Month: April 2015

Bright (The last Pearl/caravan test trip)

Bright is a beautiful place, the leaves were just starting to change colour & Therese & I went up there for a week. Riding our bikes numerous k’s in different directions on the great bike paths. Now we are not long travellers, just casual riders but being able to pick apples from trees as riding past was fun and the occasional winery or cafe….

But first we stopped at Euroa where I redrew one of the first sketches I had in a sketchbook years ago.

euroa post office 2006euroa post office 15

Since last year I have taken on line classes Sketchbookskool, awesome art journalling, And Liz Steels sketching foundations courses. I reckon they are paying off

Whilst in Euroa I sketched a church and statues in VC park


euroa churchvc park 2





Bright itself I sketched a little but not a lot

The local churchbright church

and a man having phone issues whilst I had coffee with aunt and uncleeuroa1


Then while riding our bike I drew the rail trail cafe and a great car outside Marty’s garage in Porepunkahrail trail cafe s rail trail pontiac


can’t think that word without Barbara Streisand popping into my head.

I have had a problem for a while. A view from my office which is often obscured by linen bags (dirty). Originally there was shade mesh obstructing the view. But this also blocked me seeing the snippet of sky that I could have seen. 




I didn’t know if it was sunny windy or raining.

Picture on left without linen, picture on right with the linen half an hour later.

The maintenance man felt sorry for me ( not really). So I suggested he put a bit of board or something up and he said why don’t you draw something from your arty thing (SketchBookSkool (SBS)).

Ok done. Well it’s been hanging there for a few months. At Easter he heckled me about not doing anything on my board. “Take it down I said”.  “I suppose I’ll see it next Christmas?” he replied. 


    So the last few weeks my wife has had to put up with this thing moving from table to table. I hadn’t worked on anything bigger than A3 size let alone on tin. I tried a couple of markers which didn’t work. Then when I started I had no idea what to paint with. My SBS friends suggested using acrylic (never used it before) on the tin. And the Tintin drawing has had acrylic acrylic applied (thanks my Dupont/Thompson JCD). 

My wife thinks I’m obsessed, I have been singing theme songs of the 60/70s from these cartoons. My daughter complained there were not enough females ( there weren’t that many female cartoons in those days but I have tried to balance things a little)


(Come on a little red wine in the sunshine helped the creative process)

But after all the feedback my Saturday morning cartoon tribute to my memories is done. All it needs now is hanging up on the cage and maybe a coat of gloss to protect it.


I’ll put more detailed shots on anotr page