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Vivien Maloney
06-13-2010, 03:10 PM
I've decided I will post sketches from my A4 Sketchbook/Journal.
Most of these will be from the Scavenger Hunts-as I've participated in 10 of these so far and all sketches are from life, not photos.
As the title says - my sketches are on A4 paper (12in x 9in) are on a variety of paper e.g. sketchpaper, watercolour paper, pastel paper etc.
As in my "Changing Seasons Journal", I decided on a loose-leaf format, as it suits me to sketch on lots of different types of paper and I file them in a similar file/book to my other Journal.

This is my cover


And here a some pages from previous Scavenger Hunts:




Thats all for now but I'll post more later.
Hope you enjoy them.
C & Cs welcome

06-13-2010, 03:23 PM
Viv, these are great! My favorite is your granddaughter holding Hayley. I love the way you caught the look on her face and the kitten's head at that angle, the moment before the kitten wiggles and kicks. She looks like she's debating wiggling and kicking versus relaxing and purring -- it's a wonderful moment. Those enormous ears are so cute.

Beautiful primary colors still life too. Everything in these pages is exquisite, you're one of the people I know who sketches better than I do, so I watch what you do to learn.

The cover design is great too. I like the strong colors and clean lines.

06-13-2010, 05:02 PM
Lovely sketches Viv. What an interesting idea, a sketchbook scavenger hunt.


06-13-2010, 07:58 PM
Yay! Love the primary still life.

06-13-2010, 09:03 PM
Great to see these all together. You have a wonderful talent. I will look forward to watching out for more.

Vivien Maloney
06-13-2010, 10:44 PM
Robert, Yorky, Ep and Jacqui - Thanks so much for your comments. I look forward to posting more sketches.

06-14-2010, 12:41 AM
Vivien, I can tell this is going to be a great journey. The sketches so far are delightful. Can't wait to see more.

06-14-2010, 03:37 AM
great work vivien, i was thinking of following the scavenger hunts for this very purpose....journalling. i am finding it hard to motivate myself to sketch. so i think i will try the scavenger hunts to get going....

06-14-2010, 06:47 AM
I too love that sketch of your granddaughter with the kitten. I like that Jack Russell Terrier too - that's one I hadn't seen before.

06-14-2010, 09:36 AM
Viv, neat that you are doing an Art Journal thread and that you are creating your own sketchbook with various papers! Great idea. I love your horse sketches but agree with Robert that the one your granddaughter with kitten is just lovely.

06-14-2010, 10:03 AM
good sketches

have you ever joined the pages concertina fashion? so they can be turned or opened out? I thinkl it would work well with your different papers.

06-14-2010, 12:05 PM
This is really good Viv! Great Jack Russell sketch!


Vivien Maloney
06-17-2010, 02:48 PM
My latest sketches from Scavenger Hunt 180 - Hosted by "J" Jean





These were my last 3 for this Hunt.
The "backwards and forwards" item was a challenging one and I had to put some thought into what I'd draw for it. I finally came up with "windshield wipers". That's the interesting thing about the Scavenger Hunts, the items can be open to a wide interpretation of ideas - I really enjoy the Hunts.

C & Cs welcome

06-17-2010, 02:57 PM
Hi Viv,

Great work! My favorite is 'Blossom' - I have two (unfortunately officially 'geriatric' now) Labrador Retrievers (one yellow, one chocolate) and immediately identified with Blossom and her kong.

06-17-2010, 04:10 PM
Viv - wow! LOVE the pony and your granddaughter! The look on her face is just beautiful! Fantastic work! Really like those red sandals... :thumbsup:

06-17-2010, 06:28 PM
Great scavenger hunt sketches! I saw them there, but they're just as stunning here. Well done. That row of shoes is striking and your dog is so cute.

06-17-2010, 10:55 PM
This is a great bunch of sketches. Your dog is so cute concentrating on the kong.

06-18-2010, 03:10 AM
Blossom is great!!!

