Last Paper and WoW at 6 years old

So I finished my last watercolor paper with the painting below. I was aiming for a stylized painting of native bush and bamboos combined with the hint of a pool or waterway behind it.


Hopefully I will pickup some more paper on the weekend but until then I will try and do some charcoal drawings.


Interesting enough a portion of my game time was devoted to watching my 6yo son play world of warcraft. It was interesting how he found a lot of the systems I take for granted confusing. Fundamental things like quests were an oddity to him – all he wanted to do (and what he did mostly) was run around and kill things.

He found quest givers hard to find and often could not bother reading any of the quests so was left confused as to how to complete it.(I do that myself some days so must have inherited it!)

One of the other difficulties he had which I hadn’t expected was he assumed that all he saw on screen was the amount of the game – he was surprised to discover he had bag inventory, a skill page and a character sheet – to him these were all unnecessary to his enjoyment.

Lastly he took great delight in climbing up high places and leaping to his death – something that the gamer in me shudders at because of the waste of time and the repair costs.

After roaming around aimlessly, fighting things randomly and leaping, swimming or generally battling himself to death more times than I could count he declared that he really liked World of Warcraft!  Never say this game doesnt have many ways to play and many ways to find your fun😀




Dust and Ivy

Back to painting as much as I am able to – working away on the journey and loving attempting new styles and techniques. My goal for the next year is to refine my skill down so detailing comes easier.

Its inktober soon so expect a switch to ink painting – probably in the same style as my watercolors.

I dont have my scanner setup so pictures are from my phone sorry.






Last night I found the time and energy to unpack my art supplies and find a place mostly out of the way of the almost 4year olds.  While dinner was cooking (frank and beans – was delicious)  I did a super quick sketch of a tree.  The feeling of seeing paint on paper was amazing, I had not realized how much I had missed the simple act of splattering semi random colors with water.

Very unstructured and messy I felt like a happy child finger painting.


Mostly Back to Normal, Mostly

Unpacking is something that seems to go on for as long as you live at a place, only stopping when its time to begin packing for that next move. On the unpacking front I found my art supplies and now all I need is the space to do some art.

The sickness that struck last week and a sting in its tail which had me out for a few days with a final hurrah! Thankfully I am feeling a lot better now which is good as I have 7 days to edit and submit my short story for the Christchurch writers guild latest anthology.

Game wise I have been playing a lot of Skyrim and a little bit of Elderscrolls online. The mass invasion leveling has left me feeling a little flat with World of Warcraft – not having the expansion during the first few months of excitement is also hard. I am happy to report that the guild I am in has about 50 active players in it at any one time – up from 5-10 during the lull period.

Next Sunday there will be some art to post – even if its a few random trees – they are out in flower here as spring time has launched into full force.



The House of Bleh!

Actually the new house still remains awesome – however everyone in it, asides from my partner had half a week of sickness – oh the joy. We are mostly recovered (my 3.5yo daughter still getting the very occasional bouts however) and hopefully heading towards the path of wellness.

Due the sickness I played a lot of World of Warcraft, although I even got too sick to sit at the computer – which is a serious waste of sick days!

Aside from WoW I used both my free boosts to 95 that Everquest2 was offering (I have had two paid accounts there) and instant leveled my baby necromancer who was my current main from 62 to 95. The transition was very smooth and thankfully by 62 u have a lot of the core abilities so that the overwhelm wasn’t too bad. I also boosted a Templar on my second account, she now sits with my conjuror waiting to be played there.

While in recovery the part of the second book I have been stuck on started to flow, the story untangling from all the blocks and began running freely forward. It is such a warm welcome back, I had contented myself with poems and editing a short story for creativity but nothing beats the feel of adding chunks to book 2 of your series.

Art wise I have yet to find where I packed all the supplies and combined with sickness its left me with another barren art week.

Spring is almost here so with warmer weather and better light I’m keen to kick of a couple of weeks of dust and get back to painting.



The Chaos of Moving

We found an awesome four bedroom place on the hills of Christchurch that was 100 times more fun than our old place. Its full of nooks and crannies, stairs to lofts and is almost two houses joined as one.

I have spent the majority of my time moving boxes, clean and organizing rubbish runs for the old place – 4 years with 3 kids sure creates a lot of chaos.

the downside is that I have had little time to do any art so that is my next unpack project.

I also have a short story to edit a bit for an anthology – it has a 10th of September deadline so I need to hustle to avoid the wraith of the editors!


Moving Blues

Moving house when renting really sucks – I am sure it sucks when you own a home but the rental market here has typically been horrible and its annoying to be thrown back into it. We had planned to stay in our current spot for another 1 year before buying but given the landlords unreasonable rent demands we were forced into the market again.

The negativity aside, the market has cooled here and we are hopeful of getting a nicer house for cheaper – still the clock is ticking, a few weeks we have to be gone and nothing signed is drowning us in stress.

I really haven’t been in the creative frame of mind for anything, hiding in skyrim has been my default or playing Today was nice and sunny and we returned to the local park to let the kids jump in muddy puddles and catch Pokemon. The outing did all good and I managed to do a painting – as below😀

With most of my focus on rental searching and the fact I face a few weeks without internet the blog might miss some uploads but I will do my best to keep my NZ Sunday night updates.

hugs to all

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