Sunday, December 12, 2010

Our second attempt: Hyde Park

After the previous day's triumph, we returned to our spot in the fig avenue in Hyde Park.


I allowed myself to use the word "beautiful" because Uma is a child.

Rebecca Shipley

Later I realised I was trying to describe a sea-shell. Later still a friend (Paul) was reading over our descriptions, and he said the "deep sockets" made this woman sound ghoulish. That wasn't my intention. She was lovely looking, but what sort of a description is "lovely looking"?


Charise and Tom

Charise and Tom were possibly on their first date.


Celia needed extra time to finish her sketch of me, so she got a few more lines than some of our other customers. There is often more to say about the faces of older people. She insisted on reading aloud my description of her: "A writer must hear her work!" Thankfully, this one was a description that I was happy with.

Celia's drawing of Lucy describing her

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Our first busk: Hyde Park

Stella and I had gotten our busking licences a few days previously, and with excitement and trepidation, we hauled our milk-crates etc. to Hyde Park and set up on a park bench. Stella broke the ice while I sat there and doodled. Then suddenly we had an unbroken supply of customers (at times, a queue of two!), and a couple of hours later, we had used up all the 'letterhead' I had drawn up. It was a success! We had made about $17 each (this is a business proposition, after all).


Our first brave customer. Also includes a few lines of 'atmos', typed while Stella was trying to talk someone into sitting for me.




I was trying to avoid saying, "He's handsome."



Lucy describing David in Hyde Park, Sydney


While David sat on the bench, his friend Johannes stood a bit back and laughed at him. Then it was Johannes's turn.


Johannes's face has stayed in my mind. I think I might use parts of it for Friedrich Scheuermann, one of the characters in the novel I am writing at the moment.



Stella McDonald

I've known this face since it didn't have any eyebrows. Or head hair. It's a pleasure to describe a face that I know so well.

Stella and Lucy awaiting customers in Hyde Park, Sydney