The beach again

We couldn’t resist a return to the beach. This time we moved a bit further north along the shore and stopped to draw the jetty at Henley Beach. We sat on the edge of Henley Square, part of the redevelopment of the beachfront carried out by Taylor, Cullity, Lethlean (whose work is familiar to me closer to home at the National Arboretum in Canberra) and Troppo Architects.


Part of Henley Square with the children’s water play area and shade ‘wing’ in the background.

What attracted me to draw the jetty was the blue shelter canopy at the end. The colours blended so beautifully with those of the sky and the sea.


Henley Beach jetty, pencil on grey-toned paper, 8 February 2016

I can see a lot of technical errors in this drawing, but at least I’m satisfied with the colour.

When I turned to my right I could see the beach showers, which are sculptures in their own right. I haven’t been able to find out the name of the person who designed thes, but that doesn’t detract from their interestingly functional design. As is often the case I’m much happier with this sketch than the one of the jetty that I laboured over!


Art and the Beach

It’s rather embarrassing but I have just found this post from early February 2016 which I forgot to post, so somewhat belatedly, here it is.

I love visiting the city of Adelaide and a trip to the Art Gallery of South Australia is always on the ‘to do’ list. On this visit I wanted to see The Power of Pattern: the Ayako Mitsui Collection, which highlights kimonos and the stencils and techniques used to decorate fabric. While there I also took the time to do some drawings of some of the sculpture in the main gallery.


Statue of Eros, 1892-93, by Alfred Gilbert, new casting in aluminium, 1986-88; and Torso by Jean Broome-Norton, 1935, painted plaster. Pencil on grey-toned paper 5 February, 2016

After a bit of culture it’s also good to catch a bit of nature, in the form of one of Adelaides beaches. Saturday was near perfect beach-going weather with a clear sky and very little breeze. The water was crystal clear over a white sand bottom so visibility was excellent. After quite a bit of decadently floating around, my nephew and I started looking at the various things we could spot underwater. Apart from ‘the usual suspects’, seaweed and razor clam shells, we found a big chunk of smoothed bottle glass and somewhat unexpectedly a large piece of an old LP record. The latter had also clearly been in the water for quite some time so I couldn’t say exactly what music had been entertaining old Neptune.


Sea ‘treasures’, pecil on grey-toned paper, 6 February 2016

Backyard Still lifes

Sitting in the  garden deciding what to draw. I looked up and spotted this great colour combination.  (PS the strange light bands across the drawing is an artefact of taking photos in the strong sunlight).


Still life with punching bag and barbeque, pencil on grey tone paper, 4 February 2016

After this I turned my head and found my next subject, a folded umbrella.


Umbrella, handle and brick wall, pencil on grey toned paper, 4 February 2016

The Titan Aram

Horticultural types have been aghast with excitement at the second flowering of a Titan Arum lily (Amorphophaĺlus titanum) in the precincts of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens within weeks (the first flowered at the end of December 2015).

This second bloom, named “Ganteng”, or ‘handsome’, in Indonesian, started flowering on Sunday. I caught the story on the Sunday news so, as we were already visiting the family in Adelaide, getting to the gardens became a priority.

Thousands of people have visited the Bicentennial Conservatory since the flower first opened so we were relieved to find that by the time we arrived on Wednesday there not many people there at all. I made two drawings of the plant, both from the overhead walkway in the conservatory.


The Titan Arum, pencil on grey-toned paper, 3 February 2016

In the second drawing i tried to capture some of the excitement and interest viewing the flower has generated.

I’m not sure how long the flower will be on display, as it is curling up almost as fast as it unfurled. I’d love to get back and have another go at drawing it.