Monday, 17 October 2016

Art on the Walk


I was involved in an art competition last week at a plaza adjacent to Central Railway.  The plaza management invited people to create an artwork.  They provided the paper which was very large, 1.5 metres by 1.25 metres.  There weren't any restrictions on what you could create.  Part of the brief was we had to be present in the plaza for at least twenty hours that week. I had three days off work and the the days on site were quite long.
The inspiration for my work was the scene around us at the plaza.  I played with perspective and had a fish eye view.  The people were drawn from people actually there.  I also used collage of maps of the area and rail network
I was lucky enough to win the second prize and here I am with the judge, Suzanne Smith.  I am thrilled!
This is day two of the project. Luckily the weather was pretty good.
It was a fun experience and to win second prize was the icing on the cake!

Friday, 7 October 2016

The Yellow House


This is The Yellow House,  57-59 Macleay St, Potts Point. The artist, Martin Sharp established an artist collective here in 1970. He modelled it on Vincent Van Gogh's yellow house in Arles and his dream of establishing an artist community there.
Every wall, ceiling and floor in the Yellow House became it's gallery and performance space. The rooms were inspired by Pop art, Surrealism, Dada and conceptualism.  Besides the drawing, painting and sculpture there were puppet shows, lights shows, plays and film screenings.
Today there is a gallery, restaurants  and apartments upstairs. Peter Godwin is currently exhibiting here.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

The Sirius Building


The Sirius Building is in The Rocks, Sydney, overlooking the Harbour, Circular Quay and Opera House. What a location!  It is low income public housing designed by Tao Gofers in 1978/79.  This style of architecture is called brutalist .
The building is spread along a ridge on the harbour side of the harbour bridge, the height varies from three stories up to a tower of ten stories.  The apartments themselves vary from two to four bedroom and have balconies, roof gardens and community rooms for get togethers.  The architect thought a lot about a positive living environment. 


Nearly everyone has vacated this building as the Goverment wants to sell it, to be demolished and private development to replace it.  I hope this doesn't happen, it's a wonderful place and well worth saving.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Five Ways, Paddington

Five Ways in the Sydney suburb of Paddington is a hive of activity with cafes, a pub and shops a plenty.  Paddington was originally a working class suburb but now is an enviable inner city enclave that the working class can only dream of.
It's called Five Ways as five streets meet at the one point.  You can see four of the streets in the sketch below, the fifth street is to the right of the awning on the sketch's right lower side.
It was a lovely day, sunny weather with Sydney sketch club.


Saturday, 17 September 2016

Back to St Thomas Rest Park, Crows Nest

I met my sketch friends in Crows Nest yesterday on a beautiful spring day. We trotted along to St Thomas Rest Park.  This is the site of the first Cemetary on the north shore of Sydney.
Above is the Sexton's cottage, now a museum, built in 1850. Dogs are allowed in this park and they were present in abundance.


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Hunters Hill wharf


Sydney sketch club went to Hunters Hill recently.  I sat at the end of the wharf in the above sketch looking up the hill towards Hunters Hill village. The ferry picks up the locals here.  What a beautiful day!

This lovely flower shop is on the corner and has a lady sitting in the alcove at the top.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Planting Dreams Exhibition State Library, Sydney


Urban sketchers enjoyed visiting the Planting Dream Exhibition at the State library in Sydney yesterday. Garden historian, Richard Aitken is the curator and we were lucky enough to have him show us around the show.  
The exhibition celebrates the 200 anniversary of the founding of the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney.  As curator, Richard Aiken got to sort through the library's collections to find rare and interesting items to illustrate the history of garden making. It includes paintings, photographs, books, sculptures and installations.

The show runs until January 15, 2017. Well worth a look around.