Day 45 : “Typewriter Keys”

The inspiration for today’s drawing came from a picture of an old ‘Standard’ typewriter I had seen. Completing a drawing of a typewriter in the hour I have before bedtime didn’t work out. I went to bed disappointed that I couldn’t get it finished.

In the morning I woke up and decided just to create a picture of what was special to me, the clackety clack of typewriter keys striking the paper.

I particularly like this drawing because it’s about focussing on the negative spaces. I’m very pleased with how it turned out.

'Typewriter Keys'

Day 45 : 100 Drawings in 100 Days“Typewriter Keys”

Day 44 : “Baldwin Steam Tram”


I have a vague recollection of the steam trams that we preserved and ran in Parramatta Park on weekends in the early ‘80s. Then there was a fire in the shed where they were kept, and then they disappeared from public view for a long time. I think that they are now resurrected and living in the Blue Mountains. These cute little steam trams were built by the Baldwin Locomotive Co. in the USA and ran in the late 19th century in parts of Sydney including Cronulla and on the Belmont line here in Brisbane.

When in doubt I seem to return to drawing the things that I love. This little steam tram has two fine characteristics. It’s a tram and it runs on steam =)

[Mark plans to add more information here about these trams soon…]

Baldwin Steam Tram

Day 44 : 100 Drawings in 100 Days“Baldwin Steam Tram” 

Ink on A5 Sketch pad

Day 43 : “City Bus Stop”

This is a drawing I started when I had a long wait for the bus home in Ann Street, Brisbane several weeks ago. I did say “started” because I felt a little weird sketching someone without that knowledge/permission. Anyhoo.. I took that quick sketch and finished the detail and inked tonight before bedtime.

City Bus Stop

Day 43 : 100 Drawings in 100 Days“City Bus Stop”

Ink on A5 Sketch Pad

Day 42 : “No. 180”

The front of our local community centre has the most beautiful tile mosaic covering the front of the building. I think that it was created by a ‘Work for the Dole’ project in the ‘90s. The gatepost has also received the same treatment and always looks lovely.

No. 180

Day 42 : 100 Drawings in 100 Days“No. 180”

Ink & coloured pencil on A5 Sketch Pad

Day 41 : “Yellow House”

I love Instagram, it’s a wonderful place to see beautiful images from around the word and amazing work creative people do. The reference for today’s drawing came from my Instagram friend @colourspeak_kerry  I love the bright yellow coloured door and shutters against the whitewashed building,

Van Gogh lived in a place he called the Yellow House in the south of France. But that’s another story.

Yellow House

Day 41 : 100 Drawings in 100 Days“Yellow House”

Oil Pastel on Artec Pastel Paper

Day 40 : “John & Yoko”

This weekend I wanted to draw something that represented passion and romance. There was another sketch I started that didn’t make the grade, so I thought I’d try something different. If an artist really wants to put himself/herself out there, reproduce something that should be recognisable and see if it works.

This is the famous “Double Fantasy” album cover photo. One of the most famous passionate kisses recorded in my lifetime.

John & Yoko

Day 40 : 100 Drawings in 100 Days“John & Yoko”

Mepxy Marker on Canson Illustrator

Day 14 : ‘Jean’


‘Jean’ is created using Faber Castell  pastel on Artec Pastel A3 paper. She was created during Days 12, 13 & 14 of my “100 drawing in 100 days”. I do enjoy working in pastels very much. I am very pleased with my progress and even though ‘Jean’ has her faults, it is one of my best pieces so far.

I am lucky to know two lovely ladies through my work, who are both artists and they have become my mentors. I am told to paint what I enjoy. I love the beauty of the feminine form.

The inspiration for her comes from a Guess fashion advertisement I saw in a magazine while waiting for coffee at a café near the Brisbane Magistrates Court. There was something particularly striking about the pose and the white bustier with the blue jeans. It’s difficult to tell, but I think she is suiting on  timber jetty or deck. The background in the original photo is dark and not what I wanted so I tried a green hatched pattern which I think is natural and neutral.


- passion of the dance
– passion of the dance

No, I don’t dance. Well, I used to, sort of, when I was at school. I think everyone who went to a country school in our time learnt how to dance. The monthly dance was held at the local hall and was a  great family  night out and we got to stay up really late. There we would do our best with our progressive Barn dance or the ‘Pride of Erin’. I never tried to dance the Tango but would love to learn one day.

My drawing comes from a photo I found online while looking for people being passionate about what they do. I am really pleased with how it turned out.

[Ink & coloured pencil on A3 sketch paper]

‘Pelican Take Off’

- Nature's B52s
– Nature’s B52s

Pelicans are majestic in flight. They are the B-52s of the marine birds almost seeming to heavy to fly. Here in Hervey Bay they are very tolerant of humans perhaps because the local fisherman are very generous with providing scraps for dinner.

This is one of my experiments that I’m not totally happy with. The drawing of the pelican is good. This is my first attempt at using my new Mepxy brush markers and they are very different to any other media I’ve used before. Tips and suggestions would be welcome.

Burrum Shell

Being away on holidays at our beach house at Hervey Bay,  gives me both the time and inspiration for practicing my artwork. Our family loves to go for long walks along the beach and look for shells that have been washed up the beach on the high tide. My little girls love collecting ones that catch their eye being careful that there isn’t a little creature still living inside. The other afternoon they brought back a small bucket full which they washed and sorted into different shapes and colours.

The one I drew is very common along the beach sometimes they are complete but this one I appealed to me. This shell has been worn down over time and would no longer provide protection for anyone. With the centre spiral exposed I can appreciate the helix structure inside. In my drawing I have strived to capture the shadows and colours,