Akaroa

A golden evening looking out over Akaroa Harbour

I was so happy with this scene that I decided to dust off the sketchbook…

A golden evening sketch

… and even though it’s not watercolour paper, it still handles the water from my little travel brush surprisingly well.

A bird’s-eye view of Akaroa

The other quick sketch from the weekend has been enhanced digitally using Affinity Photo.

Reinventing myself (an annaversary post)

Today is my little blog’s fourth anniversary🎈🎈🎈🎈 and so I thought I would go back in time to the very beginning. Here is my first post from 13th March 2012. Have a creative day.

A couple of years ago, I started an illustrated journal. I was inspired by Danny Gregory and his book The Creative License and I wanted to see if I could draw.

One month and 19 sketches later, I drew Villa 10…

…and the road home (among other things).

I enjoyed sketching so much that I decided to take an art course at the Design & Arts College in Christchurch, New Zealand.

originally posted 13th March 2012

My right to be odd

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These WIPs show the transition of yesterday’s kitten sketch from the initial drawing through to the final image. I realise that the blown highlights make the kitten look a little odd ~ but because they are one of the reasons I like the photograph, I wanted to retain them in the sketch.

“I am an artist you know … it is my right to be odd.” E.A. Bucchianeri

Get used to the idea

Kitten in a sunbeam – ink & watercolour sketch with digital colour added, 2016
Kitten in a sunbeam – ink & watercolour sketch with digital colour added, 2016
Grandkitten — original photograph, 2014
Grandkitten — original photograph, 2014

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea…” Robert A. Heinlein

Losing sight of the shore

Coastline – ink, watercolour and digital, 2016
Kaikoura coast panorama, New Zealand — original photograph, 2013
Kaikoura coast panorama, New Zealand — original photograph, 2013

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” André Gide

Click on the images for a clearer view.

P.S. If the landscape looks a little familiar, that may be because I painted the same photograph last month (The View).

Joyous

Violets — ink, watercolour and digital, 2015
Violets — ink, watercolour and digital, 2015

“The most joyous painting is not done for the art world, it is done for the inner world.” Michael Leunig

The quote is from Holy Fool, a wonderful book crammed full of Michael Leunig’s art ― not his cartoons but his playful, colourful, joyful paintings and drawings. Highly recommended.

Violets in the kitchen, original photograph, 2015
Violets in the kitchen, original photograph, 2015