What I did on my holidays – Part 1

I will now relate the events of my trip to Sydney, with accompanying sketches and the quick cartoons which served as my Twitter and Facebook updates. You can see the sketchbook images at a larger size by clicking on a picture. That will take you to its Flickr page which will give you an option to see it at a larger size. The cartoons are in odd lights because I took them (usually on location) with my phone.

Page 01

First, to start the sketchbook, are some drawings from the “Art in the 21st Century” exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. It was an exhibit full of fun – slides from the top floor to the bottom, rooms full of balloons and finches, tables of Lego spires, walls of wishes. At their best, modern art galleries are like carnivals, with hundreds of people looking and making and wondering and having fun.

Page 02

I went down to Sydney for a week, flying mid-week and staying in a backpacker hostel in Kings Cross because that way I can spend more money on coffee and avoid the crushing loneliness that inhabits hotel rooms.

Here I am waiting for the train to the airport in Brisbane. You may recognise the station from such movies as Daybreakers.

Mostly I walked and drank coffee. Sometimes I sat in bookstores and recovered from walking, and drank coffee. The weather was beautiful. I drew birds, and was not attacked by seagulls.

Page 03

I went on my usual personal literary tour – the gardens and Pitt Street for An Older Kind of Magic, and the Rocks for Playing Beattie Bow. I meandered through Darlinghurst and started a story about maps and recursiveness (I finished the first draft today).

I went to the gallery, where it all became very recursive, with sketchers sketching sketchers of sketches.

The Archibald Prize exhibition was on, and I went for the first time ever.

Page 04

I sat in the Domain and watched people sleep on the grass between sports fields, then went to the State Library for more portraits, and then walked through the Rocks and up to Observatory Hill for the Salon de Refusés (the pictures which didn’t get into the Archibald finals). I saw Nick Stathopoulos’ luminous painting of Shaun Tan.

I went to two Sydney Writers Festival sessions with Karen,  saw Pirates of the Caribbean 4 with her and other friends, and was disappointed that it only contained 1 line from the book which ostensibly suggested it. I descended gracefully from bunkbeds without waking German backpackers.

I went to Carriageworks on the Saturday for the markets and drew dogs until Guan and Bec and Karen and Astrid arrived. I carried proteas and marshmallows for Bec, and met Emma Kidd at her stall at the Finders Keepers markets!

Page 05

I spent a lovely afternoon with Karen and Ben and Astrid. Ben kept comparing Astrid’s intelligence levels to various animals, trying to get an indication of her current developmental level.

On Saturday night I went to Bec’s for a fundraising dinner for Hope Street with Bec, Rachel, Karen, Ben, Astrid, Bec’s mother, George, Elsie, Lachlyn and Tamara. I think that was everyone. Dinner was delicious – chicken and couscous and butterscotch sauce and marshmallows and marinated figs.

To be continued… Part 2

17 thoughts on “What I did on my holidays – Part 1

  1. How very lovely. All your little bites together are perfect. I especially love the gallery page. I am still a little amazed how you managed to sketch me as well. Beautiful work.

  2. I can’t get over thae fact that you’ve even heard of ‘An Older Kind of Magic’ and ‘Playing Beattie Bow’. One of the biggest thrills on my first visit to Sydney was hunting up the locations for ‘Playing Beattie Bow’. It is one of my favourite YA novels … and I love everything ever written by Patricia Wrightson (even if she is consider politically incorrect these days). I always hunt down her books in secondhand shops. I keep hoping to find a copy of ‘The Nargun and the Stars’.

  3. Keep hunting Lynne: I am not sure what happened to my copy of The Nargun and the Stars, but they are out there, randomly, at Lifeline Book Sales and whatnot.

    I love your pic of gracefully getting down off a bunk bed. I just spent two nights at a YHA and it took me till the second night to figure out how to go down gracefully. It was hilarious!

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  5. Sounds as though you had a great time – I am so glad. The Art Gallery sounds interesting, and after looking over the Hope Street website I am in awe of what they are doing. (That meal is something awe-some too…”chicken and couscous and butterscotch sauce and marshmallows and marinated figs”!!! Wow.)

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  7. I stumbled upon your post browsing through wordpress travel. I am new to wordpress and my blog is still scarce. I am very fascinated with your sketches and how you tell your stories. I enjoyed reading this post. Very cool! Thanks!

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