Sunday, 10 December 2017


After selling many a sloth Christmas card over the years, I felt it was time to expand my Etsy empire and introduce a new critter to the collection. I've been a closet penguin aficionado for most of my adult life, and it seemed like the right time to get out there and paint some penguins!

Gentoo Penguins - my favourite kind!

These smart little birds are so much fun to draw, although it did feel a little odd painting ice and snow during the sweltering Melbourne heat! In saying that, we do actually have penguins here in Australia, so perhaps they are more seasonally appropriate than in the Northern Hemisphere! I love visiting the colony of Little Blues who hang out at the end of the pier in St Kilda. 

A collection of different penguin species. Bottom centre is the Little Blue penguin - a native to Australia!

After getting all of those penguin paintings out of my system, it was time to put them into context. My long-suffering boyfriend endured an afternoon's worth of corny penguin jokes, suggestions such as, "I'm Dreaming of a Black and White Christmas", "Rockhopping Around the Christmas Tree", and, "It's Toboganning to Look a Lot Like Christmas", were all met with appropriate groans. In the end we whittled it down to two jokes which have been given the Pencil Party treatment and turned into cards:

Those Gentoo penguins put to use on a corny Christmas card!

And some cheerful Emperors catching their Christmas dinner.

You can p-p-p-p-p-p-pick up some for yourself online, just head over to my Etsy store Pencil Party to spread some penguin love this Christmas! 

Penguin food - bit different to Turkey eh!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015


Animal lovers, please be warned, this post may contain distressing images.

For the past few years my boyfriend and I have assembled various gory matching outfits for Hallowe'en: last year we were fifties movie-star zombies, then there was the well-dressed-dripping-with-blood dead couple, and before that it was Sailor Moon plus Clown (perhaps that one was not so well thought out). 

In the spirit of Being Horrible People, this year things got a little bit... topical. 

Image: Wikipedia

Oh, Cecil. You were such a beautiful lion. You set the standards of majesty so high that no lion will ever hope to compare. With your glorious mane and steely demeanour and your face of fur...

To be fair I had never actually heard of Cecil the Lion until some rich wanky dentist shot him, but it turns out that a bunch of people really really liked him, and they got super upset.

The dentist in question (it had to be a dentist! It couldn't be a cobbler or a janitor or a candlestick maker. It had to be a dentist) was an American called Walter Palmer, just your average balding dude with obnoxiously white teeth. A quick google search for his dental practice would leave one wondering how Dr Palmer ever earned enough money for the plane ticked to Zimbabwe, let alone the $45,000 forked over for the privilege of shooting an arrow into a large and popular cat. 

Actually, Dr Palmer's alcohol problem seems to crop up a few times in his reviews.

Ouch. Zero or minus zero? Is that even a mathematical possibility? Well if it is I am sure Dr Palmer deserves it. If not for his shoddy dentistry, then for his wandering hands and penchant for laughing gas rape:

(Srsly though, abuse is not funny and if this actually happened you should probably speak to the police).

Say, you don't think any of these reviews could be in any way associated with that unfortunate lion killing episode, do you?


It's not all doom and gloom though #zebralivesmatter #notalldentists

I digress.

As part of my lion-slayin', over-chargin', booze-swillin', dentist outfit I thought it would be fun to have a few of those cute "I Sat Still Whilst The Dentist Poked Shiny Objects Into My Mouth" stickers that they give to kids. Only... wouldn't it be great if those stickers were lion themed?


(Personal favourite)

Safe to say the whole thing went down pretty well. Bring on next Hallowe'en.

BONUS IMAGE: Cecil the lion waiting for a bus.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014


I don't clean my palette very often.

So over the past few months I've picked up some gouache paints and some faux squirrel hair brushes and I. Love. Them. Mostly I've been working on cards for my Etsy store (plug plug plug), and a lot of these have included animals. Here's a selection:

Sunday, 22 December 2013


Are what I have been drawing lately. Merry Christmas! 

Thursday, 12 December 2013


Pugs certainly were the doggy internet sensation of 2013. I've just tried drawing some and now... I think I know why.

Puggy Christmas card available at my Etsy store 

Tuesday, 10 December 2013


An old friend of mine recently married. She's a bit of a Cats fan, so I made her wedding card suitably feline.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013


My new Etsy store, PENCIL PARTY, is now LIVE!

Visit it now for unique cards and gifts.

Friday, 15 November 2013


Just a silly little drawing. Been loving my pencil crayons lately.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013


I've recently moved up in the technology world and have acquired an iPad! Other than playing Hanging With Friends and Facebooking in High Definition, I've really been drawn to (ha ha) the amazing app, Paper 53. After playing around with a few drawing and painting apps I settled for this one, two of the top features being the watercolour function and the way drawings are displayed in little moleskine notebooks. (Off-white pages- hooray!)

Although technology needs to come a little further to really make the images authentic (different sized paintbrushes would be a good start), it's been a fun few days testing out a new medium. I don't have a stylus so it's more like glorified finger painting at the moment, but I'm enjoying using the app to jot down ideas... and draw lots of cats.

And redesign my website... if only it were this simple!

And start work on this years Christmas cards.

And draw junk lying around the house.

Creativity - 1, Chores - 0.

Thursday, 10 October 2013


I have been hard at work on my next instalment for the Melbourne graffiti collection. With a lot of encouragement, a bunch of flowers picked from the roadside and ooh, let's say, two kilos of chocolate, I'm about halfway through. Hosier Lane, YOU ARE MY EVEREST.