It was an exceptionally windy day last Tuesday. Peter battled against the elements to tape up drawings around the bollards of Katoomba St.
Last time he utilised different places, including the handrails in the courtyard where the library used to be, but has been warned that this is risky. On the one hand, the drawings aren’t made to be left there – and in practice they don’t last long. On the other hand, a fine for whatever the authorities would call it would really bite into my promotional budget.
So, Tuesday only saw about a dozen pieces go up out of over fifty set aside. A reconnaissance mission took place today, bringing in reinforcements, to complete the art drop and even approach businesses about whether they would like to feature a piece in their window for people to pick up.
Poulet’s chicken shop had wall space for a Bugatti, Ricky Ponting and Marilyn Monroe.
Kurt Vonnegut was at the Chemist and Claudia Cardinale at the Lebanese kebab shop.
We finished off by leaving a Picasso at Big Beet.
Thank you to everyone who helped in this endeavour! There are still 12 drawings left to distribute – maybe four for each bollard next time I’m in Katoomba.
We should do this more often – a peek into a typical day in Peter’s studio. Restarting a commission – because there is no Ctrl-Z undo function when it comes to actual hand drawing. Three year old daughter in improvised ballerina costume dancing in the background. The studio is quite cold in the winter, hence the beanie and jacket though the cold doesn’t seem to affect ballerinas so much.
Preserving the highlights of the great Melbourne Art Exhibition.
Opening 1st May 6-9pm Exhibition 2nd May to 10th May Avalon Prand Peter Brandt
The value in his work is more as an exercise; to him, the finished piece is incidental.
Peter’s daily discipline produces prolific portraiture. Vindicated by an online appetite for consistent sources of content, people all over the world volunteering their faces for his habit. And a drawing archive of thousands to match. But even a cultivated habit requires courage to break. The struggle between being too conservative with colour, but hating to waste a drawing by being too crazy. This is his careful tightrope act to extract that elusive, effective technique.
Peter started putting up old work in the tunnel underneath our local railway station a few months ago. Each drawing is labelled with the subject and webpage along with a little note saying “TAKE ME HOME” and they disappear really quickly.
Remember this for next year: Art Drop Day 1st Tuesday in September.
We’re brainstorming how this idea could help find homes for the many portraits waiting in Peter’s studio.
The general idea is to join a world wide treasure hunt for random artwork. Each artist leaves work in a public place and posts to social media using the hashtag #artdropday. They can be as clear or cryptic as they want. Anyone can browse posts with this tag and look out for any drops in their area.
The exhibition runs from 11th August to 25th October.
The Grandview Hotel is prominent on the Great Western Highway on the south side, just east of the main shopping area. It is an easy walk from the train station.
Wentworth Falls is famous for its spectacular waterfalls on the south side. Locals might prefer the manmade lake on the north side – made to provide water for steam engines when the rail line came through last century. The lake has two playgrounds and new footpaths and covered bbq area.
Someone has asked for some advice on how to tackle a still life assignment. Since this is my first ever attempt at telling, and showing, someone how to do anything even vaguely artistic, I hope you’ll have patience with me. Be aware that I have no training whatsoever in imparting knowledge; and if you are being tutored elsewhere, please remember that satisfaction shall be rendered unto that tutor before me. After all, they have Qualifications.
I could start with a detailed description of my converted single garage, complete with a layout plan and photos of every nook and cranny; but you’d probably be asleep before too long (which may be a good thing – you spend too much time on the internet anyway). So I’ll just stick to a paragraph here and a photo there, as it occurs to me.