The animator who animates your drawing!

Glen Vilppu’s a brilliant drawing teacher (he was an animator at Disney earlier on in his life), I discovered recently (while confined to bed with a flu – one of the few times I don’t feel guilty wasting time surfing the internet), on youtube with a fantastic analytical method of teaching drawing that makes learning to draw…

Miles Davis’ album cover for ‘Bitches Brew’

This is the cover of Miles Davis 1970 ‘Bitches Brew’ album. I was listening to this amazing piece of free floating jazz recently and suddenly thought who did the almost equally amazing cover as I was admiring the way the wave was rendered. (And the red and blue colour combinations which is one of my…

Bob Dylan at Stockholm’s Waterfront Congress Centre

Bob Dylan came and went like a gunslinger at Stockholm’s waterfront congress centre the other night- singing with his legs splayed like he was ready to shoot or ride a horse. It was funny. And not loud by any means-the 6 piece band- 2 guitars and one pedal steel– played this constant, quiet chugging and…

Checking out the opera days in Kuressaare, Estonia

I took this photo at a cafe around the moat of the Kuressaare Castle in Saaremaa, Estonia. Kuressaare was having an opera week of Georgian singers and dancers at the castle (there was a huge tent attached to one of the castle walls so that the castle was the back wall of the stage). We…

Aqua Sea and Rocks in Chania, Crete, Greece

Aqua Sea and Rocks in Chania, Crete, Greece, a photo by sawelli on Flickr. Oh the sea! How I love you. The sea in Crete was a real surprise. You see the pictures in magazines and you think there’s probably a bit of exaggeration. Well it’s not. It’s just so beautiful. The water so aqua…

Summer Synchronicity at Jan Juc Beach, Australia

Summer Synchronicity at Jan Juc Beach, Australia, a photo by sawelli on Flickr. I love this beach. The openness of the space. The immensity of the cliffs. The waves. It’s right next to Bells Beach where they have the famous international surfing competition every year. Though most of the time the waves aren’t that big…

My love for ‘Hughesy’

The other day my favourite art critic Robert Hughes ( or Hughesy as my friend John calls him) died. A picture of him looking stunning in his motorcycle gear at a Sydney art gallery was my introduction to him in the 70’s along with his book on Australian art ‘The Art of Australia’. I didn’t…

Summer book buying in Estonia

Estonia was a country I’d never really heard much about until a few years ago. Growing up in Australia you’d only ever hear of the Soviet Union. The countries that had been forcibly incorporated into it were like out of focus pictures from the past. You couldn’t really get a handle on who they were…

The Sirius Project by Dr Steven Greer

If anyone doesn’t know about Dr Steven Greer yet he’s a former emergency doctor who has dedicated himself for the last few decades to bringing the truth about extraterrestrials into the public domain. He’s written a few amazing books about these experiences (I’ve read one and you can see and read about his organisation CSETl…

Bob Dylan and the Landscape

‘Train Tracks’ Bob Dylan 2007 Gouache and watercolour I’m always looking for books written in english living in Stockholm and I managed a few months ago to pick up a cheap copy of Bob Dylan’s autobiography ‘Chronicles: Volume 1’. It came out in 2004 so clearly I’m not that big a fan but I’ve always…

Drawing from another planet: Patti Smith

I was a big fan of the musician/poet/artist Patti Smith when I was a teenager in the 70’s. Many hours were spent lying on the floor with the headphones blaring. I learnt a lot from her. French poetry for one which I had no idea about in my little suburban world. She worshipped Rimbaud. Recently…

Cezanne: my first landscape painting love

Paul Cezanne ‘Mont Sainte Victoire’ 1898-1902  Hermitage Museum, Russia Sometimes you forget how much you loved particular artists. Recently I saw one of Cezanne’s Mont St Victoire paintings on the internet and I remembered how much his paintings influenced my art aspirations when I was young. From his paintings I realised that landscape could be…