You call that art?

I started taking art classes (once a fortnight) in August 2015. Going back to the basics, I started out with graphite pencil, and I do believe that you can see some real progress.


I received some proper watercolour paints for Christmas, so am going to give them a go, though I think I’m more included to work with mixed media. Now to find suitable subject matter that will be challenging, but not frustrating.
Moving on to something called Brusho, which is a crystalline powder that is activated with water. In other words, a form of watercolour. I’ve been warned that watercolour can be challenging, so be prepared for awful stuff to begin with, and watch me progress over the course of the year.
I’ve progressed to pastels. The idea of working with colour is really exciting, yet I’m a little hesitant, as I know that pastels can smudge quite easily. I hope to have a set of soft pastels of my own by Christmas – currently I’m using my teacher’s pastels – so that I can practise outside of class. They cost a lot more than graphite pencils though … there goes my chocolate budget for the next six months.

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2018 – Brusho and Watercolour

2017 – Brusho

2016 – Pastels

2015 – Graphite and Pastels

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Bob Shacklock Sr

From what i am seeing it looks pretty good, i am starting to get into painting with acrylic paint trying to do a landscape not but stuck trying to get the right mixture for the mountains, but ill get it and continue. irt a ongoing learning process.

Suzanne Jenkins

I love original art book covers! What a great talent you have!

Alfreda Montecalvo

Love the sunset and the animals, the eyes of the animals make them come alive.

Dianna Slowey-Thomas

Wow! Wonderful work! I rather like some of your earlier stuff, and agree that you excell with animals. I love the black and white drawings, or those with minimal color. Your details make the animal drawings almost come alive. It’s interesting and exciting to see the progression of skill, but it is obvious you have a natural talent. Looking forward to following your continued development.

Alyssa Janine

Love those arts! I do draw too but not like yours. 😀 I’m more into houses. 😀

JA Pipes

Good stuff, Melanie! You have a good eye for detail.


I love the cat! I am particularly fond of cats. 😉 your sketches are quite good. I agree with your son, continues to go. You have a natural talent outside of writing. I also love the pansy and tulip. Keep it up!

Steven Burgess

I enjoy your books and you may be better at writing. But please don’t sell yourself short on your art. I’m not an art critic in any sort of way. But I do know I’ve enjoyed seeing it. I’ve seen worse being sold in craft fairs.

Lisa M

Your drawings are so fantastic. I love your take on nature and the ladybug was adorable!