Sketchy on the Detail

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Tag: Australia

Y2D279 and daft

Driving across the south parts of Australia you past many sheet and cattle properties. The steers are generally quiet features in the landscape but the sheep can be rather distracting with their antics such as playing chasey around a tree or the ewe who has grown wings as she is now feeding twins. They are rather daft, but funny clouds with legs.

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Y2D265 and eek! Squeak!

I thought I had left the mice behind in England, but no! The cold, windy weather has brought them inside and we have seen our first for the winter. Peppi, naturally, slept through all the commotion, so I’m thinking of swapping him for a lively kitten.

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Y2D247 and art day

I went to the local art gallery in Hamilton today. It’s quite compact but had several small exhibitions that were very interesting and diverse, including WWI items, a local artist and pre-Federation colonial art. The permanent collection on display currently includes local portraits, Japanese pottery and Italian glass, plus there were lots of little vistas to draw throughout the gallery.

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Y2D244 and country driving

We’re on the move, up to Hamilton for a few days, so I drove the little car through the very pretty Victorian countryside. That means I can’t take any photos so have to rely on my somewhat dubious memory for what I saw. But we did see cattle…and trees, though maybe not precisely with giant black outlines.

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Y2D239 and magazines

The good thing about moving countries is that you get a whole new set of magazines to investigate. I picked up an Art Guide in the local newsagent and have been flipping through. There are lots of interesting exhibitions on around the country. I could draw art from them individually but why do that when I can put all my favourite bits on one page?

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Y2D237 and footy run

Sunday is sports day and we went to see my nephews play in their respective AFL matches. It was a good excuse to be in the fresh air, eat pies and catch up with family. It is also an hour and a half away, so plenty of driving through rural Victoria and watching the countryside go past.

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Y2D234 and tidal views

Today we walked from the surf club along the tracks to Barwon Heads to have a coffee in the kiosk. It’s a lovely and easy walk, and we did detour along the beach for a little while. Once at the kiosk, I sat at the top by the jetty and sketched the boats and view of Ocean Grove stretching down the coast. Then on the way back I attempted to draw some of the surfers that were out catching waves on the incoming tide. It was a lovely afternoon.

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Y2D233 and community gardens

We spent the afternoon in the nearby town of Point Lonsdale, checking out the shops, walking along the waterfront, having coffee and generally mooching about. We also spotted this cute little community garden, that was a such a tranquil little spot, including this funny scarecrow.

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Y2D226 and free willies

Sorry, the title had to be done. I am of course referring to the passerines native to Australia. Willie Wagtails are cute little monochromatic birds that hop and dance around the garden, and are generally a happy little sight.

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There are quite a few birds in our and the surrounding backyards including magpies, mudlarks, currawongs, kookaburras, honeyeaters, mynas and noisy miners. I really need to get myself a new bird book.

Y2D224 and new old friends

I spent the morning going around the Geelong Art Gallery. I thought I had better take advantage of my free time while I’m still in the ranks of unemployed. It’s a compact gallery, with only a portion of its collection on display but still has three rooms dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Best of all, it’s free to wander around. I spent a very pleasant couple of hours enjoying the displays and sketching/making notes on those that caught my eye. There were several paintings I haven’t seen before, by some very old friends, plus some new friends to keep my eye out for on future gallery visits.

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Afterwards, I meandered over to the Metropolis gallery, to see the Michael  Leunig prints and the Landscape and Memory exhibition, with works by Sisca Verwoert and Victoria Howlett. There were several paintings by Sisca that I would love to have gone home with…if only my wallet allows.

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