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“He carries stars in his pockets because he knows she fears the dark. Whenever sadness pays her a visit, he paints galaxies on the back of her hands.”  —  Alaska Gold.

"Maria" Pastel on paper. 24 x 32cm

“Maria” Pastel on paper. 24 x 32cm


“The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper shades of night.”
― Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

Pastel on Paper

“Esme” Pastel on Paper


“White Pastels”

Happy Weekend!! :)   Some quick posts of new work for you. I’m working hard to make prints available on Etsy for everyone, so they should be ready, hopefully in a couple of weeks. xx


Think of you 2.


If you look up the word Odyssey in the dictionary the description is an extended adventurous voyage or spiritual quest.  As a mother, the time carrying children and accepting your changing body is a wonderful journey of discovery and I needed to capture it in a pastel drawing.
“Odyssey” 70x100cm
Odyssey 70 x 100

Odyssey 70 x 100

My work on Etsy.

I’ve been busy on the Etsy front lately! I love Etsy, it allows me to create art and in turn develop my skills. The problem is, drawings can sit in my studio for years unless I decide to let them go. Each drawing has a small part of myself inside and letting a drawing go can sometimes be quite difficult but ultimately it allows me to grow as an artist and gives me room to create more art!  :D

Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando

I didn’t think I would manage to complete a postcard for this years Twitter Art Exhibit which saddened me as I have always tried to contribute artwork to this wonderful charity.   I’ve been taking it slow since August, which is almost impossible with 3 boys and a new baby during the school holidays!!   After finding a couple of hours quiet time, here is my postcard. :D

The Twitter Art Exhibit is a charity exhibition held in Moss, Norway and last year in Los Angeles, raising $7,000 for an “organization mentoring underprivileged young adults in preparation for careers in the visual arts”.  This year the exhibition is heading to Orlando, Florida to help raise money for The Centre for Contemporary Dance Special Needs Classes, a nonprofit (501)©3 organization dedicated to dance education and outreach.  Founded by David Sandum, the Twitter Art Exhibit is a wonderful way for artists to create beautiful postcard sized works of art which are then exhibited and sold to benefit a local charity.

If you are friends with me on Twitter @chantalhandley then please retweet and share to your hearts content to spread the word and make this event a big success.

Self Portrait in the Martin Hanson Exhibition

Self Portrait
I was very pleased to have my pastel drawing “Self Portrait” selected for hanging at the Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Award this November.  Juried by one of Australias leading contemporary art specialists Julie Ewington, the Curatorial Manager at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.  This years overall winner was Ian Smith for his painting “Rooftops – Above From Below”.  The paintings will be on display at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery through December 5th.
Self Portrait

70 x 90 cm pastel on canvas.

"Self Portrait"

Sneaky peek inside my Studio

I love looking at peoples work spaces, especially their art studios!!  So much so, I have a Pinterest Board dedicated to them! :)   I have to confess, I am a room reorganisation junkie.  I will rearrange my living room and studio a couple of times a month, its a great way to procrastinate!! :)  But now, I think I am finally happy with my art space!!  This is my studio.

My favourite place.

My favourite place.


Earth Mother Project


I have started this project because I have to come to know and respect many Earth mothers and doulas through my art and my children. These women are a constant source of inspiration to me, their love and strength which has emerged since becoming a mother. I am soon to become a mother to another little bundle and this has only increased my interest in birth, breastfeeding and motherhood! I’m hooked!

The artwork that I create comes from various sources. Much of my art is commissioned by beautiful women who wish to capture the love for their child in a drawing. I have drawn myself in various stages of pregnancy and my children provide a constant supply of inspiration as they grow. I also have photos from my friends and family which I have had the honour to draw!

I thought however that it would be wonderful to encourage ALL mothers who follow my art to participate and get involved!



Completed just before I had my own little man. A beautiful home water birth created with pastels.
Waterbirth 750 x 550, Pastel on Suede Colourfix Paper.

Portrait of Claudia.


‘Claudia’  70 x 100, Pastel on Colourfix Paper.  Framed.   AVAILABLEClaudia 70 x 100cm  A new artwork in the early stages. I start the piece like I would a life drawing to make sure the form and structure are correct.
Claudia StructureConstantly measuring! It’s time to block in the flesh!Claudia MeasureApplying colour!Claudia ColourThe Finished Product – Claudia 70 x 100cm – Pastel on Colourfix paper, Framed.  AVAILABLE.Claudia 70 x 100cm



I recently celebrated 1000 followers on my Facebook page! Yay!  It seemed only right, to give something back to all the people who have supported me and my art over the years, so I had a little competition and gave away a drawing!!

The winner was Awen Clement and this is her beautiful sleeping baby! :-D


Awen Pastel 1

“Dreaming” – Pastels on Colourfix Paper



“Herbal Baby”

I came across this image via The Skeptical Mother and thought it was so beautiful, I just had to draw it!  Thankfully I was given permission and here is the result!  

