The Painted Diaries – June (part 3)

This week I discovered how beautiful the shades of watered-down sumi ink can be. It is so deeply dark when undiluted. Watered down, it transforms into shades of tea, coffee, pebbles and stone... Scribbles Running a water-soaked brush along the edge of freshly painted ink Downward facing dashes become bamboos Blobs Stones and pebbles Tree-ish …

100 days of diary comics (week 11)

These diary comics are so deeply satisfying and seem to capture the feeling of the moments I most cherish from my day. I think it's no coincidence that I have hardly taken any photos since I began this project! Here are some cherished moments from the last week.

The Painted Diaries — June (part 2)

This week I've been noticing how marks can have quite a powerful effect. I found myself feeling uncomfortable with marks that looked like stitches and then uplifted a day or two later by the triumphant curve of arches. Perhaps it is due to their simplicity, that marks are an undiluted communication of gesture and energy. …

The Painted Diaries – June (part 1)

A new month has begun  in The Painted Diaries and the theme is mark making. Time to get out my sumi ink and special brush that I have hardly touched since I bought them for a cartooning class three years ago. After so much exuberant colour last month, I’m looking forward to the simplicity of …

Micro-seasons creative journey — May

May saw me playing around with different styles in my micro-season journal which kept things lively and interesting. Much of this influence came from other projects I am working on: cartoon me crossed over from my 100 days of diary comics; Hundertwasser's bright colours made an appearance from The Painted Diaries; and later on in …

The Lost Girls – a shadow album (Side B)

In recent weeks, I have been working away in the broom closet of Art Witch Academy, creating a shadow album under the tutelage of the Mistress of Shadows herself, Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd. I chose to work with a beautiful poem by Linda Hogan called ‘The Lost Girls’ from her collection Dark. Sweet. My theme was about loving and …

The Painted Diaries – May (part 4)

It's been an incredible month, hanging out with Hundertwasser, playing with shapes and colours and lines, and learning so much. Here are just a few of the things I’ve learnt from Hundertwasser: Be organic with your shapes and lines. Circles can be blobs. Squares can be roundish. Love of colour. Stripes and eyes and houses …

100 days of diary comics (week 8)

One of the things that has struck me as I have been making my diary comics this week is how I've been taking fewer photos when I get together with friends and family. This is because I know that my daily comic will be able to capture the feeling of being together in ways I …