the end of the year Big Pencil Studio is thrilled to have had so many warm, enthusiastic and seriously talented people through the door. Proudly we send several of our number out into further art education in “big” schools, Vocational Education and University and have welcomed many back to continue the journey in our shopfront studio. Wishing you all a safe and peaceful season ahead. May we be kind and creative! See you in 2015 for more artful distractions.

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Tuesdays Nights – Three Weeks – One Pose – Works in Progress

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Bethia works on an oil underpainting.

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Dimity channels a Gauguin beauty in blue.

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Eric uses expert broad brush techniques and colour co-ordinates with his shirt!

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Melanie dabbing details in warm flesh tones.

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Angie makes a study in serenity.

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Peter finely works the details on the face.

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Jeff adds a deep shadow to his work – enjoying the curves like Brett Whitely.

One pose, seven individual visions.

One pose, seven individual visions.

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Bones, Ladders and Red Velvet

Sometimes at the end of the day the Big Pencil studio is just a visual treat.  Working here with the favourite red velvet drapery, our resident skeleton, ladder and a stick thrown in for luck, the drawings worked so well together.  

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Detail of the work of Neil Thomas.

Detail of the work of Neil Thomas.

Ladders and skeletons. Jeff Tyson's work in the middle.

Ladders and skeletons. Jeff Tyson’s work in the middle.

The work of Caroline Gyucha

The work of Caroline Gyucha

Sticks and ladders and drapery and bones. Works by Eric Stone, Jeff Tyson and Dimity Hawkins.

Sticks and ladders and drapery and bones. Works by Eric Stone, Jeff Tyson and Dimity Hawkins.

Detail of work by Adrienne Barrett.

Detail of work by Adrienne Barrett.

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Painting from Life and Upholstery

 

 

Winter term at Big Pencil has seen some experimenting with acrylic painting from a live model.  Believe it or not these works were some of the first paintings participants had ever attempted and were made within restriction of the one hour pose.

 

The work of Eric Stone.

The work of Eric Stone.

 

The work of Neil Thomas.

The work of Neil Thomas.

The work of Dimity Hawkins

The work of Dimity Hawkins

The work of Adrienne Barrett.

The work of Adrienne Barrett.

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Colour Spectrum comes to Big Pencil – Leila Boakes Acrylic Workshop

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Local artist and educator Leila Boakes gave workshop participants a great treat on a Saturday in July by showing us her technique with colour acrylics. We worked over one long day to paint a complex tableau of still life objects. Everyone was weary by the end of the workshop but very proud of our efforts. The results speak for themselves. Find more photos in the our gallery.

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Drawing Winter Term off to a D’Andy Start

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Andy Warhol and Flower based on the photo of Dennis Hopper.  Composite drawing, charcoal on paper. Six people, two squares each, thirty minutes… and viola!  Andy would approve.

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Winter Night Diversions?

There are still a few places left in the Winter term Tuesday and Thursday series.  Book now to enjoy a productive winter evening.

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Long poses and beautiful behinds

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The one day drawing workshop of last weekend at Big Pencil was a great effort by all involved looking for those elusive tonal axis, the highlights and deep shadows for hours on end.  With a long and languid reclining pose by our model keeping us busy all afternoon as the works slowly came to life.  Above is the work of participant Melanie Starr.  Visit the Gallery page to see more sensational works by Dimity Hawkins, Hayley Rivers and Leila Boakes.

 

 

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Saturday 21 June – One Day Life Drawing Workshop

Saturday 21 June - One Day Life Drawing Workshop

Book in ASAP by emailing BigPencilStudio@gmail.com

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An exhibition – showcasing the Works on Paper by Big Pencil Studio participants

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Following the musings of the last post “Powder on a Page”, Big Pencil Studio has been busy illustrating this point of how extraordinary images can be made from such humble materials of charcoal and pastel on paper.  An exhibition of the fabulous efforts of the current participants at Big Pencil can be viewed until Friday 13 June at Bell Street Gallery, 240 Bell Street, Coburg.

Featured works are from Adrienne Barrett, Suzi Blackburn, Julia Bourke, Dimity Hawkins, Linley Kensitt, David McLean, Peter O’Rourke, Hayley Rivers, Melanie Starr, Eric Stone and Neil Thomas.

Come check it out or wait for the photos we’ll post in a couple of weeks on this site.  Either way, you can marvel at the magic of observational drawings that create windows into other spaces.Image