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Part of my week away was to stay with friends in the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland. 

sketch of a large bread oven next to the tennis court

Large wood fired bread oven in dedicated shed next to tennis court

Being very busy I didn’t get a great deal of sketching done so the following are a hero selection of those finished and almost finished.

Here’s some more sketches from the week and details of each  Read the rest of this entry »

Well I know that absence makes the pencil stay longer.

No not really.

Just home yesterday from a near three week road trip covering four thousand kms around NSW, Australia.

Old pubs, photography, engagement party ( Congrats Ben and Phoebe), aerials and more. I started a visual journal and it is yet to be finished.

I was inspired with Jack Brennan’s mammoth effort of a 100 hour week that he puts in on his property NW of Warren. Cotton, crops and cattle.

sketches from a journal

Road diary sketches

Jack is in a family partnership on the property and his grandfather started the whole show. On a farm tour with Jack to check a few things I was inspired by a few essential things such as the water pump for the whole property (10,000 acres). Jack found an old diesel motor second hand and converted a derelict wind mill to diesel. The top sketch in the above journal extract shows how I see the set up. Jack’s Dad designed the water tank stand. The bore has been down (1000ft) for years. The windmill doesnt have a head (blades) anymore … it just stands proudly alongside the tank stand. Both engineering icons. One of those oil heater tanks provides the fuel supply for the diesel motor which drives the pump to pump the water to the tank up the top of the other stand. Gravity feeds the stock on entire property from this tank. Its bloody flat out there!

The bottom sketch is of the Armatree silos. Armatree NSW is not too far from Warren. Beautiful weather.

 

pen and wash of cars in the street

For Zita.

After a funeral then a wake, I was too early for the opening of Simon Fieldhouse’s art show in Liverpool St so I sat down and did a ‘finger in splint’ sketch with that pen. Some clown drove past and yelled at me suggesting I stop sketching. I showed him my splinted finger. The ink is not waterproof so the wash runs have to be calculated …. or not.

sketch of Ladies chatting on a beach

Typical summer catch up

 While the kids and dads take on the surf the women like to catch up and also be Australian.

Farming sketch and Stalk deliveriy of baby in pink

Eliza arrives by Tim Mooney

A huge ray of light in the west today as Eliza Brennan arrived. Amazing Grace and Jack congrats from your very large family.

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