Friday, January 11, 2013

My 2013 Sketchbook Project

Here is my entry for The (2013) Sketchbook Project. 
I made the sketchbook myself (my first, a bit rough! but useable) and created the images.
However, I can't take credit for the storyline, which is selected lines from the novel Montana 1948 by Larry Watson.

Materials: old file, thread, Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper, pen, pencil, watercolour

Saturday, December 29, 2012


© Sam Lane 
Approx. 270 x 240mm
Ink on Hahnemuhle bamboo paper

These little guys - also known as little native owls, or Ruru - were a special commission for Christmas.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Picture book giveaway!

Big Mac, published by Duck Creek Press, is already available for pre-order through and by mid-November will be available for purchase from all good New Zealand bookstores (distributed by David Bateman Ltd). 

In the meantime, how about a GIVEAWAY? 

I want to say a HUGE thank-you to all the people who have supported and encouraged me over the past few years, so I'm giving away TWO brand new copies of our book. 

Just enter your details here! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

AND if you've got time, I'd love to hear YOUR stories about your pet's best or worst traits! 
Comment on this blog post, thanks!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

If a diamond could make a sound

The quote in this painting comes from the opening chapter of 'The Power of Now', by Eckhart Tolle, in which Tolle relates the quality of birdsong to his readers. "If a diamond could make a sound, this is what it would sound like." I've combined it with an image of a South Island kokako, to try and imagine what this bird must have sounded like (and to express how valuable its song would be today, if it were still in existence).

Sunday, October 14, 2012

New picture book: Big Mac

Introducing, Big Mac!
An exciting picture book collaboration with my mum ...

Based on the true story ...

Of a cat who will do anything to get his breakfast. 

Where is Big Mac off to now? 

My own ginger cat ... always near by when I'm working!

I hope you love Big Mac as much as we do!
Published by Duck Creek Press.
Pre-order here: Big Mac

Thursday, October 4, 2012

When Once You Have Tasted Flight

When Once You Have Tasted Flight
© Samantha Lane
180mm x 200mm
Watercolour on paper

My take on a favourite Da Vinci quote:
"When once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward,
for there you have been and there you will always long to return."

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Birds VI (Harrier Hawks)

'Birds IV' (Harrier Hawks)
© Sam Lane
310 mm x 360 mm

Ink on Hahnemuhle bamboo paper 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Heads up

© Sam Lane
Ink on Hahnemuhle bamboo paper


© Sam Lane

Ink on Hahnemuhle bamboo paper

Friday, October 21, 2011

New Zealand Birds: Shorebirds


(facing left, from top) variable oystercatcher, godwit, fairy tern

(facing right, from top) dotterel, banded dotterel

© Samantha Lane

350 mm x 270 mm

Ink on Hahnemuhle bamboo paper 

2010 Rodney District Art Awards - 'Best Dry Colour'

About their habitat: 'North Omaha Reserve comprises just under eight hectares of land at the northern-most point of Mangatawhiri Spit (Te Taumutu Point). The reserve is of national and international ornithological significance, hosting a number of rare and endangered bird species, including the New Zealand dotterel and variable oystercatcher. More recently, the area has been frequented by a number of fairy terns, which are New Zealand's rarest bird (with a total population of less than 50 individuals). In addition, the reserve is also seasonally used as a base for a large number of migratory birds that feed in the Whangateau Harbour. The reserve is probably best known as an important site for the NZ dotterel which is an endangered species endemic to New Zealand. The dotterel use the site year-round with a number of breeding pairs nesting on the sand between September and February, and 50 - 70 birds utilising the area as a post-breeding flock site.' - Rodney District Council website