I don’t think you could ever get tired of seeing the Sydney Opera House, today I was armed with only my trusty iPhone but I wasn’t there to sightsee. I was there to see the Australian Ballet’s ‘Firebird’, and I was completely blown away, I loved it. It was my first time seeing live ballet and it won’t be my last. There’s not enough ways I could gush about how much I enjoyed their performance.
‘Mammoths - Giants of The Ice Age’ is currently on exhibit at the Australian Museum, and it’s pretty fantastic. Above are only a handful of the photos I took earlier this week. I think the highlight was definitely Lyuba, the 42,000 year old mammoth calf. The whole exhibition was really great, and no trip to the Museum would be complete with stopping in at the dinosaur gallery.
Everything was shot using my trusty iPhone.
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.