Month: December 2016

Examples of Work thus far


Although some sketching, in fact quite a bit is done inside, I like to get out and use my own outdoor experiences at least to get the sketch down. And see the poeple walking past. Or like the guy in the red shirt below, sitting and having a drink (can of alcohol at 0800am)


Brisbane Old treasury building, Now a casino, no irony in that??? June 16


Errol St North Melbourne, not so lively at this time of the morning, the characters were looking at my shoulder asking me,  “is this some sort of art class?” May 16



Or sketching where we have been from a photo, I dont think I am losing my hair but in this sketch I appear to be??? August 16

Version 2

Flinders St station Maybe its about capturing Icons, such as FLinders st, whilst there is a wedding going on in the church behind me. Well, it was about to go on, but Grandpa hadnt arrived yet. It was very entertaining trying to sketch whilst evesdropping on phone conversations about where grandpa was. He was only 10 minutes kater than the bride. Apprently it was a bathroom malfunction…..need I say more.  Feb 2015


I drew the central part of the theatre on site and realised I should have gone smaller. Jan 15

Outside scenes


I couldnt draw this one live, I’m also on the back of a vespa but there is my wife red helmet and son orange helmet, heads swivelling like tourists do. Feb 16


Wife and daughter on the quiet street(?) of Hoi Anh Nov 15


Food stall HoChi Minh Drawn feb 16



Model T at Penlink. Some people put a lot of money into their vehicles. Me? I am attracted by the shiny bits, perhaps I was a magpie in a former life? Jul 16


Drawn on the ferry , wedged against the ships rail, but I wanted to capture it. Feb 16


Drawn Easter 2016 at Pakenham car display for RCH


The Winey Cow MorningtonThe Winey Cow Mornington. Sometimes its the happy waitering staff who eventually cotton on to what I am doing and want to be in the picture Dec 15

Laneway Espresso Dromana

The Laneway Espresso, and the Barfly, a fellow I see usually on the stool. Do all barristas ghave beards??? June 16 

Beechworth- mining ones talents over a week

Taking a break camping in Pearl (our caravan) in the town of Beechworth. Its origins as a town are based on the great gold rush in Victoria, when gold was found here in  1852. The new towns location made it a central area for government as it was a few hundred kilometres from Melbourne. As a central hub it built up post office, hotels, police station, hospital, jail and more .

Beechworth post office day 1

We walked for about 2 Hours going into town along the creek which was mined for gold. Along the path there are warnings of mine shafts on both sides. You think to yourself oh yeah! But as you walk, watching for snakes you cross strong wire grates and look down and see you are standing over a big black hole. Just like Bruce Wayne fell down…then you stop and look and there are more holes, less protected two metres away, some just have old trees shoved down them….seriously we did not wander off the path.

Beechworth Albert st

In town I drew from the positions of shade, as it’s quite warm up here at the moment.
I seemed to focus on the corner of Ford st & Albert Rd. First the post office, actually twice, (both above) then, the old gold office/bank  (below) and is now mostly a jewellery shop. These two I have not completed but I wanted to record what I had done when I returned home.

Bank of Victoria, gold, now jewellery

Then the Honey discovery centre which was also a bank. The green edging is actually an olive colour. ,which I noticed in the different light than when I commenced it.

Beechworth honey discovery shop

On the roundabout of this road is an old light(modernised now). It still has the old chain for lighting it (now welded on). Now it’s a fashionable thing for youth to place things on, when we first arrived it had a tiny rubber truck on top, over the weekend a couple of pairs of boys underpants! I omitted these!

Beechworth lamp roundabout

On Saturday night we went and watched Rachel Johnston and Andrew Clermont at the Nicholas hotel in Beechworth. Rachel sure could make the cello do some marvellous things and Andrew played guitar, mandolins x2 and banjo. I couldn’t keep up my sketching the instruments. Check them out an their tour-