With apologies for holding onto the sketchbook for too long but it is now in the hands of Australia Post and heading in Sandi’s direction for its next contribution.
Herewith my offering – which I hope is not too naïve and whimsical – but I am sure none of you mind such things.
I took off on the bike a couple of weekends ago thinking it would help me with some arty ideas to contribute to the sketchbook. But after a while I just enjoyed the ride, even though there was a bit of rain, and thought instead about how every part of the trail had something interesting or special to see. And then I arrived at my favourite destination – a little hot and nicely mud spattered – and went past the wonderful watery windows of the National Gallery to seek the warmth of the lounge and a lovely hot flat white. I felt like a thoroughly bona fide Melburnian.
Then I realised that the bike trail and the glimpses on the way would make a great series of little sketches – but how to stretch the sketch out to cover the ride of about 20km?
Some of the other sketchbooks I’d found were a great inspiration. Of course! I could make a foldout map which would cover the different legs of the journey – which would also let me make a map – something else (as you know by now) that I also love to do.
So no more words – here is some of what’s inside. But there is a little story to read and you might spot me peddling along in my green pants. Also you have to start from the bottom (of course!)