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
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
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
Today my art prompt was sustain. I chose to do a few Australian native bees, which are crucial allies to native and non-native flora. Some quick ink and watercolour sketches of native Australian bees.
Sometimes I need to paint something that doesn't require much investment of time or effort. I do this to avoid the habit of fussing with a painting, if I want to practice techniques or I'm working out a scene for a specific project. A good way I've found is to do postcard sized paintings of … Continue reading Untold stories
In Australia, if we want to avoid being swooped by mobs of magpies in breeding season, we make friends with them. One way to do this is to feed them. While I don't think they actually see us as friends, they do remember humans who are kind to them. As such no one in my … Continue reading Feeding the magpies and an art prompt
Today's art prompt is remnant - basically whatever is left once something is used, removed or destroyed. In this case it is the fossilied remains of a trilobite, an ancient extinct marine arthropod. Cheirurus trilobite in pen and ink and watercolour
For today's art prompt I chose basil and garlic. They both lend themselves nicely to stippling in pen and ink, a favourite technique and medium, plus I wanted to try something new (new to me anyway) and felt two illustrations would be better than one. Stippling is time consuming and requires a lot of patience, … Continue reading Art prompt: herbs