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Coloured pencils

I was stoked to pick these up yesterday (a birthday present bought with some money from my mum). They’re lovely and soft and loaded with pigment. Look forward to doing some coloured sketches.


Manuka tree

I love sketching trees. They’re challenging because of all the detail, but they’re also fun. There are so many different kinds, they each have a different character. and they really encourage varied mark-making and gestures. I can see why landscape painters love to paint them. This is one from my backyard.

Charcoal pencil on paper

Do it again!

Not that I’ve read Orthodoxy yet (I think I might have started it on my Kindle), but I love this Chesterton quote, which Michele Morin reminded me of:

Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.

G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Funny the things you notice (as an artist)

Not that I’m a very skilled or experienced artist yet (I do respect the word), but I’m definitely in that mindset. And in the Men’s at work the other day, I noticed this button on the top of the toilet cistern. I loved the dark, abstract shapes in the reflection, and I knew I had to draw it.

(Don’t worry, I didn’t stand in the stall and draw it. I took a photo and drew it at home. 🙂 )


What is art?

I read these and took the photos at Sculptureum yesterday. We could probably argue all day long about what art is—and I’m sure countless people have—but I found these thought-provoking and agreed with much of the sentiment. Click on each one and zoom in to read them a little easier.