Monthly Archives: August 2014

Animals Rights is the Greatest Social Justice Issue Since the Abolition of Slavery

This is a fabulous speech. It won’t make you feel warm and fuzzy but it might change your life.

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ByFree From Harm Staff Writers

Philip Wollen shakes the rafters of the auditorium with this 10-minute speech to the St James Ethics Centre and the Wheeler Centre debate in Australia on May 16, 2012. The larger debate consists of six speakers, three that make the case for getting animals off the menu and three that make the case against it. Wollen is a former VP of Citibank and Australian philanthropist who is known to keep out of the limelight. But he sure rose to the challenge for this debate to deliver a huge performance and a powerful message. Bravo!

Join Philip Wollen and the Kindness Trust on their Facebook page. Watch the full debate with all six speakers.

This is the transcript to the speech:

On behalf of St James Ethics Centre, the Wheeler Centre,
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, The Age
The City…

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Dream in Colour

I’ve been experimenting with colour on my latest drawing.  Thanks to advice from Sarah Vernon I’ve used photocopies rather than ruining the original.  Here are some of the results:

colour1 colour2 colour3 colour4 colour5 colour6 colour7The only one that works for me is the one that isn’t actually in colour.  On that one I just filled in the “sky” with pencil.  So, I think I’m going to leave the picture in black and white.  When I feel brave enough I’m going to fill the sky in with pen.  I’ll try a texture first and if that doesn’t work I’ll just black it all in.  What do you think?

Dream in Black and White

Here is the larger drawing that I’ve been working on.  I’m showing it to you before I add the colour because I don’t know whether I’m going to improve it or ruin it.  Someone described this piece as “busy”.  I think that might be an understatement!


More Pattern Collecting

I was so impressed by the amount of doodle inspiration on Pinterest that I set up an account and started my own board.

I’m working on a large doodle at the moment but it’s taking a long time to finish.  In the meantime, here are some more patterns that I collected from Pinterest, and some that evolved on the page.


Collecting Patterns

I spent some time yesterday looking at Zentangles on the Internet.  There are some amazing designs out there.  I could feel the “doodle bug” creeping up on me again so I decided to search for sample Zentangle patterns.  It turns out that there are loads on Pinterest.  I hardly knew where to begin.  Here are some of the patterns that I liked enough to draw swatches of.


I haven’t been able to do much meditation lately so I found drawing very relaxing.  The thing with doodling is, it doesn’t matter if you repeatedly get interrupted.  You can just put it down and pick up where you left off.  And if you don’t get interrupted you can spend hours at it and then wonder where the time went. 😉

More Manga Studio Messing

I recently fell out with Manga Studio but not before I’d ordered “Mastering Manga Studio 5” by Liz Staley.  Thanks to this book I’m starting to forgive and forget.  To be honest, it’s probably not even Manga Studio’s fault.  I think my laptop just isn’t powerful enough to do the things I want to do.  Anyway, I’ve been playing with fonts today and turning photos into black-and-white pictures.


You might remember this picture from my post on Irish roundtowers.

The font is “Beyond Wonderland” from