Monday, May 30, 2011

Follow the Yellow Boat Road

The weather has been bad for the past couple of days and the last place I would want to be is out on the ocean.
Robert Pennicott's circumnavigation of Australia for Polio
Tomorrow is the day when Robert Pennicott of 'Pennicott's Wilderness Journeys', fellow skipper Mick Souter and cameraman Zorro Gamarnik will leave Sydney, Australia to circumnavigate Australia in two yellow 18 foot dinghies.
They will be departing Sydney at 7am on 31st May and embarking on a 12,000 nautical mile journey anticlockwise, arriving back in Sydney three months later. Their trip is divided into 77 segments, ranging from 60 to 420 miles.
On 48 of the segments, one or two seats per boat will be auctioned to the highest bidder. All of this of course is to raise funds for polio eradication and conservation.

Zorro is the partner of my daughter Sarah and will be documenting the journey in film.  He is an experienced documentary maker having previously worked for the ABC.  The highlights of the footage will appear on Robert Pennicott's blog every few days.
Visit the website for all the information and donate if you can please.
Don't forget to enter the competition .. details below ..
*  Contributions above $10 are eligible to be entered in the draw for 2 people to travel on the final leg from Uladulla to Sydney. This will include flights from anywhere in the world, along with 2 nights’ accommodation and a 5 day holiday in Tasmania. 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Daniele at Midnight

Drawing at midnight is one of my favourite things ... with a glass of red wine!!  Lately I have been having a bit of a struggle with everything artistic due to a delayed reaction to treatment last year.  So not posting as much as I normally would.  Lots of stuff hitting the bin lately. :(  .. However, I will continue on in the hope that things will improve. :)

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Well ... that fruity stage did not last too long did it?  Tonight I felt the urge to mess about with some faces/figures .. so here I am once again distorting/simplifying the image of a beautiful model .. this was a very loose and quick drawing .. but felt good to be back on familiar territory.  Pastel pencil on Fabriano paper.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pastel Pears

When in doubt .. draw fruit!! .. That's what I say!   I've been in a bit of an art slump lately .. so after weeks of not producing anything worthwhile .. I decided to change the subject matter ..  These pears were lurking in the fruit basket so I decided to pick on them.  They were a bit boring colourwise so I livened them up a bit - I found this little drawing to be very 'freeing' and fun to do.  Conte hard pastel sticks on Fabriano Tiziano pastel paper.  I think I'll do some more still life subjects.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011


I've not been very productive lately .. just a couple of simple collagraphs.  Experimenting with colour rolls.