I think I mentioned somewhere along the line that I had started doing my sketches in a book … as opposed to loose leaf. This has changed the way I think about/approach my sketching. Before on the single sheets I used to think that a possible ‘major work’ was in the making. Now, in the moleskine journal, I am undergoing ‘exercises’ on a continual basis mainly inspired by a book recommended by Georgia Mansur.
Georgia uses Daniel Smith watercolours and was recommending I try her ‘swatch’ of colours / her palette. She also recommended this book by Danny Gregory ‘Creative License’ which I got and find very good indeed.
So I have been following his guidance and am really enjoying it. Here’s some snippetts from the last few days:
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.
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.