2013

Art Talk at the NSW art gallery by mike lamble

Art talk at the Art Gallery of NSW by Mike Lamble

TALK AT THE NSW ART GALLERY BY MIKE LAMBLE

Art Talks at the NSW Art Gallery by Mike Lamble.

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‘Art a la Cart’, a personal view by Mike Lamble.
Saturday 7th of December, 2pm.

We will explore various paintings from the gallery’s permanent collection – ‘A Magical Mystery Tour’.
To gain access to the paintings of great artists is to go on a journey with infinite possibilities, sharing visions of another age. I will guide you through six centuries of western art.
We will examine what makes a great painting – the use of context, technique, narrative, symbolism, meaning and historical style. We will discuss context.
After an hour we will make our way downstairs to the cafe and enjoy excellent company while nibbling on something wicked resuming our tour approximately half an hour later.
The tour will conclude at approximately 4pm.

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Click Here for advice on parking or public transport access to the gallery. Note our tour will exceed the time limit for the meter parking in Art Gallery Road so the Domain parking station is the best place to park.

drawing by Mike Lamble

“Talent? What talent?” – written by Mike Lamble

Scenary Sketch by Mike Lamble

The scenary sketch by Mike Lamble.

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble

It was great to see that some of my students practiced drawing in the recent holidays. You have no idea how that encourages me as a teacher, it is an essential discipline if you want to improve as artists.

I have mentioned to most of you that over the years I have endured anger, frustration, temper, and lack of progress from some students who then dump it on me because they don’t practice! But then expect to just walk into the studio and paint and draw ‘just like that’, then complain “It’s not working for me” as though it is something beyond their control! Or I hear “I don’t have the talent”. Well this may surprise some of you, nor do I!!

My old Art Director used to remind me “You are only as good as your last job”. So whatever I have painted in the past counts for nothing if I DON’T PRACTICE!!!! Which is what I did in the holidays. Here are a few examples:

Scenary Sketch by Mike Lamble

The scenary to draw

A statue drawing by Mike Lamble

A statue to draw

How many of you have heard it said by great sportsmen, musicians or anyone good at what they do – “Practice at least 10,000 hours”. In my case I knew in junior school when asked by my teacher what I wanted to do for a living, “Commercial Artist” was my reply. I have painted for some of the worlds biggest companies. I was once offered a job in Hollywood (yuk), nothing to do with talent, just sheer determination and single mindedness. So if there is hope for me what does that say for you girls and boys who have real talent?


Henry and Mike @Canberra

“Angel in the Rain” – written by Steve Murnaghan (Thursday 6.30-9pm)

Steve Murnaghan and his painting "Angel in the Rain"

Steve and his painting “Angel in the rain”.

Steve MurnaghanWritten by Steve Murnaghan (joining Thursday class 6.30-9pm)

Thursday night students have shared my journey this year with the progress of Angel in the Rain which I was delighted to finish last month. It is now framed and has pride of place in my lounge room at home.

Angel with light

The painting looks even better with the lighting for it.

Mike has suggested for some time that I settle on a theme so that I can develop a series of works and I have decided that stone sculptures and statues portraiture will be it. They are such evocative images with lovely clean lines and all the imperfections of natural stone with years of weathering. I have enjoyed doing landscapes at NSA but I seem to be drawn back to portraiture all the time, whether it be in pencil or paint. I am already progressing well with the second piece in this series.

I need to get my camera and go and find original subjects to paint. I found Angel in the Rain on the internet. Using other peoples material can take you into some murky copyright areas. When I realised Angel was going to be something a bit special I took the bold step of contacting the photographer directly to ask his permission to paint it and I was very happy when he replied with is approval. I felt I could have a problem on my hands if the opportunity arose some time in the future to display the work or publicise it. Or sell it!!

I don’t have such a problem sourcing images from the internet if I don’t have any other plans than to simply hang the work at home. Flickr and Tumblr are sensational resources for some stunning imagery. Even Google Images is good. Think of what you’d like to paint, enter it into the search function and scroll away to your hearts content. If you find something you like be sure to make a note of what it’s called or where it’s from as images are often difficult to relocate if you have to go searching for them again! Print it off and paint away!

I also use technology to benchmark my progress. Each week I take a picture of my work with my phone and email it to myself. I can then get it on my desktop and compare it with last weeks work and the original from which I am painting. This comparison process easily highlights particular areas that need to be corrected for shape or proportion. Once I have got the subject correctly mapped out it is a much more satisfying task to work on the detail and the end result will be good. When a work is finished it’s interesting to see the development of the piece from the very beginning too. Here is an example of this with my current work (yet to be given a title). I can see all sorts of tweaks and adjustments I need to make next week!

Marble Pair

Steve’s painting (left) and The photo of statue (right).

Why does it have a purple background?
Because when I printed the picture out on my desk top laser printer the dodgy colour settings gave me a distinctly different picture from the original. I will correct the colours of the statue as I go but it’s probably too late to rescue the background! I actually don’t mind it.

With Angel in the Rain I enjoyed working on a large size canvas. The picture actually carried a lot of fine detail so I had to be quite disciplined with when to call it finished. I could have gone on adding dots forever! The areas of the picture that are less distinct and faded out of ‘focus’ a bit were a satisfying element. I applied largish dobs of lighter (or darker) colour over dried layers of colour and then scumbled them out with a dry brush. This technique created the lovely blotchiness of the piece. Even the little fine dots got a once over with the dry brush to soften them. One of the things I love about painting with oils is accidentally discovering a technique, or maybe simply a colour. All-of-a-sudden you go “Wha? How did that happen?”, “I don’t know but I like it!” and off you go on some new journey of creativity and discovery.

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Steve’s Brush box.

I didn’t take any pictures of Angel right at the beginning of the process but here are comparisons of an early one, one from the middle and one nearing completion.

Process 1

Process 2

Process 3


mike lamble faceMike said: I enjoyed watching Steve create this beautiful image over the months and I know my constant suggestions at times must have driven him nuts but he took it all with good grace and the end result was worth it.
It is a superb painting superbly painted with a totally professional attitude to the challenges it presented until he completed it, some of my students would do well to take a leaf out of Steve’s book!
I’m trying to find something to bag him over, for once I cant think of anything …………….. except man u 1 MAN CITY 4 thanks to the BBC.


