2023-03-26: Late today. Portrait number 39: back to monochrome-ish. Trying to figure out a good complementary to โ€ฆ

2023-03-25: Amazon package got stolen yet again ๐Ÿ˜‘. Honestly think my only option is to shop exclusively at sites โ€ฆ

2023-03-25: Portrait number 38! Trying to ramp up the harsh light. Need better strategies for handling finer โ€ฆ

2023-03-24: Portrait number 37. Screwed up the hair shape a little but can see improvement in lifting out โ€ฆ

2023-03-23: Portrait # 36. Had to make up for the horror show this morning. Starting to get a bit more used to โ€ฆ

2023-03-23: Running really late so a bit of a cop out with this morning’s portrait. Ghoulish skin, sausage โ€ฆ

2023-03-22: Portrait #34. Screwed this one up by going over with fountain pen lines ๐Ÿค”

2023-03-21: Portrait #33. Not too happy with it. Been trying to figure out how to blend layers better so I โ€ฆ

2023-03-20: Todays portrait. Number 32. Another attempt at painting Minoli

2023-03-18: Today - for the first time in years - I wandered around a bookshop trying to find something to read. โ€ฆ

2023-03-17: This mornings portrait! Number 31. Trying to see if I can experiment more with warm and cool colours โ€ฆ

2023-03-17: Portrait number 30! That’s one sketchbook half filled with portraits. Hopefully the next one โ€ฆ

2023-03-16: Almost caught up! Portraits 28 and 29. These two didn’t really work. I’m still trying to โ€ฆ

2023-03-16: More and more stories about people exonerated after years in prison/on death row. Yet I don’t โ€ฆ

2023-03-16: Portrait number 27! Wasn’t patient enough to wait for it to properly dry between layers

2023-03-16: Finally finished the big glob of Quinacridone Rose that was on my mixing tray! Can start playing โ€ฆ

2023-03-16: Still trying to use up some of the colours in my palette! Portraits 25 and 26

2023-03-15: Portrait 24! Probably the most convincing shading to create volume, so far. Although I went a bit โ€ฆ

2023-03-14: Portraits 22 and 23. Still unsure how to handle closed eyes

2023-03-14: Just going to race through a bunch of portraits in the middle that I’m not too happy with. โ€ฆ

2023-03-13: Couple more portraits (12 and 13): these are two from Flickr. Hoping more monochrome portraits helps โ€ฆ

2023-03-12: Starting to suspect the colour lights next to the train station is timed so that we always miss the โ€ฆ

2023-03-12: Portrait no 11 is of my wife Minoli. Probably one of the closest likenesses I’ve achieved but โ€ฆ

2023-03-11: This is my favourite of the portraits so far. Number 10. My great uncle again. Feel like I captured โ€ฆ

2023-03-11: Portraits 8 and 9: my Great Uncle came to visit. This whole portrait project actually started โ€ฆ

2023-03-10: Getting a bit better at using the white of the page. Wonky fingers, though. Portraits 5, 6 and 7.

2023-03-10: Really not a fan of the paper in this journal, but pressing on. Portraits 3 and 4

2023-03-10: So, last month I started a project to fill two journals with watercolour portraits. Roughly ~120 โ€ฆ

2023-01-08: Trying something a bit different to get my head around colour theory

2023-01-07: Trying another cityscape

2023-01-07: Another hot day at Queen Victoria markets

2023-01-07: Boat sheds on the Yarra

2023-01-07: Just had the worst bretzel ever. Why are so many baked goods in Australia just normal bread dough โ€ฆ

2023-01-02: Think I might like working at the state library of Victoria

2023-01-02: I want data on what % of librarians wearing headphones while reshelving books are listening to an โ€ฆ

2023-01-01: Breakfassssssst

2022-12-31: It’s pretty hot today ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ

2022-12-31: Waiting for the fireworks

2022-12-30: Can’t get more exact than that

2022-12-28: “if wood burning were mostly a working class habit, it would probably have been banned โ€ฆ

2022-12-27: Started to drizzle as I finished ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

2022-12-27: Coffee at the art gallery

2022-12-26: Meta drawing

2022-12-26: Reading/scribbling next to the Brisbane river ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ

2022-12-25: Three attempts later, finally painted the surfers paradise skyline ๐ŸŽจ

2022-12-25: Sunny Christmas Day at the beach

2022-12-25: Rousing endorsement of Queensland Art Gallery on Google maps

2022-12-25: Bobble head

2022-12-25: Surfers paradise from above

2022-12-24: Trying to see if I can do some city scapes

2022-12-24: Starting to run low on ink ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

2022-12-22: Two attempts at the sunrise this morning. One with slightly more care and patience ๐ŸŽจ

2022-12-21: Tried painting Minoli again. Lots of cauliflowers and ruined the hair at the end :(

2022-12-21: This one didn’t quite work. Messed up the perspective on the lamps (among lots of other โ€ฆ

2022-12-21: Coffee run!

