What a combination

Today’s prompt word for the #InktoberChallenge2020 is RADIO. I have decided to combine Day 4 and Day 27 with this drawing: radio (Day 4’s prompt word) and music (Day 27’s prompt word), by drawing fairy penguins having a bit of a bop to some music they are hearing on the radio.

fairy penguins having a little jig

Fairy penguins are the smallest species of penguin. They nest on Bruny Island, Tasmania and in Victoria, Australia. I have seen them in the wild in all three places and it is such a special, magical sight to see them scurrying up the beach to their young ones who are eagerly awaiting their arrival.

Thank you for visiting and I hope that you are enjoying #Inktober!


Coffee Table Feature

A miniature one of these would be cool to have on a coffee table. This art producing machine is wind generated.

Windmill at MONA (Museum of Old & New Art) in Tasmania

The windmill turns , which in turn, turns some wheels, which in turn moves the Artline pen in a circular motion and turns the turntable which moves the paper very slowly along.

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Wind powered drawing at MONA (Museum of Old & New Art) in Tasmania

The windier the day the darker and denser the drawing is. A pen a day is used and the roll of paper lasts two weeks before the piece of art is finished.

Pen at Work

It is quite mesmerizing and relaxing to watch, which is why I think it would be a great coffee table feature, and not to mention, a conversation starter.

Thank for stopping by. Keep your pens moving and producing art. 🙂

Needle in the Sky

Although Seattle’s Space Needle was being refurbished, some sections, including the restaurant were closed to the public, it was still worth going up and seeing the view.  I can’t say that the views were spectacular on the day I went but they were impressive. They’ll  be more impressive when viewing from the ceiling-to-floor, and floor, glass observation deck, which is currently under construction.


The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair.  It is approximately 184 metres (600 feet) tall, can withstand winds of up to 320 km/h winds and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude and it has 25 lightning rods.  It is a Seattle icon.

While waiting in the queue for the lift down, I started sketching the view below.  I didn’t get too far with the sketch before being escorted into the lift.

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This is the view that I started to sketch.  A bit ambitious!  🙂



Another view from the Space Needle

I took this photo of the reflection of the Space Needle in one of Dale Chihuly’s large glass marbles.  His art gallery, with garden, is next door to the Needle and it is quite memorable.


While waiting for the bus to go home, I started sketching the building on the corner.  I got a bit further with this drawing, but still have a row of windows and paint to add.  Macy’s is one of the main department stores in US.

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Crossing the Finish Line

Day 28 & 29

For Day 28 and 29, I used some artistic license and drew a nest on an emu’s head.  In the emus’ world, the nest is made on the ground and consists of mainly grass.  The male incubates the eggs for eight weeks, surviving on his accumulated body fat and any morning dew that he can reach. He stands up only to turn the eggs, about 10 times a day. Chicks are cared for by the male for a further four to six months.

I love this photo of dad taking his children for a walk.  I’m not sure who the photographer is.

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Day 28 – Love

I thought of naming Day 29’s picture “It’s a woman’s world”.  It soooo isn’t in the human’s realm, but it could be argued that it is more so in the emu realm.

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Day 29 “it’s a woman’s world”

Day 30

By day 30, I felt like I was dragging myself to the finish line.  I saw a safety pin and I thought, good enough, I’ll sketch it.  I have discovered that if you draw enough of the same item, it doesn’t matter what it is, it usually ends up being a really, really cool work of art.  Why is this… apparently we are hard wired to look for patterns because our brains must find order in a world full of chaos, this helps us to survive.  Patterns are comforting.

Often, I have had friends point out a flat faced building with lots of windows and comment that it would make a boring drawing, but I beg to differ. I think the repetitive pattern the many windows create somehow, inexplicably, make for a really great end product.  Evidently our eyes will naturally be drawn to patterns, the regularity of texture on bark, the delicate trace of a spider web or the spiral of a pine cone.

I would have liked to draw more safety pins but I ran out of steam.

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Day 30 – pinning my hopes on you

Day 31

Day 31, crossing the Finish Line and breathing a collective sigh with all the other Inktoberers from across the globe.


Thanks for stopping by and I extend my congratulations to all Inktober 2017 participants.  It’s been fun despite it feeling like a hard slog at times.  I’ll be taking up the challenge again in 2018, all being well.  🙂