the dams

As the spring weather improves I have been getting out and about. There are lots of dams around Perth, these are catchment dams the city.. I find these are good places to hike, one of the past times I enjoyed in New Zealand, so with a tank full of gas I headed out into the hills . I had an awesome time,  saw lots of wildlife but they were far to quick for me to photograph.  I saw my first wedge tail eagle.. All ‘n’ all a great day…. DSC_0152DSC_0159DSC_0158

new shoes

As part of my injury management and recovery I have had some inserts made for my shoes, these shoes were the root cause of my injury, and I need to break them in.. Sunday was a wet day so no major walks,runs or rides were possible so I went site seeing out to the local dams, the idea was to get out and about in the fresh air and short walks in between rain showers; this would allow me to break in my inserts..  I didn’t get to wet and had an awesome time… DSC_0132DSC_0136


I have been fixated with Facebook of late at the expense of my blog I will try to remedy this..

I have started running  for recreation and this has taken over my life,  in a good way.. With a minor injury at the moment I have had to find other forms of exercise so I turned to cycling. This has improved my cardio and added verify into my program….


I am starting to enjoy my sketching as I get better.. this sketch of Megan Fox is now my favourite, I have looked at it for three days and I made a small adjustment today , I love it….


sketching paper

i need to find paper that will allow black as well white to stand out . I have used a 2B pencil to show just the shadow and a white pastel to accentuate the white but the white doesn’t stand out as I would have liked ….



I have decided that my adventure in Australia must come to an end .. I have no deadline yet as I have loose ends to tie up… I have started to pack as this is something that needs to be done and doesn’t affect life to much and can be left to lie when it gets too out of control.. tonight it got too much . so I turned to the sketch pad.. I like this, there are parts that I don’t like but I’ll keep picking away at it….


serendipity / life imitating art and Wayfarers

many years ago I was invited to a party in Masterton , it was the first meeting of the serendipity club , formed by Ros, and from that moment on serendipity has played a big part in my life.. and this is has become more apparent as I get older.. the night we made the pact we all chose a glass balball , which I still carry with me , and still hold in high regard.. while I was painting , I decided that I was unhappy with what I was painting so I took a paper towel and whipped the canvas down; and this gave me a smooth surface and has made the application of paint easer ..Serendipity..
my latest record is “building perfect beast” by don Henley and I love the line from “the boys of summer”…… “you got that hair slicked backed and those Wayfarers on, baby” … well I don’t have “ray ban Wayfarers” but the style continues today with “tommies” so here is my latest with my hair slicked back and my Tommies on…….. and the serendipity balball …. 012


lounge lizzard / cockatoos / infidels and a sketch

well I have been busy this week as I have entered a 12 km fun run a
so I’m in training .. as I went down the road for my nightly run , last evening, the black cockatoos came out ; as I ran down the road they flew from tree to tree just in front of me and as I came to a clearing they swooped down at me and then off into the distance.. they are so cool..
I have discovered I have a lounge lizard living with me , its a house gecko, I haven’t been able to get a photo of it yet but I found one on the net and as you can see from this photo they are the best thing to have around…
I have got a new record “infidels” by Bob Dylan .. I must be showing my age as I remember it coming out, I first got it on tape.. and while all this is going I tried my hand at I sketch..



bob dylan

while I was in town on Saturday I looked into a small record store that I have been into a few times; they have a good sale bin. the record I found is , I think , bobs best.. the opening track “gotta serve somebody” is timeless and bobs voice is still young , awesome!


another trip into town

hopefully my last trip to the dentist today and all seems well .. I stoped for a coffee on the way home at one of the coolest cafés in town , my idea of cool , the tiger café .. covered in out door area grunge type seating etc , just a cool place to sit and read …….