2022-12-21: Quick out and about sketches

2022-12-19: Went on to Twitter for a few seconds and was immediately greeted with someone being super self โ€ฆ

2022-12-19: Last morning coffee shop visit for a while

2022-12-19: Not a very successful office still life today. Couldn’t quite get the tones right. Office โ€ฆ

2022-12-18: Honestly don’t understand how I survived before it was possible to wear noise cancelling โ€ฆ

2022-12-18: Some more cars

2022-12-18: Picture plane ๐ŸŽจ

2022-12-18: Quick morning splash. Paper really warping. Need to start always carrying watercolour paper around

2022-12-17: Finally a sunny day! At Queen Victoria markets :)

2022-12-16: Was going pretty good until the traffic blocked my view :(

2022-12-16: Last one for the week. Tried watercolour again. Think I need to make the values darker. Office still โ€ฆ

2022-12-16: Quick train sketch! ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ Almost missed my stop

2022-12-14: Was trying some wet in wet but lost control Office still life #12

2022-12-14: Quick train sketch ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ Only a few pages left

2022-12-13: Hands are still the worst

2022-12-13: Was on Twitter briefly today and yesterday and realised how much I’m missing the community โ€ฆ

2022-12-13: Recent sketches now on the wall

2022-12-13: Quick morning painting sesh ๐ŸŽจ

2022-12-12: Had enough time for watercolours this morning :) ๐ŸŽจ Need to remember to leave more highlights. Office โ€ฆ

2022-12-12: Quick train sketch. ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ Really hard to grab poses in the space of one stop ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

2022-12-11: Morning cricket ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ

2022-12-10: Lining up for ice cream

2022-12-10: Sunny day and lotsa people on phones

2022-12-09: So many bananas! Office still life #10 ๐ŸŽจ

2022-12-09: Hurry up and wait ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ

2022-12-08: Proportions are off :(

2022-12-08: Practicing contrast

2022-12-07: Someone needs to create a course in how to use the various Wait methods in Selenium

2022-12-07: Couldn’t find the fruit today :( Office still life #9 ๐ŸŽจ

2022-12-07: Sketching along the way. First time I’ve gotten a seat in a while. ๐ŸŽจ

2022-12-05: Something very funny about the front page of the NSW government’s data website defaulting to โ€ฆ

2022-12-05: Some of the best news for Australian democracy I’ve read in a while. โ€ฆ

2022-12-05: The window

2022-12-04: Is cheese the only positive Monger? ๐Ÿค”

2022-12-03: A very sunny day in Geelong

2022-12-03: Almost every art book I read feels the need to include a disclaimer like this. Really sad that itโ€™s โ€ฆ

2022-12-01: Better late than never Office still life #8

2022-12-01: A bit cartoony today

2022-11-30: We have nectarines now! Office still life #7

2022-11-30: Screwed up the perspective :(

2022-11-29: Why isn’t this already a thing in Australia?

2022-11-29: Good Victorians stay the same shape whether or not they are in a container

2022-11-29: Two electricity bills in a row now where the two of us apparently use as much on average as a 5 โ€ฆ

2022-11-28: You’d think with the number of recent data breaches we’d get some stock imagery other โ€ฆ

2022-11-28: Can tell how well Legalise Cannabis did in the Victoria election by how many times @benraue mentions โ€ฆ

2022-11-28: I may need a banana bread recipe. Office still life #6

2022-11-28: Pen ran out of ink :(

2022-11-27: Another sunny day!

2022-11-27: So Mastodon really isn’t cutting it as a link discovery engine. Could just be a function of a โ€ฆ

2022-11-26: So has medical science ever investigated how fรผtballers are able to recover from these apparently โ€ฆ

2022-11-26: Tried to do a 16km trail, got lost, and after ~10kms ended up at a shopping centre eating laksa โ€ฆ

2022-11-25: It’s sunny!

2022-11-25: Incredible they created an encryption in the 1600 hundreds that took experts (and computers) 6 โ€ฆ

2022-11-25: Think the Americans might be celebrating some kind of holiday. Hard to tell though as it’s not โ€ฆ

2022-11-24: No more mandarins :( Office still life #5

2022-11-24: Some morning chaos scribbling

2022-11-24: Nails the issues with previous Star Wars shows…

2022-11-23: Now that everyone is on Mastodon or whatever can we get back to the real war: mainstreaming/bringing โ€ฆ

2022-11-23: Should start putting tracking numbers on the mandarins. Office still life #4

2022-11-23: A bollard fence

2022-11-23: Starting listening to a new audiobook and the narrator has a thick Australian accent. It’s โ€ฆ

2022-11-22: It’s raining :(

2022-11-22: Starting to suspect someone breaks in during the night and uses all the ketchup

