Monday, 28 October 2013

Tip on how to get lettering straight from a blog I follow

In this article there is a picture of a grid Liz places under her work to get lettering straight - great idea that came from her architecture background.

Liz and Borromini: Down the drive (and more): I love the way sketching the same thing brings back memories! This evening I felt like splashing some green paint (blue and yellow pai...

Tuesday, 22 October 2013


October's theme for the sketchbook challenge - animal companions.

Fantails often are company on bush walks as they love to feast on the disturbed insects from the track. One of the friendliest little birds around.

Arty photos for inspiration

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Botanic Gardens Chat

Botanic Gardens Chat by 1artalive
Botanic Gardens Chat, a photo by 1artalive on Flickr.
Inspired by yesterday's afternoon sketching - trying to lose the detail in this sketch

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Milford Bush Walk

The Budget Bus Trip sketch #1

Nine hours on a bus trip. I definitely needed to do something to break the boredom! Apart from endless sketches of sheep, hedges and cattle, there were 5 minute sketching opportunities now and again - it was a great challenge as whether I had finished or not the bus was moving on - no completeness here - just a general idea.
This was from the bus stop at Timaru.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Damp day in Gore

A bit of urban sketching - i.e. not relying on my camera and getting something down in the sketch book in public. Still a challenge but fortunately Table Talk cafe was slightly deserted early morning and the coffee was excellent. Got this down very roughly in about 20 minutes as I ran into a new friend and it would have been rude to keep drawing!