Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pig Tree

This is a rare phenomenon, the fruiting of the Port Jackson pigtree. It grows around Sydney Harbour, and is an easy bonsai to cultivate, yet very difficult to get to flower and then fruit.
Just in time to be cured for the Xmas dinner.

for the Illustration Friday topic of "phenomenon"

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Done for the Illustration Friday topic of "prehistoric". I think this was an animal that had a hard time, with a big head and having to rest fairly often. A failed forerunner of the domestic pig.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

new hog

I had a go at painting a large version of the pig on the motor bike, , but it failed!! oh well, the scale of it did not work, so it's back to try again, a bit smaller this time, 450mm x 550 mm, instead of 650 x 850mm, and I will use a tighter cropping, as shown here. we shall see

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

heading for revised website

hog on hog

This is for the IF topic of "burning". Could be a bit of flying as well as "burnin up the highway".
I used photoshop cs5 to start with, some nice new brushes, and the dancing broom that shows what some brush positions are. Gimmicky. I mainly use Corel Painter, it's a snack to use and easy to have all your tools gathered nicely together, but for image manipulation, can't beat the old PS!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

modes of transport

I did 2 painted versions of the pig on penny farthing, and they fitted this weeks Illustration Friday topic of transportation.
The other one is the beginning of an idea for making mobile letters or vehicles from letters.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

under the pig

Still with the pig themes, the topic "beneath"
for Illustration Friday

Thursday, September 30, 2010


Can't get away from these pesky pigs, besides, they seem to fit many ideas.
For the Illustration Friday topic of "old-fashioned"

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


For the Illustration Friday topic of immovable, I doodled in Corel Painter with an oily blender and dry ink pen just making lines and shapes, and this fellow arrived. I guess it got pushed up the hill and now is stuck. oh well

Friday, August 20, 2010

passing porker

I can thank my 4 y.o. granddaughter for the roofs. The other night we were having fun on the etch-a-sketch drawing pigs, and she added houses with bent roofs, and very strange pigs.
I want to paint some works for the kids' rooms, so I will work on more little ones featuring pigs and see what pokes it's head out, hopefully not a pig in a poke

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

star gazing

For once, I had an image that fits the topic for this week's Illustration Friday topic of "star gazing". It is pastel/digital, for a story about counting stars, and then having to start over because she had forgotten how many.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

outside looking in

This is the result for IF topic of "caged". I tried for a bit to do something John Cage, the composer, along the line that if you listened to his compositions, especially 4'33", then you could be said to be "caged"!!
But it didn't work in the time available, so I put the egg in the cage

Monday, August 2, 2010


thought I'd try another piggy theme for Illustration Friday.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

pear men

I was playing around with converting images to black and white, using the threshold filter in photoshop, and these pearmen came from photos of cut pears, that look kind of sad.

Monday, July 26, 2010

double trouble

"double" from IF , thought of the double bass, and have been sketching pigs for fun , so...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

cafe hades

Whilst sitting in my freezing studio, impossible to heat as it is a partitioned off part of a large, high old building, I thought of something , somewhere warm.
My response to the subject "breakfast" o n IF.

Monday, July 5, 2010


I thought about those signs , a bit ambiguous, that stores use when a sale is on, such as "giant rug sale", and I remember a photo, I think taken in New York many years ago, showing a family at home, parents and their giant son, who practically touched the ceiling of their apartment.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My wife suggested this, some of my strange punning and homonyming with the English language must have rubbed off.
"No,no, I meant satellite , not set alight"
He might be from New Zealand or South Africa, as I hear their accents, from my Aussi tongue perspective.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I have always wondered if Paisley wore paisley.
now we know.
for Illustration Friday

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

a sideways take on ripples.
looks a bit like my arm after a gym session

Friday, May 28, 2010

like an early

Earl ly, well, why not, if fishy is like fish, then....

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

my response to "equipment " the theme this week from Illustration Friday.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

sketch for the topic of "fearless" on Illustration Friday.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

the idea of "detective", something lateral, not literal, a little cryptic.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My take on the topic "linked" from lllustration Friday.

Friday, April 9, 2010

My response to "Dip" from Illustration Friday.

Friday, February 5, 2010

I have been painting away on this series of men and fish for a while, done on board with acrylic, 21 x 29 cm.
sometimes the fish is identifiable or it turns just smelly, after being out of the water for too long



Thursday, February 4, 2010

A walking trip in Spain for a honeymoon? Twas pretty good, sharing with 5- 50 people in dormitories!!
Yet we weren't the only ones, and we wondered how the young Italian honeymooners managed.

Thes are some drawings of experiences along the hundreds of k's of walking, in Portugal and Morocco as well

The pilgrim, spurred on by the "carrot" of food and wine, plods to the bitter end in Santiago de Compostella, signs in , and gets a special pass for speedy entry to the heavenly realms.