Saturday, March 31, 2012

Self portrait

'Self Portrait'
Last day of March, last prompt. Drawing number 91. I look sleepy, with dishevelled hair. Whatever works.
I've fallen behind with posting these to Deviant Art... But I've also read the first two of the Hunger Games book in the last three days. I'm sure that has nothing to do with it.

Friday, March 30, 2012


Today's prompt was 'Black and White', so my drawing is indeed in black and white (like most of them), but that was a little beside the point today.
It's my birthday, so as a present to myself, I've drawn one of my favourite paintings ever, Marc Chagall's 'The Birthday'.
I love it. And I quite like how this turned out. I think I'll keep this one, and frame it.


So this is how I started my birthday:

Pancakes with bacon, blueberries, banana, mascapone, and maple syrup, courtesy of my lovely husband.
We've had afternoon tea with his Mum, brother, Nanna, and cousin this afternoon on the deck. Chicken Paella tonight (soooo yummy!).
And if I don't blog tomorrow, it's because I've fallen into some sweet heavenly coma after gorging myself on the Devil's Own Cupcakes...

28 Salted Caramel Mocha Cupcakes (recipe from the delectable blog Bakingdom. sorry if this doesn't lead you into temptation, more like pushes you headlong... lol).
Oh well, Happy Birthday to me!

Ālīs volat propriīs

Today's prompt: 'Something small'
So we have a little bird (one of my little darling's favourite songs at the moment is 'Little Bird' by ELizabeth Mitchell).
I drew a bird becaue at some point my sister and I will get our matching tattoos finished and we'd like to incorporate a bird (so I keep drawing birds, as does she, and we'll find one we love eventually). I think we'll drop the latin now, as it would kind of clash with the Greek we already have... :)

Normally the second photo is a detail shot... Today you get a scale shot instead.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pear shaped

Today's prompt 'Fruit'.
Had I looked ahead I might not have drawn that fruit basket earlier this month... lol
I like it better this way anyway.
This one was a very relaxing half hour or so. I very much enjoyed it.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The return of red.

Today's prompt: 'Something red'- So I present My awesome toaster (in a really crappy drawing along with some mugs and my scales...)!
Only a few days of prompts left, then I'll go back to aimless scribbling for a while. :)


And because my dodgey drawing tody did my awesome toaster no justice:

Monday, March 26, 2012


Today's prompt: 'Your view'.
I interpreted this one fairly loosely...

The quote is one of many I like on the subject. And there are many. The one my daughter hears most often (because she loves it) is from The Help
You are kind
You are smart
You are important

So far it's true, my hope is it stays that way.

This is actually my second drawing of the day, the first I finished colouring and posted off to a stranger as a gift. Kind of inspired today's post I think.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Getting around.

Today's prompt: Transportation.
So I present... My feet (they are used far more frequentlky than the car or my bike).
If this were a more accurate depiction of their usual state, they'd be bare, but I allow myself artistic licence, so gladiators won out. :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

I saw red...

Today's prompt was favourite colour.
My 2.5 loved this, both the prep for it and the drawing itself. She's a bit fascinated by the whole thing. :)
She kept toucing my lipsa and then staring at her fingers and saying "Ooooooh reeeeeed!".
She cracks me up.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Hand made

Today's prompt is "Something you made".
So here is the little red dress I made for Bella for her first birthday (it was a bit too big. Oops!).
This was very quick and sketchy, and I'm not a fan, but it will do.
I did draw yesterday too, but decided not to share it just yet. Maybe later.

Original image.

The day before Bella's 2nd birthday, it still fit (as a shirt).

Bella on her 2nd birthday in the dress I made her.

Bella with her birthday dress and her birthday cupcakes, made by Mama.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Bella counts:
"One, two, three... four chords" (Axis of Awesome... Don't ask. It is cool, though there is swearing which is waaaaay less than ideal).
She'll count all the way past 20, but the fingers only go as high as four or five.
Sometimes, she cracks me up far too much. :)


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sleeping Beauty

"When you wake up, you first see..."


A childhood memory...

Childhood Memory.
This one has a bit of a story actually...

As a young girl, growing up in the late 80's/ early 90's with a mother who didn't question gender stereotypes (but did not enforce them at all, I had as much fun with Matchbox cars and Transformers as I did with Barbies) I had quite a doll collection. Some precious, like the porcelain doll my grandmother gave me for my 10th birthday (I still have her, she's sitting pretty in my daughter's bedroom), some not so much.

This little dolly is probably not worth much money wise, but she captured my imagination totally. And then one day she was gone.
It must have been after my mother cleaned many of my toys out of my room and into storage to make room for sharing with my little sister. To begin with I don't think I noticed, as I had somewhat outgrown her. But she was never forgotten, and I would occassionally begin to hunt for her before being distracted by something or other ("Off with the pixies!" my Scottish grandfather would proclaim).