If you haven’t read “Ask our students” article about Steve, Click here.

“How touched was I by the events of 9/11” – written by Mike Lamble

"The Indian village" by Mike Lamble

“The Indian Village” by Mike Lamble.

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble

I was reminded last week that it was the twelfth anniversary of the events of September 11 2001, the attack on the World Trade Centre shocking us all as we stared in disbelief at our TV screens. At the time I was working for The Bill Smith Studio on Fifth Avenue New York as a freelance illustrator here in Australia.

My latest painting for them had been picked up by FEDEX from my studio two days before and had gone missing. In the subsequent correspondence between myself and Lily Coluna (art buyer) we eventually tracked it down to Dallas Fort Worth as all packages destined for New York from around the world had been re-routed for fear of further terrorist attacks.

I asked her how she was feeling? this is what she said in part,
“We work only three blocks from the World Trade Centre. She cried, a great sadness had spread over the city. That first day they all went home they were so scared”

It was said at the time the world would never be the same. Twelve years on the scar inflicted by that event on the consciousness of humanity remains as potent as ever!


Henry (6months)

Henry

Thank you for all of your kind words. – written by Mike Lamble

Henry on Friday 30th August 2013 at Vets

Last picture of Henry (8yo) taken at the Vets – Friday 30th August 2013.

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble

This week was a very sad week for all of us connected to the art school as we lost a much loved and highly valued member of staff. He loved going sketching with me all over NSW and most weekends in the local area. He would spend afternoons with me between classes toasting his toes on my radiator and when excitedly I would show him the progress of my latest masterpiece I was left in no doubt what he thought of it as the rumbles emanating from deep in his abdomen found expression a few seconds later on my carpet Henry the much loved dog is missed and will be missed for a long time to come.

Henry with Kids going to the park, lunch time of school holiday workshop

Henry with Kids going to the park, lunch time of school holiday workshop

Henry in the Adults evening class.

Henry in the kids class

To see ourselves as others see us Henry was a huge part of my life but I never thought of it from the point of view how my students saw us until their expressions of shock and sadness this week “You and Henry were so close, great understanding between the two of you… so a beautiful dog so well behaved” to name a few. Thanks Pye for the card. Sill there is a little bit of him sitting on the mantlepiece in the studio!

  • Henry and Mike in 2005
  • Henry and Mike in 2010
Henry and Mike in MG

Henry and Mike

iPad Art by Ako Lamble

“The Best Friend” iPad Art by Ako Lamble.


Ako Lamble Ako said: I’ve learnt a lot from the loss of Henry. One of them is that our mind can easily create illusions according to our expectations. I still see him or rather feel him somewhere in the art school. I KNOW he’s gone but I see his huge face with a rather sad look appearing at the entrance as I climb the art school stairs, I can even hear his wagging tail banging on the door in welcoming rhythm. I suppose it will be like this for a long time… yes we all miss Henry.

Henry waits for everybody coming.

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Mike Lamble taking a photo of a landscape.

” Will miss you all ! ” -written by Mike Lamble

Mike is taking a photo of the landscape.

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble

I pinch myself  to think I have you guys round me every day of the week I am probably one of the few people that loves what they do and looks forward to Mondays.
Love what you do and do what you love has been my approach to my working life since leaving college which hasn’t always been easy as I referred to in my earlier blog on starting out as an illustrator and leaving the security of working at Saatch and Saatchi behind.

 If I have any time I practice drawing more than painting between researching, writing, scanning pictures, archives and paintings for my next talk, but it isn’t always easy sometimes I feel like “bad cop” when students miss a few classes and state “they will make them up the following term” I have to say no even though the terms are on the website under Fees
then I find I am explaining the reasons to stop their irritation.

Many of my friends say I’m lucky luck has nothing to to with it, very often I have to work seven days a week running the school. When I first started the art school for over two years I slept on the floor in the room at the back sleeping on the models mattress with cockroaches for company before dashing off to work as a freelance illustrator until the art school started to support itself it was hard meeting those deadlines in the States as I started to spend more and more time here but at least I had a kitchen and bathroom(and there is another story) boy it was worth it then and worth it now, so whilst I am looking forward to driving god knows where with my sketchbook thats a hint to all of you! I will be hanging out by then to see you.


All I got was sun for lunch

Ako Lamble iPad Art Northshore School of Art

Ask Our Teacher – Ako Lamble (iPad Art)

“I suppose what I do on my creative works has been based on “what if” spirit and editing (mixing/collaging) methods.”
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iPad Art by Ako Lamble / Procreate app
The gif animation was created with Corel Painter.

Name: Ako Lamble
Teaching at NSA: iPad Art Weekly Classes / iPad Art Workshops
Joined NSA since: 2002

NSA: What doodle / drawing / painting did you do in your early life that you were the most proud of? How old were you?

AKO: I suppose that the comic manga book I made when I was around 9-10 yo was the one I was proud of. I wrote a story about me and my best girl friend who lived a few doors away, it was a success story of us becoming a duo pop star who could sing and dance (that’s what I desperately wanted to do those days). It was all hand made and approximately 15 pages long. I wish I kept it but who knows where it is now.

Ako Lamble and best friend

Ako (left) and her childhood best friend Naomi (right), both are 13yo.

PinkLady

Ako made a comic manga book inspired by the Pinklady’s comic book (above).

NSA: Have you been always artistic / creative? if so, in what way?

AKO: “WHAT IF…?” has been always the top phrase in my dictionary. Unlike Mike as a single minded artist since he was young, I had too many minds (and still do)… I was a doodler, an obsessive letter writer,  a member of choir, trained to be an announcer for 6 years in the school broadcasting club (which was a big thing to me)… Everybody around me expected that I would be an announcer (in Japan) but I went to collage to learn Photography because I wanted to make a film (oh dear…).

