Point Labatt Sealion colony

South Australia’s Point Labatt – Australian Sealion colony….great viewing platform perched on the cliff edge…all the action below, BYO binoculars or use the fixed free ones there


Cycling to Fremantle and back along South side of Swan River….

I cycled about 43 Km last Sunday. Set off from home to the Indian Ocean at Cottesloe, continued along the sea front into Fremantle, stopped to sketch one of the historic cranes next to the Maritime Museum. Then continued along the paths around the South side of the Swan River stopping again to sketch the city view from Attadale Reserve before continuing on over the Canning River bridge and following the cycle paths back home.

Black Swan Prize – Live Portrait Challenge – 2018 – Cathedral Square – Grace BarbĂ©

The Black Swan Prize are organising three live portrait challenges – a model is provided (and shade gazebo), anyone can join in, you have two hours to paint or draw in what ever medium you like…..This week it was Grace BarbĂ© and beautiful singer originally from the Seychelles. Grace was wearing a gorgeous green patterned shirt and lots of colourful jewellery so I got a bit carried away with the greens in the shadows, but it was great to have a go at painting her….TWSBI Eco fountain pen with EF fude nib, De Atramentis document Urban Grey ink, various watercolours with Pentel and Kuretake waterbrushes on Winsor and Newton heavyweight cartridge sketchbook.

Final sketch of an artist deep in concentration, squinting to see the value changes…..


Six colour limited palette

I’ve been tinkering with a very limited 6 colour palette for quick and secretive sketches….in a cafe I like to add colour if I can but sometimes don’t want to draw attention by unfolding a larger palette. That’s where the “mini” palette comes out to play, the tin cost about $4 and the lid and base were already coated with enamel paint so I just put a couple of strips of blue tack on the base. The tin only holds 6 half-pans and is small enough to fit in the palm of my hand….the below sketch is on an A6 notebook which hides inside my fauxdori, combined with a small waterbrush I can happily paint…. Colours I have below are: Hansa yellow medium, Burnt sienna, Permanent rose, Winsor red, Pthalo blue (green shade) & Ultramarine blue. The sketch was drawn with my TWSBI Eco fountain pen and EF fude nib in De Atramentis document black ink.