Daumier and flight delays

From Sydney to Canberra I spent a weekend in Canberra, in what is beginning to feel like my annual art pilgrimage. The first stop was breakfast at NewActon. A bit of hipster action near the university. They had wonderful sculptures dotted around in the area too and the food was good too at Mocán &... Continue Reading →

Hidden in Rookwood

Sydney Sketch Club organised a meet up for the annual Hidden Walk art exhibition at Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney. Thankfully it was only in a small section of the grounds as it is one large mother of a cemetery. This is my third or fourth sketching venture to a cemetery so won't bore you with the reasons... Continue Reading →

South of the border

I spent a week in August with my sketching friends down in Melbourne. A few had other objectives that week other than sketching,  but for me that was my main focus. After a very personal ordeal, I needed to get back on track and remember what it is like to sketch out and about again. There was... Continue Reading →

Easter treats

I'm not sure if this happens around the world, but in Australia, for those of us that live in the city, every Easter the Royal Agricultural Show comes to town. It was originally established in the late 1800s as a way to bring attention and promote the state's agricultural produce and industry. And it still... Continue Reading →

Chinese New Year

I'm a member of a kung fu school in Sydney (although to be more accurate, a lapsed student for a few years now) but when I can I help out at Chinese New Year with lion dancing duties. For those unaware of what lion dancing is please check out this link to my school, Jin... Continue Reading →

Cockatoo Island revisited

Big outing out with the Sydney Sketch Club on Saturday and the venue was Cockatoo Island which has become a bit of a happy hunting ground for me in terms of successful art exploration (see my first visit here). I think it's primarily due to it being this huge industrial site where you can use... Continue Reading →

Newcastle USK

The first Urban Sketchers Australia outing for the year was a day trip to Newcastle. Over two hours by train from Sydney - the three things I always associate with this city are - surfing beaches, mining and the rugby league team, Newcastle Knights. I had never been there before (I know, shameful) so I... Continue Reading →

Urban Sketchers at Hyde Park

I managed to get to an Urban Sketchers event on the weekend, but only had half a day to draw. Feeling a little guilty to be enjoying such a beautiful day when there have been raging bushfires happening in greater Sydney and country NSW - very scary and disheartening for all those poor people who... Continue Reading →

Wolli Creek

On the weekend was National Tree Day. Lots of local councils organised tree planting events and a friend of mine is a member of the Wolli Creek Preservation Society (WCPS). They are a group of volunteers dedicated to protecting a rarity – native bushland in inner Sydney. It would be like finding a natural woodland... Continue Reading →

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