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Seven Small Sketches: Art in the Time of COVID-19 (and other disasters)

It’s been a few months since I last posted, and a lot has happened in that time. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in devastating death tolls in some countries, along with basic freedoms many of us take for granted – … Continue reading

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Pencils: Derwent Lightfast Pencils (review)

I know the Derwent Lightfast pencils have been out for a while now, but I’ve only just got around to picking up a set to try. When they were first released, there were only 36 colours in the range, but … Continue reading

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Coloured Pencils: Violin (demonstration)

I drew this violin for my review of the Derwent Lightfast pencils, and figured it would make a good demonstration. As always, you don’t need to use the exact pencils I’ve used; just find the closest colours in your own … Continue reading

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Australian Bushfires 2019-2020

Summer bushfires in Australia are nothing unusual, but the 2019-2020 fires have affected the country on an unprecedented scale. Even though I am nowhere near the danger areas already destroyed or potentially threatened by the fires, I have some friends … Continue reading

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Letting 2020 Through The Front Door While 2019 Climbs Out The Back Window

It’s that time again, when we all reflect on the year just passed and make promises to ourselves what we’re going to do differently in the year to come: New Year’s Eve. As I conduct a post-mortem of my 2019, … Continue reading

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Alvaro Castagnet Watercolour Workshop – Melbourne Australia 2019

Since beginning to take my art more seriously in my late 20s, I’ve watched a lot of tutorials and read a lot of books about painting in various styles, particularly in watercolour. While there were a number of artists whose … Continue reading

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Art Roundup: November 2019

It’s been a while since I did an Art Roundup post, but I finally have a new painting that wasn’t part of a review or demonstration, so I thought it was time I did another one. There’s only one painting … Continue reading

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