As I sat on a Sydney balcony admiring the view,
which included planes every couple of minutes,
I heard a song and turning around I saw that I was being watched
by a kookaburra on the balcony opposite.
I was inspired to sing an Australian nursery rhyme (with one or two word changes) “Kookaburra sits on the balcony/Merry merry king of the town is he/Laugh Kookaburra, Laugh Kookaburra…”
“Gay your life must be…”
“High in Syd-en-ey”.
And when he had sat there long enough, (can you see him?)
he flew down to be with his mate. (Can you see them?)
(Apologies to Marion Sinclair)
“Sideshow Alley” drawn with coloured pencils and Sennelier oil pastels.
213 x 230 mm. May 2017
Boulevard de Clichy in Pigalle is a busy strip of peep shows, sex shops, clubs and bars. In search of bright lights as well as photos of Moulin Rouge, I went there one evening last October.
I have always had a fascination for fairgrounds – the scariness of them. Pigalle with its neon kaleidoscope and promises of thrills is just like a fairground – a tawdry extravaganza of colour, people and noise. By day it is simply sad but at night it bursts into showy splendor. (Day or night you need to watch your back.)
A few months back I did a drawing of Moulin Rouge which I called “Show Time” also from this particular visit. The two drawings make a good pair.
“Sideshow Alley” is an overcoat of coloured pencils – worked into an undercoat of Sennelier oil pastels.
“Evensong” is a drawing of rue de Rivoli in coloured pencils and Neopastels. 280 x 300 mm. May 2017.
Why would I give a prayer-like title to a drawing of a busy Paris street? The answer is that when I walk and am deeply inspired by my surroundings, what could be more like prayer? Or to think of a more modern term, ‘presence’ is what I feel when my senses give me pure joy – rapture at the gorgeousness as day transforms to evening on my rue de Rivoli stroll.
“The Elegant 4th”
Coloured pencils and Neopastels. 190 x 285 mm. April 2017.
This drawing celebrates the simple elegance of a quiet street in the 4th arrondissement on an October afternoon.
You may also like to look at the page Coloured Pencil Impressionism
“In Town Tonight”
A new drawing in my “Paris Revisited” series.
195 x 245 mm. April 2017
“In Town Tonight” is an example of a small arrangement which I found within a larger composition.
Occasionally a photo will be just perfect the way it is but most of my compositions are the result of cropping and then editing out bits I don’t want. In this case I was drawing from a very small part of my original photo.
The source photograph for “In Town Tonight” taken on 27th October 2016 on rue Saint Denis.
My husband, Matthew, particularly likes “In Town Tonight”. He associates with the suited figure. In my mind this could be a Parisian version of a Japanese ‘salaryman’ – a little disheveled after a few drinks – gingerly making his way to the station. (Possibly my soft-focus is how he is seeing the world at this time.)
A drawing of an Osprey at North Fremantle. 275 x 350 mm. March 2017 Drawn with coloured pencils, Neocolor and Neopastel.
Perched at the pinnacle of North Mole lighthouse the Osprey surveys his space. His penetrating eyes register every movement. When he is ready he will swoop off the narrow ledge to patrol on the air currents. He will dive-bomb the blue swells for fish, splashing down on impact.
Pandion haliaetus is an alpha bird. Standing beneath this large fish hawk and peering upwards, I respectfully acknowledge my place in the pecking order.
One of my photographs which shows the Osprey at the top of the lighthouse.