Australian bush drawings, summertime 2017…

Some ink drawings made in the bush, middle of summer, deafening cicadas and white daylight. Also one on the outskirts of town.

Shoes can be cruel…

My old shoes haven't taken to the new ones. Maybe it's because they squeak a bit. To say I'm disappointed in them is an understatement, but I'll give them a little longer before I say something.

"Hey… I was thinking about going for a walk. Anyone want to join me?" "Hey fellas, did you hear something?" "Nope." "Not me." "Nup. Probably just imagined it."

"Hey… I was thinking about going for a walk. Anyone want to join me?"
"Hey fellas, did you hear something?"
"Nope."
"Not me."
"Nup. Probably just imagined it."

Green on the screen…

Today we screen printed a two colour limited edition of a bird. The original drawing is postage stamp-sized optically enlarged to A2. The prints will soon be available to buy via the Little Shop.

Thanks to Chris Ratcliffe at garudiostudiage who was as helpful and informative as ever. The creative processed worked like this:

DM: Good morning, sorry I'm late.
CR: No problem. What colour do you have in mind for the first screen?
DM: 606, please.
CR: Can you be any more specific?
DM: Yes. The same colour as my grandmother's bathroom suite, circa 1973.
CR: Can you be any more specific?
DM: Yes, like guacamole, but when you leave it out without the cling film on it for an hour or so.
CR: You should try lemon juice in it, that will help.
DM: Can you be any more specific?
CR: Yes, freshly squeezed lemon juice.
DM: I'll try that.
CR: What do you think of this colour?
DM: That's the colour! Amazing! Now, what colour do you think will work for the second screen?
CR: BLACK.
DM: Yes, let's go with black. Black it is. What a good idea.
CR: Good.

(Photos: Dr. Coralie Bickford-Smith.)

The Petroglyph is on the wall…

As seen on the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, Pisa.

Take me to your leader…

I was given this most excellent drawing by Henry in thanks for a book I gave him two years ago. Henry lives in America and was passing through town and was doing a lot of drawing as he travelled. I think it's perhaps the best robot fantasy drawing I've ever seen, let alone been gifted. If Henry had asked me what type of drawing I'd like, I wouldn't have thought of a rampaging robot. I'd have asked for a cityscape or a flower. Something dull, probably. But Henry has imagination.

Thanks Henry!

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that. 

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that. 

It sure is hot out here…

From a book of pen drawings done only on sunny days in various locations. 

Acquerello frizzante…

Drawing on the top of my friend's house in Pisa means that watercolour and ink dries quickly and a picture can progress without much waiting around. Not that I have a lot to do today. It's almost alarming just how fast I can paint thanks to the hot sun. The only restriction is water, which is in high demand for the mixing of paint and human consumption. These are painted with the finest Italian drinking water. 

Versus nature…