Cottesloe Beach – the old timber jetty appears ?

Autumn tides have shifted the sand around the local beaches exposing limestone reefs and ripping up old seaweed in great heaps on the beach. But today I saw something that I’ve never spotted before….old wooden post and rail with large iron bolts sticking out of the sand just in front of the Indiana Tea House on Cottesloe beach. It seems this wood could be part of the original Cottesloe Jetty built in 1906 to make it easier for fishos to get out past the reef and allow people to “promenade” as was the thing to do in those days. Unfortunately it was fairly short lived as the pylons were damaged by boring mollusc and later winter storms. The jetty was eventually condemned and blown up in 1952 with gelignite.

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Finally a quick scribble with pen and coloured pencils, looking North….

Bounce – People at play

20160128 BounceTook several kids to “Bounce” an indoor trampoline centre this afternoon. Rather than glue myself to my mobile phone for an hour like nearly all the other parents I seized a sketching opportunity. These are my “sausage” people…trying to catch people in mid bounce is of course rather challenging but surprising fun. I watch for a few minutes before trying to take a mental snap-shot of one person in mid flight then scribble furiously before I forget the visual image. Fortunately most people do seem to repeat the same type of bounce if you watch long enough….each person moves in their own way according to their build, flexibility and spacial awareness.

Pilot Prera fountain pen medium nib, De Atramentis Document Red ink.

Chooks with Sailor Fude Fountain Pen

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These are our two chooks Emily and Chirp (Poppy is sadly no more)  who scratch around in a section of our backyard. They were really hard to draw as they never stop moving… I watched them for fifteen minutes hoping that they would settle down and be still but I think they only know me as the food provider – they always get excited when I approach expecting to be fed some kitchen scraps.

I did the drawing with my new toy…. a Sailor brand “Fude” fountain pen from Larry Post. It’s a fountain pen with a nib bent up at 55 degrees  which gives varying line widths depending on how far you tilt it from vertical position….It’s rather weird to draw with (it was created as a writing pen to mimic Japanese brush calligraphy).

Drawn on 125 gsm Quill brand cover paper