Monday, May 22, 2017

Garden of Earthly Delights

This is a mural I'm painting in the beer garden at the Record Crate which will be very loosely based on Bosch's altarpiece, with a Glebe setting and lots of rock stars and musicians, dead and alive. Lemmy riding a mullet, oh yeah

The composition is starting to come through and I've got paint everywhere now, next week I'll get on to to figures

It's all centred on the park next to the St John's church on Glebe Pt Rd, which you can see the beginning of here. I've got a base coat of oil and polyurethane on now. Tomorrow I'll try to finish the late afternoon sky and beef up the midground, maybe add the first figures - Tom Waits leading the dance

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Around the art table at Rough Edges

Susan, Georgina and Rez among others..

After Rough Edges I went to Weave Community Hub in Woolloomooloo to meet up with Emmanuel, Siobhan and Freya. I'm going to paint a largish commission for the centre- about 4x2 metre in 3 panels for the feature wall - They've given me a bright studio space to do it and maybe some other work in, so that's exciting - the painting will be the cliffs of Woolloomooloo, and birds, cockatoos and currawongs, ibises , houses and people too.

I'm preparing for an "4 Horsemen", an exhibition 'of oil paintings and rock and roll' opening on the 2nd June at Newsagency Gallery at 332 Stanmore Rd Petersham, with Ben Cahill, Chas Glover and Jimmy Willing. We all started out in the artists squats of the 80s and 90s. If you're in Sydney come along

 I'll do some prep work now but get fully on to the Weave painting after that, and post pictures here as I go. Weave will also document everything and work I might do with other artists there

I've also just started work on a mural in the backyard/beer garden of the Record Crate - a kind of Glebe garden of earthly delights with rock stars. It's just a couple of mildly alarming planes of colour at this stage but I should have the bare bones together soon

All this on top of the mural I'm doing at NewtownMission at the moment so I'll be busy. Follow that on the Newtown Last Supper blog

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Under the Overpass

The railway viaduct in Cathedral street Woolloomooloo with the street camp beneath it


Underneath the viaduct in Woolloomooloo, just started

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Pigeon in the park

I'm preparing to paint a kind of Glebe garden of earthly delights, with  rock stars on the courtyard wall at the Record Crate . This a drawing I did in the park beside the church on Glebe Pt Rd

Hussein outside the Crate

Sandie painting Janet

Sandie drawing, and drawing on the portrait of elderly artist Janet Venn-Brown who she brought over to Martin's to paint on the weekend.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

View from the Bells

Another drawing from a couple of weeks ago that I didn't post at the time. This is looking across Cowper Wharf Road from the seats outside the Bells Hotel to the harbour and the Finger Wharf as it got dark

Saturday, May 6, 2017


Lorikeets feeding as well as  talking, squabbling, bouncing around and otherwise carrying on in mum's garden

People at Rough Edges

Margaret and some people whose names I don't know a week or so ago at Rough Edges

Monday, May 1, 2017

Roughies mural - Floyd

Floyd just lost a couple of toes to gangrene/mismanagement of his condition. He suffered a head injury in a work accident and seems to be falling through the cracks of the system. Eg he's been waiting forever for a place to live.

He calls Rough Edges, the people who go there, his family. I've done a few drawings of him there, so he asked me to paint his portrait in a space on the mural on the front wall. Here it is .

The panel with Floyd

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Walls and People - an Exhibition

Paintings by Ye Naing, John O'Driscoll and Tina Cheung at Buzzzbar at 349 King St Newtown.

We open on Thursday 4 May from 6-9pm so come along and meet Ye and I, and hopefully Tina - who has a pyshical disability that makes it difficult for her to get around.

There will be a catalogue here, once I put it together

The show will hang for (at least) a few weeks

Aftermath, by Ye Naing

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tayeb's Kitchen

Tayeb making some fat burgers in the kitchen at the crate , with Biggy Smalls

Monday, April 17, 2017

Marguerite, Peter, and Justo

There is paint on most of the canvas now - the colours will change a bit, I'm mucking about to see what I like
I'm feeling my way a bit further along with this, using leftover paint from other projects

The start of it all

Friday, April 14, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Floyd and Margaret

Floyd's just lost a couple of toes. A complication of the warfarin he has to take.

He's a regular at rough edges but hasn't been around much for a while. He's been waiting forever for compensation for his original injury, and a place of of his own to live

There's still some empty space on the mural on the wall so I'll paint a portrait of Floyd there as he requested

Joe at the Record Crate, and Travis and John

Joe checking his messages. Joe prepared the blackbutt boards I'm painting a few signs on at the moment

Neville etc

Travis and John 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Around the Bend - Signs for the Record Crate

Dunny signs to be precise - people are having a hard time finding the toilet at the Crate so I'm painting a few signs to help them find their way - a set of toilet hands

 Around the bend - this one will hang above the bar.

Toilet Come Hither 

One side of the sign outside the door 

Stop! Toilet! 

The other side of the dunny door sign

Earlier versions are below

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Woolloomooloo Viaduct - Above

I was about to say I'd finished this piece buut then realised I still have a few things to fix up, mostly the frames the train power wires hang from. I've been preparing some canvases to start a picture down below on Cathedral St

The ground


The city from where the Woolloomooloo viaduct goes underground on McElhone St

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sunday Arvo with Martin

Martin in his loungeroom. He had one of his Sunday arvo parties but it rained so noone else showed up. We went down to the Frisco for a beer

Upstairs at the Frisco hotel.

I also did a portrait of Penelope which I'll add here later if she sends me a copy 

A fragmentary drawing of the corner of King and Wilson Sts in Newtown from when I was drawing portraits last friday

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Girls and Boys at the Crate

Jukia Nairal(?), Kelly, Tayeb and Salty(?) - I might have some of theses names wrong

Drawn after a drunken challenge from Robert Smith last night at the Record Crate to draw Nairal's profile

Badde Manors roof

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Old Newcastle Post Office

The colonial PO on Hunter St sitting empty. It'd be great if the Awabakal Land Council could get their shit together and make it a public building again. Eg as a cultural centre and gallery it would be cool.

It's a bit like Interzone down the Hunter St mall now the railway was closed and DJs moved out, and this and other buildings lying semi-abandoned. Thanks to all the friendly crowd who stopped for a chat or threw a few $ in the hat

Getting closer to being finished - I'll go and paint more on the trees and the PO itself and maybe add a few people etc tomorrow or next weekend and then it should be done

With the Post Office and Hunter St behind


A beautiful sandstone building falling into ruin, while property speculators and politicians attempt to profiteer from the nearby abandoned rail line