Category Archives: drawing

Drawn to drawing

As New Zealand prepares to enter a four-week nationwide lockdown (thanks, COVID-19), I have been wondering if there might be some little thing that I could do to make life a little lighter and brighter for those in isolation from their normal lives. And so the first of my colouring pages is being born. Of course I have picked THE most complicated scene to start with… and it’s taking ages to draw… but I figure that if I’m not bored, anyone colouring it in might be not bored too.

Port Chalmers colouring page ~ a work in progress

I’m planning to do at least three New Zealand landscapes as colouring pages. My first page is based on a photograph of Port Chalmers with the historic Iona Church in the foreground and a large congregation of houses and trees in the surrounding neighbourhood. It may take a day or two (or three) to finish… and then it will be available via Etsy as a printable instant download.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Drawing

Here are my 17 quote+art images inspired by Danny Gregory’s  ‘All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Drawing’ list. The quotes are Danny’s; the art is my own:

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Drawing Lessons

Way back in December 2009, I reinvented myself and became an artist. It has taken quite a bit of practice to be able to say that without giggling or feeling self-conscious. Some days I revert to describing myself as a painter or a graphic designer, but the good days find me happy to tell it like it is. I still remember discovering Danny Gregory’s book The Creative License: Giving yourself permission to be the artist you truly are ~ I bought a journal and a nice black ink pen and have never looked back. Well, obviously I’m looking back now… but you know what I mean.

A DECADE has now passed since that first illustrated journal and so I’ve decided to put together some quote+art images inspired by the rather good ‘All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Drawing’ list written by Danny Gregory. ✍🏼✍🏼✍🏼

P.S. The background image (minus Danny’s quote) is from this student project (2011).

Extra credit (word prompts)

These six-word stories were prompted by the Page Flutter Six-Word Story Challenge. I’m also posting a few favourites on Instagram. 

3. Pencil bouquet: a posy of potential.

4. Hey, teach! Can you pronounce “floccinaucinihilipilification”?

5. Turning leaves, time and time again.

6. Never did find X and Y.

7. Overrun by road blocks, they flew.

8. Extra credit: colour outside the lines.

9. “The big leagues called.” “They what?”

[September prompts: pencil bouquet, hey, teach!, turning leaf, unsolvable, road block, extra credit, big leagues.]

Unstoppable (word prompts)

These six-word stories were prompted by the Page Flutter Six-Word Story Challenge. I’m also posting a few favourites on Instagram. The background is an old sketch of the Moeraki Boulders at Koekohe Beach which I went on to paint again here.

27. Dark days prompted a necessary reawakening.

28. Her heart’s desire resonated with him.

29. A mother’s drive negotiates many roads.

30. Total body spa: no assembly required.

31. Unstoppable, tomorrow rushes impatiently towards us.

  1. The occasional clash woke them up.

  2. They scrambled at a cracking pace.

[August/September prompts: fresh start, heart’s desire, mother’s drive, total body, unstoppable, clash!, scrambled.]