Joan T
06-18-2010, 10:17 AM
Vivien - Glad to see your sketches again, and that you have them collected together. My sketches from the sketchcrawls are all over, especially since the pages fall out of the last sketchpad I bought to use. lol

Vivien Maloney
06-19-2010, 01:57 PM
John, Raechel, Robert, Debbie, Vhere and Joan - Thanks so much. I'm glad you like them,

Vivien Maloney
06-26-2010, 02:57 PM
These are sketches from "Scavenger Hunt-181" which was hosted by Robert Sloan.


The above sketches were for the 2 Challenges which were - drawing ellipses; at eye-level, above eye level and below eye level.
The jelly box was drawn for "the box in perseptive challenge" and was drawn, above, below and at eye-level also.

My beautiful girl "Blossom" (who is an old dog at 11 and a half years) had a big cancer operation recently, from which she has now recovered. I sketched her tummy with scar for "tummy etc." items. She is a big dog as she's a Newfoundland/Labrador cross and is as big as a Newfoundland.

I enjoy putting some of the items together as a "Still Life".


These last 3 sketches, completed the items for this Scavenger Hunt.

06-26-2010, 04:37 PM
Viv, so glad my list inspired you so much. I love the still life arrangements. The way you got the crystal whale and the jar of brushes, all the transparent objects are wonderful. Love the little cat at the bottom of the last page. beautiful markings, you caught the tabby pattern perfectly. Sweet little cat.

06-26-2010, 04:53 PM
that's a really nice series and the perspective is very well observed too :)

06-26-2010, 06:19 PM
Viv, these are just wonderful. I especially love the still life sketches and of course, Blossom!

Vivien Maloney
06-26-2010, 06:53 PM
Robert, Vivien and Dena - Thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed my latest Scavenger Hunt sketches.

06-26-2010, 09:24 PM
Wonderful scavenger hunt sketches. Your Blossom is adorable. Glad she has healed up from her surgery.

06-28-2010, 10:55 AM
Hi Vivien!

You have such cool images in this sketchbbok. I don't even know where to start commenting. I love the mix of pencil sketches and color. You're doing such a great job with the scavenger hunt, and seeing so many of them all together makes me wish I had time right now to try out some of the scavenger hunts.

Among others, some of my favorites are:

The hands are so beautifully drawn. Great positions and nice work.
The cups in the elipses challenge.
Both of the scavenger hunts are great, but my VERY favorite of the lot is #181. I want that tray in front of me right now. :lol:

Lovely work, Vivien. I look forward to seeing more.

06-29-2010, 08:19 PM
The watercolour sketch #181 is one of my favourites too - the colours are really jewel like and I like your jar with brushes, the touch of colour in that sketch is so effective.

06-30-2010, 05:38 AM
Very cool and inspiring sketches, Vivien! Lovely work on the glass containers of art supplies!

Vivien Maloney
06-30-2010, 03:42 PM
This is the first page of Scavenger Hunt 182-hosted by Jacqui.

I enjoy trying to put some of the items into a still-life compostion and on this page I managed to fit 10 items in. The ellipses on all the items, just about drove me crazy and I never want to see another ellipse EVER! Unfortunatley you can't get away from them as they're everywhere.

C & Cs welcome

06-30-2010, 04:28 PM
This still life with 10 scavenger hunt items is wonderful! I love the blue & white china pattern, and you did a great job on all those elipses. They make me crazy too. And you are right, they are everywhere.

Vivien Maloney
06-30-2010, 05:27 PM
Michelle - Thank you. It is a challenge, trying to put items together into a still-life that works but if it works it's very rewarding.

06-30-2010, 06:56 PM
Wow, Viv! The first page of the new scavenger hunt is really wonderful! You did have a few elipses there, huh? I love teh colors and the composition. I've got to get going on the scavenger hunt again now that I've broken the seal on my new Moleskines! And I got my new set of yarka watercolor pans today!

06-30-2010, 09:28 PM
Great still life for the hunt. The colors and items work so well together.

