Hello March, when autumn should be here but we all know there will be hot and windy days ahead. February was quite the time. I’ve slowed down on the sketches because I have another large drawing on the go..
Can I tell you how wonderful it is to be free from study at the moment. Bliss. Brain clutter is clearing. I work and then when I have downtime and that is free time. Freeeeeee.
It was a dear friends birthday recently, I did a little drawing of their amazing boy – it is wonderful watching him come out of his shell.
I enjoy drawing peoples pets that I have spent time with, I have the chance to try and capture their personality too.
I might put together a zine and blog post of Cats I Have Known but not at the moment, I got freakin ferns to draw.
GOODBYE FOR NOW.
I made a little zine, you can purchase it from the zine vending machine – Details here
It is also at the Festival of the Photocopier today in North Melbourne, which I wish I could be at but cannot make it!
I have a lot of small drawings and skecthes that just sit around in boxes/ folders/ books so I thought this would be a fun little thing to print. Might make one about cats..
This zine only has a small amount of the drawings I did in lockdown, there are many 😀
I turned 41 this week, wild! I started the day by waiting for an Officeworks to open so I could get myself pen and paper gifts. With coffee! Bliss.
It was just one of those days where things were normal and incredibly lovely and very, very funny.
Daughter and I planted this small army of sunflowers.
Yesterday afternoon the rain held and we – my friend and her two wonderful children and I – sat beneath a ginormous mother tree and drew her. I’ve gifted my sketch to them.
Tools – note the tea cake, it was very excellent.
Nothing is Untouched (Moorabool)
By Lily Mae Martin
56 x 76cm
Ink on paper
Good day, it is beautiful and sunny here today.
I rearranged my lounge room recently to place my drawing board in a spot where I can get the most natural light. I completed one drawing and I am still struggling with another as I have been for years. It’s an interesting one, I can see the evolution of my drawing style changing. Which is part of the challenge because part of me doesn’t like seeing the old style but the other part of me is thinking this is important – FINISH IT.
Here is a cropped detail of the completed one:
I’ve been up to 2AM some nights sketching new ones. The landscapes have been the focus recently as they are safer for me now, on multiple levels. They are an escape. I think I am a bit cautious of human content however I am still collecting material because it is an important part of my practice.
OK now, CLASSES.
I am running two drawing workshops at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Saturday the 20th of Jan and Saturday the 3rd of Feb. You can book here: LINK
If you have been to one of my classes before I still set exercises for everyone to do but I will come around individually and give you guidance on what you want to focus on.
We sat in a little place to eat lunch that had views of the habour and I sketched these little boats.
At an art store in Hobart I purchased a nib pen and a little pot of ink to play around with:
The little pademelon came to visit each evening, sometimes her joey would make an appearance.
The bottle of ink was leaky so I gifted it to an artist in residence in Queenstown as I knew he would put it to good use.
I was also doing a drawing of Mt Owen but did an art swap before I got a good picture of it. The Western Tasmanian landscape is inspiring so I am sure to make more in the future. I am so glad to be home and I know it’s xmas time but I am going to use this time to make art 🙂
Daughter and I just got back from Tasmania. We went to Hobart, MONA via the ferry and then drove out West to see the Franklin River, waterfalls, artists – mountains.
The whole trip was memorable in that not everything went according to plan. I said to my daughter “We are creating memories! And not all of them are good” 😛
We were both inspired and spent most of this trip drawing. When we got to Queenstown we stayed in the apartment above where I did an art residency years ago and that night we were up very late draw draw drawing.
It was really special to take her to the part of the world that inspired me so much. Show her artists spaces and exhibitions. She didn’t care for MONA tho 😀
I’ll post some of the skecthes soon. Good to be home, I missed my cats.