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Drawing – A Process that Starts with a Mark..

I would really like to thank my good friend Deanna Gracie, not only is she a dear friend but a fabulous Jewellery Designer living in South Shore Christchurch … http://www.nzjewellerydesign.com/news-blog for inspiring me to get back to drawing again ! 

I have a habbit of wherever I go I seem to collect interesting objects… so I have started out to draw some of the interesting things I have collected.

Just a quick tip!  sometimes it is easier to take a photo of what you are drawing to see it in a 2 dimensional way rather than the 3d way we see from our perspective… looking back at these quick sketches I can see lots of things that I needed to do to make them more 3d etc… but must admit haven’t drawn in a very long time… so will be trying to draw one a day for a while and will post on here.. will be interesting to look back and see the improvement over time 😉

Still life drawings

My entrance to the art world started about 36 years ago as a child…. “drawing”.

In those days I didn’t start out by drawing objects or  still life as I now know it, but used to copy from a favourite Walt Disney Book!

I have fond memories sitting for hours upon hours drawing, sketching, rubbing out, sketching some more and then adding colour to my finished sketches.   Then as I started High School I fell in love with the process of Art  and Painting, I painted my way through School, but  life flies by so quickly and as our lives get busier and busier, work, marriage and then family, over time I grew away from painting.  When my children were young around 5 and 10 I picked up a paint brush for the first time in years! and like an old glove I just slipped right back into it!

Who would have thought that sitting at my kitchen table at  7 yrs old nearly 36 years ago would have attributed to my major passion and focus in life today!

Thank you Deanna for 1st being a great friend and 2nd for reminding me of my Art Roots ! and allowing me to return to them for a while and share them with you all!  


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Art Tips – How to B Creative?

To be creative is one of the hardest  and most physical and emotional taxing things you can do!

1) Be well rested and relaxed!  I find if I am tired and have been rushing around then the last thing I can do is sit down and be able to paint or be creative.

2) Paint, Create what is in your heart and Don’t put pressure on yourself!  Paint what you feel you want to paint Not what others tell you to! This includes painting what you enjoy and love rather than what is in vogue for now.

3) Experiment!  Experiment with using new products, new techniques, and colours etc… When we stay in one place and don’t wish to look outside the box we are comfortable in,  that is when we tend to get stayed and bored in our ways… and then Creativity is usually the first thing to go!

4) Maybe Create with others? Joining an art class, group or simply find a friend to paint with… Painting is such an uplifting thing to do and is always enjoyable with others, you may find very special friendships within your painting groups and also you can kick of different ideas you may have.

1. What is Creativity ?

Noun – Meaning of Creativity – the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretation, etc; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.

BOOK NOW for your spot in my latest Art Workshop!

LATEST WORKSHOP – Saturday 6th November 10am to 2pm

Book Now – Please note limited places available




Explore a wide range of GOLDEN Products, Open Acrylic, Heavy Body, Fluid and Airbrush Paints, Soft Gel Gloss Medium, Regular Gel Medium, Clear Tar Gel, Glass Bead, Coarse Pumice Gel, Fibre Paste and Crackle Paste.

We will look at and experiment with the differences between paints, mediums, additives, gesso and grounds, and experiment with colour.

Learn how to create acrylic skins and transfers while working with different mediums and grounds, plus learn a whole new range of exciting techniques.

You will grow in confidence as yu learn product knowledge and different techniques to create your own unique works of art!

VENUE:  Avice Hill Arts & Crafts Centre, Avice Hill Reserve,      395 Memorial Avenue, Avonhead, Christchurch

DATE & TIME:  Saturday 6th November 2010, 10am to 2pm (Please bring lunch, Tea and Coffee provided)

WORKSHOP FEE:  $40.00 (Material list available on enrolment) (Limited numbers)

For Bookings or more Information

Please contact me here : donnasteel1@xtra.co.nz or ph:03 3599125  Mobile: 027 5070 426

Art Workshop Venue & a little insight into what we will be experimenting with

100% Donation to Christchurch Earthquake Mayoral Fund !!! 


When Leaves Fall

 (Click on Artwork to enlarge it!)

 When Leaves Fall
By Donna Steel Canterbury Artist
Acrylic Mixed Media
Size : 910mm x 300mm Box Canvas
Strung & Ready to Hang

All artwork sold comes with a receipt and Certificate of Authenticity

Artwork created using mixed media, the 2d Trees are created using tissue rope, artwork is painted with earthy colours …. this is one of my earlier works and a favourite of mine!

I am a Contemporary Artist Based in Christchurch, I sell via Galleries down here in Christchurch and in Akaroa.

I have never been so terrified in all my life by the earthquake that hit on Saturday morning and the shakes since!! We are all so blessed to still have our lives… but there are still a lot of hurting people out their that have lost their homes and possessions!! also there are people that through different circumstances were under insured or not insured! I really want to do something to help and have decided to put one of artworks on Trade Me for sale with ALL proceeds to go to the Mayora Fund!

This is one of my earlier artworks which I have kept in my private collection which has not been up for sale!

Please Bid Generously Artwork is worth approx $1000.00 … Reserve will start at $250.00

How to Create a Photomontage….

– creating your own original design…
1) Select a photo or image  that you would like to use as the background of  your artwork.
2) Select images to be attached to your background photo. (You can select your images from the internet, your own photographs/artworks, magazines, newspapers etc…
3) Cut out the images that you want to use and attach them to the background using a glue stick to create your  overall image.
4) Photocopy this image onto another piece of paper.

1) Find and print an image that you will use as your background.

2)Souce images cut them out and glue them on your background

3) Take photocopies of this image once you are happy with it.

Step 1,2 and 3

When you have made all the montages that you wish then make sure you take heaps of copies of them, you will always keep the original as a template.
Check out my next post how you can turn your Photomontage into different mediums such as acrylic skins and transfers… and then a great quirky piece of art!
sorry guys I have to go and pick up my kids from school and have stuff to do with them so will be back on here with the next instalment of how you can make your montages into  Acrylic Skins and Transfers…
keep watch 😉
talk soon cheers D x


“Little Pears” inspired by LE Tour De France …

I have been watching Le Tour De France again !! yay and really enjoying it! and as usual every year as I sit and watch this Beautiful landscape and enjoy seeing and hearing the history of the chateau’s and castles of France I can’t help be inspired to paint something “French” lol …. so… with that in mind… Something a little different for me … have been playing around with creating artworks in the Fresco Style … with the plaster texture look and washes …

 Just a little info on what is Fresco?

Fresco painting is a very old technique. It reached the height of splendor with the Renaissance masters and was used to decorate buildings and church vaults. A fresco is painted on fresh (fresco) plaster made of slaked lime and sieved siliceous river sand plus pigments diluted with plain water. The painting must be done quickly and surely, before the base has time to dry. (Murals are instead painted over dry plaster). The chemical reaction between the calcium hydrate and carbonic acid in the atmosphere fixes the painting and makes it insoluble. This technique was used to decorate buildings and church vaults. Frescoe artworks normally do not have bright colors in them, and usually are painted in the earthy Itialian colours.

Little Pears

"Little Pears"