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Chris has a drawing in QWASI’s Exhibition International Nature in Art

QWASI Art Invite 2016

Chris’s coloured pencil drawing “The Hunter’s Five” is on display at the Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Inc exhibition International Nature in Art

Chris was at the “Logan Art Gallery” on Saturday 9th July.   The exhibition will be on until 20th August at the Logan Art Gallery, Corner Wembley Road and Jacaranda Avenue

 Please go and see some wonderful wildlife artworks.

Tasting the Waters

Tasting the waters of the Zambezi

An elephant family coming down to the Zambezi  River to drink

 

I thought you would be interested to see how Chris’s passion to draw African animals developed since 1994.  This is his first drawing African drawing.  At this time Chris was a manager of a large sheep station in the western Riverina of NSW near Hay.  He would come in at night after a long day out and would draw to relax late into the night and was able to sleep.    I think he would forget all the worries of the Station as the African animals appeared on the page.

The first African drawing as Chris started to illustrate his book he had written of our trip in 1994.
“This drawing is based on our first sightings of elephants in the wild.  We saw a group of elephants drinking at a small stream off the Zambezi River while we were boating up river.  They paid little heed to our presence on the water. Little did we realise at the time of this first African safari, the truth behind the old African proverb “He who drinks at Africa’s wells will always return to drink again”.  We have many times.” quote from Chris
Graphite Pencil – Reproduction prints available
I will start adding some his drawing with his quotes and you will see with interest how his drawings have developed over the 20 years.



Chris Wins Kenneth Jack Memorial Drawing Award 2015

The African Big Five

 The Hunter’s Five,

This drawings won the wonderful Kenneth Jack Memorial Drawing Award 2015.  This was announced on Wednesday, 1st April at the AGRA Gallery, 1 Inglesby Road, Camberwell, Victoria.  Kenneth’s widow, Betty Jack with their son David and daughter Heather were there to present Chris with a painting done by Kenneth in 1963 plus the winner’s certificate.  Robert Wade said about the drawing”Amazing ability shown by the artist, I believe that even the pencils themselves would have been bewildered by the wonderful effects that the artist was creating with them!  An absolute stand out!”  Gallery hours after Easter Wednesday – Friday 10 am to 4 pm Saturday – Sunday 1 pm to 4.30 pm

Australian Kelpie mustering sheep

Chris McClelland’s latest drawing which shows his ability to capture life on the land.  Chris spent 40 years working in the Australian outback running sheep stations.  Prints are available for sale.   http://www.wildprints.com.au/australian-gallery-shearing.html  click on here to find the info.  Enjoy the drawing!!

Don't You Dare!!

Don’t You Dare!!

Chris McClelland a finalist in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2013 in Adelaide

 

A Formidable Display

A Formidable Display of Hippos fighting

The most important thing with any drawing I do is to plan it well.  After all I may be spending the next 200-300 hours on it and every drawing I do goes to print upon completion.

While I always focus on one drawing at a time I do nevertheless plan the next one and may do a bit of a scribble on a piece of paper of a rough idea before developing it further with a more detailed sketch.

As far as my work is concerned detailed research of any proposed wildlife drawing is absolutely essential – you must know your subject and its natural surroundings well.  Many wildlife artists do not.

Fortunately I can draw on my knowledge of animal behaviour from countless trips to Africa observing them. Africa gave me the passion to draw – and the great advantage with its still bountiful and visible wildlife in places is that so much is known about each species through eager research.

As a wildlife artist I like to tell a story, maybe one of the many experiences or dangerous incidents that I have witnessed with wild animals such as a charging elephant, Painted hunting dogs attacking a persistent, and not easily persuaded hyaena or an awesome visit to a family of mountain gorillas on the fan-slopes of Mount Sabinyo in Zaire where I was grabbed by the silverback Marcel.

 

Chris McClelland’s latest drawing has been released at AGRA Gallery in Melbourne

A drawing inspired by a visit to Arkaba Station

A coloured pencil drawing inspired by a visit to Arkaba Station

The Flinders Ranges are one of the most beautiful regions of Australia, the shapes and colours an artists paradise.
Arkaba Stations is one of the well known sheep stations, bordered by these colourful ranges, stretching up to the
lip of the famous Wilpena Pound.
The Station’s spectacular scenes provided the inspiration for many of Hans Heyson’s works of art.  The red gums along Arkaba Station Creek and wattle blooms made a lovely subject for a colourful pencil drawing, looked on by two red soil stained western grey kangaroos.

 

Chris McClelland’s “Exuberance of Youth” on show Byron Bay – January 2012

THE 2011 MORTIMORE PRIZE
WINNERS AND SELECTED WORKS AT THE BLUE BICYCLE GALLERY,
CENTENNIAL CIRCUIT,  BYRON BAY
3RD TO 31ST JANUARY DAILY 10AM TO 4PM

Drawing finalists – “Animal Wildlife”
ChrisMcClelland’s “Exuberance of Youth”

Chris’s drawing “Exuberance of Youth” has been part of the travelling exhibition “The 2011 Mortimore Art Prize”.  It showcase realism in all it’s  art forms.  The exhibition is worth a visit and comes to your area sometime during the next six months.

African Elephant charging
 African Elephant charging

 Chris’s description of this drawing based on his experiences in Africa.

A typical show of bravado from a young elephant, full of libido, who breaks out of the family herd moving unconcernedly off a waterhole to charge a supposed adversary, maybe an encroaching Kudu or perhaps a safari vehicle full of camera clicking tourists.  In this case his bravado is short-lived as this enlarged beast, ears outstretched, comes to a sudden halt only to mockingly turn-tail and run back to the safety of the herd.  The knowledgeable driver leans back unmoving and chuckles after warning his passengers to remain silent and still.

 More of Chris’s adventures can be read on our web site under the “Newsletters” page.

Please leave a comment when you have read some stories, love to hear from you.

Enjoy!

 

 

Exuberence of Youth

A young bull elephant charging

 

I thought you might be interested in this bit of excitement when we opened our email this morning, see below. 

 Hi Margie and Chris, 

Just a quick note to congratulate you on winning the Judges Choice Award (as the work was way oversize
they did not feel it should win Best Fauna and asked if we would consider a new award).

The judges especially liked the use of negative spacing and light and shade.
 

 ( Have to tell you the kids love the elephants dangly bits…way before the adults see it 🙂 

It is a very dramatic drawing. This award is very special for Chris as he did this drawing especially for this exhibition. 

He is thrilled to bits with it.    If you have a chance go and have a look.  

 Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Incorporated organised the
Faber-Castell 250th Anniversary Exhibition
  at the Richard Randall Studio Gallery Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens,
Toowong, Brisbane  from 25 June – 3 July 2011
 

Chris’s description to go with the drawing

A typical show of bravado from a young elephant, full of libido, who breaks out of the family herd moving unconcernedly off a waterhole to charge a supposed adversary, maybe an encroaching Kudu or perhaps a safari vehicle full of camera clicking tourists.  In this case his bravado is short-lived as this enlarged beast, ears outstretched, comes to a sudden halt only to mockingly turn-tail and run back to the safety of the herd.  The knowledgeable driver leans back unmoving and chuckles after warning his passengers to remain silent and still.

Size of drawing unframed  63 x 66cm        Framed 102cm x 121cm

 

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