Vivien Maloney
07-01-2010, 03:28 PM
Suruchi - Thank you. Hope to see you over on the Scavenger Hunt soon with your new sketchbook.

Debbie - Thank you. I'm was pleased with the result when I finished it but it was a difficult one to do.

07-01-2010, 03:37 PM
Nice one :>)

It all looks very fresh and healthy too :)

Vivien Maloney
07-01-2010, 10:51 PM
Vhere - I laughed at your comment that my "still life" looks very healthy, but I guess it does, I never thought of it like that!

07-02-2010, 06:52 AM

Vivien Maloney
07-02-2010, 03:48 PM
These are the rest of the sketches for Scavenger Hunt 182

Our Jack Russel dog "Drum" was feeling very annoyed at all the attention "Blossom" was getting since her big operation, so I thought I'd draw him as well. He's like a moving target, if he's awake, so I had to draw him sleeping.

I try to sketch similar themed items together on one page, so this page is all "growing things".

These were the last items for this hunt. The proportion is correct for my dogs' footprints, as "Blossom" is an extremely large Newfoundland/Labrador and "Drum" is a little Jack Russel, but he's the boss!

C & Cs welcome

Vivien Maloney
07-02-2010, 04:04 PM
I thought you might like to see a photo of "Blossom" after her operation. She has recovered well but in this photo she has her "woe is me" look on. The Vets not sure if she got all the cancer but I can only live in hope.


07-02-2010, 08:06 PM
These are wonderful. I saw them on the Scavenger Hunt thread and still enjoyed them all. That tree is incredible. Great photo of Blossom too. So glad she came through her operation all right.

07-02-2010, 09:39 PM
Great sketches, all of them. Good photo of Blossom.

Vivien Maloney
07-02-2010, 11:17 PM
Robert - Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed them again! I like seeing them all together like this, much easier to compare them. When I look at the photo of Blossom, I remember just how sick she was as it was only a month ago.

Debby - Thank you and Blossom thanks you also.

07-03-2010, 12:21 AM
Being the tree nut I am I of course immediately noticed your tree trunk study, very nice.


07-03-2010, 04:32 AM
poor Blossom - she does look woebegone :( I hope she makes a full recovery

Vivien Maloney
07-03-2010, 04:12 PM
David - Thank you. I was lucky the day was fine so I could sit outside and sketch our Elm tree, as we are in the middle of Winter here in New Zealand.

Vhere - Thank you. Blossom does look very woe-begone in the photo but she is recovering well. She has the most expressive face, it shows exactly what she's thinking and I love her dearly!

Vivien Maloney
07-04-2010, 03:15 PM
This is my first page from Scavenger Hunt 183 - Hosted by Eyepaint

I usually try to put a bit of thought into what my first page and items will be and I think this came out ok. It's a lot more detailed than most sketches I do.

C & Cs welcome

07-05-2010, 09:21 AM
These leaves are magnificent. I love how you did them in various browns, their detail and accuracy. The imperfect edges on some of the cottonwood leaves make them so natural and lively.

07-05-2010, 09:33 AM
Viv - great sketchbook, so many good drawings & paintings. i like all your still life pictures, they really stick out as my favorites. I've mentioned how much i like the pic of blossom, but i'll say it again - she's gorgeous!!

i love the latest scavenger hunt pics - those leaves & berries are beautiful.

thanks for sharing your pics with us :)

07-05-2010, 09:44 AM
Great sketches, all of them, I particularly like the one of your granddaughter and the cat on the first page, the wine and rose composition on page two and the leaves and berries above.
And Blossom is cute, I hope she will be alright now, poor lass!

07-05-2010, 10:58 AM
well observed :) first pages are scary things!

07-05-2010, 01:52 PM
Great detail on the berries and leaves. Very well done page.

Vivien Maloney
07-05-2010, 04:31 PM
Robert, Debby, Aiylah, and Tania - Thanks so much for your positive comments. That first page for Scavenger Hunt 183, took me far more time than I'd intended so I was pleased that it looked ok.

