Saturday, November 28, 2015

Broken whelk

I picked up this lovely big broken whelk shell while we were walking on the beach the other day. Such a nice thing to sketch. We have had a busy and rather upsetting few days. Terrible fires to the north of Adelaide, losses of people, houses, stock and ways of life. It wasnt such a terribly hot day but the winds were awful and where it started was cropping land and so dry. It just took off and wasnt to be stopped in a hurry. Friends lost houses and animals, others just houses, some just animals but the whole thing was a nightmare. I spent most of the day watching around our house although it was cooler down here but it was still terribly windy. I am full of aches again so off for a blood test yesterday, I dont know when I will know the results. Just hope its not a return of the polymyalga and is just my normal?? arthritis. Not getting a lot done I am afraid, whatever it is.

Monday, November 16, 2015

sketchbook pages

It has been an unsettling few days. Paris, Beirut, what or who next? My arthritis has been giving me gip as well and so I feel rather sad and depressed. The book I am reading at the moment isnt helping. ( The last train to Instanbul) Silly sketches sometimes help.

Sunday, November 01, 2015


When we walked yesterday the flies were bad, small and persistent so John pulled off a piece of a boobyalla bush to use as a fly whisk. I brought it home to draw. My sketching has been to say the least pretty 'sketchy' Not sure why but the inclination isnt there very much but I do like to keep up this blog so here is my small contribution.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Not a lot of sketching going on

I had a belated birthday lunch with friend R over at Hectors on the wharf at Goolwa yesterday. I was a bit early and so sat and sketched the view, it was pretty cold, damp and windy so we sat inside. This was the view across the River Murray to Hindmarsh Island. I need to sketch more but so far I havent felt like doing much at all, getting the garden into order means I have a very uncomfortable back. Any way we had a lovely lunch with a glass of bubbles each and lots of chat and giggles and catching up. A lovely birthday present.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Been in North west Victoria

This is a pretty awful watercolor that I did sitting in the sun and looking at the view from Imperial Stud which is near Benalla. Sarah and I did a quick trip across (11 hours + drive)with a float to deliver and pick up some ponies. Such a lovely place and the views are lovely. As I said, not at all well done but just a small thing to remember it by. We were away for 3 days and it was all pretty exhausting, but so lovely to catch up with old friends. Havent posted on this blog for a while and thought perhaps I should although my painting sketching mojo has not been with me for a while.

Friday, September 11, 2015

sketchbook play.

More playing in my sketchbook. We have a new kitten called George and at 10 weeks he is full of fun and play. I have to watch him all the time but trying to sketch with a biting scratching kitten is not easy. I managed to get the magazine Faces the other day and have been having fun with it. Not sure where the fox came from. Spring is coming fast, a bit too warm too early but after all my moaning about drizzle and cold it really has been nice to feel slightly warmer than perhaps I needed to be.

Monday, August 10, 2015


All this wandering and looking at galleries has made me want to paint. Not terribly well I admit, but at least I had a go. fungi from my imagination. Watercolour.