2022-11-21: Struggling to think of a more obnoxious sound in a quiet office than a mac booting up (just โ€ฆ

2022-11-21: Trams are sorta hard to scribble

2022-11-21: This is just becoming a rolling argument that I need to eat more mandarins… Office still life โ€ฆ

2022-11-19: Just filled my water bottle up at a tap with a counter claiming it had saved 126k plastic bottles โ€ฆ

2022-11-19: Just finished Welcome to Wrexham… maybe rich Americans taking over really is the answer to โ€ฆ

2022-11-18: Ok. Have deleted my mastodon account. Going to try (try) and do the socials mostly through โ€ฆ

2022-11-18: Someone ate all the bananas! Office still life #2

2022-11-18: Monsterrra…d

2022-11-16: Ok, I lost track of it last time so starting again: Office Still Life #1

2022-11-15: Really like this point: why does one website (usually Twitter in the Anglo press) have to be the โ€ฆ

2022-11-15: Will PNG really stop log exports in 2025? โ€ฆ

2022-11-14: Melbourne giving me strong monsoon vibes rn. Just had to rescue the washing line from heavy, โ€ฆ

2022-11-14: How Chinaโ€™s Imperial Treasures Became a Public Exhibit…

2022-11-13: Ok MCG ๐Ÿ take two. Last time it just rained. This time they’re building a stage even though โ€ฆ

2022-11-13: “crypto provides fast-track learning as to why we have banking and broker regulation in the โ€ฆ

2022-11-13: Best thing about sketching in permanent ink is when a pen leaks

2022-11-11: I don’t care what anyone says pumpkin isn’t a squash

2022-11-11: Just testing activitypub :)

2022-11-10: It’s raining :(

2022-11-09: People reading newspapers

2022-11-08: Morning scribbles

2022-11-07: Some weekend scribbles

2022-11-07: Hmmm. Testing cross posting.

2022-10-15: A gloomy fountain No sun today.

2022-10-11: Landscapes are tough First trip to the Yarra Valley and all I got was one stupid painting

2022-10-10: Sketchin in Ballarat

2022-10-09: Grabbing a coffee

2022-10-08: Sunny but freezing

2022-10-02: The Claremont hotel Another lovely sunny day today

2022-10-01: An actual chapel

2022-10-01: Drawing Chapel Temperance Going to start drawing some of the interesting buildings down Chapel โ€ฆ

2022-09-25: Atop the hill Another sunny day near the observatory

2022-09-25: Flinders station again Trying this one again

2022-09-23: Coffee shop sketching Gloomy day today

2022-09-22: Hands are hard Need to come up with a way of practicing drawing hands

2022-09-22: Another sunny sketch First sunny sketch in Melbourne is of Flinders station

2022-09-20: New art space New apartment has a whole corner just for my art stuff! First painting

2022-09-11: Now some trees I always avoid trees and cut them out of my drawings for some reason. But playing โ€ฆ

2022-09-11: Solar powered drawing Had to stop as soon as the sun went behind the building. Starting to realise โ€ฆ

2022-09-11: Goodbye Taylor Square

2022-09-11: Another sunny day Final weekend before moving away. Had to sketch the Sydney Opera House.

2022-09-07: Some more blending Really enjoying this new mediumโ€™s combination of scribbly and blendy

2022-09-07: Non waterproof inks This is way more fun than contouring

2022-09-07: Someone got styled (Itโ€™s not me)

2022-09-04: Another quick coffee

2022-09-03: Some Saturday reads

2022-08-28: Watching some tv

2022-08-28: A basketball man

2022-08-27: Got some brunch Needed to get some Surry Hills experiences in before I move

2022-08-26: Lunchtime sketches #1 At the dog park

2022-08-23: Out of ink Ran out of ink halfway through scribbling this morning!

2022-08-23: Grabbing a drink

2022-08-23: An empty building Been walking past this place for more than a year. Someone make it a restaurant so โ€ฆ

2022-08-14: More Rocks drawings

2022-08-06: Another sunny day

2022-07-31: Sketching round Surry Bit cartoony but also nice to get out in the sun

2022-07-21: Morning scribbles #1

2022-07-17: Sketching the Rocks

2022-06-30: Some changing leaves Quick painting sesh before work :)

2022-06-22: Red blue person This new primary set mixes some nice purples/greys. I think itโ€™s staining my โ€ฆ

2022-06-20: Quick morning sketch Just a few more days with this view every morning

2022-06-17: Lips are hard Not as bad as hands, though.

2022-06-16: Practicing still lifes

2022-06-14: Using it up Some quick head studies to try use up this damn burnt sienna.