Make a long story short, learning Photography (before the digital photography era) has taught me “how to see” which helped me a lot when I drew and painted afterwords. I still remember the words from the “mastering editing” book which I read in my college days, it said “there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9), so there is no point to be striving to create “originals” because there is no such thing, what you can do is mixing them, collaging them or editing them nicely” I thought that was absolutely true and instantly took off my unnecessary pressure which was “i have to create “originals” to impress people”, rather I enjoyed my experiments. I still do the same. So I suppose what I do on my creative works has been based on “what if” spirit and editing (mixing/collaging) methods.

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Broadcasting was a big thing to Ako (17yo)

AKO: I fell in love with the felting a few years back, making scarves and small items like book marks, coasters, Jewellery … I made my original brand called “woolhug” and sell them on the net and the shop but it’s getting slow because I put more my time on iPad Art these days, I am not going to give up my felting which can satisfy my needs to do 3D craft.
"Reading Mate" felted bookmarks by Ako Lamble

“Reading Mate” (felted bookmarks) – designed and felted by Ako Lamble.
The eyes popped out when the book is closed and it can sit because of the wire in the body.

The felted coasters by Ako Lamble

The felted coasters – designed and felted by Ako Lamble.
Fried egg, Bacon, Tomato and Swiss cheese

The felted scarf by Ako Lamble

The felted scarf – designed and felted by Ako Lamble.
One of her customers asked Ako to make this when she saw the egg and bacon coasters.
This was a gift for her friend who loves bacon and egg.

Ako Lamble at the Glebe Market

Ako was selling her felted products at the Glebe Markets.

NSA: What made you join NSA? Where did you hear/find about NSA?

AKO:  I originally joined Mike’s cartooning class at Mosman evening college and he introduced me to his art school, I joined the following year. It was my first experience painting with oil paints which I enjoyed very much. I started with a simple flower then after a few paintings I painted a cat quite well that led me to paint pet portraits and human portraits.

Ako Lamble's very first oilpainging

Ako’s very first oil painting at NSA.

Oil painting by Ako Lamble

The oil painting of a cat which encouraged Ako to paint pet portraits

Oil painting by Ako Lamble

“Berney” oils, commissioned work.

"Henry at the dog beach" Oil by Ako Lamble

“Henry plays at the beach” Oils

"Bella on Silver" Oil by Ako Lamble

“Bella and Silver” Pastels, commissioned work.

Oil painting by Ako Lamble

“Emi” Oils

Oil painting by Ako Lamble

“Twins” Oils

NSA: If you are allowed to have any famous painting in the world on your wall, what would it be and Why?

AKO: I would love to have “The Ball” by Félix Vallotton on my wall if you ask me now, it might be different another time. I did not know the artist but when I saw his painting in the exhibition “Masterpieces From Paris” at NGA in 2010, I instantly fell in love with it. It was not a huge painting but I was drawn to it very much. I like the composition and setting, it tells a story. I can look at the painting all day long and wonder how the story develops, the child chasing a ball reminds me of “Alice in Wonderland” and the ladies in the distance reminds me of a private conversation between Anna Karenina and her niece, Kitty.

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“The Ball” by Félix Vallotton

NSA: What creative project are you working on right now and what would you like to achieve with your art within the next year?

AKO: To establish the iPad Art Classes / Workshops involves a large part of my creative mind, I understand so many people are skeptical about iPad Art because it’s new and digital. My creativity comes in to “show and tell” in the way people can easily relate to it and see the potential as a powerful art tool which they can use straight away.

Also I’m responsible for the art school’s website and organising blog articles, Mike and I constantly talk about how we can grow our art community and how we can interact with each other. The interview “Ask Our Students” is the most fun job for me to do. I enjoy knowing each one’s story about their creativity, it’s so inspiring. This will be an ongoing project.

To create my own iPad Art itself doesn’t need much of my energy, my time or even my creative mind, as I said I still have too many minds to do things and iPad serves a person like me very well. It can be my sketch book, art journal, art references, canvas to paint on while listening to music or I can even read something to feed my spirituality… wonderful!

NSA: why do you teach art, or what do you get out of it?

AKO: I teach iPad Art because I would like to encourage and inspire those who gave up their art due to difficulties in life to pick up their art again. I constantly have a lack of energy and limited time to do creative things, so without the iPad I couldn’t pick up my painting again. It is my pleasure to share my knowledge and experiences with others, in return I also learn and get inspired by them.

NSA: Finally, would you design a T-shirt for Mike to wear in the class?

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mike lamble faceMike said “Darling, your breath isn’t too good, I think you ate too much curry last night, will you please take your toung out of my ear?…….. Oh hello Henry!”


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Henry said "Is that a Chai Late?"

Henry is allowed to lick the cup if it’s a Chai Late.

Olivia Case Mosman Art Youth Prize Northshore School of Art

Mosman Youth Art Prize 2013: Congratulations Olivia! – written by Mike Lamble

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NSA Teenage students visited Mosman Art Gallery to see Mosman Youth Art Prize

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble

This Art school has supported the Mosman Youth Art Prize for more than ten years with prize money and Mike acting as judge in certain categories because I believe its my responsibility to nurture their creativity and encourage them to challenge their perceived limitations.

You can see the young Olivia on our Youtube video when she received a commendation in the Mosman Art Prize 2008 when she was 12 having joined the art school when she was 10.

To be a successful artist you need three things in my opinion, in order they are;

  1. Drive
  2. Practice
  3. Talent

ever since I have had the pleasure in teaching Olivia from the age of ten allowing for all of life’s other distractions she has displayed those qualities in spades her work speaks for itself so a few words about Olivia herself.

I think it’s fair to say I love teaching my two classes of teenagers and for many those can be turbulent years as my many conversations with mums and dads testify Olivia has been a delight steady and pretty ‘cool’ over the years so much so she has worked as a teachers assistant on a number of occasions for this school.

I am constantly receiving requests from other teachers looking for work in my art school to no avail but If I had a permanent position I would jump at the chance to ask her to join us.

Sadly she will be leaving me this year to go on to University so its like loosing a younger sister, but I know in whatever career she chooses to follow she will be successful.

