Monday, November 20, 2017

The Vinyl Press at the Record Crate

The Vinyl Press

A drawing I did a few a few days ago at the Crate (which now has a new name I can't remember)  . Thanks to the band for buying the drawing, and sending me this photo

The Carpark Next Door

A view from the Junkyard Gallery porch/studio

Monday, November 13, 2017

Footprint floor

I'm painting the floor of the kitchen at the Junkyard Gallery with some footprints to cover up the raw cement

Woolloomooloo Viaduct

I added a bit more light to the Woolloomooloo viaduct so now its pretty much finished.

There are earlier photos of this painting in this post [er - I'll have to find it later]

Monday, November 6, 2017

Agave and carpark from the Junkyard Gallery

A rainy day drawing of the carpark next to the Junkyard Gallery with an agave in a junkyard pot in our drive

Monday, October 30, 2017

Woolloomooloo - finishing the Weave Triptych

I've just finished and signed this large(3.2x1.5m) canvas of Woolloomooloo for Weave Community Hub at 49 McElhone St. We'll be having a launch party sometime soon

The whole painting

Freeway and railweay.

The Gunnery, the place I started out as an artist, back in 1985-91

Under the overpass, a homeless shelter against the rain

The almost finished painting after friday 3 November

Woolo's just one great big freeway

The Gunnery with John Bart's ceremonial rubbish sculptures



Naval dock

Railway bowel


The right panel

The whole thing after 2 November


I've been weaving the background of this largish painting (3.2x1.5m in total) over the past month or 2, and now adding a few trees and people and birds - and bringing back the pink, due to popular demand. It shouldn't take too long now, the hard part is done, and a deadline looms

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Waratah wombat

I've been painting an Australiana scene of animals around the billabong at Newtown with Grace Woods, Xantharea O'Driscoll and the Mission community.

We've been asking everyone what animal and plant they want to see in the mural. Pastor Brian is leaving in December after 13 years feeding and providing services for the poor and homeless and sustaining the local community. He will be missed, hopefully his successor will have the same commitment and energy.

Brian requested a wombat and waratah, so here's a sketch in preparation for painting on tuesday. The wombat is at the entrance to his burrow which he will resolutely defend, One of my first books was Harry the Hairy Nosed Wombat.

The billabong scene so far . It's in the hall housing the Jordan Cafe, where free lunches and dinners are served, originally a Wesleyan school hall. At the other end of the room is the Newtown Last Supper, which I painted of the locals in 2013-4

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

St Mary's and the city

A view from the top of the navy carpark on Cowper Wharf Rd from a couple of weeks when I was drawing some other Woolloomooloo drawings for the Weave painting

Gum tree behind Mum's

I've painted and drawn this tree quite a few times, as its the most open view from the back table at the mother's house 

Train seats, Xanthe's hula hoops and hair on the trip to Newcastle

Monday, October 16, 2017

Old Newtown Post Office

I've painted this beautiful building on King St before including a similar view - its from the Martin Luther King mural square where I draw portraits sometimes. Its even in the window in the Newtown Last Supper.

I'll go back and do some more soon 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Junction St Shed

Marooned workshop in a carpark

 An old industrial workshop marooned in a carpark off Junction St in Forest Lodge near my new studio

Friday, October 6, 2017

At Kuark Gap

Grace took me and my daughter Xantharea down to East Gippsland last weekend to stay at Kuark Gap in Kuark state forest where there was a camp to quantify the carbon density in a soon to be clearfelled coupe on a steep ridge as part of a campaign to prevent this senseless(and unprofitable) logging.

Back in the late eighties Xanth's mum Marion and I spent time protesting strip logging in the NSW south easts forests around Bombala, just across the border from East Gippsland. We took part in protests and spent some time sitting on platforms 20m up in trees. Its dumb that the same battles are still going on so vested interests can collect rent from the public.

