Sally Parnis is an Artist based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Her work explores the opportunities and difficulties created by drawing moving subjects. 

Sally makes drawings almost daily and posts them on her blog, “Message in a bottle”.

The drawings are always made from life and the subjects vary from figures and portraits through still life to landscape and interiors.

Whether the subject moves or the light changes, she draws on regardless, accepting the vagaries of living in the real world and confident that the human brain can always make sense of a changing situation.

Sally’s  usual drawing tool is the iPad – portable and full of exciting possibilities that  inform her painting practice.

Dad at breakfast, 2020 (detail, WIP)
Oil on board
60cm x 40cm


  1. Robin Walden-Semmens says:

    Dear Sally, I was walking down the hall of the Good Friday Building yesterday and what to my wondering eyes should I see… buy visions of loveliness upon the walls created by thee…
    It was such a pleasure to see that what was once ‘just a hobby’ for you has become such a passion and that you are able to be appreciated by the masses.
    I would love to hear from you…if you remember who I am!
    Take care of yourself-your loving husband Pas and your beautiful children and I am ever so happy for you. You look so happy in your studio.
    All the best. Robin

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  2. charlotte says:

    hey sally, it’s charlotte padbury 🙂 i have to some artist studies for an art class, and i decided to do you! i love all of your paintings and drawings, and i hope i can see you guys some time soon 🙂 x


  3. NetzNomadin says:

    I love your daily “Message in a Bottle” 🙂


    1. Thanks I am so glad you are enjoying my daily discipline – It is helped very much when people like you look!
      So Thank You.

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  4. Astrid says:

    Awesome Sally ! Nice to see you have talents outside the hospital walls. We do miss you though ! You must come in for a visit x Astrid 🙂


    1. Thanks Astrid.
      I miss you guys too. But I love my second career almost as much as my first! And one can’t do everything at once.
      A time for everything, and everything in it’s time.


  5. sedge808 says:

    really enjoying your art.


  6. Hi Sally, years ago at ACSA, I did a Brushes course with you. Since then Ive done lots of brushes drawings and loved it. I have printed some to metal too. Anyway, last month I took my ipad on a paid residency I was awarded and when the weather was unfriendly for oil painting en plein air, I set up still lifes and used my ipad drawing. Now I see that the resulting images are sooo small. Around 500 kb. What on earth !! please may I ask you how you avoid this. All my work….hours and hours are lost to something I did wrong to get such small files. Is it too late to rescue all my work?? Id love to hear from you! I am off on another residency next week with some ACSA graduates, out of range, so if I dont respond immediatley it is because of my being out of range. I hope you have good news for me. Yikes!


    1. Hi Caroline.
      It will be the .jpg files that are small. Presumably the ones you had printed were fine, yes?
      I usually just resize mine in photoshop before printing. I select the size I want and then the resolution using “resampling”. I have made prints up to 1 metre high this way with very little blurring.
      But I also use the highest resolution canvas I can when making the drawings (ie select a canvas with max pixels)

      If you change to the Proceate app you can save your files in a greater range of formats – for example you can save as a .tiff (will save all of the pixels) or a .psd (so you can export the layers to photoshop)
      Another option if you want to print infinitely large or infinitely small is to use vector brushes in the Adobe app called “Fresco”.
      But really, I don’t think you need to unless you’re planning a building sized paste up!!
      Im not sure if that helps but the short answer is “Don’t panic”!


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