Monthly Archives: September 2015

Colouring Pages

I’ve just loaded a higher resolution version of my latest doodle into DeviantART.  Some of my other doodles are also available in my DeviantART gallery for free download.  If you like colouring, or you know people who do, then please feel free to download them.  I’m not sure about the quality of all of them though so I’d appreciate feedback.  Plus I’d love to see any results if you do have a go at colouring them in.  Enjoy!  😀


Linux Update with Poetry Accompaniment

I’m now communicating to you without the help of MicroSoft or Windows; yay!  It will take me a while to get used to Linux but, thankfully, it’s not me who’s in charge of the switch-over.  My better half is doing most of the hard work.  I just had to make sure all my important stuff was backed up in a portable format.  Easier said than done but I think I did okay (fingers crossed).

Here is a poem I just found that I like very much.  It works best if you read it out loud:

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
    It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
    It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
    And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
    And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
    There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
    Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
    World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
Source: Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics, 1985) via

Krita Critter


This image might be familiar to readers who remember the British TV artist Tony Hart.  It’s my quick attempt at the logo for his “Vision On” programme.  I’m trying out a drawing package called Krita.  When I saw the mirroring tool I immediately wanted to try the reproduce the “Vision On” logo.

And why am I trying Krita when I love Manga Studio so much?  Well, with the inexorable push to move to Windows 10, I am feeling more inclined to jump from the Microsoft ship into the ocean that is Linux.  Krita is available on both platforms whereas Manga Studio is not.  Plus, and this is not a negligible factor, Manga Studio is priced very reasonably but Krita is absolutely free.  🙂


This is the first drawing I have done in months so it was rather therapeutic. mandaladoodleIf you fancy having a go at colouring it, you can download a better copy (for free) here:  If you do, be sure to let me know in the comments: I’d love to see the finished product…