7 years ago Grace spent a month camping and attending workshops etc at nearby Goongerah. She found their Facebook page which is how we found out about the camp. I'd like to thank her and Xanth for taking me along and putting up with me, and Owen and Grant  from GECO (and everyone else who's names I've forgotten) for getting us involved

This is Grace's tent and car where we camped. Sadly we hit a pair of kangaroos on the way back which left the car, and them in a bad way..

Looking towards the coast from our campsite - the trunk of a big gnarly eucalypt and a rough barked rinforest tree. 


Rachel's dog Harry

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Afternoon Silhouette, and Marguerite Pete and Justo

Trees Silhouetted at Mum's house in Warabrook

I'm still pinching myself at having a studio with good daylight and room to have some paintings out, as well as the studio at Weave for the next few weeks. Today I realised I could try to finish a few of the paintings that have been annoying me

Marguerite Montes,  Peter Urquhart and Justo at the Record Crate a while ago

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Gunnery and other Woolloomooloo drawings

Theses are some drawings I;ve been doing as I put together the big painting for Weave Community Centre. I'll add more as I scan them
The Gunnery and the Tilbury from Forbes St

I lived at the Gunnery from 1985-1991 when it was an artist community squat and the most exciting venue in town. It was the first place I had a real studio to work in, and there was the gallery and performance spaces like the Dome to play around in .

Then an art bureaucratic clique lead by Artspace got jealous, and played stalking horse for Transfield to get their hands on some waterfront property. They gutted the theatres and replaced them with offices and foyers

McElhone St 

Forbes St and the homeless shelter formed by the viaduct. This is a photo from a phone which I will hopefully replace with a (set of) scan

Monday, September 18, 2017

View from the Junkyard Gallery

The view from the from porch of my new home and studio and occasional exhibition space in Forest Lodge. Thanks to Andy Perceval for organising the space and putting so much work into realising it. We're still busy painting and fixing the kitchen, and clearing out some residual junk.

There'll be a housewarming and a bit of an informal show soon

Very windy today, so this is now a gritty landscape, mixed media

Monday, September 11, 2017

Newtown Sunday

A view from the Artist's Seat(heehee) and display cylinder outside Newtown Neighbourhood Centre with the Medical Centre on left and the corner of Wilson St

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Weaving - composing the Woolloomooloo Triptych

Woven -  the canvas is now filled with a composition, I might add and subtract the odd piece but the shape of its there now,  its time to inhabit it with somes birds and trees and a few people, in a new post - below you can follow the painting back to a blank canvas


The Gunnery above Cathedral St

After Monday 16th October there isnt much more space to fill though I want to make a change or 2 and pack a few more buildings in as I start to green, populate and finish it. I've included some details of more or less complete sections below

Most of the basic composition now in place on the 12th of October apart from some buildings in the middle around Forbes St. It still remains to green and populate the space

Starting to get to a composition all though there's still some gaps to fill, and then some birds and maybe people to add

The basic form of this synthetic landscape is apparent now with the Gunnery centre stage. I'll put Brett Whiteley's matches and the figtree near them on the left panel and a few cockatoos, and a few motorways, and maybe I can squeeze in my other old squat at 14 Palmer St. I've lowered the horizon a bit since taking the shot

Some slightly blurry photos of the painting at the moment, with a lot of bright permanent rose, Woolloomooloo hemmed in by the cliff Victoria St runs along the top of. And a bit of the railway

Cliffs and cliff dwellings so far

The right hand panel


After a lot of distractions and studies and hmmimg and hahing I've finally put a bit of paint on the main canvas at Weave. a bit of the arches under Victoria St - not much to see yetperhaps a bit larger and higher than I want, they may migrate down a bit but I've got a fair idea how to develop things from here, mashing the cliff and some subterranean views in this panel with the bay and sky in the middle bordered and bisected by road and rail.

I'm hoping to get a fair amount of this done by the end of next week, I'll post images as I go