I headed out to the Sydney Botanic Gardens for the last day of my watercolour pencil project. The plan was to spend some time drawing tree trunks, particularly Moreton Bay fig trees. For those who are unfamiliar with them these trees have wonderful undulating folds that make up the entirety of their trunk, like heavy... Continue Reading →
The Creative Plan – Day 6 Graphite Pencil
Today was about drawing out on location. As I had to go there for personal reasons anyway, my sketch location was the Sze Yup Temple in Glebe, Sydney. Unless you know about it most would not be aware of its existence (except at Chinese New year when it goes off around midnight!)*. It’s been at... Continue Reading →
Hey St Peters!
Who likes storage containers?! I'm not talking about any Scandinavian interlocking eco-friendly pantry organisers. I'm talking about the big mac of storage containers, like so... You know you are an artist when an industrial site gets you excited. So on a cool winter's day I met up with the Sydney Sketch Group in St Peter's,... Continue Reading →
My work had moved office location, and the final destination wasn't ready yet. So we were temporarily located to the end of George St, which is the more touristy part of town. It's a hop, step and jump to the Harbour Bridge, the Rocks and Sydney Opera House, plus several museums and galleries. To make... Continue Reading →
I have been completely undisciplined with posting blogs this last couple of years. Sometimes I think I have posted only to find out nothing's there. I have been drawing a decent amount (somethings I'm not particularly ready to share with the online public yet) but I have been out sketching with my friends since January!... Continue Reading →
Chinese New Year came a lot earlier this year as it follows the lunar cycle rather than a set calendar date. I missed most of our lion dance performances this season so only did Friday and the weekend but that was exhausting enough! Usually I feel this tired after doing 2 weeks worth, not three... Continue Reading →
One of my all-time favourite bands from the UK came to Sydney in December. The Stone Roses were only ever an alternative (i.e. not mainstream/Top 40) band in Australia. Although they have fans here, their impact was not to the extent of say Oasis or the Cure. In the UK however, they were on the... Continue Reading →
BACK IN THE SADDLE
Most of last year has been an absolute blur and I can’t believe its already 2017. I think the reason time flies for many people is that we try and cram so much into each day (well I do anyway!) it makes the days, weeks, year go so much faster. I had more than enough... Continue Reading →
Chinese New Year 2016
I’m part of Jin Wu Koon Liondancing and Chinese New Year is a massive month long celebration in Sydney where the whole city joins in. It also means there a constant and intense schedule of lion dance performances for us that can range from morning till midnight and take us to all regions of Sydney... Continue Reading →
Animals! Animals! Animals!
Back in January I went down to Melbourne for a short break to catch up with some friends, and in particular sketching friends. I chose Melbourne Zoo as a location for a day out having not been there since I was probably 16. Its very different from what I remember, a lot more trees and... Continue Reading →