A few quick snaps from ‘The Lady and the Unicorn’ currently on display at the Art Gallery of NSW. I didn’t have my camera with me that evening so I had to rely on my phone, and for the most part they turned on okay. The tapestries were amazing to see in person, I’m really glad I got such a good lengthy viewing of them and got to take them all in before they return to France, likely forever. Five hundred years later they still pack an incredible punch and still have you asking questions of them.
A trip into Darling Harbour today started with some time spent at the Chines Gardens, somewhere I hadn’t been for years. It was the perfect place to pull out a little moleskine and do some sketching, and to take a whole lot of photographs.
Kicking off 2018 with some fresh art.
I listen to a lot of music while I draw, and usually it’s a handful of albums per piece, often on repeat. Sometimes it’s just the same album. So I might listen to one album three or four times in a row, then I might listen to that same album for three or four consecutive pieces - over and over again. I’ve listened to Nicole Atkins more than probably any other artist. Her 2007 album ‘Neptune City’ in particular (it helps it’s also my favourite album). I’ve had several attempts over the years at drawing her, but I never quite get what I’m aiming for. Nicole has a voice like no other, if you haven’t heard her you’re missing out. Here, listen to this then come back. Did you listen? Amazing, right? It’s pretty obvious why I needed to try drawing her one more time.
Onwards and upwards in 2018, draw a lot, and listen to good music that motivates and inspires you.
The Sydney Opera House, as seen through the amateur lens of my camera. I’d never been inside it before, and it was spectacular to finally step inside. Everywhere you look it’s a visual feast for the eyes. An absolutely amazing piece of architecture and an icon. Just amazing.
A few snaps I caught last week when a thunderstorm (briefly) rolled over.