March 28, 2020

It has been over 3 weeks since I shut the door on kiln 24 with about 26kg of glass cooking and cooling during that time. Despite some years of experience it is with a mixture of trepidation and hope that I unscrew the door. I'm pretty happy with how it looks in the aft...

March 20, 2020

Like this month and for May, the next full moon (Harvest, Pink or Spring -- 8 April ) is a super-moon. Looking up into the night sky with all that silvery light shining down makes me smile and feel good. And a smile is always a good thing, especially in these uncertain...

March 10, 2020

I started an open online course with Newcastle University last week. Natural History illustration 101

This kind of drawing is challenging for me as it re quires precision but it is very good practice for observation.

The twitch stream every Friday is brilliant and I high...

March 5, 2020

My garden is acting like it is Spring. After such a harsh Summer, these unusual days of rain (for Canberra at least) has stirred the garden into action. Everything is blooming or regenerating. Some plants that I truly thought were dead are proving me wrong. 

I've been t...

February 23, 2020

I walked into my shed / studio the other day to find one of my waxes had fallen over. Thanks to the hot summer days (you know those 40+ ones) it slowly swayed, sunk and embedded itself into a saucepan full of wax (which took a hammer and determination to remove). 

I dec...

February 13, 2020

The Selkie, is a folkloric shapeshifter. A seal in the sea, the Selkie sheds its skin to become human on the land. For me the Selkie's coat is the symbolic core of the myth. It signifies change. It is the evidence of both being and becoming. But the Selkie never sheds...

February 3, 2020

I've been painting watery backgrounds while outside it is 40+ degrees... The heat has obviously addled my brain as February came as a surprise.

WHAT here already?

The circle is painted with watercolours and gouache while the seal is an ink drawing taken from a hundred o...

January 27, 2020

Last Friday my partner Dougie drove us to Canberra Zoo. I had been in suspense for a week about what 'activity' we would be doing on a Friday morning. 

Dougie had given me a pass for a 'Barking owl encounter' which was really wonderful. I've used owls in my artwork and...

January 16, 2020

2 Australian artists (Natalie Eslick & Kat Hamilton) got together to organise Art for Fires, a diverse community of artists donating art work to benefit the front line volunteers of Australia's devastating bush fires and Wildlife rescue charities. (artists choose)

Natal...

January 2, 2020

Canberra is engulfed in smoke at the moment, so when I sat down to draw this month's Patreon rewards I was dreaming of creatures that live in the water. Perhaps a Scottish Kelpie, a Welsh Ceffyl Dŵr or a Scandinavian Knokken?

After a bit of poking around on the web I ca...

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