The visual journal of the Australian Artist Julian Wigley.

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

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

Concept drawing for Nyinkkanyunu 1986

Started sorting the archive boxes. A task avoided for over 40 years. This drawing is part of the documents prepared for Julalikari Council when John Havnen was the manager. The Council was very active in establishing formal tenure over land in the town. Concept drawing for Nyinkkanyunu 1986… Read More

  • November 12, 2016

On the mend

Blood and pumps Read More

  • August 8, 2016

Stone House Warrandyte

Birthday party possibly 1947. at the Stone House Warrandyte My mother engaged Fritz Janeba to design the family homes. The big stone house still stands, but the copper pump action toilet pan has gone. The design features included a butterfly roof and extensive stone walls.  Fritz brought the Bauhaus to… Read More

  • August 2, 2016

Pompidou Centre , 2010.

Pompidou Centre, taken around May 2010. Not sure who the curious young man is. This iconic building, cut into a dense city market and residential quarter, was completed in 1977. I remember it was entertaining to move through the forecourt and up the escalators. The building always looks… Read More

  • May 23, 2016

Street art Darwin

Aussie posters Darwin Artist, Peter Drew, is travelling the continent reminding Australians of their heritage. Some of the posters attracted defacement within 48 hours. Simple, direct and current. More pics https://www.instagram.com/julianwigley/… Read More

  • May 14, 2016

Lapwings and other birds of urban Darwin

Digital drawing using the animation program Mirage. Read More

  • April 19, 2016

Jim Wigley at work

Working on molds for puppet heads. Photographer Unknown. Part of photo series of Jim making puppet heads with Hymie Slade in the 1950s. The studio location could be at TV Channel 7 circa 1956 or earlier working on theatre props. If You have any info let me know 🙂… Read More

  • April 16, 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

Bat Island NT

Flying past Maningrida, NT. Read More

  • March 16, 2016

Badges of Honour

Collection of some past moments captured in tin… Read More

  • March 16, 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

Remembering a friend early

Jan Martin and I went through Architecture together in the 60’s. Jan went on to be a town planner, whereas I stuck mainly to Architecture . We both loved drawing and sketching. Jan died at young age in 2000. His sketches will live on. Remembering a friend early. Read More

  • January 23, 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

Collecting wood. Amoonguna, Central Australia, 1976

Collecting wood. Amoonguna, Central Australia, 1976, Ink. Read More

  • December 20, 2015

Life drawing

Light pencil sketch transfered to iDevice Life drawing… Read More

  • October 22, 2015

In the studio

Taking advantage of the warmer days-Airing some paper ink transparencies, and working on several drawings:… Read More

  • September 25, 2015

Vincent and me

I must get around to gathering up all of my web scatterings of starts and stops over the years. This is one from 2007. Click here Comic site – test using web based site photobucket Vincent and me  comic site  … Read More

  • September 25, 2015