Sunshine and Sketching

Finally the lurgy is lifting enough that I can start to recover energies to do art. The weather too, despite having some nasty cold patches, is turning into very early spring so we are all able to head outdoors for a little bit.

I’m at the end of my satisfaction with the cheaper paints I was using so on the path of upgrading now which means a little more delay in starting painting the sketch I drew last week.

Instead of painting I went back to working on my side project and had a reasonable amount of progress. As much as I love painting there is a lot of fun to be had using charcoals. About half way there now!



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 😀

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 on 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!

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.


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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