Stippling in pen and ink

Stippling in pen and ink isn't for everyone. It requires a certain level of observation and focus, and especially time that isn't always available. It can also get a bit boring after awhile. But I love the results, its ability to capture detail and the subtle shifts in form and tone, especially for complex subjects … Continue reading Stippling in pen and ink

Good art days and art expectations

I feel like I have't had too many good art days lately - those days where reality comes close to meeting expectation; when more things go right than go wrong with a piece of art; where you can put down the pencil, pen or brush and be satisfied, even a little bit happy, with the … Continue reading Good art days and art expectations

When dogs adopted humanity: journal page

"Did you know there are over 300 worlds for love in canine?"Gabriel Zevin I heard someone say many years ago that dogs are the best thing about humanity. That expression has stayed with me for a long time and every dog I meet proves it tenfold. No other animal is as forgiving, as loyal or … Continue reading When dogs adopted humanity: journal page

Sketchbook alternative

A couple of years ago I started a box for small art, which I intended to fill with postcard-sized pieces of art. Unfortunately I shelved it after I became deeply involved with half a dozen codex-style sketchbooks. Recently I was going through my paper supplies and found (too many) small scraps of Bristol and watercolour … Continue reading Sketchbook alternative

Catching up with a sketchbook

It seems almost as soon as the ice sheets cleared after the last ice age, there were people in Finland. Perhaps they followed the migrating herds, hunting, fishing and gathering as they moved in to new areas that had once been inaccessible. Those earliest people left behind some exquisite objects. In my wanderings through the … Continue reading Catching up with a sketchbook

Forest time

Most of my time at the moment is consumed with a fairly large mixed media piece I'm working on. I haven't had much time for sketchbooks, so I thought I'd share some progress pics on the piece instead. The first image is the pen and ink sketch which probably took too many more days than … Continue reading Forest time

Moonlit portal

Following is painting I did last weekend on a whim, including the ink rendering and then with watercolour over it. It was a good exercise in not overdoing the ink when I know I'm going to paint. I wanted to create more depth with watercolour rather than have the pen and ink do all the … Continue reading Moonlit portal

Sketchbook entry: Natufian culture

After a brief hiatus I'm back to working in my sketchbooks and art journals. It has been a strangely mild summer for south-east Queensland. Until the last few days. There isn't much to do but find a cool place to read, research and render. My goal for this year is to finish a couple of … Continue reading Sketchbook entry: Natufian culture

A Moreton Bay Fig in pen and ink

Moreton Bay figs from Old Petrie Town and Sydney Botanical Gardens (My own photos) Moreton Bay Figs, sometimes Australian Banyan, (Ficus macrophylla) come in all shapes and sizes, as you can see from the photos. The first two photos were taken at Old Petrie Town, not far from my home. These individuals are said to … Continue reading A Moreton Bay Fig in pen and ink