All the Archive

Peter draws as something of a therapeutic hobby. He regular earmarks interesting images to draw, without much rhyme or reason.

We have hundreds of works stacked on shelves in Peter’s studio (a converted garage). The question is, how to present them in such a way that they can be browsed and maybe even purchased.

One step along the way is a new website: AvalonPrand.com – a photo gallery type website which has only the work currently, physically, actually lying on shelves in the studio.

One thought is to make an item in this website by which you can somehow make on offer on a piece from avalonprand.com.

The surest way is to write an email to Peter: peterjabrandt@gmail.com – and let him know. Would you like a mixed bag of Bjork portraits? We have 87 to choose from at the moment.

Commissions are generally $100 each, though more complex work can go higher.

Pastel Portraits of a Train Station

Woodford Station – favourite stop for cyclists attempting the 27km downhill bush ride known as the Oak’s Fire Trail. Home of Elvis the Rooster in the early years of this century. Also the place where I sometimes clear my archives by hanging old work on the noticeboard in the unofficial Woodford Underground Gallery.

Our local train station seemed a good candidate for a series of pastel paintings for a local exhibition. One sold, but the rest came back home. We took them out for another photo shoot one sunny winters day:

I didn’t quite get the right angle for the shots, but gives you an idea of their inspiration. It’s interesting to see the changes over just a few years. Back when the photos were taken the Sydney Trains had a blue and yellow theme, but since then they have morphed into the orange and black of Transport NSW. I like the old writing captured in the dots portrait better than the crude blacking out and all caps replacements.

For the love of Musical Instruments

Musical instruments are pretty special.

If you’ve ever had a go at blowing raspberries through a trumpet, buzzing into a clarinet or sawing away at a violin, you’ll know there’s an amazing amount of work that goes into making music.

Both Peter and I come from families where music was ever-present. My mother taught singing and Peter’s mother taught piano. Even so, musical instruments as a subject for drawing didn’t happen until a while after the Spark Plug idea.

I’ll have to write about the Spark Plug another time. For now, here’s the new category of Musical Instruments. I’ll be slowly categorising the rest of the treasure trove of past drawings. As always, any requests can be made through the Contact Us page.

A window into Peter’s studio

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.

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Brunswick Arts Exhibition

Chalk board advertising the exhibition. Not a very prominent gallery.

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.

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Art Drop Day

Art Drop Day Logo

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.

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