Floodland and Blues

I finished a larger bit of work, inspired by the fact that the entire area I live in had enough rain over the weekend to flood the rivers and turn the low lying areas back into the swampland they came from.

Still going with the ink on canvas although I did splash into green and reds to capture the feel I was going for.


And I continued onward in the blue and whites:

Bamboo at the waters edge


Raven in flight20170720_201307

Zombie hand (okay it wasnt exactly planned that way but happy accidents and all)


Raven landing


Blue and White, and a Little Charcoal

I had originally planned to do a month of blue ink only paintings but life occurred so its a fair way through before I could start on this project. I may continue onto next month but for now I am doing acrylic sketches in ink using only blue ink and white acrylic paint.

So far its been a lot of fun!





Aside from the ink work I have continued on my landscape sketch:20170715_224257.jpg

Game wise I’m still happy in EQ2, long may that last šŸ˜€

Sketching continued and EQ2 Main

I have a new canvas and an idea for next month that should keep me occupied painting away but for now I am continuing working on my sketch. As I’ve said its really nice to draw again although I find it much harder on my hands, I’m not as good as relaxing while working as I am with paints.

From start to now as below:


and the progress so far:


Game wise Im really settled into the Everquest2 Fallen Gate server, finding a lot of nice people to run content with but remain guildless atm.

I decided onĀ Ariettiee, my bard as my main for now and I have leveled up to 15.


Playing a support class has been great, almost as easy to find groups as playing a healer with none of the stress!

The Secret World Reboot

So I downloaded and installed the new Secret World mmorpg over the weekend, I say over the weekend because I started attempting to get the thing installed Saturday and after I left it to slowly update and freeze overnight it was playable Sunday.

The wonky installer aside I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the changes to characters, no longer was my jaw slightly disconnected, prone to looking somewhat zombiefied, the other options for character creation were all improved.


The game continues its great questing content (nothing new unfortunately aside from the tutorial (which was new to me at least)) which must make restarting for those who were invested in the original game kinda tough.

I did notice a lot of the quests were improved, a few steps removed or some of the challenge dropped down a notch, which for me was welcome. A bit of the zombie trash in the first zone seemed to removed which again made fora Ā better flow and the mobs themselves had their damage reduced somewhat from what I could tell (or players buffed a lot, I’m not sure which.)

Anyway its worth giving it a try if the graphics were the major sticking point or if you haven’t had a chance to give it a shot before its a great time to leap on in and see what the game has to offer.

Other than The Secret World I took a brief look at MasterXMaster which was a new multiplayer battle game which felt like League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm got together to create a game.

The game itself wasn’t bad although I found nothing that would keep me from playing it. I guess for now i’ll keep it installed but unless a major chunk of my real life gaming friends leap into it (they play dota2 so not a lot of a chance of them swapping) I doubt that I would play it much.


Art wise I ran out of canvas and wont have the cash to pick up more supplies till next pay day in a week or so. Until then I’m pottering away on landscapes using charcoal – its always nice to have a change every-so-often.

Quick Sketch




and unrelated but it always makes me laugh


Back on to Blog

Hey all, it has been an unexpected and extended break from blogging so apologies for those following. Real life caught me and combined with winter blues my energy to write dissipated.

On my break I finished off the swampland and did a couple of quick ink paintings. With the darkness here its really hard to get sufficient light to do the detailing I want on a full painting so I’m going to spend the time working on other things. I ran out of canvas so started doing a charcoal sketch too.

Gaming wise I am playing Everquest on the new timelocked server and going to split my limited game time between that and the new timelocked Everquest2 server that is opening soon.

My book is mid edits, the editor making good progress so that is positive for book 1. Book 2 is a little less great, despite backing up all the time to the web when my computer crashed I managed to lose a chunk of work, its not major just a pain. So instead of trying to just re-write that I am using it as motivation to re-write the book (which is what I do once I’ve finished the first write.)

Anyway some bits of work:

Swampland finished.



“Old trees” (ink on canvas)


“strata” (ink on canvas)






Swamp Progress

Finally over the last few days I have managed to begin painting again. A combination of my own head space clearing and a long weekend has kicked started my creativity. Ā I’ve finished the left side of my swampland painting now and moved onto the right side.

Hopefully I will get a chance to finish this over the next week as work is fairly quiet with most people on holiday.

Aside from painting I have been working hard on my own roleplaying game, writing up the world and rules from what I had scribbled out during last years Nanowrimo.



Swampland Continued

This week I am attending a hackfest held by Microsoft so my painting time will be very limited. One day down of a week event and its been a heck of a lot of fun so far.

What progress I did make is below. I am trying a different technique to draw more details into my landscapes so its taking a lot more time but its worth it I feel.