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Trudy the space explorer 

Trudy the space explorer 

She’s going where no woman has been before! 

Don’t you wish you could just jump in your space ship and travel to an interesting  planet.

Imagine that,  Instagrams of the latest delicacies of Neptune,  Mars, and Uranus!? 😁 .   Maybe one of these days in the future huh! (like about a zillion !)

Meanwhile we watch on as Trudy checks out a new planet in the Delta quadrant.  (yep I’m a star trek nerd!) 

Trudy the space explorer
Trudy the space explorer

Beautiful Baby Bump

Beautiful Baby Bump

Hi Friends!

It has been a busy couple of months.  With a wonderful holiday to the United States and Canada in September, I then came back to a couple of commissions to start cracking on!

The first one kept me very busy with a request for a pencil drawing of a lovely friend who just happens to have the most amazing fit body for a pregnant lady, asked me to sketch her with baby bump included.

She works very very hard at keeping her body looking so sleek, but of course competing in a beauty pageant whilst pregnant probably was a good reason to keep on top of it all.

Her drawing came out a treat, and she loves it. Whew!  I combined a very detailed pencil drawing with some loose watercolour paint patterns around her.

For a friend.


Back in full swing!

Back in full swing!

After a small hiatus of mucking about with the new art name (Violet and Darby) – I’ve decided to start investing more time into this site with my normal nuttier drawings, keeping V&D open for my softer stylings.

The catalyst was a social media workshop completed, and they’ve suggested it’s quite okay to do both, keeping my brand separate for each.  We shall see how it goes, because having two art sites and posting to both different artworks,  kind of does my head in!!    Stay tuned, for more fun, as we’ll ride this painted pony all the way to her rainbow stables!

City of Cockburn Show Off 12

City of Cockburn Show Off 12

The recent City of Cockburn Show Off 12 exhibition opened on Friday 8 April and is in full swing until 17 April 2016.

With over 57 local City of Cockburn Artists involved, and 150 different images to view, it’s always a really interesting night to be involved with. It’s a great compilation of local talent here at the City of Cockburn.

As usual a very large crowd gathered for this annual event,  including myself and a few friends. We wandered around with beer and wine in hand, and were stunned by some of the amazing artworks on show.  From photography, sculptures, glassware, and paintings, it really is a broad spectrum of pieces on exhibit

Again I had 3 pictures involved, and I went with my tried and true style of ladies and one beach addition.  I’m stoked to say two have sold at the time of writing this post, which is always a nice feeling to sell one on the night!

Lots of wonderful art to be seen, with some very different pieces this year, instead of the normal landscape, flowers and abstracts.  (yay!)

WHERE:  Memorial Hall,

LOCATION:  Cnr of Carrington St & Rockingham Rds, Hamilton Hill,

WHEN:  Open until 17 April 2016

OPENING TIMES: 10am to 3pm Monday to Sunday.

Here’s some images from the night, and shots of my artworks in the event.

Complicated Thoughts – SOLD

This one sold on the night. Happy dance! #art #painting #perthartist #artwork #art #illustration #portrait

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Rainbow Glare – Still for sale – $300

Hidden Beach – SOLD

Another one sold, yay! #art #painting #perthartist #exhibition #showoff12 #cityofcockburn #oceanart #waves

A photo posted by Sandy Gaskett (@violetanddarby) on

Great position of Rainbow Glare in the big sexy round room at Memorial Hall.

My Support Crew are awesome!

Finding your Zen

Finding your Zen

A strange calm always settles over me when I begin to draw or paint.  It’s not that I lead a super stressful life, but for some reason drawing and doodling, painting etc, just tends to settle my mind into a hypnotic and restful state.

Just as my appetite is whet when I think of certain foods, my mind almost salivates at the inkling of an idea to draw, and I am enticed into sitting down to place it down on to paper or canvas.

I think over time, I’ve been coming to realise where my true happiness lies as well in my art style, and this has helped in being confident (mostly!) at what I want to draw.  Of course as many Artists will know, being completely happy with what they produce can be a real demon to battle.  But for the most part of late, I’m happy, and even though I still need to improve in almost all facet’s, I still can sit back and feel relaxed and zen like in what I begin and finish.

For those who don’t draw or struggle with that zen feeling, I read a great article here giving 10  Tips to Finding Your Zen – hit it up for more info.

Latest drawings in pencil and a digital piece below.

Digi Spidey Boi

Digit spidey boy #digital #drawing #art #doodle #sketch #popart #lowbrow #illustration #igers #picoftheday #photooftheday #instaartist #graphic

Reluctant Beach Babe

Reluctant beach babe #art #beach #doodle #sketching #sketch #onesketchaday #journal #illustration #comic #cartoon #draw #artwork #inkdrawing #beachbabe

Strawberry Blonde

Strawberry blonde. I'm a bit chuffed with how her hands turned out. I suck majority and usually hide then at all costs. Today i can deal with this effort. =) #draw #artwork #doodle #sketching #ideas #pencildrawing #pencil #strawberryblonde #portrait #il

Complicated thoughts

Complicated thoughts

I’ve started a bit of a collection with work doodles… it seems I do some good alright stuff when I’m seated at my desk and two great big screens.  Whenever I have a break – coffee, lunch… I lay down a sketch / doodle.  It seems to work for me!

