Month: January 2016

First commission, and more cars

Well a successful handover of my first commission piece. Happy customer. Thanks to Owen Swain for the philosophy, the customer gives me what they think is appropriate.

I will do as some others do and frame my $. Is that corny? Not that I am doing all this for the money, in fact some of the discussions I have had with the owners of these cars, sketching/art is not very expensive, in comparison. Actually it’s my new catchphrase when I purchase something, “AT least it’s not hot rod/classic!”


Here’s the finished car.

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Elizabeth Flanagan showed me the salt effect on watercolour which I used in the top.

Finally finished a father son set I have seen at Mornington and BP Baxter.

Now that I look at them they are not quite finished!


I need to improve in my use of black and white!

Hot Rods @Phillip Island

Not sure if I am hooked or just romantically challenged by the idea of these old cars. Happy Days on TV , my mother looking like an old rocker in her day, listening to Buddy Holly, Elvis, who knows, I just seem to enjoy the old cars as sketching subjects.

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Uncle Keith, my Mum and Uncle Syd

Last weekend was the Kustom Nats at Phillip Island, so we got up early and Saturday and drove down. We were there early and parked at the Grand Prix circuit in the public parking area. What started out cool started to warm up so a change of clothes from jeans to shorts was called for. While that happened I did quick warm up sketch of this car that pulled up alongside us. orange .jpeg

I still don’t know what it is/was! And its even harder to tell from my loosener!

The owner got out and donned a PITH helmet! I snuck a photo of him and must draw him at some point.

There were quite a few cars, so hard to choose what to draw. I sketched one and was unhappy with my result! BUT i wandered on and settled down and drew this one.

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I was attracted to the radiator cap. Have to add some colour to Daves 29 Roadster

And then I sat down and drew Phil’s THIR-T-2

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While I was sketching there were quite a few people coming up and looking over my shoulder. i have gotten used to that now that it doesn’t bother me and can almost chat and sketch at the same time.


He liked the pic and had his photo taken next to it. Off to BP tonight see what I can do>

2016- sketching cars from hiding to outing myself!

Sketching is meditative. Early last year at work, I read in psych journals the benefits of meaningful colouring in for adults.

The concentration required for colouring in (and staying between the lines) makes you focus on the now, the lines, nothing else.

Time slips away.

Sketching can do the same thing.

It does it for me. Sometimes I have to catch myself from dribbling as I forget to swallow. Thank goodness breathing happens naturally or I’d be in trouble. (And water colour and dribble don’t mix! actually they do and that can be a problem!)

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2015 cars

Recently I have been sketching cars. I know very little about them.

I know I like to concentrate on the curves, the windows, the engines. The last fortnight  I have been following around some “cruise” nights and “shine and show” sessions.


2015 under cover of sheds

But being a Libran it is sometimes hard to pick what to sketch.

The first times I was not used to public sketching and hid under trees away from crowds.

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On the street in Mornington


I have overcome the worry about what people think. After all I am doing it for me, not for exhibiting, just my sketchbook. If people like it well that’s nice but I am not going to worry about what others think. Don’t get me wrong, part of me wants people to like what I do, but I am overcoming these self doubts, which makes me feel good about my art.

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Drawn at the BP in Baxter

See I can now say I do art!

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Colour to be added, or print and colour yourself! Pre shaded

I still have doubts about what I do, I am struggling drawing people, but I am going to keep trying.

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actually 2016 not 2015

There’s a new klass I do online about to start, with Sketchbookskool (SBS)( . So I’ll be doing a few different things.

So far I have taken klasses at SBS ; Beginning, seeing, playing and now we are coming up for expressing. If you want to draw may I suggest signing up for beginning.


Other classes online I have taken are

A couple of Koosje Koone’s classes- Make awesome art at-

Liz Steele’s Sketching Now

& Craftsy course by Steven Reddy (dynamic detail)