The visual journal of the Australian Artist Julian Wigley.

Darwin revisited.

From the Sketch book: “Jill looking at the clock.” A drawing capturing a visit to the Don Casino, Darwin, in 1981. Ink and pastel.The Hotel exists still, but the Casino licence moved later. Read More

  • November 29, 2018

Lost painting

From the archives: This photo popped up in my archiving clean-up.  My oil painting, War Baby 2 was lost in transit on the Hume Highway between Melbourne and Seymour in the eighties. It may have survived and found a home, or lies crunched and buried under subsequent roadworks over the… Read More

  • November 26, 2018

From the archives.

A fitting post for today, after Victorians gave the politics of fear a walloping in our State election. Victoria once again rejected fear and division. 24/11/2018. From the archives: Our 1972 street party held by the residents of Carroll Street,North Melbourne. A celebration of community action. Multi generational families coming… Read More

  • November 25, 2018

Camel Study

From the archive drawers: One of several studies of Robyn Davidson’s camels made just prior to her trek across Australia. Redbank Gorge was always worth the long drive from Alice. The Gorge was off the beaten track so the chances of a solitary experience in a beautiful location was… Read More

  • November 23, 2018

Sorting the drawers

Beta testing a digital database for cataloging drawings and paintings . Working  through my drawings and paintings since the 1960s. Aeroplane series.1979  … Read More

  • November 14, 2018

The Manufacture of Art

I came across Julian Opie’s work at the NGV on my way to a seafood lunch. What a smack in my digital face!  Technology, capitalism and art all smoothly packaged for consumption.  The bold forms and images did feel clean and comfortable, simplifying what we know. There were framed blinking… Read More

  • November 14, 2018

Drawalong travels

The road kill between Wentworth and Broken Hill is up there with Tassie stats by the look of it…kangaroos, wallabies, goats and emus. Photo of a survivor strutting in downtown Broken Hill beside this grand old building. Not sure what the building’s use once was….just wasting away?… Read More

  • June 12, 2018


Caption: One of our resident feathered friends checking out my building work. Read More

  • June 8, 2018

Through the eyes of other people

Beaut photos of my studio taken by jeweller, Cassie Partington. … Read More

  • June 8, 2018

Shed to studio

 Building work on the shed to studio conversion  is nearing completion. Very excited about having a work space good to work in once again 🙂 I have already used the drawing box, just waiting on some courage to put a hole in the roof for the wood stove flue. Read More

  • June 8, 2018

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