View from Mount Dandenong

View from Mount Dandenong

During winter weekends we tend to hide under our blankets in front of the tv and hibernate, but every so often we need to head out into the fresh air and shake our limbs out a little. There is only so long we can stay inside without going stir crazy. The thought of...
Spring has sprung – or has it?

Spring has sprung – or has it?

No it definitely hasn’t! Here I am in a chilly Melbourne in mid June with the heating on full pelt, thinking fondly of days when the weather will warm up again. I’ll admit I can’t really complain. It’s all relative. I did live in Canada for a...
Broken Hill – the Living Desert

Broken Hill – the Living Desert

My husband and I were in Broken Hill for a few days while I ran some workshops, so during the evenings we dashed around to see the sights we had missed last time  – including the Living Desert just outside town. We had a few false starts as we followed a GPS...
ANZAC Day March, Melbourne 2014

ANZAC Day March, Melbourne 2014

It’s a while ago now, but I thought I’d share a sketch I did while standing in Swanston Street with my daughter watching the Anzac Day parade pass. A hundred years after Gallipoli the ANZAC spirit is still strong, and it is easy to feel a lot of pride for...
Vines on the verandah

Vines on the verandah

I’ve been going back through my sketchbooks, remembering times that I was inspired to draw. It’s amazing how many memories my drawings bring back to me. I don’t know why, but for some reason I look at a sketch and I can remember that specific moment...
Weekend in Balmain

Weekend in Balmain

Having the freedom to jump on a flight to Sydney for a weekend away with dad and Michele was just fantastic. Isabel had generously lent her flat, only a few minutes walk up the hill from Sydney harbour. Sure beats any taxi ride, that ferry trip past the Opera House...
Queenscliff cottage

Queenscliff cottage

Glorious summer days – and how spoilt am I? Time to get away. Time to play with my paints and pens, and avoid the boring everyday jobs. I just love to leave all the mess at home – some might call it avoidance, while I call it a holiday! I did this painting...
Corrugated cows in Heide Park

Corrugated cows in Heide Park

It didn’t bode well for our picnic yesterday when I heard the rain drumming down on our corrugated iron roof. But the clouds cleared and it turned into the most beautiful day for our end of year outing for Beth’s Art Group. Five of us headed down to Heide...
Baguette bag and tomatoes

Baguette bag and tomatoes

I love this cheeky little guy chewing away on his baguette! The bag he lives on became part of my background. I found it impossible to resist, and with a little white paint on top it became the perfect surface for a new collection of “Drawing Tomatoes” as...
Mum’s garden at Queenscliff

Mum’s garden at Queenscliff

My mum has created an amazing cottage garden down at Queenscliff.  She has designed it to be beautiful from every vantage point.  No matter where you stand, you see a lush mix of textures, colours and hidden surprises in amongst the leaves.  My drawing doesn’t...
Queenscliff

Queenscliff

It’s nearly three years since I’ve been down to Queenscliff – pathetic, really, when you consider that my parents have such a beautiful hideaway there. But life sort of took over, as it does when you have a teenager who likes to live in a cave, and...
The Esplanade, Darwin

The Esplanade, Darwin

There are some gorgeous parks around Darwin. One of the things that struck me as soon as we got off the plane was the incredible bright green of the foliage – I can’t remember when a colour has struck me quite like that before. Maybe it is because...