Today was Clean Up Australia
day at our local beautiful mountain, Mount Gravatt. So we helped and volunteered to clean up rubbish there. In the two hours we filled 2 sacks of recycling and 1 sack of general rubbish. And then with the several people within the group there was a large amount of rubbish collected at the end – shockingly amazing! I can’t believe how some people can feel it’s ok to throw rubbish away, especially in a fine piece of nature, it’s very dis-heartening. On the other hand, it’s encouraging to know there are other people who also feel passionately about maintaining Australia’s beauty. Thanks to Mount Gravatt Environment Group
for organising this.
I thought it would be nice to illustrate the day using an Aussie themed sign post, showing a koala (as they are present at Mount Gravatt!!) thanking us for the work we did, and all the bags full of rubbish at the bottom of the tree!
A couple of weeks ago I saw one of my favourite bands, Incubus, live in Brisbane! I was almost very tempted to take my sketch book with me but it would have been difficult to dance with!! Instead, as vocalist Brandon made a quick cheeky smile whilst shouting ‘Brisbane’ I closed my eyes and mentally drew him!
A couple of days later I created this image!
Could the world of possums get any cuter? Yes, when we came across The Golden Possum!
Last weekend Hazel and I went to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. I always like to find new creatures that I never knew existed before, and when we read ‘Golden Possum’ on the enclosure I knew I’d be in for a treat!
Being daylight he would be sleeping, so I looked in all the logs that were provided for him and sure enough there he was…
On Wednesday I went to a couple of exhibitions in Brisbane; ‘Look! the art of Australian picture books today’ at the State Library, and ‘Matisse, Drawing Life’ at the Gallery of Modern Art. Both brilliant; I love to see imagination in children’s books and especially cartoony characters that I can relate too, but it is also great to see such realism portrayed too – it amazes me how much variety there is in children’s picture books; and of course the brilliant Matisse whose line work is definitely one to aspire to as I take my sketch book everywhere I go trying to master the lines of life that I see all around me. It was also great to view sketch books from the picture book artists to see insights into their developing ideas – I sometimes find these more exciting then the final pieces of artwork!
Being a French artist, Matisse’s artwork had French names, which I thought added to the artwork in itself, which gave it almost a cute personal touch, for example portraits of his loved ones may simply be called ‘Mademoiselle Matisse’
I wanted to give my picture book reading picture a French title, but I do not think my French teachers from school would be very happy with that translation!! Haha
As always when visiting exhibitions, I always leave them with inspiration at my side..
|Inspiration at my side
This was on one of our little strolls up Mount Gravatt. As always with my sketchbook in hand, a man came jogging down in the opposite direction and seemed concerned that I was documenting something!!
Well, the answer to his question was ‘him’!
House hunting in a big new city isn’t easy. We needed maps – maps of the train lines, maps of the bus routes, maps of the ferry routes, and maps of the roads. I eventually tracked down a nice compact road map. Being a small city boy of York and Canberra I was used to maps fitting on one A3 size piece of paper – but not Brisbane – you needed to collect about 8 A3 seperate maps in order to piece together the entire area! Where do you start looking first for a house to move into?
We eventually did find a nice townhouse. It was all spacious and sparse as we had yet to have any of our shipping or furniture deliveries. So as I was sat in the corner with nothing but my sketchbook I envisaged a few little local helpers helping me to move in!
Being an Australian nature lover I was keenly looking everywhere for anything. I’d obviously been Canberra-ised thinking that all city’s must have kangaroos hopping across the roads, and flocks of galahs and cockatoos on street corners, but not Queensland, you have to search just a little bit harder through the sprawling city life…
As we were spending the first few weeks house hunting, we were looking at different suburbs to live in, and what I did start to notice were bush turkeys! And I still believe there is a bush turkey in every suburb.
Where galahs were so readily seen everyday in Canberra it took me almost 2 weeks to see my very first Brisbane galah!