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...

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 ….

Instagram post 17911828435351009 Another streetscape finished in my Brunswick Street project, Fitzroy. Yesterday I drew the Brotherhood of St Laurence building. It was more interesting than I expected, especially when the sun came out and I could see the light and shadows bringing out diamond shapes in the walls. They should be interesting to paint. I’m trying to figure out if I could realistically manage this long zig zag sketchbook enough to paint it on location too. Thanks Alf for holding my sketchbook- always my best supporter :). #brunswickstreetsketchography #usk #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #deatramentisink #twsbieco #bockingford #fitzroy #cityofyarra #brunswickstreet #brotherhoodofstlaurence #sketch  #accordionsketchbook

Another streetscape finished in my Brunswick Street project, Fitzroy. Yesterday I drew the Brotherhood of St Laurence building. It was more interesting than I expected, especially when the sun came out and I could see the light and shadows bringing out diamond shapes in the walls. They should be interesting to paint. I’m trying to figure out if I could realistically manage this long zig zag sketchbook enough to paint it on location too. Thanks Alf for holding my sketchbook- always my best supporter :). #brunswickstreetsketchography #usk #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #deatramentisink #twsbieco #bockingford #fitzroy #cityofyarra #brunswickstreet #brotherhoodofstlaurence #sketch #accordionsketchbook ...

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Instagram post 18059801350160731 Today I’ve been painting some of my Brunswick Street streetscapes, because most of them still need colour. I’ve been invited to share some of my sketches in a display by the Fitzroy Residents Association which they are putting together to celebrate their 50th anniversary. I feel really flattered to have been asked, and I’m also looking forward to seeing what else is displayed. They have a really interesting history in community advocacy. If you are interested, pop by the Fitzroy library at some stage over the next few weeks! #brunswickstreetsketchography #victorianarchitecture #fitzroy #cityofyarra #archisketch #brunswickstreet #brunswickstreetart #streetscape #bockingford #watercoloursketch

Today I’ve been painting some of my Brunswick Street streetscapes, because most of them still need colour. I’ve been invited to share some of my sketches in a display by the Fitzroy Residents Association which they are putting together to celebrate their 50th anniversary. I feel really flattered to have been asked, and I’m also looking forward to seeing what else is displayed. They have a really interesting history in community advocacy. If you are interested, pop by the Fitzroy library at some stage over the next few weeks! #brunswickstreetsketchography #victorianarchitecture #fitzroy #cityofyarra #archisketch #brunswickstreet #brunswickstreetart #streetscape #bockingford #watercoloursketch ...

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Instagram post 17893714165383825 The #rainbowshoes are back in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy as I continue my streetscape from the corner of Gertrude, stretching from @theworkersclub on the left, and just discovering the edge of the Brotherhood of St Laurence building on the right. There is plenty to go on with next week, as I zoom along with my #twsbieco and #bockingford accordion sketchbook. Watercolour for another day. #usk #brunswickstreetsketchography #brunswickstreet #fitzroy #streetscape #urbansketchers #melbourneurbansketchers #archisketch

The #rainbowshoes are back in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy as I continue my streetscape from the corner of Gertrude, stretching from @theworkersclub on the left, and just discovering the edge of the Brotherhood of St Laurence building on the right. There is plenty to go on with next week, as I zoom along with my #twsbieco and #bockingford accordion sketchbook. Watercolour for another day. #usk #brunswickstreetsketchography #brunswickstreet #fitzroy #streetscape #urbansketchers #melbourneurbansketchers #archisketch ...

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Instagram post 17854450282556715 Today in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy I crossed back ‘over the border’ (across Gertrude Street!) because I couldn’t resist drawing these magnolias. I spotted them last week when I was heading home and I was desperately hoping they would still be there. It was a perfect opportunity to use my Holbein bright rose and bright violet :) #usk #brunswickstreetsketchography #urbansketchers #melbourneurbansketchers #brunswickstreet #cityofyarra #victorianarchitecture #archisketch #magnolias #spring #watercolorsketch #bockingford #holbeinwatercolors

Today in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy I crossed back ‘over the border’ (across Gertrude Street!) because I couldn’t resist drawing these magnolias. I spotted them last week when I was heading home and I was desperately hoping they would still be there. It was a perfect opportunity to use my Holbein bright rose and bright violet 🙂 #usk #brunswickstreetsketchography #urbansketchers #melbourneurbansketchers #brunswickstreet #cityofyarra #victorianarchitecture #archisketch #magnolias #spring #watercolorsketch #bockingford #holbeinwatercolors ...

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