Mosman Youth Art Prize 2013

Mosman Youth Art Prize 2013

Mosman Youth Art Prize 2013

Olivia Case Teenage Art Student of Northshore School of ArtOlivia said: “I have been taking painting and drawing classes with Mike Lamble, on Friday afternoons for the past eight years. This year I entered the Mosman Youth Art Prize with a portrait of my close friends Ailsa, and was chosen for two prizes in my category. I painted the work late last year during my classes at NSA. I enjoyed creating this piece because portraiture was something I had been looking to explore for a long time, and it was good to acquire some experience in this area, prior to the commencement of my HSC year. Mike’s classes on proportions in portraiture were an excellent starting point for understanding the facial form, and Mike’s continued guidance and advice throughout the art making process was invaluable. It was great to see all I have learned about portraiture and working with oils during my time as Mikes’ student at NSA, culminated in a single piece, which could be appreciated by a wider audience at the Mosman Art Prize. I would encourage anyone with a passion for creating art to enter this competition, as it provides a wonderful opportunity for the exhibition of young artists work.”

Ann Reeves is painting in the art class of northshore school of art.

Ask Our Students – Ann Re​eves (Wednesday 7-9pm)

” I take an art class
To improve my ability
To see others’ creativity.”

Ann Reeves

Name: Ann Re​eves (Wednesday 7-9pm)

Joined NSA: around 2 years ago

NSA: What doodle / drawing / painting did you do in your early life that you were the most proud of? How old were you?

ANN: 13~14yo.

NSA: Have you been always artistic / creative? if so, in what way?

ANN: Yes. Musical, dance, some acting, drawing and doodling.

NSA: What made you join NSA? Where did you hear/find about NSA?

ANN: From the street sign.

NSA: If you are allowed to have any famous painting in the world on your wall, what would it be and Why?

ANN: Many artists however I love Lautrec, Renoir, Rubens and Monet.

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

“Salon at the Rue des Moulins” by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

NSA: What are you working on in the class right now and what would you like to achieve with your art within a year?

ANN: Better drawing skill.

NSA: why do you take the class, or what do you get out of it?

ANN: To improve my ability, to see others’ creativity.

All drawings by Ann Reeves

Drawing by Anne Forrest-Re​eves

Drawing by Anne Forrest-Re​eves

Drawing by Anne Forrest-Re​eves

Drawing by Anne Forrest-Re​eves

Drawing by Anne Forrest-Re​eves

Drawing by Anne Forrest-Re​eves

Drawing by Anne Forrest-Re​eves

NSA: Finally, would you design a T-shirt for Mike to wear in the class?

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mike_face Mike said “The t-shirt……….Naughty!
Annie is my free spirited student who came to me with sketchbooks full of ideas from her time living in America her art teacher had shown her so many things (which made the teacher look good) but didn’t do much to teach her how to do it!
THE CHALLENGE ?
How do I persuade cajole plead talk insist someone with such a bubbly lively personality who breezes into the studio at well more or less when the class starts looking like she has just parked her Harley Davidson outside, to sit down and concentrate on drawing negative space for the next x number of weeks…….not easy!!
Two years later and one glass of wine I ask myself how am I going to persuade her to venture into oil painting…….not easy!!
One year after that and two glasses of wine later I ask myself how on earth am I going to persuade her to paint a group of pears to develop her technique instead of painting the Mona Lisa……not easy!!
Ahhhhhh
She is an asset to my art school big xx and oo”


Ako Lamble Ako said “I would like to show my appreciation to Annie for helping a lot on our annual exhibition last year. She always brightens a room wherever she walks in.”

Annie and Pye helped for our annual exhibition in Dec 2012

Annie and Pye helped for our annual exhibition in Dec 2012


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“Being creative with an active toddler in tow” – written by Hannah Klupiec

iPad Art by Hannah Klupiec

hannah_faceWritten by Hannah Klupiec

Being creative with an active toddler in tow is harder than expected. I enjoy the spirited one so much though some times he is the great negotiator. I still crave time for myself but have to sacrifice this time often. I work part time then come home to see him and want be a part of the family unit again. The evening rituals require great energy only to see him off to bed and be too tired to even think about time for painting. Making a card or jewellery for friends seems to give me great delight that I wonder if i will ever get an art space for myself where I don’t have to worry about packing up all the time. I really don’t know how some women do it working and being a parent. I think that’s why many are great multitaskers and make sacrifices.
The iPad has been a wonderful way for me to get back into art making…even if it is only for a short period with “Procreate” and “Snapseed” – my latest 2 favourite apps pushing my abilities, confidence and knowledge.

Thum nail of iPad Art by Hannah Klupiec

Click the image above to go to the Flickr site to see more of Hannah’s iPad Art.


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iPad Art coloured leaves painted by Ako Lamble using a moleskine sketchbook.

iPad Art – “Why iPad Art instead of iPad Painting? ” written by Ako Lamble

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“A desk lamp in the morning sun” iPad Art by Ako Lamble

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,

I deliberately call my class “iPad Art” class instead of calling “iPad Painting” or “iPad Drawing” class because it is not just for draw/paint digitally, you can do more with iPad, I’ll show you one of the good examples today.

My back ground is Photography, I spent my college days in the dark room, if not I was chasing lights and shadows in the field. It took a while for me to handle colours properly after I studied and practiced the B&W photography for long time.

However, it was a happy surprise to know the training I had with photography of how to see the lights and shadows helped me a lot when I started drawing and painting afterwards. I can see the subject much clearer, I instantly make the subject into a black and white picture in my mind and find the lines, negative spaces, perspective and so forth. Even the times I can’t draw properly, I can see what is wrong at least.

I recently invented a way to do a fun sketching with iPad. I call it “Pretend sketching”. You sometimes see a photo like this (below). People take a picture of their sketch and subject together, I got the idea from it.

Drawing by Mike Lamble

Mike’s sketch.

I have a few collections of beautiful scenery images. I chose one of them and made this (below) with iPad and Procreate app.

Pretend sketching template

One of the pretend sketching templates.

Then I drew the scenery within a sketchbook area as if I were sitting there and sketching, the result is this (below).

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“The rainbow field” iPad Art by Ako Lamble

Soon then I started using my own photos instead of using beautiful images taken by someone else. The process is interesting because it starts from the final image in your mind otherwise you will easily forget to make a space for a sketchbook which you would draw on later, so when I found something interesting (usually it has good light and shadow), I clearly picture in my mind where my sketch book would be located and how the subject is going to be seen in the background then shoot it. I quite like using a small moleskine sketchbook now which has the off-white or yellowish papers that give warm and organic feelings which is very important to me when I do digital art, I also like it having a sewing line in the middle of the two-page spread and make sure I don’t loose it after I draw, I enjoy very much creating the illusion that way.

