Thursday, July 26, 2012

Go North (old man)

 On Wednesday and Thursday I was in Cairns at the Trinity Bay State High School,- talking and drawing.
I think I really miss North Queensland- I've wanted to go back there for ages. Its funny how smell is so evocative- makes you remember....anyway.
I've decided I have to revisit Cairns and surrounds properly soon.
Many thanks to Dagmar White amd her fellow teachers and aides for inviting me and being so friendly -and especially to the kids (and bigger highschool not-kids) for being great for me and bearing with my monologues long enough to get to the drawing bits which I'm significantly better at.. I should also add that the food spreads they put on were the best quality
I've seen at any sort of festival or conference- so a shout out to Dagmar's patisserie.
I think the first day was so so on my part- and I was sort of worried about what to do the next day- then it came to me at breakfast on Thursday.
Thursday mornings battle plan.

A 'monumental' base drawing by me with a sort of Harry Potter character (by demand) and a spellbook/book of summoning magically gone wild- in the shape of a dragony thing. The pages its made up of are filled in by the students with their own monster pages from the magic book. So the kids would draw their monster(s) and then once they'd decided on it they come up and fill in a page on the big drawing.
It sort of worked pretty well and we got quite far along achieving this grand idea- so victory snatched from the jaws of defeat I'd say.
I did a bunch of drawings for people as well as the one based on the plan.
Actually a lot of wombats-as-signature too.....  which I might do in future.

Flying on the plane home and watching innisfail, green island, gould island, hinchinbrook island, orpheus island- townsville and magnetic island, ayr/home hill and the burdekin river go past.....a bit like watching my youth flash before my eyes.

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