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