I consider this whole process is iPad Art, from finding and taking photos of a subject to drawing and sharing them with your friends.

Oh, I should tell you that all my iPad paintings listed here didn’t take me more than 15 minutes (because it’s done as “drawing for a 15 min a day project“), it took another 15 minutes to take a photo with my iPhone and then assemble the background with iPad.

iPad Art by Ako Lamble

“The Autumn carpet” iPad Art by Ako Lamble

Winter is the best season to take a great photo because sun light is nice and soft which travels at a low angle and gives long shadows during most of the day. You don’t need to go to Paris to take such a pretty picture, it can be created right in your own backyard, kitchen or living room if you have winter sun there.

iPad Art by Akolamble

“The lights though blinds in kitchen” iPad Art by Ako Lamble


Weekly Classes for iPad Art (for All Levels)

10am – 12pm TUESDAY
1pm – 3pm TUESDAY
$330 for Term (10wks) / $35 for Casual

We have started the weekly classes for iPad Art this term, and it has been going very well. This would be the way to go if you would like to do it at your own pace. Your questions will be answered and instructions will be given according to your level of understanding on a weekly basis, so come to the class with your well-charged-iPad, have fun and make your iPad a powerful art tool which you won’t want to be without! Download Enrolment form.

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Good news is you can learn iPad Art as an optional in the Monday night class (7-9pm) from term 4, it’s good for those who only have their free time in the evenings.


Hunter in the winter sun

New arrangement for weekly monday night art classes northshore school of art

The new arrangement for the Monday night class -written by Mike Lamble

New Monday Night Art Class

New arrangement for the monday night class.

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble

The new arrangement will start from Term 3

In my last blog I wrote about the benefits and pleasure of life drawing this was written as an encouragement not only to my students but to other artists and students who may read my words. Many of us who are professional artists understand it as an essential form of practice as an aid to our painting drawing or illustrating, sadly not every artist or student appreciates that.

Over the years I have become aware through models, teachers, artists and students the number of life drawing classes has been in decline around Sydney, unfortunately even we have not escaped the declining number of students. On the other hand, the number of enquiries for the drawing & painting class for beginners was increasing, so we came up with a great idea.

Monday night will now become a beginners drawing and painting class for new students, but for our existing students including iPad Art students an extra class has become available.

I still encourage our students to do the life drawing once a term in the Monday night class and Wednesday night class. We also will increase the Saturday morning life drawing workshop from once to twice a term.

I believe that the new arrangement will give more of a chance to many of our students to experience the benefit of the life drawing.


Beginners Draw & Paint (weekly / casual)

7 – 9pm Mondays
$330 per Term (10wks)
$35 per Casual Class

For absolute beginners

For all those who doubt that they have a single creative bone in their body! Let us prove you wrong! Everybody has the ability to draw and paint. All you need is the enthusiasm to do so. We uncover the tricks of the trade through simple exercises that will teach you to see like an artist. Get your lines right, get your tone right, understand how perspective and scale works. Learn how to use colour pencil and be introduced to oil painting. Discover skills you never thought you had in our fun and relaxed environment!

Oils or iPad?

After completing your first 10-week-term in basic drawing, you have the option of starting your first oil painting (it will be explained in greater detail on your first night) or discover the iPad as your powerful art tool and create the digital art.

Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions about the class. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au / Phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 / Download Enrolment form


Henry 8weeks old

“We don’t always see” – written by Stephen Dernocoure

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

STEPHEN

Written and drawn by Stephen Dernocoure

At that moment drawing became the otherside of looking
and I said yes, now I see it.
When I began to draw the next day I had to start all over again,
how mysterious.

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Stephen’s sketchbook.


Life Drawing Workshops – Last Saturday of Each Term

Saturday morning 10am – 12:30pm
29th June 2013
$50 per person per class

Why don’t you join our Life Drawing Workshops? Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions about the life drawing class. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au / Phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 / Download Flyer

iPad Art Workshop (18th May 2013) Review – written by Ako Lamble

Erika, Charlotte(12yo) and Anna

Erika, Charlotte (12yo) and Anna

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,
We’ve just finished the second iPad Art Workshop on 18th May 2013. We had a great day together. I initially planned and designed my workshop for adults only for many reasons. However, Mike encouraged me to accept Charlotte (12yo) when she wanted to join my workshop. “Charlotte is capable and she is so enthusiastic about Art” said Mike. She has joined Mike’s Monday kids class. I hadn’t met her yet. When I saw Charlotte on the day I instantly thought Mike was right and I was so glad to accept her. She reminded of me when I was her age, being “enthusiastic” about any creative things and full of positive energy. Don’t get me wrong, the other mature ladies were also enthusiastic and creative too, you can see that from what they created at the workshop.

Learning the basic handy functions

First of all, I wanted them to make a kind of surrealistic artwork to learn some of the handy functions along the way. They were asked to take a photo of an apple, use the smudge tool to make the apple have a painterly look, erase the background and duplicate the apple a few times then take another photo of any painting on the art school wall and put it as a background to the apples. That’s why you can see Alex’s chameleon in Charlotte’s iPad Art.

iPad Art by Anna Orlyanskaya

iPad Art by Anna Orlyanskaya
Procreate app & Snapseed app

iPad Art by  Charlotte Oleary

iPad Art by  Charlotte Oleary

iPad Art by Charlotte Oleary (12yo)
Procreate app (top) then used Snapseed app (bottom)

Making a greeting card

Next, they were asked to paint anything with a view to make a greeting card. The techniques and the functions which they learned earlier could be used for it. I’m amazed what they could create in a short time! In the afternoon, we went to Officeworks to print it out directly from the iPad by using their printing app and wifi.

iPad Art by Anna Orlyanskaya

iPad Art by Anna Orlyanskaya
Procreate app & Snapseed app

iPad Art by  Charlotte Oleary

iPad Art by Charlotte Oleary (12yo)
Procreate app & Snapseed app

The Greeting Cards they made.

