Monday, February 6, 2017

suburbscapes, Backyard and balcony views

Chimneys and roofs and a tree that drops enormous branches in Enmore at Brad and Karen's

Alexandria from Rachel's

Martin a bit bored

I went along with Martin to Watters to what he said was a party for artists but it turned out to be a discussion for students and teachers about the privations in the sector post culture wars, but it was impolite to talk about poliitics

Marguerite Montes - tuesday at the Record Crate


The back of Charles' s head

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Rachel and Robert

Rachel and Robert on a very hot and windy evening(over 30C) out the back of the Record Crate.

Drawing at the Hub in Newtown

The start of Australia St with trees and market stalls  from Saturday a week ago.

The Bank Hotel - last Sunday.

My hard drive died so at home I'm browsing and posting with a linux bootable usb stick without a useful image editor and occasionally editing photos on some friends' mac (thanks Brad and Karen)until I can get my hands on a new system. So everything will come in bursts for a bit

I'd started drawing this man in a hat with the beginnings of the scene below showing a bit of Newtown Community Centre when the market coordinator moved me on for being too close to the market. A bit annoying - anyway I've split the 2 halves rather than publish a huge swathe of blank paper in between

Dowling St Endeavour

the ground

This is a version from a few days ago - I've done more since but my computer is dead, and I didn't bring an image when I edited this. (if anyone has a working and unwanted laptop I can install linux or some unix on let me know

This a landscape looking down Dowling St  Woolloomooloo to the Navy wharf, for Alex, who wants me to paste HM Bark Endeavour(Captain Cook's boat) in at the focal point. I guess  I could do that, and damn the anachronism


A drawing of the scene.

I've put together most of my recent Woolloomooloo landscapes on one page, have a look


Friday, January 27, 2017


A bit of the scene at the Yabun Invasion Day gathering in Victoria Park

Angus and Brendan at the Crate

There was a sort of open mic night on Wednesday at the Record Crate in Glebe (when I learn the event name I'll add it).

This is Angus playing "Sugar Man" and a couple of other tunes


Louis and Ayesha at the Old Fitzroy

A couple of the locals at the @oldfitzy pub

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Old Newcastle Post Office

This beautiful colonial sandstone building is falling into ruin

branches and leaves

Friday, January 20, 2017

At the Hub

Newtown last Sunday

Marguerite Montes at the Record Crate

Marguerite singing at her regular tuesday night show

Mike with Neville, Rich and Vanessa out the front before the show - it was the hottest night I can remember in Sydney, over 30C at midnight still when I went home

Cockatoos at Chris's

Cockatoos of Woolloomooloo, who have organised themselves feeding stations all over the area.  This one has no ID, it's friend is called 134

Another cockatoo, eating a cracker

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Warabrook Garden

I found this tiny little painting of my parents' garden that I'd started a year or 2 agoand finished it off. I'll try to add a link to the earlier versions later

Monday, January 9, 2017

Dad and Paul

Visiting my father Tom O'Driscoll in hospital with my brother Paul and his wife Helen. Tom is really frail nowadays but has perked up a bit since he was admitted a couple of weeks ago

Heat Monsters strangle the Polar Vortex

And drive out the cold to Canada and/or Siberia. This painting is derived from a typical temperature anomaly map from the 2016-2017 winter. the area above 80N has not been closer than 5C from the old (1958-2015) average so the heat around Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya, and also in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas near Alaska and far east Siberia are not really so anomalous now. But this new climate regime(Anthropocene 0.02?) won't hang around long enough to ever become normal, or derive a climatic baseline from.

In fact we are forcing things so fast that the whole idea of a climatic baseline is becoming meaningless

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Abandoned Factory

My parents have a house in Warabrook, once the site of Newcastle's abattoir. Around the corner is a light industrial estate of warehouse sheds including this abandoned factory(formerly Bramco I think). A few doors away, around the corner, is the Grace presbyterian church in a building that looks like a truck workshop. I kid you not.

Anyway, good settings for landscapes close at hand when I'm here, though I'm keen to get over to Kooragang sometime and paint a coal loader


The view from the front garden in Warabrook

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Neville and Robert at the Record Crate

Wednesday night at Neville's bar

Later on in the backyard

Woolloomooloo dairy cottage

On Dowling St Woolloomooloo

Streetscape for Niki

I've painted a bunch of Woolloomooloo landscapes recently. Here's another Everyone stops to have a look and a chat, which is very cool

Dowling Street Woolloomooloo, a commission I'm working on

Polar View - the Arctic

The climate change battleground of heat and cold. The heat is winning

Tom, Martin and Jeff - New Year's Eve

At the beginning of the night I went down to the Bell's hotel in Woolloomooloo and had a drink with Martin, Tom and Jeff, 3 regulars on the gallery circuit

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Monkey Burns

Spare a thought for Sabrina who is spending Christmas locked up against her will in the psych ward at St Vincents in Darlinghurst. 


This is a view from my parents' yard in Warabrook(Newcastle)

finished - earlier versions below