Will McLean is a designer and artist working in the Central Coast of NSW where he lives with his wife and 2 children.

Will draws and paints out of habit and addiction. He writes about his struggles on the battlefield of art in the Art Archive section of this site.

Will is a meticulous developer and favours simplicity and clarity within his code. He can’t stand writing things twice so searches for any way to automate. His experiments can be found in the Exercises section of this site.

Will designs within systems. No project is too small for a design system. He favours the unusual, if not, how can he progress? You can read about his work in the Case Studies section of this site.

Updated: August 27, 2018

This is a Art Archive post.

Painting in front of the telly

I have finally found a bit of time and some space in my house to start painting again. I am really enjoying it. The best thing is I am using canvas boards so they feel like real paintings when they are completed. They are also easier to move around than paper. I can sit in front of the GWS game or Frozen and still paint. The boards balance really nicely on your knees. It is also great to have a bit of company. It can be a bit lonely and anti-social hiding away upstairs straight after dinner. I actually get more done because when I am alone upstairs I get a real fear of missing out and after about two brush strokes I saunter on downstairs looking for a cup of tea and a chat. If I am painting downstairs in front of the telly with everyone buzzing around I can paint for ages.

It is always hard getting back into a medium you have not been practising for a while. I am not expecting much for a little while yet. Anyway, they are fun to do regardless of how they turn out.

Harmony Park man. Acrylic on canvas board. Will McLean.

Harmony Park man. Acrylic on canvas board.

Trees in front of the Surry Hills Police Center. Acrylic on canvas board. Will McLean.

Trees in front of the Surry Hills Police Center. Acrylic on canvas board.

Big Bell Farm, Kangaroo Valley. Acrylic on canvas board. Will McLean

Big Bell Farm, Kangaroo Valley. Acrylic on canvas board.

Eastbourne, Taylors Arm. Acrylic on canvas board. Will McLean.

Eastbourne, Taylors Arm. Acrylic on canvas board.

Harmony Park rest by Will McLean.

Harmony Park rest.

Watching telly in Harmony Park by Will McLean

Watching telly in Harmony Park.

Talking in Harmony Park by Will McLean.

Talking in Harmony Park.

It's my destiny by Will McLean

It’s my destiny. Acrylic on canvas board.

48 Bucknell St backyard by Will McLean

48 Bucknell St backyard. Acrylic on canvas board.

Harmony Park scene by Will McLean. Acrylic on canvas board.

Harmony Park scene. Acrylic on canvas board.