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I finally made the time to sketch during my lunchbreak again! So rusty! I had forgotten how therapeutic drawing can be when I’m feeling like my grip on sanity is slipping…particularly inking those windows, that was almost hypnotic. I forgot to grab a ruler when I was gathering my kit for the day and so I discovered in a round about way that I cannot eyeball vanishing points for perspective drawing. I’ll need to work on that some more I think.

20141106 - Scarborough House

This building is one of a group of buildings in this town centre that are named after the ships of the First Fleet… the red name plate can be seen from all over the centre. I started out the week by drawing my lunch… not exciting, but it was pen to paper, which is more than I can say for the last month or so!

20141105 - drawing the mundane

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daytrip to the coast

October 3, 2014 — Leave a comment

It’s the Spring school holidays on Antipodean shores so I took my sons to the beach for the day. It was a little windy, but totally blissy feeling the sun on my skin and listening to the waves crash as I practised some en plain air painting. Just what the doctor ordered! 20141002 - Tomakin beach

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i have succumbed

September 19, 2014 — Leave a comment

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I’m sick … I spent the day at home moaning and coughing and sneezing. Mercifully it was warm enough to sit outside for a little while with a coffee and my sketchbook to take in some vitamin D. This urn is the centrepiece of my courtyard and has deep purple pansies that are thriving and bright red cyclamen that are a little the worse for wear. Tucked in one side of the bowl is a little porcelain angel… I like to think she’s there watching over me.

 

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deconstructionist eating

September 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

I was dying to get some sketching in this week. I’ve been working on a graphite portrait and have been enjoying the tight detail and concentration it requires…but I got to the point where I really just wanted to scribble down something loose and fun. So I drew my lunch. The cafe staff always look at me a little strangely when they see my pull my lunch apart like this, but when they saw me start to draw it too…that was the last straw 🙂 Giggles all round!

23-2013 // deconstructed steak sandwich

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Sketching at the NGA

January 23, 2013 — Leave a comment

After I’d been through the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition and made sure I got thoroughly lost exiting the gallery, I spent some time sitting in the sculpture garden enjoying the solitude.

There are some truly beautiful pieces in the garden. I was visited by a blue wren and his harem as I sat in the shade and sketched.

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Oops! The Carillon has a bit of a lean to it 🙂 One of the pitfalls of drawing with my sketchbook on my lap. Hope it doesn’t fall into the lake!

carillon

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My work colleagues spoiled me rotten this Christmas and gave me some gorgeous art supplies. The journal is hand stamped leather with handmade paper inside…and it smells absolutely DIVINE!

I was nervous about doing regular sketches in such a special book, I didn’t want to fill it with nonsense that I couldn’t share with other people…so I came to the decision that I would fill the pages with quotes and notes that I found inspirational or meaningful in various ways.

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The paper is delicate and is taking some getting used to…it doesn’t like erasers or sharp pencils. I need to take it easy with water colours too. I’ll no doubt end up with some disasters…but I hope I end up with a book full of food for thought by the end of the new year. If I counted correctly I’ll have 50 or so spreads to fill.

 

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Duffy

December 1, 2012 — Leave a comment

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Almost ten years ago an horrendous firestorm decimated several suburbs in my city. At the time I was in a suburb that was getting ember showers and I was home alone trying to stave off an asthma attack and keep our house from catching alight. The boys were very little, so I’d taken them to a friend’s place, but the dog we had at the time kept me company as I watered the house with a garden hose. I have never before seen it pitch black in the middle of the afternoon, nor do I wish to again. I have the greatest admiration for those that lost everything and yet have returned to rebuild and thrive again.

This one was drawn in 5-10 minute blocks between shuttle runs for the downhillers in my family. I used my Noodler’s Bulletproof Polar Brown ink for the first time, and was not happy to discover that it is in fact water soluble…not happy.

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Space Station Office

November 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

47-2012 // space station office

I really struggle with perspective when I’m drawing buildings, especially if I’m making a quick sketch on location like this one. More practice hours are required to hone my urban sketching skills!

It was too wet and miserable to get of the office during my lunch hour so I sat by the window and drew what I saw. The building itself is fascinating…lots of interesting bits and pieces to draw, but not a lot of fun to actually work in. The air-conditioning breaks down with monotonous regularity and the grey of the exposed concrete tends to have a depressing quality to it after awhile.

This is the first actual painting I’ve done with my new paints and using only a water brush, which I find gives a far looser feel than working with regular paintbrushes.

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This week I put together my new water colour kit to slip into my pencil case. I figured I’d better do a colour chart since I haven’t used these colours or paints before. Some of the colours are a little gritty, which I’m not very happy with, but they’ll do for my everyday knock about kit.

Here’s a picture of my pencil case. The paints are in the little pencil tin at the top (the water brush actually fits inside the tin).

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Mt Taylor flowers

November 12, 2012 — Leave a comment

Mt Taylor flowers

Flowers along the side of the path make for unexpected little pockets of beauty to be appreciated and celebrated.

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