Archive for March, 2009

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The 24c Sperm Whale

March 31, 2009

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This stamp is looking a bit worse for wear. I kept it because I like the illlustration.

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325. Multi-Coloured Rose #2

March 30, 2009

200903-flokot-art2Photograph, February 2009.

Another photo of my rose!

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324. Multi-Coloured Rose

March 27, 2009

200903-flokot-art1Photograph, February 2009.

Some of my readers may have heard of the terrible heatwave, bushfires and severe storms that have hit the state of Victoria, Australia, in the previous month. February is normally marked by uncomfortable heat, but this year was a record breaker in terms of temperature, and in the number of people killed by the bushfires. When, in early March, Victorians received text messages from the police warning of coming storms, it was time for more tension and fear. Thankfully those storms weren’t as devastating as initially expected, and the rains they brought were a definite blessing!

So it was nice that, in admist the chaos, my poor little pot plants actually survived. We had pretty much abandoned them in search of air conditioning, but here they were, still waiting. This rose bush produces these amazing multi-coloured red-and-yellow roses. I had intended to do a daily series of photographs of this bud flowering, but was distracted by the storm preparations…

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More information…

about bushfires and heatwaves in Victoria:

Country Fire Authority

Google Image Search for Victorian bushfires

The March 2009 Text Message… – at news.com.au

Victoria’s Record Breaking Heatwave, 2009 – Bureau of Meteorology

All links accessed 5 March 2009.

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Romanian Horse

March 24, 2009

stampcollection2009-42I suspect this is a Lipizzaner. Wow, 1984. I was 2 years old then… How I ended  up with this stamp, I’m not 100% sure.

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323. Trotting Horse… Yes, another one

March 23, 2009

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Felt tip marker on cream tinted paper, December 2008.

Horsey

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Expo ’88

March 17, 2009

stampcollection2009-43I have very vague childhood memories of my parents making the pilgrimage to Expo ’88, held in Brisbane in… umm 1988. I can barely remember it as I would’ve been about 6 years old at the time. I remember it resulted in a lifetime’s supply of trinkets that subsequently decorated our house.

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322. Hill Thing

March 16, 2009

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Pencil on paper, December 2008.

Ummm just playing around with imaginary landscape ideas…

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Hesperornis From Laos

March 10, 2009

stampcollection2009-44This is an artist’s interpretation of the prehistoric bird Hesperornis. I think it comes from the country Laos, which I knew nothing about until I looked it up on Wikipedia just now. Apparently it’s in Asia. See, stamp collecting teaches geography, too.

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321. Horse And Rider

March 9, 2009

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Felt tip marker on cream tinted paper, 2008.

Another sketch experimenting with felt tip markers. This was inspired by a warmblood dressage horse photo. I’ve tried to avoid too much detail and try to cnocentrate on the general flow and shapes. I hope that I managed to capture the movements.

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T-Shirts For Sale

March 5, 2009

Here’s some of my t-shirt designs that can be found at my Bubblesite. All of them start out as hand drawn illustrations – whether using marker, ink liner, or coloured pencil. The images are then scanned and cleaned, before being turned into redbubble t-shirt templates. According to the RedBubble t-shirt information:

“T-Shirts are made with 100% cotton American Apparel fabric, and are available in cuts to suit men and women.”

You can choose alternative colours for most of the shirts. If you’re after unique t-shirts with designs by an Aussie artist, I hope you’ll give these a go!

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This giraffe t-shirt has been by far the most popular design I have on offer.

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This dinosaur t-shirt is a reflection of my not so secret wish that I had a pet dinosaur… Turns out they’re hard to find, though!

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Kiwi Celebrating Bicentenary Australia

March 3, 2009

stampcollection2009-45Despite the rumours, I’m pretty sure Australians & New Zealanders actually do like each other. The Kiwi and Koala in this image certainly look friendly. Though they are clearly engaging in an Australian billy tea.

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320. Multi Coloured Kangaroo

March 2, 2009

20081230-scanart-flokot-14Felt tip marker on blue tinted paper, 2008-ish.

It’s about time I drew some Aussie animals. No, we don’t actually ride around on kangaroos here, but where I grew up it wasn’t unusual to see a paddock full of grazing roos.

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