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

dead trees.jpeg

Seashore, Red Dust and Autumn Strolls

Today the family headed out to the local botanic gardens and the surrounding park as it was a cool but fine day. We had a ball chatting to ducks, investigating all the hot houses, ferns and carnivorous plants that they had as well as catching many Pokemon as we strolled.

My son was especially overjoyed when a Gyarados was lured in  and captured. I was planning to take a photo of it but in the excitement I completely forgot😀

Anyway asides from our walks I managed to paint a little and work on my roleplaying game.

Some pictures from the Botanic Gardens



and the paintings I managed this week.

shoreline and hills

red dust and trees



Misty Mountains and Low Tide

It has been another low art week as I have been on holiday with the family. Over the weekend we were all out and about so my normal routines of painting were all out of wack.

I did manage to do two paintings – the first playing with the concept of mist and the second a sea at very low tide.

Gaming wise I had a brief dabble into wow to see the changes in my classes, mostly I ended up confused and disconnected from them although I did notice that my fire mage felt a lot better now.

Keeping Final Fantasy 14 as my main game currently although I have been playing a lot of and skyrim.

Writing has been in a bad spot, not sure what conversation I have going on in my head but it seems very determined to take me out of my writing mojo.  Will continue pushing at it until I have a break through.

(oops the low tide painting fell off somehow – put it back in now)

misty mountain.jpeg

low tide.jpeg



Grey Skies of Winter

We have been having a great, warm winter up to a few weeks ago then things turned a lot colder and everyone except for me came down with coughs & colds that seem determined to keep around for a long time indeed. With sick kids there hasn’t been a heck of a lot of time to do anything – and less energy as we have been kept awake with coughs and fevers.

I managed to do a couple of quick sketch watercolors in amongst the general chaos of life.

tree sketch2.jpeg


hopefully next week will bring a bit more sleep and a lot more art.

Dragon and Dawn

I managed to complete the dragon i was working on and even did a quick painting of my city at dawn – the original photo I based on one from my brothers collection.


red dragon2.jpeg.jpeg


And Dawn

chch dawn.jpeg


Aside from painting I have been pottering away at my book some more and almost reached 70k now. Slowly going forward.


Games wise I discovered my original Word of Warcraft toon – a 70 warrior was on the server I am playing on so I undeleted him and dusted him off. I have to say that warriors feel slow and disconnected atm from my limited play. As arms I feel like a slower version of my guardian druid and the druid itself is about as slow as I can cope with.

It has also been a free open beta for Atlas Reactor the game from Trion which is a turn based moba. After several days of playing I am still on the fence about how successful they have made the transition from action to turn based. For me the game feels stilted and often given that actions come before moves there is a medium amount of tactics and what feels like a larger amount luck to make your actions land.

I played each of the support classes and did not really connect with any, they sort of did their job but felt underwhelming to play and unable to keep up with the damage that was being thrown out. I get that having uber healing wouldn’t work but I think the dial is set too low for the support classes to make them enjoyable or impact in a game.

Even the hardest support character felt underwhelming in its ability to made a difference.

It looks like its going to be a buy to play on release which given the free nature of the two monster Mobas (Dota2 and League of legends) this is going to be a tough sell.


As well as WoW I have been teaming up with my normal gaming buddy to return into Final Fantasy 14, given the problems I had with my account I decided to pickup a new steam copy during the summer sale and got gifted from Simcha the Heavensward expansion. The game has been delightful to return too and hopefully we can get to level cap before the next expansion hits😀

Red Dragon

I have been spending the limited light pottering about painting various small projects – the most current work in progress is on the dragon below. Its fun to work out how to bring out the details in it although with the bad light it has been limited opportunity for painting. Hope to finish it off next week.



2016-07-02 10.12.04



Aside from the dragon I also did a quick sketch

2016-06-28 16.23.20