Wildflowers Kings Park, Perth, 2016

Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia this arvo, a quick cycle around (glad I didn’t drive –  it was very busy) to see this years wildflowers…. I probably should have come a week earlier but was too busy. These pictures all taken with my smart phone….I’m still astonished….the quality of picture for a little phone…..I scribbled a few quick sketches too….

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Quick A6 sketches of some of the wildflowers…Giles Mallee above (Europeans first discovered this plant in 1876) was thought extinct but was rediscovered in the Little Sandy Desert in 1991.

Sturt’s Desert Pea on the left.


Little Willy’s Cafe, Northbridge

20151103 Little Willys CafeCoffee at Little Willy’s Cafe on William Street, Northbridge this arvo. This table decoration was so striking …. two cactus in full bloom sitting inside a yellow pottery rhino, brown sugar and Tabasco sauce optional extras.

Lamy Safari fountain pen with De Atramentis Black Document ink, various watercolours, Pentel waterbrush, gouache on homemade sketchbook (Bockingford medium 150gsm)

Neil McDougall Park, Como – Flora

20150914 Neil McDougall Park Flowers These are “Cosmo” flowers growing in part of the community veggie garden at Neil McDougall park. They are native to Mexico but have been planted widely across Australia as they are so pretty and easy to grow.



20150914 Neil McDougall Park Silver Beet




This is silver beet growing in a large polystyrene container with the words “Sea Harvest – produce of Seychelles” printed on the side….maybe that’s why the plants are growing so green and healthy.

Lamy Safari, EF nib, De Atramentis Archive Ink, various watercolours with waterbrushes.

20150914 Neil McDougall Park Gum Tree


Finally, a simple pen sketch of a very old and impressively knobbly gum tree with peeling bark hanging off its branches.




Sailor Fude Fountain Pen, De -Atramentis Archive Ink Black

Subi Sunflowers

These miniature sunflowers in a nearby street were calling out to me in the late afternoon sun – I just had to sketch them….some things are too beautiful to ignore….thank you to the owners for growing them.IMG_4830

(Lamy safari fountain pen, Lamy ink, W&N and Daniel Smith watercolours, Pentel brushpen on Holcroft sketch and draw paper, about 15 minutes)