The visual journal of the Australian Artist Julian Wigley.

Darwin nostalgia

I ate at this Takeaway many times when staying in Darwin. I think the first time was in 1990 0r it could have been 2000….hmm, that’s a gap…I need to check  when the Bus Transit Centre was built :). Nevertheless it is a long time ago, around a quarter… Read More

  • January 15, 2018

Currawong family returns

Over the past couple of weeks two currawongs have tentatively approached our feeding table on a regular basis. I think they are the family of our much loved currawong that died a few weeks ago. They could be her partner and off spring. The ravens are less in your… Read More

  • December 8, 2017

Kookaburra comeback

This little fella and a mate are making a comeback in the yard, along with a couple of fearless wattle birds. A ritual is starting up again. As the birds gather near the verandah, our resident raven swoops from its tree to roof, sidling to the roof’s edge with an… Read More

  • November 14, 2017

Battle victors

Our currawong of over several years has not returned from the wildlife carer. We are in the dark about her fate. Meanwhile the two nesting ravens have taken command of our yard. There are occasional skirmishes over the rights to perch in our “Putin” tree between one stubborn kookaburra, that… Read More

  • November 12, 2017

Backyard battles continue

The absence of our long time currawong has led to territory disputes in the bird kingdom. A raven family has taken up ownership and stalks our garden. The raven nest is up high in a nearby gum tree. A solitary kookaburra hangs around the backyard attracting the ire of the… Read More

  • October 30, 2017

Backyard battles

One of the gang keeps watch. Our backyard has been feather deep in several bird families looking for a feed. The birds battling for dominance are ravens, kookaburras, wattle birds, magpies and currawongs. A number of other species go about their business without interacting with us humans. Parrots in the… Read More

  • October 19, 2017

Swimming with crocodiles

Musings on the Top End. Where has the last decade gone?  It was a time lived in sweat, prickly heat and air conditioning, along with the unavoidable seasonal smoke, dust and insidious mould. Relief was found in rolling rainstorms and the few serene days of gentle breezes once a year. Read More

  • October 11, 2017

Mind creatures

A gathering of old friends from the archives. Digital and ink doodles from the sketchbooks and files. The real thing. From the. flyer for my 1972 Ewing Gallery exhibition. Silk screen on card.   Doodle. Marching Madman. From the sketchbook.   Mr Kangaroo with eyepiece. Mobile digital art. iPhone drawing. Read More

  • October 10, 2017


We left the tropical north a few years ago and made our home  in Wombat country. In that time, I have driven past 5 road-kill wombats, patted one live orphaned wombat at our local cafe, and seen one mange stricken adult in the forest. Some record for an area celebrating the… Read More

  • October 10, 2017

Facial recognition

The conflation of facial recognition surveillance with the stream of selfies uploaded every second across the web is a bonanza for corporations. Even more sophisticated algorithms will be used  by the rich and powerful to sift through the superabundance of data, to protect the status quo, oppress the poor, and… Read More

  • October 6, 2017

Life drawing- pencil to digital

My regular life drawing sessions provide source images for further experimentation and exploration in the digital realm. This post shows the development of the original pencil drawing using filters on handheld digital devices. The devices are an iPhone 5, iPad 2, my index finger and thumb, and occasionally a Wacom… Read More

  • October 5, 2017

Reworking a drawing

Insect drawing. Final version   Process drawings of the various stages, from the rough iPhone photo of the original and reworking through various apps (Camera, Leonardo, Procreate, LightBrush,Layers and Snapseed). Original drawing from sketchbook “playing with transparency” .Pencil on butter paper and cartridge paper. Read More

  • September 29, 2017

Childhood images

I have not been able to shed the mashing of my fish drawing and a photo from my bartered HM Bateman book of drawings and observations. The collage was originally done for the addafish campaign , but I decided not to use it as its reference was too oblique.  Buried… Read More

  • September 29, 2017

No fish Friday?

