Sketchy on the Detail

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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.



Y2D230 and baa-lambs

I cooked one of my magazine recipes today…it was a lamb curry. It was meant to be shanks but it’s easier to bone and dice a shoulder. (Sorry to all my vegetarian and vegan readers, but I’m an omnivore.) Anyway, in honour of that lovely creature who is now my dinner, here is  lamb and ewe. I used to draw stylised sheep like this all the time, it’s quite a simple shape for stencilling and stamp making, but this is the first one in ages.


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.


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.


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.

Y2D221 and flaking

It’s not just me who flakes, so does Peppi, but he does so by the fire. I think he misses his mum…

That is it, all up-to-date for now. Not sure when I will be on next, but hopefully sooner rather than later. Thanks for being so patient!

Y2D220 and water feature

I had a busy day shopping in Geelong for boring things, like new mobile phones, internet donglely things, and more winter appropriate wear. It was such a sunny day and I was indoors. By the time I arrived back at the house and unloaded all the shopping, I could only flake until bedtime and then only rouse myself enough to sketch the glass of water.

Y2D216 and by the seaside

I actually went for two separate walks along the beach yesterday, one in the beautiful early morn and the other in the wet afternoon. Obviously, dry and calm is much better for photography, though not quite so dramatic in terms of wave height.

Y2D213 and recovering

First full day in Australia, spent mostly at the beach house doing umpteen loads of washing. We has a quick drive around a few new subdivisions, just to see what new houses were like. Drawing was confined to Peppi, who does not understand the virtue of remaining still.


Y2D205 and stud farms

Wednesday was a visit to the seahorse ‘farm’ near Kilau-Kona on the Big Island. This organisation is about raising seashorses in capitivity so that they can improve stocks in the wild. It was all very interesting and I did learn a lot. Afterwards I was dropped off at Hilo Hatties for my first proper souvenir jaunt. It was a beautiful, sunny day but the sun was too strong for me (this was the middle of the day) so I escaped back to the cool (and champers) of my balcony.


Y2D203 and floral treats

My sightseeing trip was cancelled today (Monday), so it was just a day of mooching around the ship; I don’t really fancing going shopping in a mall. I also spent time playing with my watercolours and inks, using the enormous orchid in my stateroom (cabin) for inspiration.


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