Art studio

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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… 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

On water matters

Playing with an AI “arty” app that is heading towards repairing and reworking of fuzzed photos…choice and manipulation of various apps provides a working medium to create interesting digital textures,colour and content. Photo of man in rowing boat on Lake Victoria, Gippsland, Victoria. On water matters… Read More

November 12, 2016

Lapwings and other birds of urban Darwin

Digital drawing using the animation program Mirage. Read More

April 19, 2016

Me and Danila

I thought I was the only one “minded” by Danila Vassilieff. My mother worked at the Koornong school down the road. I read Mike Rubbo’s story of his time at Stonygrad along with a photo of his work in stone.   I remember the grinding stone, noise and Danila… Read More

March 30, 2016

Sketch with fountain pen followed by applying digital colour and texture

Drop in drawing session at the MAGNT with local artists in Darwin. Sketching using ink (fountain pen) followed by applying digital colour and visual texture rather than tactile texture 🙂 An afternoon drawing in the Museum and Art Galleries of the NT . Read More

March 25, 2016

Face at window

Drawing in progress Read More

March 16, 2016


No title. (c) 2015 Drawing on paper using ink stain method, drawn ink line, collage and acrylic paint and acetate. The ink stain method can engender an etching feel to a drawing, provides surprises in tone and shape for added vitality to a drawing.   Read More

February 16, 2016

Life drawing

UPDATE: There are some advantages living in a sleepy hamlet, away from the vastness and business of metropolises. You can be lucky and find people with like interests, such as my local life drawing group who have gathered each week, some of them for the past 16 years. Playing… Read More

January 3, 2016

Nuke baby

Life and death. An old drawing resurfaces… Read More

September 8, 2015

Drawalong emerges

The Beginning… Coming to grips with screws and pins, and fitting out the essentials for a bush bash or city sojourn. Read More

September 1, 2015

Gallery sitting-Rediscovering Mighty Mouse

The iPad came to the rescue whilst manning a gallery of a group show I was part of.  Gallery sitting has its moments, but boredom struck by the 4th hour.  I kept my eye on the passing trade in between doodling a mechanical boat-holder and making this digital collage of… Read More

August 9, 2015

Real world to Virtual showing

Viewing 3D drawings Watching the lack of inhibition of youngsters compared to adults on opening night was interesting. However my theory was broken during the calmness of a general open day. 3D specs in action A “virtual showing” may develop via facebook… Read More

August 5, 2015

3D Installations

Putting together two 3D installations using the Swimming with Fishes drawing, titled In Case of Emergency Break Glass, for a group show at the Little Gallery on High, Trentham. The show runs over cool August. Read More

July 23, 2015

Jim Wigley 1917-1999

Remembering: Jim Wigley’s obituary. One of Jim’s last paintings of himself, after he visited Tennant Creek and met Billy Grant in 1988. A 6.7 earthquake shaking the town occurred during the visit. The painting was shown in his retrospective show at the Niagara Galleries in 1992. Not sure… Read More

July 21, 2015