Thursday, May 5, 2011

Captain Cook's Cottage

Captain Cook's Cottage
Pen and pencil sketch of captain cook's cottage. The man in the middleground was dressed up as captain Cook for the tourists.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

federal oak

federal oak
Federal Oak planted in the grounds of the Victorian Parliament by Sir Henry Parkes to commemorate the Australian Federal Conference 1890.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

North library

North library
The north library at the Parliament of Victoria

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Melbourne Tram

Melbourne Tram
Ultra fast sketch while waiting for a tram, corner of Bourke and Swanston Street Melbourne.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Premier's Court

Premier's Court

Should really be called Smoker's court. This is a small area near parliament where government staff hang out at lunch time or have a smoko.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Block Arcade

Block Arcade
One of the most beautiful arcades in Melbourne. Pen and ink in moleskine.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Victorian Parliament House

Victorian Parliament House
Sketch of front steps of the Parliament of Victoria, Spring Street Melbourne.

Melbourne Supreme Court

Melbourne Supreme Court
Very quick sketch of the dome of the Supreme Court in Melbourne.

Friday, September 18, 2009

frogmouth

frogmouth

A tawny frogmouth that took up residence in my garden for a few days.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

St Patrick's Cathedral Melbourne

St Patrick's Cathedral Melbourne
Pen and ink of St Patrick's Cathedral in East Melbourne. Melbourne's largest Church building.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

bald man on train

bald man on train
Pen and ink. Done in the five minutes between Hawthorn and Richmond stations.

Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station
Pen and ink and watercolour wash. Flinders Street Station in Melbourne. Had to battle the tourists taking photos from the steps of St Paul's.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Altona from the train

Altona from the train
Drawn from the train as it was moving - not as easy as I thought it would be!

cafe tables - Glenferrie Road

cafe tables - Glenferrie Road
Drawn while waiting for a tram

cars Laverton Railway Station

cars Laverton Railway Station
Drawn from the train while it waited at Laverton Station

Monday, February 23, 2009

European cafe

European cafe
Spring Street Melbourne, in the midday sun.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

tortoise

tortoise
Sketched at the Melbourne Zoo

Friday, February 6, 2009

Manchester Unity Building

Manchester Unity Building
Corner of Collins Street and Swanston Walk Melbourne Victoria. Haven't done justice to this magnificent Art Deco building.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Riversdale station

Riversdale station
Station on the Alamein line in Melbourne. Sketched one very warm morning.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Magnolia fruit

Magnolia fruit

Fallen on ground.

Lemon scented gum

Lemon scented gum

Corymbia citriodora growing in the grounds of Parliament House, Melbourne.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Plane Trees

Plane Trees

Thought it was time to revisit the plane trees in the Fitzroy Gardens now that summer has (just) begun.
9 x 14 cm watercolour and pen on moleskine.

Monday, November 10, 2008

St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne
Base of central spire of St Pat's in Melbourne. Pen and watercolour wash on small moleskine (8 x 13cm).

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Minimal sketching kit

Inspired by those who have made travelling palettes out of altoids tins, I searched high and low for one of these tins, but couldn't find anything similar in Melbourne. Instead I used the plastic case from a Mini DV digital video cassette box.

This is definitely low technology. I simply squeezed each of the four colours into the corners of the box and let them dry (overnight and there was a hard skin on them). I've always preferred tubes to pans when it comes to watercolour. I leave them in the palette to harden up and they can be cleaned by running under the tap.

I chose the pigments after spending far too long browsing through the colours at the excellent handprint.com - I chose pigments (PV19, PB15, PG7 and PY150).

I also stuck some white labels on the outside so I could see the colours better as they are mixed. When combined with a waterbrush and a single waterproof pen this is a very compact sketching kit.
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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Column - Parliament House

Column - Parliament House

Pen and ink on very small moleskine.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008

Melbourne Skyline

Melbourne Skyline
Melbourne from near the corner of Wellington Pde South and Flinders street.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Station Pier

Station Pier
Station Pier in the late afternoon.

Boats on Port Phillip Bay

Boats on Port Phillip Bay

As seen from station pier. 9 x 14 cm.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Two cats

Two cats

Two of my cats.