I've been on the road a lot lately (sorry for the lack of posts) but May saw me in my home town of Canberra painting a mural in Lonsdale Street Roasters Cafe, Braddon.
I was invited to paint a piece on the back wall of this busy cafe by local skate and lifestyle photographer (and all round shredder) Stella-Rae Zelnik in collaboration with her exhibition of film photographs. She had pasted up (glued straight to the wall) her photographs which gave such an incredible raw vibe to the whole show, definitely complementing her content (rough and rowdy skate rats and large scale in-your-face black and whites.
At the unofficial exhibition opening I hand painted straight on to some extra prints of her photos, resulting in some killer exhibition posters and paste ups. A lot more to come from this friendship folks, her and I are scheming new ways to collaborate every second day.
Putting down the first few strokes with a brand new brush. mmmm nothing like it.
It's getting rarer and rarer that I find myself drawing without a client, but I'm determined to change that over the coming months.
Here's a few old and new pieces of mine that are hanging on my studio walls at the moment.
I've just returned from an incredible week in Adelaide (after a sensational solo camping trip along the way, see below) where I travelled to meet Tristan Kerr, local young sign painter. He was busy setting up an incredible body of work for an exhibition at The Annex Cafe in beach front suburb, Glenelg.
Tristan was so welcoming and did a great job introducing me to the blossoming art scene in Adelaide, sharing his studio space with me at Tooth and Nail Studio and Gallery, in the CBD.
I laid my first fragile gold leaf on his stunning window sign at The Annex, and felt privileged when asked to design and paint the building number above their door.
The owner's of The Annex Cafe, Tash and Laura, are doing amazing things with their cafe/store/gallery/music venue and I spent the second half of my time in Adelaide with them combing vintage shops, sampling cafe food, planning my own exhibition there and generally having an awesome experience.
A huge thanks must go out to Tristan, Tash and Laura for taking me in and showing me all the totally rad stuff that Adelaide has to offer.
Tristan's gilded window sign
Me and my #3
Tristan and I talking 'shop' until late into the night
Tristan laying the delicate gold leaf down, piece by piece
Some of his artworks in the exhibition (trés cool)Photo credit: Tash McCammon
I just returned from an amazing road trip from Melbourne to Adelaide. It's an 8 hour drive if you take the freeway, but I drove the gorgeous Great Ocean Road for 3 nights and then turned north into The Grampians National Park for another 2 nights.
There's nothing like hitting the road by yourself, and opening yourself up to what ever opportunities lay before you.
Until my films develop, here are some digital photographs for you.
Huge surf scene along this stretch of coast, every lookout spot was full of surfers peering out of their vans to check out the surf. The worse the weather the better the conditions.
This stretch of coast line is renown for its treacherous weather and rough seas, creating some stunning cliff decay.
Sunrise on the Fleurieu Peninsular south of Adelaide
Storm rolling in at Port Campbell harbour
Getting my 4 x 4 in action off the beaten track
Breakfast in the bush
Met my first Koala bear in the middle of a quiet road where I pulled over and spent a few minutes trying to coerce him back into his tree
Hiking and camping in the Gampians National Park was absolutely unforgettable.
At the top of a long hike up to 'The Pinnacle'
Stretched my driving legs on my BMX bike at some great skateparks (in beautiful locations) in and around Adelaide
It's been a busy week but I've managed to squeeze in a few more flyer designs for show's in Austin, Texas.
By all accounts SXSW sounds like a time of madness and beards for ATX, with over 2, 000 PERFORMER's and brings in about 20, 000 visitors to Austin every year. Sounds hectic, but I'd love to see it one year.
Usually I'm out in different locations all week sign-writing, but this week I've been tucked up in my studio working on graphic design stuff, wish it was raining outside instead of being so beautiful and sunny!
Also had a play around photographing these dried flowers/herbs that have been hanging in my backyard for a few weeks -