11 October 2015
7 July 2015
It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted anything on my blog, but here is a drawing of the stuff inside my Knitting Needle Compendium done with my (non-dominant) left hand while watching TV.
15 November 2014
20 June 2014
24 May 2014
Yay … in the process of overcoming my fears about drawing with a group, I have recently joined a Sketch Group and today was the first time out with them for me. We should have been drawing the fountain at Mission Bay, but we arrived to find that it’s been drained and has a high fence all the way around it, so we all went in different directions to draw, and had the show and tell back at the Stone House. Maybe some of the ladies in the group will turn up next time.
30 April 2014
I tried this method of working as part of Sketchbook Skool Semester 1 homework. Background blue is a wash of Dr P.H. Martin’s India Ink; pumpkin coloured layer is liquid gouache and the sneaker was done “Contour Method” (do the whole outline first, then fill in the middle/details) with a permanent black pen. It didn’t take as long as I thought it would, but it was much more difficult than if I had sketched with a pencil first, then pen.
14 February 2014
7 February 2014
While I was dog-minding Charlie at my friend’s house during Waitangi Weekend, we chanced upon this wondrous sight while out walking in St John’s Bush. I didn’t have my phone or camera with me, and as rain looked imminent, I finished our walk and had to collect the camera and walk all the way back to get the photo. I knew they would be spoiled if it rained. Isn’t nature spectacular?
22 January 2014
Hillary and I did a few yards today in more than one sense of the word… first 55+ lengths water walking (with vigour) at Jellicoe Pools, then breakfast at the local ‘Library Cafe’ – a beautiful historic building in Onehunga. Hillary patiently tried to teach me to do a map of my journey, but I am like a child with ADHD especially when I work with my left hand!
11 December 2013
Excerpts from a recent trip out of town Now, why wouldn’t you jump out of your car and take this photo? My friend thought I was mad, with heavy trucks whizzing by on a busy highway. But how many people blithely drive by and don’t even notice the beauty of the countryside and promise of a great summer?
….. and then some good ‘ole Kiwi ingenuity … our very own river monster
10 October 2013
Here’s a pile of retro fabric samples that I rescued out of a wallpaper & fabric sample book many years ago. The inner hoarder in me knew they could have another life some time in the future. They needed a soak to get more glue off the back of them, then a rugged swishing in the washing machine, and what better than a public airing on a bright sunny day. I have no idea what will become of them, but I’m sure my stitchy group friends will have lots of ideas.
21 September 2013
9 September 2013
24 August 2013
Inspired by the crew at Designworks who are doing “yellow” as the daily theme for the 2013 100 Days Project, and by my love of colour themed photography I did on our last Europe trip e.g. “Orangestrial” I felt the urge to put a yellow grid together today. These were photos that I took on a trip to Dunedin & Queenstown in February 2011. I did not take any of these photos with a yellow theme in mind, but this tells me that subconsciously my mind embraces colour.
30 June 2013
28 June 2013
Gosh, I haven’t done an EDM drawing since January this year. I’ve been trying out a new fountain pen called a Duke 209 which I saw Laure Ferlita use in a You Tube demo. It has a hooked calligraphy nib and is capable of producing very fine lines as well as very fat lines. I have drawn with it every day for the past 3 weeks so the process has obviously given me some confidence back and I am really enjoying exploring its capabilities. Hillary will be pleased that I’m back in the EDM saddle, so to speak.
21 May 2013
21 February 2013
On a recent trip to Melbourne, my friend Alana and I checked out the Fitzroy Market on a hot Saturday morning. A myriad of vintage delights were on offer including the Ukulele Band who turned up to entertain the crowd. Alana left with some impressive purchases and my special find was an 80’s Milano watch.
|Beautiful Fitzroy architecture||The Ukulele Band heats up|
|Alana and I at the Vegie Bar|
|Fitzroy Street Art||On Yer Bike|
Alana recently bought a Canon 1100D camera and is learning about it’s manual functions. I gave her some guidance, then sent her on a colour mission round the market. She chose purple as her colour theme and off she went. The brief was to photograph 9 purple items, but once she started there was no stopping her! Check out Alana’s blog and purple post here http://www.copescuriosities.com/ In the mean time, I chose red and here’s what I found in a short space of time…
What a great day we had Alana, thanks so much.
6 February 2013
Today Hillary and I introduced Jan to our sketch meetings. We spent about 3 hours gossiping, sketching, drinking coffee, eating and there was a show & tell.
This was my left-handed attempt at capturing the scene as if I was a fly on the ceiling.
3 February 2013
11 January 2013
10 November 2012
31 October 2012
4 July 2012
Gosh it’s been hectic lately – packing and moving house in Winter is not much fun. Hillary and I took time out today to get back on the sketching track. Neither of us are confident sketching people and in particular faces, so we set ourselves a challenge list of 10 different types of faces to find in magazines and try to sketch. We both found it difficult, but the good food, gossip and antics of Asher cat kept us going.
24 May 2012
After Hillary and I finished our morning’s gossip & sketching, we ventured out into the sunshine in the small park next to Brick By Brick Cafe in Onehunga. We challenged each other to take six “postable” photos. I thought they were to be of six different things. Hillary thought they were to be six of the same thing. It doesn’t matter, both posts are interesting and a good start back into our photography practise. p.s. Did you see the heart shape formed by my arms holding the camera? I couldn’t do that if I tried!