Monday, 31 December 2012

Star Anise painted

Here's the last post for shall I challenge myself to a drawing a day in 2013, just for fun ?
Wishing everyone a Happy and creative 2013.  

Thank you all for your visits and comments throughout 2012

Canson Watercolour paper 24 x 32 cm

Sunday, 2 December 2012

The Paul Collins' burger

Here's the next extreme burger from Lamma Grill

Burgers of Shame Number 2
The Paul Collins' burger

Double beef burger topped with double cheese, double bacon, 2 x jalapeño poppers and a layer of pulled pork!

I've spent the last week or so preparing Christmas art projects and advent calenders so it's nice to unwind with a burger. Thinking of getting myself an extreme veggie burger at the end of this project. As these are done from photos it would be great to do one from life and could last me all day.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

More tangled ropes

Graphite on Canson  Aquarelle watercolour paper (140lbs) 24 x 32cm

Fisherman's Village, Lamma Island

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Josh's Outrigger Burger, Lamma Grill

Together with my friends at Lamma Grill I'm proud to present a new regular feature on extreme burgers.

Burgers of Shame Number 1

Josh's Outrigger Burger
A double beef burger topped with double cheese, double fried onion, double jalapeño, double bacon and a layer of fries.

watercolour Canson  Aquarelle watercolour paper (140lbs) 24 x 32cm

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Sunday, 28 October 2012

more noodles

...with fish and tofu

watercolour Canson  Aquarelle watercolour paper (140lbs) 24 x 32cm

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Tangled ropes

Tangled ropes, boat moorings in the Fisherman's Village, Lamma Island.......

watercolour paper 24 x 32 cm

wish I'd not painted's a photo before painting

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Fish Tortilla Wrap

Fish Tortilla Wrap with hand cut chips and jalapeno peppers (stuffed with cheese).....
too good to be drawn from life, had to take a photo

watercolour Canson  Aquarelle watercolour paper (140lbs) 24 x 32cm

Thank-you Lamma Grill!  for putting this on the menu

Available with different fillings...going to try the grilled vegetables next.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Rock balancing

watercolour Canson  Aquarelle watercolour paper (140lbs) 24 x 32cm

This is a painting of one of Malcolm's rock balancings, a frequent sight at Power Station beach on Lamma.You can see photos of more here (website in progress)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Autumn Leaves

We don't really get autumn/fall colours here and I miss them, but I found this big red leaf on the beach.....collected a few more along with a snail.

watercolour Canson  Aquarelle watercolour paper (140lbs) 24 x 32cm

To be honest I got a little un-inspired, maybe go back to it another time.
Had fun at the beginning sketching the fastest snail in the world (with an old biro), then he kindly went to sleep

Friday, 14 September 2012


Not sure if this is done, I want the background to be more fun.... but here it is so far.......more to follow soon.
Thanks for your comments everyone

Monday, 3 September 2012

Red Ginger

I bought myself a bunch of flowers, picked by a local lady........I must say, I love flowers but don't have the same patience (or maybe fascination?) with them as I do with other subjects.
A big belated thanks to the talented Johanna Bailey for featuring me on her new blog.
Here's the link

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Fish on a plate #1

Still working hard, here's some fish..(not sure I've finished but first of a series)..drawn from a photo (when I should have been cleaning on my only day off this week) because it's way too hot to do it from life......funny smelly fish stories to follow soon.
Thanks for your kind comments everyone!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Blueberry Cheesecake

Blueberry cheesecake......summer courses are over so I'm hoping to get back to a regular drawing and painting routine, not to mention catching up with everyone!

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Box of Chocolates

This is for all the chocolate lovers out there  from a delicious box of Lindt chocolates

Many thanks to my students for the gift

Bottle Gourd

Fresh bottle gourds (you often see them dried and decorated.)

I've been doing Summer Workshops for two weeks so not had much time.
Last week the Olympics in London and this week I'm in Ancient Egypt with the kids

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Bird's Nest

Work in progress. I'm going  to draw this from a different angle.
Not sure what bird made this nest but it does have plastic on the outer layer. I think I actually prefer the first stage of the drawing below, I found the inside layer more fun to draw.........

Friday, 13 July 2012

Another cauliflower

I enjoy painting cauliflowers but I was distracted as I'm eager to get started on a bird's nest I've just been given.(Now the tiny ants have vacated) Most women get flowers, diamonds or chocolates........
This is a different cauliflower, now to make a cheese sauce.
Thanks for your comments everyone

Watercolour on Canson 140lb watercolour paper

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Monday, 9 July 2012

Burger and chips

Vegetarian burger and chips from the newly opened Lamma Grill..........delicious!
Looking forward to eating and drawing through the menu.

Lamma Grill
G/F 18E Tai Yuen Village, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma  Tel. 2982 1447

Friday, 6 July 2012


painted on thin wooden separating sheet from cigar box.....

and watercolour paper 19x24cm

Monday, 2 July 2012

Coffee Beans

19x24cm 140lb Canson watercolour paper

......with thanks to a certain friend who saved these for me to draw.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Tsingtao Beer Cans

I just wish I hadn't done the background now as I preferred it white on white, oh well....c'est la vie

Friday, 22 June 2012


I don't normally eat sweet things but I must admit this was really good to eat afterwards. I bought it from the little bun shop on Lamma.

Saturday, 16 June 2012


A quick one of a detox teabag (Yogi) done whilst drinking strong morning coffee. Hmmmmm....

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Tin Shack, Lamma Island

will update the description tomorrow. Happy Sunday...........

When I first moved to Lamma I think this bit of land was still being farmed(vegetable growing). (The area close to it still is) Now, after many years of being neglected the building rubble is getting higher in preparation for a new village or paths to be formed. I just wanted to capture it, more to follow on larger paper. For all you ex-Lammarites it's the little bit on the right before the tofu stand.
More studies to follow.

Watercolour on Canson 140lb paper 19x24cm

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Wednesday, 23 May 2012