07-05-2010, 07:50 PM
Viv, what a great page. I really love the colours you've used, I find that for leaves my brain says "green" but so many are lovely russets, browns, reds, yellows..........! Somehow they are so much more interesting to me, I wonder what my sub-conscious is trying to tell me. Variegated flax are great - they pop up in the foliage of the few paintings I have done with massed flowers :)

Vivien Maloney
07-05-2010, 09:56 PM
Jackie - I love sketching and painting leaves. The variegated flax leaves were actually quite a bright, stunning red, but I thought I'd made it far too red so toned it down with its opposite, green, which of course dulled it down to much. And when I scanned it to post the scan had dulled it down even more so! Oh well, that's what drawing and painting from life is like. Sometimes you get it right and sometimes not.

Vivien Maloney
07-08-2010, 10:36 PM
More sketches from Scavenger Hunt 183

I bought some Pitt Artists Pen and this was my first time using them. I really like them, so I'll use them again.

These are Sketches number 9 to 15

I wanted to have a real try-out with the Pitt pens and watercolor, so decided to sketch part of my garden and incorporate some of the items into the sketch.
This is my succulent garden. When making it, I used large flat river stones for stepping stones combined with round stones and more blocky rocks for variation. This sketch covered items number 16 to 20.

I enjoyed using the Pitt pens, but must admit I sketched lightly with pencil first before applying the pen. I wasn't brave enough to go straight in with pen. I would now like to use them a lot more, especially with a watercolor wash.

C & Cs welcome

07-08-2010, 11:27 PM
These are great. Your scavenger hunt items all look good, but I am stunned by your succulent garden painting. That one is spectacular. Pitt pens are great for this sort of thing.

07-09-2010, 09:08 AM
Great sketch Vivien. Don't worry about penciling the sketch first, 99% of the time that's how I start.


07-09-2010, 10:52 AM
Don't worry about penciling first. As the artist, you do what works for you to get the image you want. These hunt sketches are lively and full of color. The pens seems to sing in you hands.

07-09-2010, 02:11 PM
Wow! You've been really busy since I was here last, Viv! Love all your scavanger hunt sketches. And you are doing great work with the Pitt pens. I especially like the garden scene and agree the combination of Pitt pens and watercolor wash is a great one. I'm just getting comfortable with my Pitt pens and I LOVE them. I'm going to do a lot more with them in the future.

Nice work!


Vivien Maloney
07-12-2010, 03:05 PM
Robert, Jean, Debby and David - Thanks so much for your comments. I'm enjoying using the Pitt pens and want to do more of that. The wonderful thing about the Scavenger Hunt is that it's not only great for getting me sketching again but has also stimulated my interest in other art supplies as well. I think we all need to try different mediums dont't we?

07-12-2010, 07:10 PM
Your sketches are great. I agree about the scavenger hunts, good motivation to sketch but a great excuse to buy and use new and different supplies :)

07-12-2010, 10:40 PM
Nice work Viv, I like the last scavenger hunt, a much more interesting take on doing the ironing rather than the "actual" ironing lol! I agree with Robert - stunning little sketch of the succulent garden, it has a very strong graphic feel to it. Be interested to watch your progress with the Pitts, I am not too sure I have got the hang of them yet...!

Vivien Maloney
07-13-2010, 02:55 PM
Jacqui - Thank you.

Jackie - Thank you and I agree about the ironing, as I hate it and only iron when I have too. I'm progressing (slowly) with the Pitt pens.

Vivien Maloney
07-14-2010, 08:47 AM
This is Scavenger Hunt 184 hosted by Azulparsnip

1. Yellow - I sketched my little yellow torch for this item. Inktense pencils and Pitt pens were used. I actually added more pen to the torch than what I had in the Scavenger Hunt post. I like this sketch better with the extra pen.


This was the "body parts" page. My grandchildren were staying with me for the school holidays so I had some willing (if very squirmy!) models.
These were done in pencil. I'm trying to use different media to make my sketches more interesting and enjoying using the pens etc.
C & Cs welcome

07-14-2010, 01:41 PM
Great sketches. Love the children body parts. Would love to see the hair done in color.

