A long time ago I spotted this place at Callan Park where there is a great variety of old fire hydrants on a quiet back street where there is even a parking bay. There seems to be an emergency services place on the main road nearby, because often I would see firemen hanging about. When I used to go swimming at Leichhardt Pool I used to drive past it all the time. Callan Park is a large area of parkland that goes right down to the harbour. It is dotted with buildings, mostly disused, that were once part of a mental asylum. It has a very active group of local residents who have so far prevented developers from moving in.
Some time ago I started this book of pipes only. I haven’t been out and about sketching them recently, but I have been locating them, and now I have finally made a start in putting them in the book. I have it in mind to put many many different pipes in there and overlay them like this sketch of the conglomeration of cranes, though without the background.
I only drew one before the sun drove me away. I need to go earlier in the morning, or wait till March or so, when the shadows are longer. Plenty more to sketch there though!
On Friday we were back in the Botanic Gardens for the first time this summer. I’ve been wanting to go back there for a long time. It was a perfect day for sketching. We found a shady place out of the hot sun. I enjoy drawing palms, but there are a lot of leaves and it to0k me some time.
After lunch we went to Main Pond. I like to draw the lotuses every summer. This year, after the stormy weather on Christmas Day it was no surprise that there were no flowers. Only a bud or two. I always enjoy the play of light and shade on anything I draw, so that is why I am just as happy drawing the leaves.
A Happy New Year in 2013 to everyone.
It’s getting close to Christmas. I’ve been wanting for a long time to go to the Botanic Gardens sketching again, but the traffic was against us. From my place, you have to go right through the city centre to the Gardens. we decided to skip it because of the Christmas traffic banked up everywhere. Instead we went to the little boat ramp at Iron Cove, where I used to go a lot when I used to swim at Leichhardt Pool. It is just as pretty as ever, though the boats are now tied along the railing, rather than on the wooden jetty which was more picturesque.
It was a hot but cloudy day and it was blowing a gale. I’ve never sketched in such wind. We had to work in pencil because the sketchbook kept giving little inadvertent jumps, resulting in unintended ziggy-zaggy lines. Pen and watercolour were put on out of the wind later. From there we went to the Locantro cafe where they have the best food, though we only had a coffee this time. Then we went to Tim’s to buy some galaktoboureko for my neighbour. Tim’s is wholesale and everything is fresh and delicious. Once every blue moon I buy some as a thank you present for my neighbour :she always insists I have some too. It means I get to eat some without having to eat the whole 12 pieces myself. And from there to Hoochie Mamma’s for lunch. Another place with great food.
It’s so long since I blogged that I’ve almost forgotten how. WordPress has changed (for the better) and I’m finding my way around.
Finally on Saturday I was able to go out sketching with friends again. It was hot, but a cloudy day. which was for the best. It meant that we could sit where otherwise it would have been full sun and impossible. We wandered around aimlessly for quite a while trying to decide what to sketch. We tried to get down near to some of the boats, but it proved to be a floating pontoon that was heaving about on the choppy water. In the end we just sat down right where we were standing. There were plenty of boats about, and some naval ships, but machinery of any sort always attracts me so I decided to draw this.
I sketched this one from a photo – well, more correctly a series of photos. You can’t really get back far enough to take it all in one shot. Another complication is that it is only at certain times of day at certain times of the year that it gets the sun, and its nothing without the shadows.
I have sketched a section of it before. One day I will go and sit out there and sketch it in situ. It is highly complicated. I’ve lessened the number of pipes by rather a lot. There is something about it that fascinates me. It is the rear of buildings in King Street, Newtown.
You may have seen back at the beginning of May that I received a mail art envelope with cockroaches from Mark Hill. I don’t know if Mark has ever been to Sydney but if he had, he’d know it wouldn’t be summer in Sydney without cockroaches. I had to wait till Every Day in May was over to have time to reciprocate. Mark doesn’t ask for anything in return for his mail art, but with such a generous person, well, what would you do?
I wanted to send something Australian without being too over-the-top Australiana. This is a rainbow lorikeet. My kitchen has sliding doors onto a courtyard at the back of the house. Across the narrow laneway, one of the neighbours has a tall umbrella tree with these red spikes that the rainbow lorikeets love. One day I went out there and took a lot of photos. They are very noisy birds and sometimes the noise from them even in my kitchen is extreme. If you’re American and reading this – our birds are probably bigger than you expect. Here’s a picture that shows them with a person so you can get some scale.
I also sent Mark one of my Bologna bookmarks. Although I made them quite some time ago, I’ve kept them for special occasions, and this seemed like one. The Bologna book was in an exhibition in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. After that I entered it into an acquisitive art prize at Southern Cross University and it was acquired by them, and that is where is remains.
We are not quite into single figures yet in the countdown to the giveaway, but we’re getting there. Life is a bit disrupted at the moment but I will plod along as best I can with blogging towards 500.