Drawing and painting – 33 weeks


Recently I purchased what I refer to as ‘proper paints’ – they are amazing. ( David Hockney uses them, I was told by the lovely man in the art store.) So this was a good opportunity to try them out. I was in my painting shed for hours just blissing out on both of these amazing new experiences!

away

Before my frown lines crease any deeper, before my voice becomes so shrill that only dogs can hear it, before I fall asleep on the job/ at the wheel – I am going away.

With my lady friend.

For ladycay.

 

Rain, rain, rainy day.

The top sketch is of Brunswick Bound – a bookshop I am fond of. I sat with my friend B – we went to VCA together – and it was nice just to drink tea, sketch and buy books. I then visited another friend – Nicholas Jones – in his studio and did a very rough sketch (above ). I’d like to go back and draw for longer.


I’ve been sketching people about town a lot lately. The above one is of an artist recreating an old work in chalk on Swanston Street. His friend watched me and then introduced himself when I had finished – he told me his name was Wayne and said that his name will probably change again soon. We talked very briefly about art and composition and then I made a mad dash to meet my better half for a delicious dinner.


I was also at the Wheeler Centre and I decided to do some more sketching out front of the State Library of Victoria. I had aimed to draw the building but found I wanted to do quick sketches of people sunbathing, reading and chatting on the lawn instead.


I’ve been thinking a lot about Dürer lately and deciede to do a quick drawing referencing his prayer hands drawing. I nicknamed it “Dürer with nailpolish” – not sure anyone apprictaes that, but I do.

I’m thinking of doing a series of portraits of men – as my last two big drawings of Nicholas Jones and TUSK were very popular. So I asked my long time pal and fellow artist Mo Campobasso to pose for me as well. We chatted about Dürer’s self portraits.

Portrait of poet Ainslee Laura Meredith

I finished this portrait a number of months ago but didn’t have time to get it online.

My drawing style is changing, I’ve begun to use a lot more crosshatching in my big drawings, which I am really enjoying.

Ainslee is a Melbourne based poet who recently released a book of poetry called Pinetorch. You can follow her on twitter.

Françoise Mouly, Art Spiegelman, comics and sketches

What a week!

Monday morning Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly visited Squishface studio – along with a number of Melbourne’s finest comic artists, cartoonists, illustrators – magic makers. I was absolutely star struck and honored for the conversations, advice and encouragement given.

I think this photo, taken by Gregory Mackay, sums it up rather nicely:

That’s Mandy Ord, myself, Ben Hucho and Art.

I slipped off after the coffee as I was so overwhelmed and inspired and also – I had to get daughter from daycare. But wow – what a Monday. WHAT A MONDAY.

The next evening I attended the event ran by the Wheeler Centre at Melbourne Town Hall and had my mind blown again with meeting more amazing people and hearing Art speak for some two and a half hours on the history of comics, his experiences and inspirations. The passion and humor of this man kept everyone quite and attentive throughout the entire presentation.

Nicki Greenberg did an amazing job hosting the event and so I drew her and Art’s hands while they were talking.

During the event I also drew the back of Nicki’s head and then realized Oslo Davis was sitting across from me – so I drew him too.

I’m still trying to find the words but I just feel so lucky – so lucky – to have had these expereinces and meet these amazing and inspiring people.

 

 

Back on the oils

The exhibition is opening THIS Saturday. I’m trying to do all the things and more and more I am beginning to understand that I cannot. Like in my art I like to do many different things with my life and then all the time gets filled up and I find myself doing everything kind of half heartedly and in bed sick or I hurt my back, like I did today.

But I still sketch and plot and plan and make contact with the unsuspecting asking them to pose for me and wish that I had more time to do all the paintings and drawings and .. all the things.

The weather is changing here and I am feeling motivated and excited again. I spent all of last Saturday back on the oils and it was bliss. Exhausting, but blissful.