07-14-2010, 01:52 PM
Love the hair on the girl Viv!

Vivien Maloney
07-14-2010, 03:15 PM
Thanks Debby and Rachel. I like Hayley's hair also as she has beautiful streaked blone hair. The kind that we spend hundreds of dollars to get at the Hairdressers, but hers is naturally like that. I'm in the middle of doing a large pastel painting of her for our Pastel Exhibition next month, so I'm holding my breath that it turns out ok for it.

07-14-2010, 03:25 PM
Viv, these are fantastic. I love the back of Hayley's head, her ear is perfectly sketched, the yellow torch is excellent. Knee, leg and elbow are perfect too. You're very good at doing people!

07-14-2010, 04:45 PM
Viv -I've so enjoyed looking at your sketches from life. I admire your linework with pencil, clean, simple and soft, but accurate. I was struck by the iron! I have one like that and would never be able to draw it so perfectly.
How do you keep your pages? Do you punch hole them?
How long have you been doing scavenger hunt? How has it affected your drawing? And what other type of artwork do you do?

Vivien Maloney
07-14-2010, 06:59 PM
Robert - Thank you! I appreciate your comments as you are a real master at all types of art.

Xina - Thanks for your comments. And in answer to your questions; I likeall sorts of different mediums but because I'm a member of our PANZ Association here in NZ (Pastel Artist of New Zealand) I'm primary a pastel artist. However I did watercolor for years and have recently been playing about with pen & watercolor sketches. About the Scavenger Hunt; I've been participating in the Scavenger Hunt for approx the last 3 months. I really enjoy it and it's got me sketching from life again which is wonderful practise for everyone. It's lots of fun searching for the various items to sketch and most of these are open to a wide interpretation of ideas to sketch. If you are interested in looking at the Scavenger Hunt threads they can be found in the Artwork from Life Forum. New sketchers are always welcome, and there's a new list every 9 days.

Vivien Maloney
07-17-2010, 03:17 PM
I only got a few more sketches done for this Hunt.

This was the Challenge for this Hunt - looking directly down on an object, and doing a 3min, 5min and 15minute sketches of it. I think my ellipses were better in the 6min sketch!

I was trying out my Pitt pens, and find them ok but of course, because its ink, its there forever if a mistake is made and I wasn't happy with the cup-cake tin. The bright yellow and green leaves are a shrub that colors up brightly in the Winter and is a real stand-out in my garden.
I didn't mange to get any more items sketched for this Hunt, as the new List is due out today and I'm short of time at the moment.

07-17-2010, 05:02 PM
The top view of that cream jug is awesome. Working in pen is a challenge. You are doing a wonderful job. I like the green/yellow leaf cluster.

Vivien Maloney
07-18-2010, 03:46 AM
Debby - Thank you. I enjoyed sketching the yellow/green leaves. I used Inktense pencils for them. The shrub is such a bright color and really stands out in the Winter. Makes me feel happy looking at it, as on a cold winter's day it looks so bright and cheerful.

07-18-2010, 08:50 AM
Some really nice sketches there. Good use of the Pitt pens. I'm getting to like using them myself. Love your "yellow" page.

Vivien Maloney
07-18-2010, 02:26 PM
Thanks Michelle.

07-18-2010, 02:55 PM
good observation and you tackle a great variety of objects

07-19-2010, 08:33 PM
brave stuff Viv, once that Pitt pen is down, it is staying there! What a fabulous way to learn though - I think using a pencil and eraser inhibits my learning because I keep erasing and going over stuff. At least with the pen you can analyse what DIDN'T work and think about why and how to avoid it and it also makes you look much more intently BEFORE putting pen to paper increasing your powers of observation and understanding of the subject.

Vivien Maloney
07-19-2010, 11:10 PM
Vivien - Thank you and yes I agree, observation is the key to it all.

Jackie - Using pen certainly does increase my powers of observation. I'm enjoying it though.

