Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Riff Raiders

My son's cousin Martin & his wife Jenny are in the Riff Raiders and so I couldn't help but post this image of their double poster, which I photographed this morning on a wall in Tullo Lane, Richmond. The Riff Raiders are a cover band, so head on down to Yah Yah's, 99 Smith Street, Fitzroy on 30 May if you want to hear them.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Anamorph surveyed by a gravy boat...

Anamorph being surveilled by a gravy boat, who imagines itself to be human. Acrylic painting on canvas. Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Acrylic painting May 2015

Here is the small (A3 sized) acrylic painting on canvas board I've been working on over the past few days. I may tweek it, but generally I'd say it's finished. I can't think of a title at the present time.
Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ear shaped handle, or, more drawings of a gravy boat

On Friday I went to the Kino Cinema in Melbourne to see Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas, 2015) which was an absolutely amazing film. Juliet Binoche brilliant as usual, however Kristen Stewart (Bella in the Twilight Series) was equally astounding. If you haven't seen it, the film is intelligent, intense and compelling and the mountains and clouds in Switzerland so seductive as is the plot, which touches ever so gently on un-recognised lesbian desire, ego, time and aging. Reality and fantasy slip so easily into each others space through the mirroring of art and life and as always death never far away.
Yesterday, since it was such a sunny day, I went into NGV International to see the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition and also saw the English Embroidery exhibition, both beautifully decorative. On my way home I dropped into the Red Cross opportunity shop in Bridge Road, Richmond and purchased the only other Vintage silver plated Gravy Boat they had. This one has an ear-shaped handle and is larger than the other one I've been drawing. It may be that it was made by Wallace silversmith's, most probably made in the 1940s. Here's the drawing I did of it late yesterday afternoon. I've used watercolor and waterproof ink pen on A4 Fabriano watercolor paper.
Gravy boat. Julie Clarke (c) 2015
Here's the one I've just completed on Sunday morning using color pencils and fine liner pen.
Gravy Boat #8. Julie Clarke (c) 2015
And one that I did late afternoon, early evening today (Sunday). Apologies for the dark flash marks shown on these drawings and the fact that the background looks grey when the drawings have been done on white paper.
Gravy boat with Dragonfly. Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Drawings of a Gravy Boat

Six small (on A4, Arches 100% cotton rag, or Fabriano watercolor paper) pencil, watercolor and ink drawings I did of a Vintage Silver plated Gravy Boat I found in an op shop on Thursday. Some of them look like birds to me, others, something else.
Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Julie Clarke (c) 2015
This one is on Fabriano paper. Julie Clarke (c) 2015
Gravy Boat as Slouch Hat.  Fabriano watercolor paper. Julie Clarke (c) 2015
And now it becomes an Owl. Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015

More hand gestures, or There's life in the old girl yet #4

Hand gestures. Photo: Julie Clarke (c) 2015
I've been experimenting with 'curve' adjustment in Photoshop, which basically allows me to change the tonal quality of the colors in a photograph. Also, I haven't made a collage for over two decades so I've begun cutting out interesting objects and elements from glossy magazines. This, plus the fact that I've been (again) looking at the art of Hieronymus Bosch may mean that I will produce some interesting chimaeras, though hopefully not too monstrous. Every time I look at this self-portrait (above) I think of Gloria Swanson in the 1950s film Sunset Boulevard, and that amazing final scene as Norma Desmond, fading film star walks down the stars. Salome I am not, but hand gestures really interest me.
Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond. http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/Norma_Desmond

Thursday, May 7, 2015

There's life in the old girl yet #3

There's life in the old girl yet #3. Photo: Julie Clarke (c) 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Goth punk couple Swan Street, Richmond.

I braved the rain and cold for the second time today to pick up a couple of books on Hieronymus Bosch from the Richmond Library. I was walking down Swan Street when I noticed this rather stylish couple about to enter the Video shop across the road. I'm unsure whether to call them Goth or Punk, or simply Romantic. Notice that although I was a fair way from them they noticed me noticing them.
Goth/punk couple Swan Street, Richmond. Photo: Julie Clarke (c) 2015