Halp…! My doodles are taking over!

Halp…! My doodles are taking over!

I love drawing.  Or should I say doodling.  It does seem more and more these days that the only time I do have for art is for sketchy, quick stuff.  I know that I should really spend more time,  but finding the time to devote to such endeavours is becoming hard to find.  Therefore most of the art I produce is quick – with no planning.

Is this a bad thing?… perhaps if I’m not careful, all my art will be a mish mash of doodley scribblings with not much substance to show for my talents.  I worry too that I’m not really progressing further with artist skills. In saying this though,  I had a look at some early stuff from 2009, and there does seem some improvement in my portrait creations.

At any rate, as I said, I really only create art/drawing/doodles because I enjoy it.  I’m not out to win any illustrative prizes or accolades.   So I guess I’ll just keep going the way I’m going – well maybe until I win Lotto and can spend all my day painting and drawing. 😉

Millions of doodles and zillions of sketches

Millions of doodles and zillions of sketches

Hi there, It has been awhile since my last post!  And if you check my other website www.violetanddarby.com.au or my @violetanddarby instagram – you’ll see I have indeed  been very busy.

Here are some images I’ve done lately.. as usual mostly doodles and sketchy sketches.  Loads of friends and family birthdays, which always means lots of fun drawings!

I have begun a new commission though, and it is an abstract.. Jungle Abstract though, so it should be kind of fun!

Bluff – Quobba Station Trip

Bluff – Quobba Station Trip

Another amazing holiday, spent up North of Perth.  Warm weather, amazing snorkelling and fishing, and the scenery … so beautiful.  Pity there wasn’t any surf… but I guess you can’t have it all!

Here’s the art and a few snippets of the place we stayed at.

Lily #munsters #pencil #yvonnedecarlo #sketch #doodle #drawing #doodlersanonymous #artwork

A photo posted by Sandy Gaskett (@violetanddarby) on

Carry on being Fab #drawing #illustration #lowbrow #journal #pencil #portrait #artwork #doodle #sketching #ideas #fab

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Holidays equals doodles!

Holidays equals doodles!

So I’ve had a few lovely escapes from the “Rat Race”, and when ever I go on road trips or generally just get away – the doodles ensue!

The October holiday was a long road trip to Uluru, (sometimes referred to as “Ayres Rock”).  It was a long 3 week driving journey right through the middle of Australia…. hot with a billion (no exaggeration) files… but amazing scenery.  Uluru is so amazing,  I was blown away by its majestic beauty and sheer magnitude.

I dropped some little pieces of art off into the places I stayed, so hopefully whoever found the pieces enjoyed the freebies.  Just little doodles though, nothing super amazing. hehe

I left the following two in different hotel rooms for whoever to find and the rest are just extra’s completed on the trip.

More later about my other trips along with photos of the sketching!

Another art drop at Hyden #hyden #waverock #artdrop #art #comic #pulp #pencil #portrait #artwork #doodle #drawing #sketch #onesketchaday #journal
These others are just general one’s created on the journey.


Lil Firestarter #doodle #sketching #sketch #onesketchaday #journal #pencil #portrait #illustration #comic #cartoon #draw #artworkTrixie loulou bell #art #drawing #doodles #sketch #onesketchaday #journal #illustration #lowbrow #journal #pencil #troublemaker
Devil chicky #art #onesketchaday #journal #illustration #comic #cartoon #draw #artwork #doodle #sketching #ideas #drawingWondering if I should colour this one in our not. #doodle #sketching #sketch #onesketchaday #journal #illustration #lowbrow #journal #pencil #art #drawing

Some amazing sights on our trip. I love road trips for just this kind of deal!

A #banksy in the Aussie outback. Slightly sceptical! #southaustralia #grafitti #afterhumans

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It’s better in real life #Uluru #australia #northernterritory #aryesrock

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Dr Sketchy fun – Miss Gail Force!

Dr Sketchy fun – Miss Gail Force!

Recently went to another Dr Sketchy night, which was held in conjunction with the latest Perth Fringe Festival I was very lucky to have Miss Gail Force as our model. She was dressed up in her Mermaid outfit, and even did some amazing performances with about 300 hula hoops!!! Yep, you read right! She can also do the most amazing acrobatic moves with them, all hula-ing and balancing them !!

She then posed for a series of 2 minute, 5 minute and 20 minute poses. The lovely Dimity Magnus threw into the mix that she’d like to see us incorporate some kind of sea monster or effect.

At the end of the show, one of my paintings was selected as her favourite, which I gladly let her take home.

Great night! I love Dr Sketchy nights!