As if with learning to teach, learning a new town, learning to play the bass guitar and learning to speak Yuwaalaraay I didn’t have enough on my plate, I’ve decided to learn how to draw. My subject will be the buildings of Lightning Ridge and surrounds and, in typically unrealistic and optimistic style, I’ve numbered this first drawing “001”. There may or may not be another 998 drawings, I’m just leaving it open …
Anyway, the first building to get the MacLean treatment is the Miners Co-operative Store. I don’t know anything about its history or what it was for or even if it operates any more. But I do love its homemade feel.
I can just imagine all the working bees that went into making this, the contributions of materials and the fundraisers at the pub.
So this is my version of it.
I’ve got a ways to go but it’s fun. Watercolours are a bugger, that much I’ve found out.
Thank you to Christine Bruderlin, Trevor Dickinson and Isobel MacLean for the tips!