I have finally had a bit of time to go through the photographs of my installation on Marjorie. There were over 500 photographs taken that morning, as well as over an hour of video footage. I am hugely indebted to photographer Amy Hill, curator Todd Fuller, and Dom Kelly-both an excellent filmmaker and squire. I am proud to have worked with them on such an exciting project.
I also feel so privileged to have been granted permission by the Richmond Vale Railway Museum to use something as valuable as the only operational steam locomotive in their fleet. The collection out at RVR is precious to me; it was visiting the museum and places like it that cultivated my interest and passion for steam locomotives as a child. I’m now building a career out of that childhood obsession, simply by sharing the drawings I’d be doing even if nobody wanted to look at them! I’m not sure if I look like it, but I certainly feel like the cat that got the cream.
If you get a chance you should visit Richmond Main, far from just being precious to me, the rolling stock collection, railway and the site itself are not just of local significance, but national and international importance.
Today I traveled out to Richmond Vale Railway and Mining Museum, to gather information on a project I’ve been working on in one form or another since the start of the year. It involves dressing a full sized operational steam locomotive in a style reminiscent of the specially decorated royal trains of the Edwardian period. The star of this particular show will be Marjorie, and 0-4-0 saddle tank built in 1938 that spent its working life shunting John Lysaghts’ works in Newcastle. Despite the fact she is quite small, at least in locomotive terms, its still going to be quite a big job. The wonderful volunteers I met today were kind enough to give me a head start, by lending me Marjorie’s ‘face’. Its a relic of a time when the demands of the owners of the ‘Thomas The Tank Engine brand’ were a little more accommodating of not-for-profit museums run entirely by volunteers. Hopefully this face is going to give me a head start on preparing the artwork for the smokebox door, as I have a little over a month until the install.
Its all going to be okay…probably…
Last year I was approached by animator and fellow Renew Newcastle tenant Jane Shadbolt to produce an illustration for her upcoming short film ‘The Cartographer’
Here is the trailer for it: http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1183161625/.
Despite my involvement and unreasonable demands it looks quite amazing and I cant wait to see it. There was a screening in Sydney I missed because I’m not a very good person, but Jane assures me there will be a screening here in Newcastle as well.
Yes so all the illustration work I’m doing for the new Newcastle Museum is coming along very nicely thankyou very much for asking, although I have 8 weeks to produce almost 90 more. If you are part of my social circle chances are you aren’t going to see me very much over the next couple of months. Unless you own a very powerful telescope or have X-ray vision. I’m also working on a very exciting project for August of this year, the nature of which is summed up in the last photograph.