After my daughter was born, I thought more and more frequently of that little soft dolly, I wanted my Bella to know the same facination I had known. When visiting my Mother one weekend, we instated a large scale search for the dolly. We had looked through all but one last lonely box, and I was hot, sweaty, sticky, and more than half convinced that my dolly had gone off with the pixies herself.

And then Mum pulled her out of the very bottom of that last box...
And here she is

She may not look like much, she's just a rather retro looking little cloth dolly, but she has a secret, you see...
She changes. Like a book, you turn up the skirt of her dress and she has a new face, and a new dress. Four in all. I've never forgotten her.
My magic dolly.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Today's prompt was 'Animal', so I drew the design on Bella's t-shirt, because it is super freaking cute!
I suppose had I thought about it and planned out what I wanted to draw I could have done something amazing like a page from Animalia but I was lazy. Soooo lazy. So lazy that I didn't bother drawing until after I had eaten our yummy chicken and vegetable lasagne for dinner. And now I'm so full that I don't care. :)
I think it's still pretty cute though!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Green with envy

Today's prompt: Green.
Because cloth nappies are green, and it gave me an excuse to draw adorable chunka chunka bubba thighs. lol

Dodgiest photoshop job I've done in a while! lol

Friday, March 16, 2012

Working it...

Today's prompt was work...
So here is a semi self portrait as a 50's style houswife, complete with overcooked dinner, annoying call from telemarketer, toddler failed to be amused by iPad, scattered toys and shoes, all whilst charmingly wearing half of dinner on her shirt.
This just about sums it up some days. lol


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Favourite Drink...

Margarita... Frozen... With or without mango...
That is all...
My favourite non-alcoholic drink is probably any Nudie going, but where's the fun in drawing that? :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Today's prompt was innocence.
We spent some of the afternoon at the library (always a popular choice).
It was so hard to choose what to draw today, but in the end I drew something that I think gets it pretty right.

But first, here's my monkey girl at the library.


One of the many faces I get pulled at the camera...

Kicking back.

Aah! This is the life!

My girl.


As usual click to see a larger image and more detail.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sign of the times...

Today's prompt was sign.
I've been watching a lot of The Walking Dead...
And, well, I just like zombie films and shows, so how could I resist?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Snack time...

Todays prompt was, well as above.

I seem to really like drawing children's characters, so I went for one of my old favourites.

I remember having an Oscar the Grouch pillow that I used to drag to pre school with me. He was the c-c-coolest! He's in my garage right now. I'd love to give him to my daughter, but he's not looking too good these days, so I sewed up a panel pillow for her of the Cookie monster for her birthday last year, because who can resist a giant cookie obsessed blue monster?

Well... Perhaps she can.

I will admit, I probably spend more time snuggling Cookie than she does...

Aaaaand here is toaday's drawing.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


Today's prompt was design, so this is a readaptation of one of my costume designs for Tom Stoppard's Arcadia.
These were done for the HSC (If your kiddies ever wish to do Drama for the HSC I would encourage any with artistic talent to do costume or set design. A little effort got me really good results. Most everyone does performance, so it is a heck of a lot more competition).
If you haven't read the play, I can highly recommend it. Far more accessible than some of Stoppard's other works, and funny as all get out. It is set in a an English country manor in 1810/1813 and the present day (or the 1990's when it was actually written).
This is Lady Croom, a haughty, melodramatic member of the British aristocracy in 1810.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Still life.

Today's prompt was Food, and I just couldn't be bothered.
I didn't even bother cleaning the image up in photoshop and making sure the colours were true to life. Bad form. lol

Friday, March 9, 2012

Something Blue

Today's prompt was... Well you don't really need me to say it again, do you? lol
So I present for you, my best and most beautiful (not to mention only...) sister, and her amazing blue eyes.

A little closer...

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Today's prompt was (you guessed it!) closet.

When I was finished drawing I told my husband what the prompt of the day was to see if he could guess what I had drawn...

C: "Something about gay rights and marriage equality?"
Me: *dang, didn't even think of that!* "Nooooo...."
C: "Something from Narnia?"
Me: "That's a wardrobe not a closet..."
C: *Shrugs*

Here is ALL I could think of when I read today's prompt. No thinking outside the box for me, nosiree!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What a hoot...

Today's prompt was pattern...
And so we have...


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

My Happiness

Today's prompt was Happiness... I almost drew a warm gun for my husband the Beatles fan, but decided on something a little sweeter instead.

I messed up my darling girl's face, but that is less than surprising. Drawing her is far too hard, I'm almost never happy with the result (I actually am today, despite the flaws).


Original photo

The image I almost chose

Images courtesy of the lovely Trish of just simply you photography