Monday, 9 December 2019


bought this very cute plant pot for
vicki as a thank you for many stays
NOT MUCH WIFI on a week away.  I drove down to melbourne on nov 28 for a fabulous, energy packed weekend of drawing at the Melbourne Art Room in Footscray.  i stayed three nights with vicki.

 We had a full saturday of being filled to the brim with insights into the drawing practice of Godwin Bradbeer, John Wolseley, Jo Lane, Nic Plowman, Cameron Robbins and Gosia Wdolsarckz (i just made that up from memory, sorry gosia)
we were saturated and exhausted and inspired by the end of the day and collapsed with takeaways.

SUNDAY was literally drawing all day, transcribing  black and white photocopies (cut into 1" squares) up to around 70x70cm black pastel and charcoal.  as each square was finished they were assembled on the wall in numbered order and gradually our individual abstract drawings joined to become a huge copy of a masterpiece. very exhausting (again) and terrific.  it was a great day and we were covered in black from head to foot :0)
copying this tiny section onto a large
square sheet of paper

                                  black pastel everywhere!!

assembling the individual drawings

a well earned cocktail
 Monday travelled to Geelong and stayed with denise. we headed into town tuesday for lunch at Ceruggia (?) and visited Chris Taranto in his new place the Continental (out of hours)

DOWN TO TORQUAY wednesday to stay with Jen Dalton in jan juc, a nice night at home, scrabble and drinks  :0)   then a walk along the beach with sister jen and mockie thursday before heading to the grampians on the way home.

               a nice walk along Spring Creek from jen's to jen's

a walk around helen's garden

couldn't believe this shot of the pardalote.  it's amazing to watch it flying straight into this small hold (about 20c size) 

ERNIE'S BACK digging up the lawn at a rate of knots!!  very cute though so he's forgiven
 the willy wagtail has a nest outside the loungeroom window

 a new acquisition, a painting of helen's, bottom centre. 
CHRISTMAS - fun decorating the tree the last couple of days, dear friends aileen and max were here friday for two days and martin and trish came for lunch yesterday.  it's going to be 43 today so i'm off to the movies this afternoon.

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