Can you say procrastinate?

Daily Prompt: It Builds Character
Tell us about a favourite character from film, theater, or literature, 
with whom you’d like to have a heart-to-heart. What would you talk about?

Okay, so I am off topic on this one, but… I am a procrastinator, I admit it. Right now, instead of finalising my assignments for uni (fine art studies) I am doing silly things like trying to sketch the alphabet as it might look when I say the letters. I have no idea why. <sigh>

Pencil down. Kettle on. No really, I am thirsty (did I just justify yet another procrastination tactic?) But seriously, after tea that’s it, no more doodling; I have essays to write.

Tools of our (artistic) trade

In this week’s blog post I draw attention to three artist resources that I have created on my site in the hope that some of my readers may find this useful. Resources such as these are the tools, the ‘cutlery’ of our trade.

Material Investigations

I investigated how to use foreign currency and bubble wrap in two separate posts that can be found here

Part of planning an artwork involves getting to know the materials we might consider using in that work, experimenting with methods to manipulate and alter those materials to gain different effects.

Artist Research

I’ve updated the artist research page with more work from other artists. These can be found here

Investigating how other artists approach a project, what materials they use and their intention behind an artwork serves to inform and inspire me when I contemplate a new artwork.

Galleries, Museums & Exhibitions

This is a valuable list of over 200 galleries that host the artworks of many wonderful artists. The list can be accessed from here

I’ve alphabetized the list now for easier navigation and I’ve updated it with more entries which I will continue to add to.

Here’s to your creative genius!


My recipes on TDAC

I am just a little bit excited that both recipes that I submitted to They Draw and Cook have been approved and now appear there on my Artist Profile. This is a great incentive for me to continue creating and submitting illustrated recipes to the largest illustrated recipe site on the www. With a bit of luck my artwork may be spotted by an art director (a common occurrence on the site) and may even result in future illustration jobs.

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius

One of the most inspirational talks I have ever heard on creativity.

(Shared TED Talk under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license)

David Mach

David Mach, date unknown. Predator. Foam & pins. 52 cm high. Accessed on 12 September, 2015 from: David Mach Gallery

Broad bean hummus

169g broad beans
Juice 1/2 small lemon
10-12 mint leaves
4T extra virgin olive oil, plus extra
Zest of small lemon
Salt, to taste

Boiler steam the beans for 3-5 minutes or until soft.
Rinse under cold water and refresh with ice cubes in a colander.
Blitz beans, salt, lemon juice and mint until smooth in a processor or with a hand-held stick blender, adding olive oil in a stream until the desired consistency is achieved. Add more olive oil if necessary.
Once smooth add zest and taste seasoning.
Add more olive oil on top.
Serve with crusty bread or crackers.

Recreating Tradition

In between studies, usually at night, I sketch food on my iPad. This is part of an illustrated recipe project that I am involved in to recreate my late mother’s hand-written recipe books for my siblings, my children and future generations.

Last night it was asparagus.


Facial Features – quick study

Facial Features – quick study, 2015. Graphite in sketchbook. Size: A5.

Scrunched Paper

Scrunched Paper, 2015. Graphite on paper. Size: A4.

Dining Room

Dining Room, 2015. Sepia Ink-wash. Size: A4.


Pomegranates, 2015. Watercolour & ink. Size: A5.

Pointillist Vase

Pointillist Vase, 2015. Acrylic paint on primed paper. Size: A4.

Black-on-black still life

Black-on-black Sill life, 2015. Charcoal, chalk & turpentine on watercolour paper. Size: A2.

This was a uni project for my drawing unit earlier in the year.

Anila Quayyum Agha

Anila Quayyum Agha, Intersections. 2014. Installation. Dimensions unknown. Accessed from:


Shirley Wegner

Shirley Wegner, Night Explosion, 2013. Print.  55 x 40 in. Accessed from

Alberto Giocometti

Alberto Giacometti, Head Skull, 1934. Plaster enhanced with pencil. 18.3 x 19.9 x 22.1 cm. Accessed from:

Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter, Abstract Painting, 1992. Oil on canvass. 140 x 100 cm. Accessed from: abstracts-19901994-31/abstract-painting-7902

Kristine Moran

Kristine Moran, You Used to be Alright, What Happened. 2008. Oil on panel. 167.7 x 198.1 cm. Accessed from:

Left Hand

Left Hand, 2015. Graphite on paper. A5

There’s always something to sketch. 🙂 This is one of my ‘evening’ sketches done a few months ago. Materials: Graphite in sketchbook. Size: A5


Addiction, 2015. Graphite, charcoal & turpentine. A1

This is something I sketched during my first drawing unit earlier on in the year. I wanted to depict the despair and desperation that addicts as well as their loved ones go through. Some of the figures inside the pill seem to have given up while others still have some fight left in them. On the outside I drew figures trying to work out a way to rescue their loved ones who are utterly trapped by addiction. A painful journey for addicts and those who love them.