Tease-Rex and Maple Rose at Dr Sketchy’s in Melbourne last night! 

I’ve been wanting to go to a Dr Sketchy’s since I first discovered Molly Crabapple, and I’ve been intending to go since I moved to Melbourne. Last night, finally, I actually went and I had a great time. Everyone was friendly, the atmosphere was relaxed, and drawing was the good kind of struggle 🙂

1. Clara Southern, An old bee farm (1900)

2. Arthur Streeton, Still glides the stream, and shall forever glide (1890)

3. Isaac Levitan, The evening bells ringing (1892)

4. Hans Heysen, Droving into the light (1914-21)

5. Arthur Streeton, The creek (1925)

I’m learning to paint. And taking Nathan Fowkes’ plein air painting course on Schoolism as one way to get there. The homework is to do 10 ‘quick’, small, and simplified greyscale studies of landscape paintings. I’m halfway through and, guys, it’s hard. The purpose of the assignment seems to be to learn about composition but I am mostly just struggling with the paint.

From the very beginning of starting art, it’s been a battle with myself to be patient with a piece. To think before laying down a line. To recover from a mistake thoughtfully rather than desperately trying to fix it with more and faster lines. To not give up when something goes wrong. Coming back to traditional art is really pulling those things into focus again. The more successful of the paintings were simply the ones where I was in the right mindset. Where I didn’t become impatient or scared or frustrated, and where I dealt with mistakes as a part of the process.

I’m most proud of the Heysen study, because I did make a few mistakes there and get right to the edge of impatience before pulling myself back to taking care. I think I mostly managed it because I love the Heysen painting so much that I really wanted the final study to look good, and I really wanted to learn as much from the painting as I could.

So, send me your fave landscapes, I’ve had a heavy dose of Australians and I could probably hack some other nationalities now. (But also send me your fave Aussies too.) I’m gonna need at least five more and I’d put my bets on next lesson’s homework being similar studies with just a few more colours involved…

“Put more bliss in your kiss. Two things that stop a guy from saying I Love You. Draco wished he had Muggle money with him. Even the magazine’s name was something suitably sophisticated for a Malfoy: Cosmopolitan. He wondered if Potter would lend him the money.

The Miseducation of Draco Malfoy, by @magpiefngrl

This piece was created for a DELIGHTFUL fan fic, and commissioned by @nerdherderette​, my winning bidder for the @fandomtrumpshate​ auction.

It has been a big week. And before that were 6 more big weeks. And all of them amazingly good. The best start to a year ever, even if I have bits of anxiety creeping in, telling me that I “haven’t done anything yet”.

You can see my travel sketchbook here, and I imagine that in the next few weeks and months you’ll probably see lots more of me using my holiday photos and memories as reference and inspiration. I definitely wanna draw lots of ruins. With cats. And maybe robots. 

I’ve built up a huge well of ideas to draw from and now honestly I just want to be making things. So here’s to the newish year, I hope we all have a good one 🙂