08 Jul 2018

Which Eraser for the job?

Why are there so many erasers to choose from? Well they all have a different purpose. The basic two would be a vinyl eraser and a kneadable eraser. But everyone know that you really can’t have too many art materials, don’t they? It can’t be just me!   Kneadable Erasers – to lift of by patting or rolling. Kneadable erasers come in different colours but I like the grey ones from Faber-Castell. Cutting them in 9 pieces, I keep them in […]

11 Mar 2018

Deadlines and Procrastination

Why is it that I find myself leaving things until the last minute sometimes? I mean, I have the closing date; I know how much time I need (with and without sleep) to get the job done; I know what other jobs are needed before and after; and still I find other things to do first – yes they are arty things but I really DON’T need to start another painting when I still have to finish 2 for the […]

08 Feb 2018

Bird art for Artists for Conservation

The 2018 Artists for Conservation exhibition (the 11th) is partnering with one of the world’s oldest and most important global organisation dedicated to bird studies! The International Ornithological Congress (IOCongress 2018) will be held in the Vancouver Convention Centre – and by the way, it’s the 27th Congress! Faced with the daunting fact that bird experts from around the world could be peering closely at my efforts I have been wracking my brains for an Aussie bird I know inside […]

18 Nov 2017

New tutorial added

After the huge response to my pet portrait workshop I have added a new tutorial on my website. This black and white dog in Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel pencils on the wonderful Clairefontaine PastelMat. All the colours needed as well as easy to follow step by steps.

24 Oct 2017

Skin Deep – the body art of Sandra Temple

After a year and a half of hard work (not only mine but the amazing models, photographers and assistants who helped make this possible) I am pleased to say that on Saturday 28th October my book will be launched! Over 100 pages of photos, this hardcover limited edition coffee table book will have you scratching your head trying to work out which bits are paint and which are costume. All books are signed and numbered and come with a certificate […]

22 Oct 2016

Wilbur’s Travels – At the Louvre

Another adventure today. Tha sun was shinin an it seemed like every hooman in Paris was out enjoyin it!  Her legs were still not OK afta all tha stairs yestaday but She pushed on. First thing we headed off ta tha Louvre by the Metro. Such a great way ta travel most of tha time, but very squishy at others. Anyway, tha train stops at tha Louvre so we got out – very suprised that the line was nice an […]

21 Oct 2016

Wilbur’s Travels – Art, Art and the Crypt

All prepared for tha cold, tha wind an tha rain (as well as a bit of sun) this mornin. First stop was tha Met for a trip ta Notre Dame. All ready for tha tower climb! All I can say is I’m glad I didn’t have ta climb those 100’s of steps. She was beaten up by a man with a walkin frame BUT stubborn hooman that She is, got ta the 3/4 way up and walked around getting Gargoyle […]

21 Oct 2016

Wilbur’s Travels – Ooh La La

It was another beauty of a mornin in Chartres when we left. It had rained durin tha night an the air was fresh (M&M said it was bloody freezin but She likes it cold). We hopped on a train from there to Paris an found (SURPRISE!) M&Ms Metro tickets from 2 years ago still worked! We got ta tha hotel an found tha rooms ‘not quite ready’. They had ta wait for two  hours for their rooms ta be ready. […]

19 Oct 2016

Wilbur’s Travels – Pretties in Chartres

Still in Chatres for another night. Off ta Paris by train tomorrow. Today we spent time in tha Musee des Beaux-Arts. So many wonderful paintins and sculptures. Restoration work done on some of them was astonishin. Here I am chattin to a mate of Van Dykes, He told me ta make sure ta check out tha fancy pants on tha palomino so I did.   The horse was a bit high strung, probably all them strange people around it. Massive […]

18 Oct 2016

Wilbur’s Travels – A Chateau, A Cathedral an a Art Shop

Well I told ya we was leavin nice an early an here is the last look from tha Apple Barn.  This isn’t it – this is next ta tha Barn an is waitin ta be done up itself. It was a great place ta stay for sure an if She coulda taken anything with Her from there it woulda been tha shower an hot water! She’ll be back ta tha short warm ones from tha tank wata soon enough. Tonight […]