Category Archives: drawing

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.]

Wednesday

“They didn’t want it good, they wanted it Wednesday.” Robert A. Heinlein

I tend to thrive on deadlines, creating them for myself even if I don’t have to because it makes me more productive, but this month I have no projects demanding urgent attention. And I’m still managing to get a few things done.

Here are three little drawings I’ve just finished:

Anna Cull The Return 1

The Return #1 — ink and watercolour, 90 x 90 mm, 2016. Sold.

Anna Cull The Return #2

The Return #2 — ink and watercolour, 90 x 90 mm, 2016. Sold.

Anna Cull Worth the Risk framed WP

Worth the Risk — ink and watercolour, 128 x 128 mm, 2016. Available for purchase.

Elements

I’ve been getting reacquainted with working in pen and watercolour. It’s been ages. Too long, really. So I thought I’d ease back into it with a few abstract patterns. One thing led to another and the four mini (3″ x 3″) artworks below are now for sale have sold on Etsy.

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