Morning demand. Such an intense stare, straight on. Getting to know each other. Parent and off-spring have become regulars. Morning caller  … Read More

  • September 29, 2017


Kookaburra waiting A daily territorial battle disrupts the tranquility of our garden, as two ravens and their chick nested high in large gumtree at the bottom of the garden,  noisily etablish superiority over their domain. They have also commandeered our roof gutters as their pantry and bread dunking facility. God… Read More

  • September 26, 2017

Rainy day doodle

Moving image with sound made using Mixed apps on the iPad. Read More

  • September 24, 2017

Looking for reflections

Another way of seeing. The surprise juxtaposition of reflected objects on glass can offer new ways to see the familiar afresh. Seeing incidental images through reflections, moving light and shadows is part of our physical world, and when seen, can become part of the creative process and making images, How… Read More

  • September 24, 2017

Zipper club

Personal comment on CABG Read More

  • September 20, 2017

The aquarium

The aquarium I keep on being diverted from my task of sorting through my digitised drawings and doodles posted on Wigley web, going back to 1996. Many of these ancient posts contain broken links and missing images. Frustrating. The earlier posts were part of a daily doodle exercise, posting the… Read More

  • September 19, 2017

From the Darwin sketch book 2008-09

Black cockatoos. Big birds 2009. Fighting goose I am really fond of Magpie geese. It’s habits and travels are brave. The flock adjust, like a sea swell, as you approach. This fighting goose is drawn from memory. Sunday doodle Comment: There Must have been a technical problem chewing away… Read More

  • September 16, 2017

Punishment for the disorganised

OK, so I have started sorting through the digital mayhem of my photo library, now scattered across a decade or two of hardrives,USB sticks,web sites and old devices. Punishment for the disorganised. The trouble is to avoid being sidetracked reminiscing over each captured moment.   Guggenheim Museum, NYC 2010 For… Read More

  • September 8, 2017

Freedom-My drawing process

One of the joys of making digital collages on my ancient idevices is the occasional serendipity that results from smashing  photos to digitally  “paint” or “light” the ultimate image in my mind’s eye.  The underlying hidden photos are usually personal images or related drawings that have meaning to me to… Read More

  • September 7, 2017

Addafish drawing

The shocking continuation of the Australian refugee policy, and its iterations since the Tampa incident, has diminished our society morally and culturally. The demonisation and imprisonment of people fleeing living hells not of their making not only robs individual freedoms, it also robs our society of the drive, skills and… Read More

  • September 5, 2017

Cultural Fairy lights

Architectural baroque at Southbank softened by posters and fairy lights The building exterior is a play with pipe decoration layering walls. Melbourne Music Recital Centre Long shot… Read More

  • September 2, 2017

Man at Work

I passed this building site after seeing the Hokusai exhibition. The workman is likely to be using a sealant gun rather than a spray gun. Man at work. Rear of the School of Drama, Southbank precinct. Digital collage The scene caught my eye due to the neat construction site at the… Read More

  • August 31, 2017


A day at the NGV International with Hokusai. This is an exhibition to see if you love the drawn line (carved or inked). Linear play with perspective, strong sweeps of line and shape, rules broken with cool colours to the front and warm colours to the background, all makes for… Read More

  • August 30, 2017

Architect’s indulgence

Architect’s indulgence or a meaningful political statement? The external appearance of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) building, completed around 2001, designed by ARM, is a black finished facsimile of the white finished Villa Savoye designed by Le Corbusier. Apparently some critics dubbed this… Read More

  • December 14, 2016

Shifting focus. Ceiling series

    One of the verandah soffits at Merimbula, NSW. Playing with tone and focus. Puzzle-Ceiling series Further work @juliamwigley on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/julianwigley/… Read More

  • December 14, 2016

Working with what I’ve got

Working with what I’ve got..a creative exercise to re image iPhone photos of ceilings taken during a road trip to Canberra. Making patterns, collages and architectural impressions from  random photos  was a fun diversion whiling away idle moments. This photo was taken in the lower gallery of the National Gallery… Read More

  • December 14, 2016

Rainy day experiment

Playing with 3D glasses on a rainy day. Tiger fish with dots. Experimenting with various apps to enhance  layering. Intriguing how far an image can be pushed until its aesthetic visage is lost . That is, when its visual integrity is lost or the… Read More

  • November 22, 2016