07-20-2010, 07:49 AM
Viv, great sketches!! i love your outdoor plant. the shading on your jug is so well done!! lovely pages!!

Vivien Maloney
07-21-2010, 03:25 PM
Thank you Tania.

Vivien Maloney
07-26-2010, 03:18 PM
These are the sketches from Scavenger Hunt 185

Item One - was "torn" and I sketched an old towel that I keep for when I bath my dogs. My Jack Russell "Drum" decided he wanted it and I also wanted it, so after a tug of war - rippppppppppp!

Item 7 - was to sketch "happy", so I sketched my "happy" pot-plant container which has an Easter Cactus growing in it. It makes me smile every time I look at it.

Item 11 - was "Bear". This is my Santa Bear which I bring out before Xmas, with the Xmas decorations. Santa Bear was done with Inktense Pencils.

These were all the items I got done for this Hunt.

07-26-2010, 04:31 PM
Excellent! So many beautiful Scavenger Hunt items. I like your detailed, accurate style and the bear is so holiday cheery that he belongs on a card! LOL how the towel got torn.

Ari cat has gotten a few of my socks, since we used to play sock toss and sock tug of war. Sometimes he'd pull them off my feet while I was wearing them and then gnaw on them, I guess he liked my foot odor.

07-26-2010, 06:14 PM
The teddy bear is just so cute! Great hunt items.

07-27-2010, 06:00 AM
that bear would make a nice Christmas card wouldn't it?

07-27-2010, 09:45 AM
Viv, these are great! Love the jeans! That silver vase is really well done and the bear is just too cute! You captured him really well with some wonderful shading! And I agree, it would make a great Xmas card!

07-27-2010, 05:24 PM
More good sketching work, Viv, but that santa bear is something special. The inktense has worked beautifully. Yep, definitely got to be a Christmas card.

Vivien Maloney
07-27-2010, 07:13 PM
Robert - Thanks. Laughed at the "Ari cat" story. Guess he did like your foot odor!

Vivien and Debbie, Rachel, and Xina - Thank you. I never thought of the bear for a Xmas Card before Robert suggested it, but yes, I guess it would make a nice card.

07-27-2010, 10:21 PM
Viv, I realllly like your fabric studies, and the bear would make a cool Christmas card!

Vivien Maloney
07-28-2010, 03:55 PM
Jackie - The torn towel and jeans were fun to do, as were the others. I really enjoy sketching on the Scavenger Hunt and I think that my sketching has improved since I began posting in that Forum. When I began sketching from life I was at a loss what to draw, so the Scavenger Hunt is great for giving us items to sketch.

Vivien Maloney
08-09-2010, 03:42 PM

This one wasn't part of the Scavenger Hunt. I posted this in Watermedia and it was trying out my Inktense pencils. I think I'm getting used to them now and I'm beginning to really like them

C & Cs welcome

08-09-2010, 04:01 PM
Very nice Viven! I've been playing around with the Inktense pencils as well, just a little bit, more as supporting watercolor. I like them better than the watercolor pencils for some reason.


08-09-2010, 06:27 PM
Very nice Viv. Love the shading in the flower and subtle background.

08-09-2010, 07:47 PM
Beautiful. Looks like inktense is really working for you.

08-09-2010, 07:50 PM
very pretty Viv! Just perfect for this dreary weather we are having in OZ, helps me feel that spring is coming ;)

Vivien Maloney
08-09-2010, 10:03 PM
David, Jacqui, Debby & Jackie - Thanks so much, glad you liked my butterfly sketch in Intense pencils. I like using the Inktense and find I'm now getting more used to them. The more I use them, the more I like them.

Vivien Maloney
08-13-2010, 03:18 PM
I've, very recently bought a 15pk of Caran d'Ache Watersoluble Crayons. I don't like them as much as the Inktense but I'm still getting used to them. I do, however like their vivid colors.
This sketch was posted in Watermedia Sketch Thread


I'm finding them quite difficult to blend. Especially the background on this sketch. What do others think of them?