Printed them at Officeworks and made a greeting card.

For a person like Erika who joined the workshop again.

Erika had joined my previous workshop and this time she carried on learning the next steps she wanted to achieve. Erika quickly adopted “Brushes app” at the first workshop and created the fantastic iPad Art which is rather graphic. She wanted to learn how to create one with a more painterly look than graphic. As you see her painting (below), she created a beautiful painting which is not graphic with a more pastelly feel. Erika said it took a lot of time to finish it compare with doing the more graphic one. I admire Erika’s diligent attitude. She sends me her iPad Art almost everyday since the first workshop in March, you don’t know how much I have been encouraged by her in return. It is a huge pleasure for me to share my knowledge with a person like Erika.

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iPad Art by Erika Dollission
Procreate app

“Drawing for 15min a day” project

Once they joined the workshop, they were automatically signed up for “Drawing for 15min a day” project (I’m joining too) which runs from Monday to Friday for 4 weeks. Everybody will send their iPad Art to me by email daily and I put them up on the Art school’s Flickr site to share with others. The artwork doesn’t have to be finished, the whole point of doing it is acquiring a habit to do creative things daily with the iPad and you won’t forget easily about what you learned at the workshop. I created a small iPad Artist circle with those who joined my workshop and class to get motivated and encourage each other. Hey, what’s the point of painting with the iPad if you don’t share it with others?

iPad Art by Erika Dollission Click to see more of Erika’s iPad Art

iPad Art by Charlotte Oleary Click to see more of Charlotte’s iPad Art

"Let's go banana" iPad Art by Anna Orlyanskaya Click to see more of Anna’s iPad Art

Comments from our students

” The workshop on Saturday was very intense and I learnt a lot about procreate. I prefer brushes but believe procreate can be mastered if practised enough.So my aim is to keep practising both and when the next course comes to revise and master saving and moving the drawing around. snap seed will be something to revise in the future. ”

– Erika Dollission

” I would like to thank Ako for the iPad workshop on 18th May. It is obvious that Ako have put a lot of thought and effort in planning the workshop. Ako was focused on teaching the group how to achieve the desired outcome and create the artwork with the least possible steps, utilising various programs and apps available for the iPad. I have in particular enjoyed learning more about the Procreate program and feel more confident in using this program now. ”

– Anna Orlyanskaya


iPad Art Workshops for Beginners

10am – 4pm Saturday 20th July 2013

Did you miss the workshop this time? Don’t worry the next workshop will be held in July. Jot the date down in your diary and send us the enrolment form after you filled in. You will find out how iPad can be your powerful art tool. Download the flyer. Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions about the workshops. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au

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Hunter loved "iPad One".

If you still own the very first iPad,
this is all it’s fit for.

Drawing from direct observation – written by Mike Lamble

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike LambleWhy some are afraid of life drawing?

We all inhabit bodies of different shapes and sizes, sit at any street cafe and observe how we watch or even perv at people walking by. In so many ways we are fascinated by are own species. Why then are some so afraid of life drawing?

I often ask my students “Do we really observe what we are seeing we have an idea of how the human body looks but only an idea?” We have more awareness of the human body than say a flower or a simple every day object like a cup so it’s more obvious, that’s the difference between what we draw and what we see, thus our mistakes can be obvious and we feel it’s too difficult, so our tendency is to avoid the challenge of drawing the human body.

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

The class

However, from the ancient times till now the best artists and illustrators I know have endevoured to do as much life drawing as possible. What we are doing is discovering the essential appearance of a body by close study. The training of how to see the body comes first the result, you will draw it better.

I introduce a variety of ways or drawing in class, for example, the students will draw on but not looking at their paper the focus is to study carefully the body’s shape. At first students feel insecure especially the control freeks but this exercise frees them up to look and face there fear of “making a mistake” For the same reason, I let them draw with their non dominant hand as well as quick poses where students have to work quickly with not too much time to think this breaks down old established patterns of thinking .

The beauty of life drawing is it trains us to see by drawing from direct observation to represent what is seen in front of us the gap between what is observed and what we know is there in stark reality on the paper before us, this can be disconcerting at first especially for beginners but also for those of us who are more experienced.
Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

BEGINNERS

I use a number of exercises to help (beginners in particular) draw what they see (objectively) with persistence and enthusiasm even my rocket scientists have learned to draw with understanding,clarity, and realistically.

EXPERIENCED

To my students who have reveled in my life drawing classes for a number of years, it still helps them to resolve ideas and focus the mind on enquiry. In theory to draw the figure, knowledge of what lies beneath the surface is not an essential, if the planes and valleys of the body are closely represented the underlying structure will be evident, although some knowledge of anatomy will be useful.

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

A little history of life drawing

It wasn’t until the Renaissance do we see a flourishing of figure drawing,detailed studies from life particularly Michelangelo and Leonardo. Leonardo had to flee Italy to escape the wrath of Pope Leo X he was accused of witchcraft for cutting up bodies and studying them at night but what artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo and many others who were to follow was to extract from their models information required for their paintings, this has become standard practice in all art schools since then, in a similar way students who do life drawing notice the rapid improvement in their ability to express their ideas in paint.

Anatomical studies of the shoulder by Leonardo Da Vinci, 1510-1511

Anatomical studies of the shoulder by Leonardo Da Vinci, 1510-1511

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Study for a Nude by Michelangelo Buonarroti 1504

Review of “Saturday Morning Anatomy Life Drawing Class”

The anatomy /life drawing class was quite unusual in respect of the model I used thought it was a good idea to show some of the underlying structure of the skeleton and muscles so we arranged a special Life drawing class for a Saturday morning. It took me almost two hours of drawing on Amber before the class started and even then I ran out of time before I completed the job, as you can see the class was full half of my students were doctors. There is no limitation when it comes to life drawing.

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

Anatomy Life Drawing Workshop

Some observations of my students

“It was great to have a sense of what’s underneath it certainly helped with my drawing.”
“It makes a change being able to draw the bones and muscles on a real live human instead of a cadaver!”

