Archive for the ‘Crayon drawing’ Category

Grampians View
September 26, 2017

After ambling up The Piccaninny in the morning, I drove to a dirt road between the Dunkeld racecourse and the cemetery where I could obtain fine views of Mount Abrupt and Mount Sturgeon. I was treated to local kangaroos hopping between the racecourse and cemetery.

Mount Abrupt was partially obscured by drifting smoke so I turned my attention to Mount Sturgeon. Because there was a stiff breeze, I sheltered in the car whilst I made this crayon drawing.


August 28, 2017

The vase of proteas which featured in my last post made their way onto a table in my living room to model for this drawing. I used wax crayon for the drawing.

I like to buy proteas at Wesley Hill Market. They make a great cut flower as they are long lasting and I like the shapes of the blooms and leaves.

Cork Oak, Castlemaine Botanical Gardens
June 15, 2017

An April day with a wafting warm breeze as I sat under this cork oak, Quercus suber, drawing and just enjoying the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.

Katie snuffled around nearby, vigorously digging a small scrape in the grass from time to time.

Katie and I weren’t the only ones taking in the delights of the gardens during the school holidays at the end of first term. The gardens were well populated with cyclists, dog walkers and adults strolling with children. There was plenty of activity in the playground and Barbeque area as well.

It was a good day to relax and just be.

Fresh As A Daisy
May 22, 2017

When it comes to posting, I have not been very well organised lately…….so I dug deep into my archives to find this crayon drawing of a sprig of daisies.

The drawing was made in August 2008. I remember sitting in the car holding the daisies in one hand whilst I drew them.

I like the freshness of the drawing.

Down and Out
December 21, 2016


Back in March, some friends and I travelled to Malmsbury on a drawing expedition. I made two drawings that day – one of the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens and this one.

One of my friends likes to draw derelict buildings and these abandoned structures were ideal subjects. Situated beside the Old Calder Highway, they look very forlorn.

I used wax crayon in this drawing.

Unexpected Bounty
July 25, 2016


This is another drawing inspired by my old garden in Ferntree Gully. I finished the drawing on the 8th of July 2009.

I regarded the broken branch from the big banksia (Banksia marginata or Silver Banksia) as an unintended and unexpected gift. Perhaps a possum had been too heavy for the branch which snapped under its weight.

I loved the contrast between the dull green upper sides of the leaves and the white (silver) undersides. The immature flowers were challenging to draw.

The picture captures the happiness and energy I felt at that time.

Sadly, my favourite tree in the garden was cut down by the new owners.


Chewton Post and Telegraph Office
April 27, 2016


A friend and I recently spent a morning drawing in nearby Chewton. My friend who likes to draw ruinous buildings, busied herself with the remains of an old bank whilst I was attracted by the colourful display of artificial flowers hanging in baskets on the verandah of the post office.

The Chewton Post and Telegraph Office was built in 1879. As the population declined in the post gold rush era, the Commonwealth Postmaster General’s Department made the post office redundant but it continued to operate as a local enterprise. The post office has survived various attempts to shut it down. In the 1990s, the local council wanted to sell the land but the good folk of Chewton were having none of that. They formed the Chewton Domain Society and took ownership of the land where the post office, old town hall and a small park are situated.  This independently minded community also formed a local organisation to run the local swimming pool when the council tried to shut it down.

The post office currently provides services to about 400 local residents who collect their mail from post office boxes as there are no home mail deliveries in Chewton.




This sign hangs on the post office fence. I have not seen its like elsewhere in the district.


Banksia Flowers
February 13, 2016


I have dug deep into my archives for this post.

At the time of making this drawing I wrote,

The subtle beauty of the blossoms of 

my favourite tree in the garden

offer solace

after a bruising visit to my parents.

7th September 2008

The tree was a Silver Banksia (Banksia marginata) and it was my ‘go to tree’ when I needed to think or seek refuge.

This post is part of a series of drawings about my former garden in Ferntree Gully.






Going Down to the Sea
September 19, 2015


On Wednesday, I returned from a week’s holiday in Port Fairy on the south west coast of Victoria.

This is my first post about my experience of Port Fairy.

The beaches are distinctive as they are fringed by basalt rocks. The rocks give the sand a grey tinge.

I look forward to sharing further posts about Port Fairy.





I couldn’t resist paddling in this rock sheltered pool.

June 18, 2015


This crayon drawing is inspired by my thoughts and feelings about the executions of  Australian citizens, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesia on the 29th of April 2015.