TWO LIVES ONE ROAD - BOOK BY JOE PENN and LESLEY OSHEA
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Drawing is the magic of the line - an essential skill - a private pleasure.
Drawing also brought Joe and I together and this book is the story
of our romance in pictures.
During the 16 years that Joe and I have been together we have filled, between us, over 300 sketchbooks. Travelling together, sitting by the fire on winter nights, perched on wool bales in a shearing shed, sketching life models at the Royal Art Society: so much time spent together sharing the enjoyment and challenge of
‘Two Lives, One Road’, two lives joined by the love of drawing.
This book is not only a summary of many shared moments but it is also a record of the many experiences, people and places that we have enjoyed together.
Our sketching mate is George Largent, who for the last 10 years has roamed with us through harbour side bushland, the streets and lanes of the inner city suburbs and has lured us into more than the occasional Irish pub to enjoy ‘a few ales’ and peruse the morning’s drawing. Thank you George, not only for your friendship, laughs and jokes, but also for being part of the quiet companionship of drawing.
This book is also a ‘thank you’ to the countless people who have been tolerant of our ‘unusual taste’ in subject matter:
To the people of ‘our other home town’ of Weethalle, who have generously shared their lives, experiences and let us wander about their properties sketching everything from old car wrecks, with
resident brown snakes, to the fast, noisy action when shearing is in full swing. They have even accepted and embraced the mystery of finding a drawing subject in a jumble of old, rusted water tanks that have been dumped at the local tip.
To the people of our home town of Portland, New South Wales. In particular to the members of Portland Bowling Club who have joined in, with such good humour, the enjoyment of being portrait subjects. To Mick and Beth Bulkeley, who have shared their magnificent stands of mountain gums which dot their property.
The Royal Art Society of N.S.W. in North Sydney has been a very big part of our road together. We have sketched there, taught there and enjoyed the company of fellow painters and friends on countless opening nights.
This book is a record of a romance with drawing, with each other and friendships made through the joy of . . . drawing.