Welcome! Please join me as I explore my world through drawing and painting in all the colours of the rainbow. I love rainbows. I collect them (ask my family). Maybe it is because rainbows show such beauty and promise after a drenching downpour. That says a lot.

Life isn’t always easy, but it has taught me a lot – especially to appreciate the small joys around me. Sitting and sketching the detail in front of me takes me away from my worries and lets me focus on the moment. Pulling out my watercolours and sploshing a page with hot pinks, purples, limes and yellows brightens my day – literally. I hope my work brings joy to you too.

Brunswick Street, Fitzroy – six months of urban sketches and streetscapes

Almost every Tuesday for the last six months, since January 2019, I have been catching a tram down Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, to draw beautiful Victorian buildings on location. It started as a personal passion project to draw the street, and I have to say that I...

My watercolour palette for 2019

I have spent weeks (possibly months) pouring over my collection of watercolour paints to choose a new palette for this year. The fact that it is nearly the end of May says a lot! I am nothing if not indecisive, and I can um and ah for hours over whether or not to keep...

My watercolour palette for 2018

I am constantly asked to share the colours in my watercolour palette, but when you have this many that is easier said than done! I love to play around with different combinations, and I test new colours all the time, but this is my collection for 2018. I took this...

Carers Week 14-20 October 2018 – free poster

For years I have shared a free poster to celebrate Carers Week, which this year is held in Australia from 14 to 20 October. My annual posters came about as a result of my own experience as a mental health carer, and the website I created at...

Review of Moo’s cotton business cards

I love the idea of having a tiny art portfolio that can be carried in my pocket. Moo cards make that possible, as you can have up to 50 different designs on one side of the card, with one on the other. I don't know where else you can do that. It seems pretty amazing...

Sketchbook tour – 2 weeks in Ireland

A big portion of my ancestry is Irish, so visiting Ireland for the first time was something I was really looking forward to. From sunny (and often not so sunny) Melbourne it was hard to imagine the accents, the brilliant greens, the castles (yay CASTLES!!) and the...

From my Instagram feed ….

This is for those who complained about the lack of This is for those who complained about the lack of my signature #rainbowboots last week. I am getting close to the next corner in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.  #brunswickstreetsketchography #usk #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #brunswickstreetfitzroy #brunswickstreet #sketch #bockingford #archisketch #architecturesketch #victorianarchitecture #melbourneheritage #cityofyarra

This is for those who complained about the lack of my signature #rainbowboots last week. I am getting close to the next corner in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. #brunswickstreetsketchography #usk #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #brunswickstreetfitzroy #brunswickstreet #sketch #bockingford #archisketch #architecturesketch #victorianarchitecture #melbourneheritage #cityofyarra ...

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145 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy is an unexpected hom 145 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy is an unexpected home for a furniture shop - very fancy! Today's forecast thunderstorms didn't arrive until I was safely home from my regular Tuesday sketching session. I pushed ahead with my ink drawing, regardless of having made the lower windows about twice as wide as they actual are, which explains the resulting square windows at the top which should have been skinny rectangles! It's amazing how these little oopsies disappear if you just keep going though. The bigger picture is often much more kind, and very handy for camouflage :). #brunswickstreetsketchography #usk #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #brunswickstreetfitzroy #brunswickstreet #sketch #bockingford #archisketch #architecturesketch #victorianarchitecture #melbourneheritage #cityofyarra

145 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy is an unexpected home for a furniture shop - very fancy! Today's forecast thunderstorms didn't arrive until I was safely home from my regular Tuesday sketching session. I pushed ahead with my ink drawing, regardless of having made the lower windows about twice as wide as they actual are, which explains the resulting square windows at the top which should have been skinny rectangles! It's amazing how these little oopsies disappear if you just keep going though. The bigger picture is often much more kind, and very handy for camouflage :). #brunswickstreetsketchography #usk #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #brunswickstreetfitzroy #brunswickstreet #sketch #bockingford #archisketch #architecturesketch #victorianarchitecture #melbourneheritage #cityofyarra ...

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Drawing outside @hechoenmexicorestaurant in Brunsw Drawing outside @hechoenmexicorestaurant in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy today. I drew the model for this statue in a life drawing class a long, long time ago so it always seems odd to see him perched on this column. Melbourne's weather couldn't make up its mind as usual so we intermittently had to move tables or positions to dodge the rain. I was very happy to finally get to use my blues, and even a purple got an outing for Chiara's bike :) #usk #brunswickstreetsketchography #brunswickstreetfitzroy #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #accordionsketchbook #bockingford #fitzroy #cityofyarra

Drawing outside @hechoenmexicorestaurant in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy today. I drew the model for this statue in a life drawing class a long, long time ago so it always seems odd to see him perched on this column. Melbourne's weather couldn't make up its mind as usual so we intermittently had to move tables or positions to dodge the rain. I was very happy to finally get to use my blues, and even a purple got an outing for Chiara's bike πŸ™‚ #usk #brunswickstreetsketchography #brunswickstreetfitzroy #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #accordionsketchbook #bockingford #fitzroy #cityofyarra ...

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Another section of Brunswick Street completed quic Another section of Brunswick Street completed quickly this morning. I got on the tram, it rained while I traveled, and then it stopped as I got off. I thought I'd better concentrate and quickly finish off the two buildings I missed last week when I accidentally left this piece of Bockingford paper at home. All by 10am. Feeling pretty happy with that!
#usk #brunswickstreetsketchography #brunswickstreetfitzroy #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #streetscape #bockingford #accordionsketchbook #victorianarchitecture #architecturesketch #archisketch

Another section of Brunswick Street completed quickly this morning. I got on the tram, it rained while I traveled, and then it stopped as I got off. I thought I'd better concentrate and quickly finish off the two buildings I missed last week when I accidentally left this piece of Bockingford paper at home. All by 10am. Feeling pretty happy with that!
#usk #brunswickstreetsketchography #brunswickstreetfitzroy #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #streetscape #bockingford #accordionsketchbook #victorianarchitecture #architecturesketch #archisketch
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I am dedicating this sketch to Danny from Noumea w I am dedicating this sketch to Danny from Noumea who ran into us last year @blackcatfitzroy during our exhibition. He requested we draw the view from the rooftop bar @nakedforsatan_ - so here you are, Danny! We couldn't resist the $3 burger deal downstairs before going up to the  rooftop to sketch #brunswickstreetsketchography #brunswickstreet #brunswickstreetfitzroy #sketch #streetscape #sketchbook #usk #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #cityofyarra #penandwash #bockingford

I am dedicating this sketch to Danny from Noumea who ran into us last year @blackcatfitzroy during our exhibition. He requested we draw the view from the rooftop bar @nakedforsatan_ - so here you are, Danny! We couldn't resist the $3 burger deal downstairs before going up to the rooftop to sketch #brunswickstreetsketchography #brunswickstreet #brunswickstreetfitzroy #sketch #streetscape #sketchbook #usk #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #cityofyarra #penandwash #bockingford ...

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