2022-06-12: Paper is buckling I should probably buy some better stuff when this runs out. Screwed up the โ€ฆ

2022-06-10: Too much grey Accidentally bought two tubes of grey paint instead of a blue and grey ๐Ÿ˜… gonna be a โ€ฆ

2022-06-09: Fineliner and charcoal First time mixing these two mediums. Charcoal really makes it easy to add โ€ฆ

2022-06-08: Scratchy

2022-06-06: Practicing some line

2022-06-05: Need watercolour paper Trying to use up an old visual art diary but canโ€™t work wet in wet ๐Ÿค”

2022-06-04: Pot plantsss

2022-06-04: By the beach

2022-05-31: Searching for a 300 page book just on how to draw hands

2022-05-29: Bennyโ€™s review of King Arthur

2022-05-29: Got some charcoals :)

2022-05-26: Donโ€™t know about these new water brushes

2022-05-26: Chinese youth areโ€ฆ. tanking?…

2022-05-25: Work work work

2022-05-25: Started scribbling again

2019-09-08: Cat! ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐโœ๏ธ

2019-08-29: Iโ€™ll sing you a song a song of the sea ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งโœ๏ธ

2019-08-29: Back in London for a few days โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

2019-08-29: ๐Ÿค” โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ

2019-08-26: Trying some new colour combinations in Budapest โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ

2019-08-24: Bought some orange crayons ๐Ÿ™‚โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ

2019-08-24: Loving these trees lining the streets in Budapest โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ

2019-08-20: Another view of the Temple of St Nicholas (yup) โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

2019-08-20: The clock tower in Bratislava โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

2019-08-20: TFW you forget to leave enough room on the page for the steeple of the church โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

2019-08-19: Morning from Bratislava Castle ๐Ÿ‘‹ โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

2019-08-18: Beers by the river in Bratislava โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

2019-08-18: I thought I was drawing someone else but I now I realise this is just me sitting in the sun in โ€ฆ

2019-08-18: Last one from Vienna - Belvedere Palace โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น

2019-08-14: Waiting for the art gallery to open ๐Ÿ˜ดโœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น

2019-08-14: Day by the canals in Vienna โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น

2019-08-11: Some kind of ministry building in Prague ๐Ÿค” โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

2019-08-10: The Overlook Hotel/Prague palace โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

2019-08-09: A couple of days by the Vltava river in Prague โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

2019-08-07: Toooooorists โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

2019-08-04: Couple more from Krakow ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I only came to Poland cause I was โ€œin the areaโ€ but damn is this country โ€ฆ

2019-08-03: Krakow Kathedral ๐Ÿ˜ฑ there are too many buildings to draw in this city โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ

2019-07-30: Before and after ๐Ÿค” โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ

2019-07-29: Warsaw is damn pretty tbh โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ

2019-07-27: Saw a guy with pigtails in his beard and am now sorely tempted (shitty artists approximation) โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

2019-07-25: โ€ชGreatest thing yesterday was finding a pub with a MASSIVE selection of international beers. And โ€ฆ

2019-07-24: Scribbling from Dublin castle ๐Ÿ˜€ โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

2019-07-24: โ€ชTFW you buy a โ€œpotโ€ of tea and the pot turns out to be the same size as a cup ๐Ÿ˜‘โ€ฌ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

2019-07-21: TFW you canโ€™t figure out what these rebellious scum are up too ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

2019-07-20: The murals in Belfast are absolutely spectacoolah ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

2019-07-20: Lovely labor union murals in Belfast, too ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

2019-07-13: Your humble correspondent is in Edinburgh and neither draw hands nor collars ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

2019-07-12: Out a pub window in Stirling ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

2019-07-11: View out my hostel window in Scotland ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

2019-07-03: Charles Dickensโ€™ ladder and pond pump @ the Charles Dickens Museum ๐Ÿ“ท ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

2019-06-30: St Johnโ€™s chapel, Tower of London ๐ŸŽ™๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

2019-06-26: Walking through the gold souk in Dubai ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐ŸŽ™

2019-06-13: Sick today ๐Ÿค’ so decided to shoot a video on my phone of my turtle in the rain ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐ŸŽฅ

2019-06-10: Thereโ€™s really nothing like being inside when thereโ€™s a monsoon pour outside ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐ŸŽ™

2019-06-07: Monsoon thumping on the garage ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐ŸŽ™ ๐ŸŽต Raindrops keep falling on my head ๐ŸŽถ

2019-06-06: Feeding the elephants ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ“ท

2019-06-05: Baby elephant doing swimming zooms at Pinnawala elephant orphanage ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ“ท

2019-05-31: Temple dog ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ“ท

2019-05-30: Interlude ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ“ท

2019-05-08: Beach day in Mt Lavinia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ“ท These guys are really hurting from the crash in tourism

2019-04-26: Played billiards with my Grandpa last weekend ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ“ท

2019-04-18: A puppy in a bar in Galle, ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ“ท