C & Cs welcome

08-13-2010, 07:16 PM
I don't have that product, so cannot say. I will say the flowers are lovely. And the background on this works very well, even if it wasn't exactly what you intended.

08-14-2010, 01:34 PM
Vivien, that Monarch butterfly on coneflower is fantastic. I love it. Perfect balance between wet and dry Inktense, and you gained so much control with them getting all those light values. Simply beautiful.

Your frangipani painting is good too, that's a fun subject. I love the deep dark greens and the subtle shading in the petals.

I've got a large set of Caran d'Ache Neocolor II, and you've used yours in a completely different way than I'm used to. I tend to treat them like oil pastels and work large, bold and impressionist with them. If I give them a wash I normally put dry work over it. Now you've got me considering painting with them by using a wet brush on the tips and see what I come up with.

08-14-2010, 09:40 PM
The flowers look great Viv, maybe you went too dark too quick with the green? Or maybe that brand of watercolour crayon doesn't "agree" with the paper? I have found sometimes that one particular product will work great in one brand of paper but terribly on another. You might need to have some fun dabbling with experiments on different papers till you find your comfort zone ;)

Vivien Maloney
08-15-2010, 03:27 PM
Thanks everyone for your replies.

Jackie - Yes I need to try different papers with my Neocolors II, and my Inktense pencils. I'm so new to them I haven't done that yet. With the Neocolors, I've only got a small 15set of them, so haven't lots of colors to blend with. But it's making me think of what colors to use instead of just grabbing a color, so I guess it's good for me.

Vivien Maloney
08-16-2010, 03:24 PM
Sketches from Scavenger Hunt-186



This next sketch is my Miniature Horses - "Star Dreamer" with his cover on and "Missy" without.
Missy has a cover, but goes crazy when she sees it coming.
I used watercolor, Inktense Pencils and ink, and it was, of course, sketched plein air. I added the penwork when I went inside, as it was too cold to spend too long out in the paddock.

C & Cs welcome

08-16-2010, 04:23 PM
Great hunt sketches. You got a lot of items out of the art caddy.

The miniature horses are adorable. Looks like Missy has enough fur that she is ok without her cover.

08-16-2010, 07:46 PM
Viv I love the scavenger hunt pic, the colour washes are vibrant. Your miniature horses are adorable and you've captured a great range of tone and form on Missy's coat.

08-20-2010, 09:20 AM
Viv, that picture of the butterfly on the flower is absolutely stunning - i love the detail on the center of the flower.

Your scavenger hunt items are fabulous and i adore the last picture of yous too!!

08-21-2010, 03:02 AM
Viv, the Hunt sketches are great. I love the little horses and I love that bucket of painting gear - that's so jolly. I can feel the joy rolling off of it. Your hand and the boots and snips were good too, it's more the painting gear one is a perfect little painting that could be mounted and so is the loving portrait of your miniature horses - they look so true to life, so loved and natural. Gorgeous.

Vivien Maloney
08-30-2010, 03:54 AM
This was Scavenger Hunt 187-Hosted by Robert Sloan

The Challenge for this Hunt was to pick an animal and to do all the Hunt items from that animal. Not an easy thing to do, with the said animal moving all over the place! However I decided to use my Newfoundland/Labrador dog "Blossom" as my model. As all the sketches had, of course, to be from life, some of these aren't very good at all but anyway here they are;


Blossom likes to lie upside-down to have her tummy scratched, so that was an easy one to do, as she does this regularly.


It wasn't so difficult sketching different parts of her, but when it came to putting it altogether, it was a nightmare, trying to get her to keep still.


After 8days of sketching her, she was getting really edgey (with me looking at her all the time, to sketch her) and she would either get up and walk away or turn her head away. So by the time I got to the final sketch I was ready to give up. I'd wanted to do a really nice portrait of her but I'm still waiting for that!


So the "nice" portrait will have to wait for another day, as I could only get this half turned view of her head, and very lucky I was to get that! My beloved girl had had enough!

