Monday, January 31, 2011

A house

I have a house! After lots of looking at 'rennovators dreams' I finally found a cottage with a 'loved' feel and only needing cosmetic improvements. Today is settlement day.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Maribor Festival Paintings

Finally!  It took a while but I now have the paintings and sketches I made at the Maribor Music Festival in September 2010 online at

This is the Choir of London singing in the Maribor Cathedral accompanied by the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Miriam Gordon-Stewart sings Tosca

Here is your reason to go to Bremerhaven. This trailer shows just what small opera houses can do.

Last October I drew Miriam in Bremerhaven during a performance of Peter Grimes. Miriam sang the role of  Ellen Orford.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Opera Quay in Sydney

I drew this as I sat waiting for a friend at the Opera Quays Dendy theatre last weekend. We were seeing the Metropolitan Opera's new production of the Verdi opera Don Carlo. It was four and a half hours of exquisite singing. Wonderful but exhausting.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

On the Manly Ferry

Manly is much improved since I last visited many years ago, but the best part is still getting there by ferry. It is a magic trip.

Friday, January 07, 2011

View from Lou Jack's window

This is the view through the window of Lou Jack's Cafe on Newtown's King Street at 8:30am.
I love this time of the year in Sydney when the streets are almost empty. Soon everyone will come back from the coast and the street with throb with life again.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Otago Paintings

I have put a series of watercolours painted in NZ in November online at This one is of Dunedin's Mt Cargill.
A cloud often sits on top of Mt Cargill making it look like an iced bun. On top a TV antenna pokes out of the cloud.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

New Year Fireworks in Sydney

I have often seen Sydney's New Year fireworks but for the first time this year I had a box seat at an apartment in Greenwich. I could see the bridge as well as all five of the Sydney Harbour firework sites. It was a great welcome back.

This was the view at 6pm.
and this was the view at midnight.