Archives For God

This week has brought a first for me! My first piece of tattoo art that made it onto the skin of someone I’ve never met in person. I did my own of course…but this one I drew for a very courageous lady that I met on Twitter. Becky was involved in an horrendous car accident late last year and has been slowly recovering through the grace of God. This lady is AMAZING! She spent months in a ‘halo’ for her broken neck but just six weeks into her recovery she completed a 5km run/walk event! What an inspiration. She truly is a Warrior Princess!





Hidden Chambers

May 27, 2012 — Leave a comment

Hidden chambers

This journal piece was done as a response to an exercise in a book that I’m starting to read called The Artist’s Rule – Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom by Christine Valters Paintner. It’s a 12-week ‘course’ that I’ll probably work through over the next couple of months. This particular exercise involved thinking about our inner lives as a castle with hidden rooms and passages. This sketch represents for me, the hidden corridors and locked chambers that I have yet to explore.


I love to use art as a worship tool…as a way to bring focus as I meditate.

I am not a part of an organised church at the moment, so today I celebrated Good Friday by preparing a Eucharist meal for myself, lighting a candle, and meditating on scripture as I painted.
This is a picture I saw in my half awake, half asleep state this morning.

19-2012 // Good Friday meditation

The colours move from black to red to orange to yellow, symbolising our move from sin through redemption, rebirth and restoration.

20-2012 // Good Friday meditation

I found that the collection of sensory elements was incredibly powerful. A way to engage and focus. An incredibly powerful mode of worship.

Figuring out how my paints behave on the Moleskine watercolour paper is fun!!
53-2011 // choosing my palette

learning how to do maps and freehand lettering…
53-2011 // practicing maps and lettering

Crap photo…but practising buildings…
54-2011 // chateau practice

Sketches during worship this morning…
56-2011 // church today

57-2011 // foreign territory

Loving that I am making time to draw so much. 🙂

I’m on holidays at the moment…you can tell I’m on holidays because I completely forgot to blog the first couple of drawings I did for the year 🙂 so here they are 🙂 I’m just about to head off for a trip to Tasmania and plan to do LOTS of sketching…so you can look forward to a flood of posts when I get back 🙂

01-2011 // 2011 approach to life

2-2011 // what's in my pencil case

3-2011// BBQ

40-2010 // tree lamp post

Sometimes writing and drawing is the best therapy. I did these scribbles at lunch the other day to even out and move on after a rough morning at work. The act of concentrating and drawing meshes well with prayer and meditation.

Each year I attend the Global Leadership Summit and take sketchnotes to help me remember the key points. This year I went for a sepia theme and used PITT artist pens. I added some watercolour during the week as I meditated on the notes and thought about how to apply what I learned. I didn’t do quite as many drawings this time around…instead I focussed more on typographic elements.

If you would like to see the set at your own pace you can see them here. I only just fit all of my notes in…the very last entry was done on the pocket at the back of my Moleskine 🙂 There is something insanely satisfying about filling an entire book with sketchnotes 🙂 (The first half of the book is filled with the sketchnotes from 2008)

Another in the weekly drawing series:
A card for a new addition to a friend’s family and a sketch of today’s preacher. I am still struggling to sketch people like this…must practice more!23-2010 // card and sketch

22-2010 // Sunday sketchnotes

Was intending to colour this, but haven’t even had time to erase the pencil sketches!

19-2010 // Message in a tangle

Sitting and engaging in a little art therapy and these words came into my mind … A much needed reminder of who I am