I think this would have been the most difficult challenge I've ever done, but I'm very grateful for Robert for setting it. And it was lots of fun sketching my beloved Blossom.

C & Cs welcome

08-30-2010, 10:24 AM
wow viv! Some great art since I came in last! Love that butterfly on the coneflower, SO pretty, and the flowers and ponies and the dogs above... excellent!

08-30-2010, 12:25 PM
Wow! I saw these on the Scavenger Hunt thread, but it's a delight seeing them all together in this thread. Blossom is a beautiful dog and you've drawn her so well that I'm thrilled. Gorgeous studies and poses. I love the way you did her face in so many different ways, and her laying on her back for a tummy scritch. The pose where she's laying on her belly with her leg flattened out behind her is one I've seen Zoe in so many times.

She looks like a happy dog, well behaved and loving. Such beautiful textures and wonderful accuracy. She looks lovable and loved. I hope these sketches help you do that formal portrait of her someday, though if she keeps dodging you might have to snap a photo reference to do it.

08-30-2010, 12:34 PM
Hi Viv! :wave: I need to stop by more often, obviously - you've put some great stuff on here! Your use of the various water media is wonderful. The flowers are excellent. Of course my favorites are the Blossom drawings. We had a female Newfie years ago - the sweetest dog ever - and we now have two aging (one 14 1/2 and one 14 in a week) Labs (a chocolate and a yellow, the yellow being definitely 'my' dog; shadows me everywhere). Every Lab has a 'tummy rub gene' that allows them to quickly sense a dog person and send out the 'I'd like a tummy rub, please' nonverbal communication. It always works with me, even with other folks' Labs.

Well done! :clap:

08-30-2010, 01:13 PM
they are lovely studies and you've really caught character, form and texture there :>)

08-30-2010, 06:01 PM
I love the scavenger hunt sketches of Blossom. Great stuff!

08-30-2010, 07:41 PM
Blossom is a lovely dog. Your sketches from life of her are fantastic. Especially since she got tired of you sketching her and was not cooperating.

08-31-2010, 07:56 PM
hehehehe, I can picture Blossum getting fed up - they don't like it when you stare or study them intently do they?!

These are fantastic sketches Viv, marvellous that you did them all from life - maybe for a detailed portrait you might need to have some photos to fall back on? I really like the page with colour - it looks like a lot of fun!

Vivien Maloney
09-05-2010, 10:59 PM
Sorry I've got a bit behind with posting my Journal sketches lately.
This is Scavenger Hunt - 188

I used Neocolor II for this sketch. The challenge was to do a still-life using the 3 primary colors.


I also used Neocolors II, for this item, which was, "A typical breakfast".
I like to set up a still-life which includes several of the items.



This concuded all the items for this Hunt.

C & Cs welcome

Vivien Maloney
09-05-2010, 11:04 PM
WDE-27 Aug - Acrylic 9in x 12in

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09-06-2010, 12:16 AM
Very nice painting Vivien. A very inviting scene even though I'm not a real fan of the beach.


09-06-2010, 10:25 PM
Great hunt sketches.

The palm trees are so good in the beach scene.

09-07-2010, 12:25 AM
great stuff Viv! I love the hunt sketches, you come up with all sorts :)

09-07-2010, 05:53 AM
absolutely tropical - warm (we've got cold and rain for a few days so wish I was there!)

I love the coast

09-07-2010, 11:56 AM
Great Scavenger Hunt paintings and sketches. I love the palm tree scene, that is so peaceful. Gorgeous painting.

So glad you didn't lose anything in that earthquake. I read about it and I was a bit worried about you, but relieved that no one died so I wasn't that worried. I hope the relief efforts are helping everyone that lost their homes though, that has to be so rough. At least it's heading toward spring in your part of the world, not heading toward winter with houses knocked down.

09-13-2010, 06:19 PM
OK - I just had to stop and drool over the mouthwatering beach scene with palm trees! Just give me a pina colada and i'm set!!! Awesome :-)