“Herbal Baby” – Pastels on Colourfix Paper

Thank you to The Skeptical Mother! :-D



A newborn booby baby!  This is little Lewis only hours old! :-D




More Booby Babies here! 

Kye & Dayenara

This year has gone by so quickly and suddenly we are at the end of 2012!  My final commission for the year has just left the studio, which means I can start winding down, work on a painting that’s deadline is far enough away to not worry about yet and begin to enjoy the holidays!!  :-D

Kye & Dayenara, created in pastels on Canson Mi-Teintes Tex pastel card.


Kye & Dayenara

Painting in its new home!

I absolutely love to see my work in its new home and was so happy when I received this photo from a client who commissioned the painting of her children!  How great does it look on top of the piano!


This is a recreation of the original “Starry Night” painting which is blue. The client requested I make her painting burgundy and pink to suit her decor.
I love creating artwork for people’s home and special places! :-D   Let me know if you would like a unique piece, feel free to contact me at any time.


I spent last night drawing my postcard entry for the #TwitterArtExhibit and listening to The Beatles! :-D

This will be the 3rd Twitter Art Exhibition for artist and organiser David Sandum and this year will be held in Los Angeles at the E.U. Gallery. The exhibit is a global exhibition of original postcard artwork which this year will help Art Division, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting underserved youth in LA’s Rampart District.

It’s really easy to take part and heaps of fun!! You have to have a Twitter account, which only takes minutes to sign up for! Follow the #TwitterArtExhibit hashtag on Twitter and become part of the online community. Your art will be showcased as soon as you tweet about it and again when it arrives in LA!  I will also include it on my #TwitterArtExhibit Pinterest board.

Everything you need to know is here, so get drawing!!

A new Oil Painting ‘Trust’

The Martin Hanson Awards are over for another year…. relief! I have to admit, entering these competitions is a nerve wracking experience and I’m surprised I enter them at all!!

I placed ‘Trust’ and ‘Beginning’ into the competition and was unsuccessful. They are currently hanging in a room full of wonderful artwork and therefore part of the conversation. Congratulations to the winners and everyone who entered!! :-D

Sneaky Peek inside my Studio.

I love to see people’s work spaces especially their art studios, I even have  a Pinterest Board dedicated to them! :)  I have to confess I am a reorganisation junkie and usually rearrange my lounge or studio a couple of times a month.  But now I think I am finally happy with my art space!  I love being in this room, this is my studio.



2012 Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards

I have dropped off two artworks this weekend at the Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards.   Held in the beautiful Gladstone Art Gallery, this is the 37th annual Art Award supported by local industry and the community.  Judging this year is Dr Miranda Wallace, the Curatorial Manager of International Art, Exhibitions & Research at the Queensland Art Gallery.    I hope you check out the event schedule and make time to visit and see some great artwork.

Be sure to look for my pastel artwork, ‘Beginning‘, and my new oil painting ‘Trust’.




This is a very exciting post!!  A call for artists has been officially put out for the 3rd Twitter Art Exhibit in Los Angeles (insert happy dance).

The Twitter Art Exhibit is a global exhibition of original postcard artwork which will help Art Division, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting underserved youth in L.A.’s Rampart District.


This is the third year for the international #twitterartexibit which is a gorgeous exhibition of handmade artwork the size of a postcard.

In 2011 I submitted a postcard and this year I am so happy to be involved as an Honorary Ambassador!! :-D

The idea is simple: artists from all over the world receive a call through Twitter social media to create original postcard-sized art, which they mail to a local curator who then exhibits and sells them to benefit a local charity. Artists must have a Twitter account and interact with exhibition organizers to help seed the event.”  David Sandum


Submission to the 2011 #twitterartexhibit charity exhibition

Visit the Call for Artists page to see how you can submit your artwork for this wonderful cause!!

The Observer!

Hi Friends!  It’s not every day I can say I made the front page of the newspaper!    My Star of the Sea school mural was photographed by The Observer newspaper last Friday so I knew my picture would be in the paper at some stage.  I received the shock of my life when I picked it up on Saturday morning, I was not expecting to be on the front page! LOL  :-)

The finished mural

I posted about my mural and its process in another blog post so if you like, you can read all about it here! :-)


As much as a mum wants to have an easy pain-free birth, it can have its complications.  To me there is beauty in every birth, whether it be natural or not.

Pastel on Mi-Tiente Tex paper 550 x 750 mm

This piece is For Sale.

My Art on YouTube!

I have finally gotten around to creating my own YouTube video.  I am so pleased with the result, it’s like a little film trailer for my artwork!!  :-)

I think using YouTube as a new place to show my art is going to be an interesting one, it will certainly bring a different group of people to my website and hopefully put my artwork in front of people who might never otherwise have seen it!

Please feel free to share this video, I had such fun making it!  xx


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