Matisse and Picture Books exhibitions

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

Home sweet home

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! 

Welcome to Queensland..

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!