Winter Lurgy Strikes Again

As of today this is my 7th day sick, actually the entire family have been sick for over a week which has been awful for art progress, and I haven’t managed to get back to work for more than a few hours. On the positive I am feeling a little better today, its only a winter cold/flu thing but its hitting everyone hard.

I have been thinking more of doing watercolor illustrations and working at the basic skills for this when I am able to.

There is a picture stuck in my head that I have to paint next, its demanding to get out onto the canvas so hopefully when I am able I can start sketching it out.

A little practice work I did below:

Basic human forms


I bought a new watercolor so had to try it out on a quick sketch.20170729_154259


Borrowed the kids 5 color pen and doodled this.



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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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)

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