Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Day 96. The last image and the end of the poem. Phyllis Cole-Dai wrote this and because of the images the poem conjured up in my eye I asked her if I could use it for this personal development project. Kindly she said yes. I have enjoyed this overall and happy to be back to regular drawing, playing and experimenting in my studio. Now to bind the book.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Day 95. Penultimate day, soon I will be able to bind the pages. Two more words to go. I lked this nesting of letters, it is crying to doodle away where it needs, there are lots of nooks and crannies just waiting,  the execution of colour was a disappointment. My days do not match up to 100, I have confused myself by posting to the project, taking several days to complete some,  and filing is not the best - I do have 99 images to date.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Day 94. No laser cutting here, and you can tell. What started out as a border kept going as it was not appropiate to stop. It has created havoc on the image the other side, I knew that and kept going neither are worth keeping. The words are 'Plenty for friends. Plenty for the long howling winter. Plenty for strangers. Plenty for all the bread in' I have put pink tissue paper behind when it went through the scanner.

Saturday, November 26, 2016


Day 93. The wee small mouse has returned. The idea was OK until the lettering. I think it was rushed and the words should perhaps have been written as labels on the jars. Not long to go now, and there was I, 100 days ago not doing anything creative on paper.

Friday, November 25, 2016



Day 92. 'A rich batch of preserves' using my downpipe collection of greens. I probably only went through about half of them. I coloured over the fibre pen and should go over it again, I am also debating in my head about outlining the squares too. All my coloured pencils are stored in 7cm sawn off lengths of down pipe with heavy card for their base. They in turn are kept together in a box 24cm x 36cm. I have 16 different colour selections.

Thursday, November 24, 2016


Day 91. This went a little better than the one two days ago. I feel the pressure of being a few days behind so experimentation has gone out the window and I just want to finish. I still enjoyed it though.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016



Day 90. Thinking about earthquakes and how it affects the world, a project always under change, with us, the basic instinct of an amoeba - reaction to stimuli, but no grander view.The word is 'some'.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Day 89. I can see quite a lot that could be improved, resizing shows up even more. Pencil drawn and the orange done with a coloured pencil after viewing some of Liesbet Bouden's lettering. Reworking it is an option. The words say 'no need to rush, the poems will keep.'

Monday, November 21, 2016


Day 88. These words say 'and make good jam'. Done with no preparation other than some boundary lines I used my parallel pen, old black ink and even older orange to fill in. I was prepared to cope with feathering and blotches but the card was kind.

Sunday, November 20, 2016




Day 87. There is a mouse in the room, feeling so inadequate and right out of my comfort zone, run through all the cliche's. This actually took as long as the others to do. I question why I am doing this at all. I shall just look forward to tomorrow.

Saturday, November 19, 2016


Day 86. The pen was running out of ink but I liked the texture so I continued. Then I lost it, there is no cohesion, nothing!
There are other things that could be done that would be diversionary but nothing can be done to the words unless you paint it black and start over. Big sigh Ahhh!

Friday, November 18, 2016



Day 85. I couldn't wait for inspiration, I am way behind. I have used this process before so it wasn't a learning curve just more of the same I'm afraid.

Thursday, November 17, 2016



Day 84. This says 'more' =  the 'm' is standing on it's end, and I have used a greek e. The 'o' is part of the 'r'. I have then floated water onto the shape and dropped in watercolour.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Day 83. I have returned to the city. In catch up mode. After seeing some of Eduardo Chillida's  black and white work I thought I would have a go. No analysis, no back ground, nothing, and just going from memory I started. It's dreadful, but a start and a compromise.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Day 82. Update. This has now been improved so that it reads a little better. Needs a lot more tweeking but will leave it for now. 

Monday, November 14, 2016


Day 82. Nothing is pleasing about this for me. The acrylic background would not take my inks, the texture pushed the pens around, the layout is confusing. I intend getting back one day and making the word 'if' twice the size of 'you' and see if that makes it more readable.  The words are 'if you ever'. Maybe I need to upskill!

Sunday, November 13, 2016


Day 81. A new section and I wanted to the colours and theme to continue with the last page of the previous section. Both images will be portrait when the book is bound and I will have to watch out that the cutouts don't hook into each other. Both  can be lifted up. The words are 'the unknown'.

Saturday, November 12, 2016



Day 80. Yesterday visited Ceramic Exhibition at Te Uru. Loved some of John Parker's retrospective  work. Underneath this day are charcoal drawings of bottles to remind me of the Love Potion collection. The word today is 'with', it's cut out and put over the background.

Friday, November 11, 2016


Day 79. Medium butterfly type nib with old indian ink. So old it was elastic and blobby, so added water and hope it remained waterproof, it did. The words are ' in kinship'.

Thursday, November 10, 2016


Day 78. I like the way my eye travels from intersections back rather than forward. Am I looking for letter recognition? All the components are here for these words ' for the next picker'. I also tried to make each letter intersect the border, some only just. I might try some colouring later and see how that changes the experiment. 
Later: Many choices and trials with bucket fill and I am none the wiser. Using Pixelmator.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016


Day 77.  The words say 'within easy reach'. Definitely not enough planing, stuffed up the colours. Being water colours they did not cover the acrylic under painting. I thought I would try doing this because I didn't like the way the water colours absorbed into the cartridge. I will have to try some other way of changing the paper surface.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016


Day 76. This word says 'poems' and is coloured in using my Faber Castell Polychromos blues. The ones that have been put back into the pot at least. Took me ages to decide what parts to fill in, to make it more legible, and I am still not sure.

Monday, November 07, 2016


Day 75. Using stumpy water soluable crayons, this is unfinished and needs more contrast, I would like to make  finer lines in certain places. I have run out of time. The words are 'and always leave some'.

Sunday, November 06, 2016


Day 74. I have written of this before. Love letters between my parents when they were courting, he in the merchant navy and my mother on a farm in NZ. Each one was numbered. The words are 'for love'.

Saturday, November 05, 2016


Day 73. I have succumbed to doodling, inspiration did not keep up with me. It says 'words against your teeth'. Watercolour, pencils and a lack of anything worthy. I am reminded of the drink drive ads where the woman driving spits out the word 'parents' to her husband when she is needing a ride home.

Friday, November 04, 2016




Day 72. Then came today, when I wanted to use the masking fluid again. Nothing else worked as well. It has stained the paper and it will discolour more over time. Perhaps it is because it is old. The H is the wonkiest, then the inter-letter spacing is suspect. I use Di Harris's leather covered pen, worn through to the brass. (thanks Di). The word is 'mash'.

Thursday, November 03, 2016



Day 71.  Taking an earlier comment about using traditional letters I thought perhaps I should try moving away from them. I have looked at asemic writing and perhaps that's where I am heading? The words are' stain your skin some shade of red or blue'.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016




Day 70. Back to slow and patient. I enjoy the planning when trying to fit letters together. I am still using traditional forms with their elements and look forward to seeing what happens when I veer away. The words are 'for their sake' and I can read them today but next week there may be a pause.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016



Day 69.I started this set of pages ages ago and didn't know how to continue, so I put it to one side. Knowing that I had spent time creating the background I did not want to not use it. Once again I headed into the unknown, the lettering is disgusting, so bad that I went over it in pencil! Thank goodness it has been reduced, it hides lots of bad things.

Monday, October 31, 2016



Day 68. I still had my gear out from yesterday and today I used the same tools and colours for the words 'and hidden places'. This makes me think of sand dunes and back marshes.