Sunday, February 28, 2016

View from the hub, continued

I've been working on this painting 

 this is a drawing I did to try to get a more few people in it


A funny day which began with running into Graeme and taking him along to Buzzzbar

A guy who was at the recrd crate yesterday

Ian of Camperdown with a couple of feathers in his cap

cornices pn King St

People outside blacksheep

Horny Danny

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Victoria Park Bus Stop

Under the fig trees in Victoria Park, at the start of Parramatta Road, waiting to meet up with Robert Smith a couple of days ago

Customers and dogs and a cement truck outside Buzzzbar in Newtown where I have a show with Ben Cahill, Celia Curtis and Geoffrey Goodes opening on thursday (March 3  2016)

A bent tree trunk in Redfern Park yesterday

These are all assembled from 3 or more scans of A2 drawings, so you might notice the odd cutoff segment, though there's not much in those areas in these drawings

Monday, February 22, 2016

Cockatoo, and Water Dragon, 2 new paintings

I just started these small animal portraits yesterday, there's more to do to them, but probably not much - I was hoping to make them the first shots with my spiffy new phone's camera, but my SIM doesn't fit it, ... tomorrow

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Farewellng Nadine

At the burial

Despite the awful occasion, It was great to meet Nadine Stransen's  family today. I was really priveleged to know her, and sometimes live with her at all sorts of times in the life of Nadine(sometime Andrew, and Lexy).

Among many memories I remember taking acid and valium with her one night, zooming around from party to party in cabs, via freeways over Darling harbour if at all possible.Another going to Bob Hawke's National Youth Year conference in Melbourne(a long time ago) and seizing the role of minute-taker at every group we participated in, sort of at the birth of queer theory. While in Melbourne Nadine helped catalyse the successful occupation of the Orphanage, an important 80s squat, just  as, with Norman Etock, she had been the first of us to enter and occupy the Gunnery, a squat and art space/ venue in WoolloomoolooI lived in for 6 years(1985-91)

Nadine was incredibly intelligent, well read, and always ready to argue her case. She played a key role in shaping anti-discrimination law in NSW, extending protection to the transgender community.

She was an artist as well, here is a pastel she gave me not long ago

I saw so many flashes of Nadine amongst her mum Bev, siblings Simone, Michelle and Steve, niece Yasmin, here with Tanya Levin, a bit of Charles Freyberg, and Andrew Harris, and others whose names I didn't get or can't remenber(please fill me in if you can)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Ghosts of bikes and cars

 A nice assembly of garbage bags and bins in front of the Uniting church on King St- it may have been Valentines day, but also a Sunday.

I drew a bunch of portraits of beautiful couples, but not many people got through onto these 2 pages

Happy Chef

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Waiting at the Back Door Cafe

Waiting for a bag of free fruit and veg at Hopestreet off Forbes St Woolloomooloo

Friday, February 12, 2016

Face - A pastel by Nadine Stransen

This is a pastel Nadine gave me last year 

Rest in Peace, you are sorely missed

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Nambucca Breakwall

At Bunny

Guy playing guitar

Xanth and Tim

Dinner preparations

Xanthe Panther

Beautiful woman


No Through Road

A drawing I did on the train from Sydney to Port Macquarie

Bonville view

At Flynn's Beach, Port Macquarie

Rachel's breakfast coffee and Newspaper in the backyard

View from the Westport Club

Bodgy Dendy drawings

I put the feet sticking out a brick too high, which really put me off on this busking sketch from Newtown sometime in January

Bunty Blue Tongue

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Nambucca Mermaid

The enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa of Nambucca heads


below are the undercoat version



The underpainting/day 1

I pinched the composition of arms, torso and thighs from a Renaissance marble by Canova, so I tip my hat to him

An enigmatic Graceful smile

 composition drawing, and practising drawing fish tails