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.
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
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
Kitten in a sunbeam – ink & watercolour sketch with digital colour added, 2016
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
Coastline – ink, watercolour and digital, 2016
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 (
Kererū study – ink, watercolour and digital, 2016
Kererū / New Zealand pigeon, somewhere near Nelson, 2004
“A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.” Paul Klee
Magnolia study – ink and watercolour, 140 x 170 mm, 2016
Magnolias at Mona Vale, Christchurch, 2013
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Jack London
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
Crepuscular rays (study) – ink and watercolour crayon, 2015
Homeward bound, Hanmer (original photo reference), 2014
“If you want a subject, look around you.” Peter Brook