Kylo Ren fan art. Watercolour pencils and both watercolour and acrylic paints, and coloured pencils on paper. 


Mandarine tree driving a car. Felt tip markers on paper. This one was inspired by a recent occasion in which I stopped at the traffic lights near a local plant nursery and looked across to the next car – an old fashioned blue hatchback. To my surprise, the couple had a miniature mandarine tree sitting buckled in the back seat. I was so amused that I decided to draw my interpretation of the sight.


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Painting in progress: Desert Santa


23 November 2015 – watercolour pencil, watercolour paint and watercolour pastel on paper. 210x297mm, 180gsm coarse paper.

I’m taking a break from writing and have dragged out the paints. I’m feeling Christmassy, so here’s Aussie-fied Santa Claus in the desert. 

Updating my RedBubble portfolio

I’ve been going through the fairly labour-intensive process of updating my RedBubble portfolio to accommodate their newer ranges of products. When I first joined, it was just art prints and t-shirts. I love their new product ranges, though I have to actively edit each of my artworks to suit the various new products. In many cases I’m really happy with the results. New products like spiral-bound notebooks and scarves have given my drawings a new lease of life.

Technically my art is “just” a hobby. It by no means produces a liveable income – as helpful as that would be (Australia’s complex tax laws aside!). My day job is a stay-at-home-parent, but I am looking to take on my visual arts and writing as more serious pursuits. In particular, my writing is something that I want to develop to a much higher standard. It’s a good way to keep the brain going before the kids are self-sufficiently old enough for me to head back to university. But I am profoundly grateful that so many people seem to enjoy my art, and do so enough to buy items from my RedBubble portfolio. It’s very encouraging and it keeps me motivated to continually work on improving my illustration and painting skills.

Here is a list of some of my newly-updated artworks*:

  1. Snowstorm Beardstorm” – a Viking-themed ink illustration from 2013. (Shown in the above screenshot.)
  2. City Skyline” – a sepia-toned ink illustration of skyscrapers and cloudy skies. 2015.
  3. Narwhalicornceros” – an imagined creature I drew in sepia ink. 2015.
  4. Messenger” – a dark angelic figure brings a message. Acrylic on canvas sheet. 2013.
  5. Jesus Heart” – inspired by sacred heart of Jesus imagery. Acrylic on canvas sheet. 2013.
  6. Wine Cask(et)” – a macabre illustration involving murderous wine bottles. Ink on paper. 2013.
  7. Yellow Robin” – photograph taken in South Gippsland, Australia. 2012.
  8. Unicorn” – a purple-toned ink illustration of a Unicorn. Specifically designed by request for a friend who wanted a new phone case. 2012.
  9. Crimson Rosella, Silvan Reservoir” – photograph taken in Silvan Reservoir, Australia. 2012.
  10. Kookaburra, Silvan Reservoir” – photograph taken in Silvan Reservoir, Australia. 2012.
  11. Renaissance Cat Rides a Unicorn” – ink on paper. 2011.
  12. Womanly Tentacle Monster” – I can’t describe this one. It’s just one of those weird things that pops out of my imagination. Ink on paper. 2011.
  13. Blue-Eyed Purple Unicorn” – pencil on paper.
  14. Pink Pegasus Woodcut Style” – a phone case that I designed for myself. 2012.
  15. Angus heifers in the South Gippsland hills” – photograph from 2012.
  16. Tentacle Monster and Woolly Quadruped” – fantasy creatures inspired by, of all things, the water running down the shower screen and the abstract forms of the rivulets of water. Yeah, the shower is my meditative thinking space. Ink on paper. 2011.

*Far distant future readers may find that some of these links are no longer active. To see currently available products, please go to!

**I’ve noticed that RedBubble currently has customer reviews listed against each work. Please note, these reviews are in response to RedBubble.Com’s product range in general and do not necessarily refer to the satisfaction levels of my own works’ customers.

My mother’s latest painting

I occasionally find myself lurking around “Middle England Earth Art” – or, as I call it, “Mum’s blog” – to see what my mother has been painting or planting lately. I’ll admit to a significant amount of bias in admiring her art. She was my first art teacher and I’m grateful for growing up in a house full of painting, drawing, art supplies and how-to-paint books. By the time I hit high school I was able to wow my art teachers with my pre-existing knowledge of perspective and the colour wheel and the history of French impressionist art.

So I am happy to note that mum recently shared one of her most recent paintings to her blog, a portrait she developed after attending a lecture by BBC geology presenter Professor Iain Stewart. Here’s the link:

Also, knowing that mum does in fact read my blog, hello, hope you’re enjoying your UK holiday!