|2018 was a jumbled year with a
number of small trips in western Canada to give talks and
workshops on my graphic novel Julia.
Then, immediately after the touring ended in mid-November we went
to Australia, the subject of earlier trips in 2012,
2009 in the campervan, 2001
when we stayed in the Sydney area for 3 months, and of course the
period from 2006–10 when we actually lived there in Katoomba,
which is memorialized in a blog, a
book project, and various
It made sense to roll them altogether here, partly because I decided this year to have a real go with the coloured pencils ...
... that I had only used tentatively on the trip to Merida. As explained on my main page, for those of you interested in travel-sketching, I've gradually evolved from big sketchbooks and watercolours to the small Moleskine book and pencil, but missed having colour for some of the non-people things I wanted to draw. The result is an odd combination of outlines and colouring-in – not entirely satisfactory but worth exploring.
Anyway, in a very unedited fashion, here's the sketchbook (the actual size of the sketchbook is 8 1/4 x 5 inches, so the spreads are 8 1/4 x 10).
|You hike in about a kilometer to the Weed House on Ingram
Mountain east of Rock Creek. It was one of the classic images of
abandoned BC that I painted for Vanishing
British Columbia – it was the image on the back of the dust
jacket. Sixteen years later its portico had fallen off but,
amazingly, it was still standing.