Early in my career as an artist I set myself the massive task of drawing 40 Major Buildings located in Sydney. Using only pen and ink I visited what was considered the most famous and historical buildings at that time.
At the top is one of the 40 drawings. This is of Sydney’s popular Strand Arcade. I wanted to show the beautiful delicate wrought iron artwork and the light and airiness of this unique building. Above is a recent photo showing the arcade preparing for the Christmas Season.
All drawings were done on site with all the problems that went along with that. People, weather – heat, rain, winds etc., interruptions, and many others were always challenging and testing my resolve. There were some interesting things that happen and one particular story I remember was drawing Kirribilli House. Kirribilli House is the official Sydney residence of the Australian Prime Minister.
It is beautifully set on the shores of Sydney’s magnificent harbour. So as you can imagine security was very strong. After receiving official clearance I was able to have free access to the gardens to choose my best viewing point. I’m not sure how long it took me to sketch the building but I remember a Security Guard remaining with me the whole time. Most of the drawings were sold at the time and provided the money necessary to travel and live in Europe.
I hope you enjoyed this small but informative journey into my past.
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