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Middle Eastern Blue. 

Middle Eastern Blue
graphite and acrylic on Paper
Gary Darbyshire
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Gary Darbyshire

This piece titled Middle Eastern Blue actually started out as a middle eastern male with goatee and very stark features . Working on  A3 Derwent drawing paper my mind wandered in to the life of this spirit and after a week of scribbling in  Graphite pencil I opened its mind and added a touch of what I saw to be a head piece . Wow My intention was to be subtle …

Shading in the cobalt blue was easy enough but then by magic I coloured lips and then facial lines and it took on a life of its own  .

I saw an image in my mind of a female who could have lived hundreds of years ago in afghanistan or some far eastern desert some where in Africa. I also saw may be an asian influence as I stepped back from the piece ,

I guess a spirit was trying to come through that my pen strokes were already in auto pilot . I m quietly pleased with this piece as it has taken a few weeks to complete from a simple sketch , I have included a montage of development of the piece so you can see the journey I have undertaken


Indeed I  gaze into the eyes of the face  and think who was this person and what sort of life did they have ,  I guess I will dig deeper and find out …I guess that’s what art allows us all to do



Gary Darbyshire – Artist

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Title :  Middle Eastern Blue  12/12/2016


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Lady in Red

” Lady in Red…”

Graphite and Pastel on paper.

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December  2  2016

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Digitised from original.

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Copyright  (c) Gary Darbyshire  2016

All Right Reserved .

No reproductions or copies allowed wit out  permission of artist


4 Seasons in my mind


4 seasons in my mind

A reflective piece from my past 

I would wake up sometimes  in bed sometimes and think It will be a good day today . I would make a cuppa and look at my day ahead . i would think i ma good nothing wrong with me .. I would kiss my wife and say hi to my children as we scurried aro8nd getting organised for the day of school and work …

Some days were like this … Sunny bright . my soul in control guiding me to where I needed to be .. then there was one little thing some one said or did and all of a sudden the heavens opened with such a shudder  ans as I have explained my mind would fill up and over flow with thought and emotions ..

This was before  I even acknowledged any thing was remotely wrong … That’s a whole chapter on its own . Remind me to tell you all about it .. It will open your eyes as much as it did mine ..

 My mind would thrash and writhe in pain and the only way I knew how to deal with it was to REACT !!!

I was a fool an absolute fool . a boofhead . I could hear what  I was saying to my loved ones about the most small things .. shame on me ..  When you have a down day no one is your friend in your eyes and you become a victim of your own self pity …


As far as I was concerned I was right ,. my poor poor wife  . a soul that lived beside me every step of the way ..  in the end  all I could do is break down and cry , cry for attention , cry for love , cry to God to figure out what and why I was carrying on this way so out of character ..

The day would go by and my focus at work was a different one .. my mind raced 1000 miles an hour yearning for more and wondering why things were not moving forward for me as they should be after  all Here I was with a double masters for God sake why was I still in the same position !!!!

Drained by the energy rush i would come home knackered  .. couldn’t figure it out like all the leaved had fallen form my branches … and the the cycle calmed down …

seasons were in one day .. A bit like riding a tram around  Melbourne all day hanging on to the door and  catching the change in weather as it through it self at you at every tram stop ..

Why ?

Coffee and Art at Connies

SO today I was feeling  little anxcious .. coffee and sketch time . I ended up at a Cafe near the beach  at North beach named Connies ….  Dropped in grabbed some Raisin toast and a large Latte and began to sketch . As I drew my mind settle and the troubles in my mind floated away …

Ended up spending 2 hours there and gave away as I as I do ta waitress  usually do my finished product to a young lady who was new to the cafe and was nervous ,  I asked her name twice and do you think I can remember it ,,, NOT A CHANCE .. Any way , I think it made her smile..


The anxiety I felt in her also subdued I guess I did a nice thing then and the coffee and tie there was a bonus ,,, Paying my Art forward …

Any way here are my results …..

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Enjoy every day ….as if it is your last yet ponder in to what may be of tomorrow …. 


Gary Darbyshire