Life Drawing Class for All Levels

7 – 9pm Mondays
$275 per Term (10wks)
$35 per Casual Class

Why don’t you join our Monday evening life drawing class? If you are not sure, try it out as casual first. Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions about the life drawing class. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au / Phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 / Download Enrolment form


Hunter the model

“I need to draw” – written by Mike Lamble

Drawing by Mike Lamble

Saturday 11th May

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble

With increasing desperation I had to get away for the day and draw, I had started a drawing in the holidays so after spending most of the day driving, breakfast at Pie in the Sky on the old Pacific Highway found myself late afternoon at exactly the same spot drawing in Lambs Valley with the setting sun behind me in blissful silence, for many a true artist drawing isn’t a chore it’s a need something I understand.

Drawing by Mike Lamble

Saturday 4th May

Something I encourage all my students to do, draw draw draw as much as you can this will develop your powers of observation. Some of the drawings I have done in the last few weeks.

Drawing by Mike Lamble

Drawing by Mike Lamble

Drawing by Mike Lamble


Henry said "I prefer to be a doormat instead of moving out of the way"

Sometimes Henry has to stay home
while his master having a fun sketching in the country side.

Ask Our Students – Alex Condos (Kids Club Friday 4-6pm)

” I wanted to learn how to draw properly, better than high school art would teach me.”

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Name: Alex Condos
Age: 14yo
Joined NSA: 2011

 

NSA: What doodle / drawing / painting did you do in your early life that you were the most proud of? How old were you?

ALEX: A self-portait done I was nearly 6, as part of a school portrait competition. I was runner-up.

 
AlexCondos_self-portrait 

A self portrait painting by Alex Condos when he was 6.

 

NSA: Have you been always artistic / creative? if so, in what way?

ALEX: Yes, I have always enjoyed anything to do with art. Especially painting and drawing.

 

NSA: What made you join NSA? Where did you hear/find about NSA?

ALEX: I wanted to learn how to draw properly, better than high school art would teach me.

 

NSA: If you are allowed to have any famous painting in the world on your wall, what would it be and Why?

ALEX: Probably “Starry night” by Van Gogh. I really like the look of it the way it isn’t realistic and looks effortless.

 

NSA: What are you working on in the class right now and what would you like to achieve with your art within a year?

ALEX: I’m painting a large chameleon. I want to do some more on perspective and maybe get another painting in.

Chameleon 

Alex has been working on “Chameleon” oils.

 
 

NSA: why do you take the class, or what do you get out of it?

ALEX: You get all that time and don’t have to think about anything else but art.

 

NSA: Finally, would you design a T-shirt for Mike to wear in the class?

t-shirt_for_Mike_Alex 


mike_face Mike said “For all those former and present students who know me and read my comments about Alex will probably be surprised to read I have such a high opinion of  someone of the the male sex. He is such a delight as a person, a delight as a willing and very hard working student, a delight to teach and converse with in class. His painting is entirely made with his own hand with guidance and advice from me. If I was to look into my Crystal ball is I see a very bright future whatever career path he chooses to follow what a great attitude!”


Ako Lamble Ako said “When I saw Alex sitting in the corner of the class quietly and painting the huge chameleon, I thought “he can paint very well, I would like to know about him” so I asked him to answer the seven questions. We have only two boys out of 16 kids in the Friday class, so being a boy and painting very well naturally stands out. Mike said about himself that he was quiet (believe or not) and enjoyed drawing and painting so much when he was young, so whenever and wherever I see a boy like Alex I wonder if Mike Lamble was like him …? That means Alex may end up becoming an extravert artist like Mike!
I found the Youtube video for you, Alex. If you like “The starry night” you will love this.”

 

iPad Art “When you are not well, how can you keep your creativity going?” – written by Ako Lamble

iPad Art by Ako Lamble

A study of the texture of Egon Schele’s painting – iPad and Procreate app

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,
Today, I would like to share my bad days with you. Don’t worry, it will be a happy ending. I have a chronic infection on the bone of my ankle, it flares up every so often and I need to take strong antibiotics for a while which makes me very tired all the time. It happened during the school holiday and I relied on my iPad to keep my creativity going. That’s what I would like to talk about.

If you have an iPad you may have a few apps which helps you kill your time on games, SNS and so forth. Why not nurture your appreciation of the beautiful arts instead of wasting your precious time? I would like to introduce the amazing App called “Art Authority (AU$10.49)”. It might be a little pricy compare with other apps which cost next to nothing but when you think of owning the art gallery where the whole world’s masterpieces are contained and you can take it around with you wherever you go, it’s definitely not expensive at all. I’ve had it for a while and whenever I need some inspiration I get my iPad stand, open it to the Art Authority app, set it to slideshow and view one painting after another.

So I laid on the bed and looked at amazing masterpieces on my bad days, Schele’s paintings of landscapes caught my eye this time. When we are not well we’re drawn to something sweet and nurturing, aren’t we? Schele’s landscapes reminded me of one of my childhood favourite books “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” which was translated in Jananese and the illustrations were drawn by a Japanese illustrator, Miyoshi Akasaka.

"Krumau Town crescent I" (1915) oil on canvas. by Egon Schiele

“Krumau Town crescent I” (1915) oil on canvas. by Egon Schiele

Children's book "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle"

The picture from Ako’s childhood favourite book “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle”

I wonder whether you can see the similarities between them as I do…? Well, I was NOT well and needed something sweet / sweet memories to comfort me after all. The textures of dryness, messing-with-mud-like, earthy colours, uneven lines … all these characteristics give me such endless pleasure, I can almost dive into the picture to have an adventure …

Then I get the urge to know how the textures were made. I used Procreate app which can customise the brush tool and I experimented with a few brushes and colours to get it close to the texture I want. When it comes to digital art, it’s the magic of pixels, it’s all a matter of how you can manipulate the pixels. I’m quite happy with what I did. It’s so fascinating. Oh, don’t forget that I did it while lying on the bed, that’s the beauty of iPad Art.

iPad Art by Ako Lamble

A study of the texture of Egon Schele’s painting – iPad and Procreate app


Do you really need the iPad if you live in Japan?

