Reading Monsoon Dervish…


Started another painting this morning…it went pretty quickly and I managed to get quite a lot of the tougher bits done by the time the sun was setting in the West and I couldn’t see to paint anymore.

The picture above is just a detail…with my exhibit coming up, I have got to stop showing every finished painting on my blog, or there will be nothing left to surprise visitors to the opening night with!

Why, yes, I am being coy…there will be paintings you haven’t seen yet, so if you live in Darwin and are reading this blog, you want to get your butt over to the Woods Street Gallery, DVAA in the City on November 4, Friday at 6 PM. In the other gallery will be the super talented artists of Jackson’s Drawing Supplies, and you KNOW they’re always making amazing stuff (and god I envy that they work inside a yummy art supplies shop!) so this is a double-show you don’t want to miss!

*whew!* Okay, spiel done, back to this painting…

The reason I had to post even just a detail is that I am so pleased and proud of this “book made of ocean and sky”…with a tiny Kehaar (that’s the boat Kris has gone sailing away on) pushing through the waves. I also love how the waves spill off the book and onto an area of my writing desk. I struggled with this bit, because it was pretty much fantasy, unlike the other objects, which I could set in front of me and draw studies from. I have to say it has turned out almost as good as I imagined it, and that’s very unusual for me, so I am squealingly pleased. The book could only be Kris’ self-published Monsoon Dervish, an account of the 11 or 12 years he went sailing, from Darwin to Madagascar, Zanzibar, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Japan, Vladivostok, Pusan, Sarawak, and The Philippines, where we met.

I listened to Sting’s album Symphonicities while painting this…and got a shiver everytime I heard The Pirate’s Bride (becauseย  I am missing my seafaring love, as always…you know I wouldn’t be painting something like this if I weren’t!)


9 thoughts on “Reading Monsoon Dervish…

  1. Oh man, that’s lovely, Nat! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish I could be there for your exhibit, kaso in spirit lang ang afford ko at the moment. Di bale, pag nanalo na ako sa lotto, punta ako agad diyan. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Do you still have copies of Monsoon Dervish lying around the boat, by any chance? ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Denise, thank you, thank you thank you!!! LOL It’s looking better now, it’s so washed out here, just an underpainting. If I was hopeful THEN, I’m actually PLEASED with it now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Pictures soon.


    1. If you mean the layout, it’s just a matter of switching themes…masanay ka muna sa WP, pag confident ka na, scout around for a theme you like better. In my case I switched when I came across another blog using Manifest, which I’d never noticed before. I really liked how simple it was, so I made the shift.


  2. Well done…..great work Nat
    yet again all the good things are happening in Darwin… I’m on the opposite side of the country and miss out….when its over can you post up some photos for us poor blighters……alot of concern on that face….simple , yet perfect…
    cheers Shazz


    1. With the build up in swing, nothing much is happening in Darwin at all, at least you’re throwing a big party! I’ll be attending my own opening alone, hopefully a friend or two will drop in during the evening, so I don’t end up standing in a corner with my glass of champagne, talking to the bartender because he can’t go anywhere. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      It is a rather pensiveface, isn’t it? I didn’t mean for it to be, but it’s gone that way. Will certainly post photos of the finished work!


      1. you have captured the moment well….I’m sure there is much apprehension waiting for Chris to appear back in Darwin Harbour….
        i know you will get plenty of people to come to the opening…. it will be fantastic…


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