Treading the Boards
“Treading the Boards”
Coloured pencils and Sennelier oil pastels.
225 x 275 mm.
In a theatrical setting; the port of Fremantle lit by morning sunshine, a seagull steps along a wooden plank with the studied deliberation of an actor treading the boards.
This drawing will be one of 21 Julie Podstolski drawings exhibited at Kidogo Arthouse, Bathers Beach, Fremantle, from 7th September 2017 (for two weeks) – with ceramics by Stewart Scambler.
Who knows a port better than one who inhabits it night and day? The ubiquitous Silver Gull is right at home among the ships, containers, bridges and cranes of Fremantle. Observant citizen of land, sea and sky, he could probably tell us the daily shipping news – if we asked. He is the port authority.
Oil pastels and coloured pencils. 230 x 310 mm. July 2017.
“Port Authority” is the second drawing of this particular gull. I drew him last year with coloured pencils only. This time I wanted to add oil pastels to the mix and do a bigger drawing. And as you can see, he is looking in the opposite direction in the first drawing…because a bird needs to know what is happening all around him!
210 x 245 mm. August 2016
I chose to put ‘port’ in the title again since these two drawings are clearly related (though I no longer have the first one).
A silver gull in Fremantle drawn with coloured pencils, Neopastels and Neocolor.
205 x 250 mm. March 2017
Sometimes I am forced to fully prostrate myself in order to get the reference shot I need for a drawing. Such was the case for the series of photos I took of this particular silver gull last August. If anybody saw me lying flat on the dirty concrete at the port, well, too bad! I needed to be at bird level so I had to pretend to myself that I didn’t look ridiculous.
“The Humble Seagull” is a drawing of the same bird which I drew several months ago.
There are people who tell me they like birds but not seagulls. Yes, seagulls may act aggressively if they feel threatened, or greedy when they want our fish and chips. I am quite sure that seagulls have variable personalities just as we do. I’ve met some friendly and inquisitive gulls during my photography trips who come close to see what I’m doing and then linger with me for a while. I think they are handsome birds with quirky and gregarious personalities.
“Port Side” – drawn at the same time as “The Humble Seagull”
Seabirds of Fremantle
Pelican at East Fremantle
Last week I took the plunge and bought a new camera to replace my 2008 model Nikon D90. The new camera is a Nikon D7200 with an 18-300 mm lens. I spent Thursday and Friday reading the manual. During the weekend I took it for a test drive. My subject – seabirds of Fremantle.
Silver gull with the port of Fremantle behind.
Cormorant at East Fremantle.
Darter at East Fremantle
Cormorant in front of “Left Bank” café
Osprey at the very top of the lighthouse at North Mole.
Here you can appreciate that I was standing way below the osprey.
Osprey in flight
Crested tern at North Mole
Seagull in flight.
Cormorant at East Fremantle.
Consensus: The Nikon D7200 is an absolute dream – and – some bird drawings are inevitable. I’m in love!
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