I would love to share with you the Youtube video about Japanese stationary which I came across the other day (around 30 min length for Part 1 and 2 altogether), it is fascinating. My first reaction was that I’m so glad that I’m staying in Sydney, otherwise I’d be bankrupt buying all that beautiful and interesting stationary back in my home town, the second one is I might not have shown any interest in the iPad, why bother with the iPad if there is so much variation in fantastic sketching tools which I can buy around the corner?
Guess what? I can actually do the pen spinning (normal and reverse) which I learned while at my high school. You should watch it if you want to find out what it is.

Part 1 : 14’24” length

Part 2 : 13’36” length


iPad Art Workshops for Beginners

10am – 4pm Saturday 18th May 2013

Because you are not living in Japan, you might need to find out how iPad can be your powerful art tool. BOOK NOW! There are still a few spots available. Download the flyer. Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions about the workshops. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au

Go to iPad Art Workshops Page >>


Weekly Classes for iPad Art (for All Levels)

10am – 12pm TUESDAY
1pm – 3pm TUESDAY
$330 for Term (10wks) / $35 for Casual

We have just started the weekly classes for iPad Art, and it has been very well. This would be the way to go if you would like to do it on your own pace. Your questions will be answered and the instructions will be given according to your level on a weekly bases, so come to the class with your well-charged-iPad, have fun and make your iPad a powerful art tool which you won’t want to be without! Download Enrolmentfortm.

Suitable for;

  • Someone who knows how to draw but has never done digital art before.
  • Someone (may be a busy mum) who can’t be bothered to carry all those art materials back and forth to attend the art class.
  • Someone who has limited energy but would like to do something creative.
  • Someone who has ideas and wants to make their own picture book.
  • Someone who got an iPad but doesn’t know what to do with it other than checking emails/browsing websites.

Go to iPad Art Weekly Class Page >>


Henry 6months watching Hunter eating.

“Getting back into painting after a child” – Hannah Klupiec

iPad Art by Hannah Klupiec

iPad Art by Hannha Klupiec, Paper by fiftyThree App

hannah_faceWritten by Hannah Klupiec

Being a first time mum, I don’t think I realised the full scope of how things would change. It took me a while to get back into painting and only recently after 2 years did it happen. Having said that, I have always been committed to and been a keen supporter of artistic pursuits of all kinds. During the last couple of years I have made many mixed media cards, downloaded a few arty apps, gone back into part time art teaching but never had the strength to go get that canvas and start painting again. I went along to one of the evening classes and just started slowly, not going every week but getting there with a familiar theme… good old still life. Enjoying being back into it, loving my oil paints ( sorry but water mixable)and having the silence of no interruptions from home life with Van Morrison playing in the background. My focus and goal is to finish the small painting this year and start a larger one in early 2013. Mike has been very flexible with my comings and goings at NSA which has been great so here’s to a new balance of one of many roles many of us play in life. It’s hard but sometimes you just have to make room for the creative energy inside.


Drawing and Painting for Absolute Beginners

Monday Afternoon: 12pm noon – 3pm
Wednesday Evening: 7pm – 9pm
Thursday Morning: 9.30am – 12.30pm

For all those who doubt that they have a single creative bone in their body! Let us prove you wrong! Everybody has the ability to draw and paint. All you need is the enthusiasm to do so. We uncover the tricks of the trade through simple exercises that will teach you to see like an artist. Get your lines right, get your tone right, understand how perspective and scale works. Learn how to use colour pencil and be introduced to oil painting. Discover skills you never thought you had in our fun and relaxed environment!
Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions about the class. Email: info[at]art-art.com.au / Phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 / Download Enrolment form

The inspiration behind my painting of Global Warming – written by Mike Lamble

Sydney Harbour by Mike Lamble

“Icebergs in the Harbour” by Mike Lamble, Oil

mike lamble henryWritten by Mike Lamble

Here I am sat almost half a days drive from Sydney roof down in my thirty odd year old MG, enjoying the peace and solitude of another spectacular day listening to the birds calling, cows mooing in the field next to me it looks and feels like paradise. Adam listened to the wrong voices and lost his paradise through greed and selfishness. In a moment I lost mine as the serenity was broken with the roar and whirl of helicopter blades as it dashed across the sky I thought how well this illustrates mankind’s greed and folly.

As I looked up I remembered a quote from German astronaut Ernst Messerschmid as he looked down upon the earth.
“When the Russian cosmonaut tells me that the atmosphere over Lake Baikal is as polluted as it is over Europe, and when the Americans astronaut tells me fifteen years ago he could take much clearer pictures of the industrial centres than today, then I am getting concerned.”

The shock is those words were spoken in 1988 twenty four years ago, global warming wasn’t even an issue then, one wonders how the same scene would look today as China and India continue to industrialise at a rapid and increasing rate, and yet only a few years ago the politician that represents the electorate I live in called global warming “a load of crap”.

My painting of Sydney Harbour with icebergs floating in it was my outraged response to such stupid short sighted and self serving comments.

Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway by J. M. W. Turner

Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway by J. M. W. Turner

When Turner painted Rain Steam and speed in 1844 Britain’s rapidly industrialising railways were very much the new wonder of the age, from a largely rural society at the beginning of the 19th century to an industrial one at the end, Turner depicts the changes contrasting an idyllic rural landscape fading in the background with the train racing towards us showing the incoming age of invention and science.

Coming from the mill 1930 by L. S. Lowry

Coming from the mill 1930 by L. S. Lowry

This was a romantics view. Turner loved to portray in his paintings of “progress” in British society at the time, never the consequences of such rapid industrialisation as poverty, disease, overcrowding, vast inequality, black soot covered dark Northern English cities.

That’s the short list, he never saw the implications of what he was portraying in this picture. To be fair how could he especially in the light of another 170 years of global industrialisation and yet our politicians talk about expanding the “global economy”, full employment, higher standard of living, while paying lip service to the ever increasing cry from scientists and visionaries we choose to ignore at our peril.

In an earth that has finite resources, at the rate we are going now we need another earth to satisfy our demands for “stuff”. Like Turner we are looking in the other direction in our greed selfishness and the pursuit of money. The train (Turners train) we are all riding is out of control with only disaster ahead.

Image of Earth

Suddenly from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-orion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery.
It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth…home.

Edgar Mitchell
USA Astronaut