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Xmas break plans


We will be taking a break from sketching from December the 19th, and be back again on February the 6th,2013. Only a few sessions left, so come along for some sketching before the xmas break!

Life drawing is back on wednesdays

The group is back on – Wednesday evenings as usual!

Sketchclub Cancellation

The sketch club is cancelled for tonight and until someone else picks it up.

I need to be in the city these days so unfortunately cannot keep it going. Some of the regulars are discussing picking it up so hopefully it will only be a short break, check the site regularly for updates.

Nothing I would like more than to be able to pop in occasionally when I am in the area for some sketch practice!

Thanks everyone for coming along and making it such a wonderful group over the last few years.


Anzac Day Session

The session for next wed the 25th session is still on even as it is a public holiday, so whether you lose or win on the anzac day two up games, come along afterwards for some great life drawing.

Next Long Pose Session – March 25

The next long pose sunday will be on the 25th of March, bookings and payment in advance please, either email or come along to a wednesday evening session to arrange a booking.

Cataract Surgery an Article by Artist Stephen Crisdale


Vision. It’s fundamental for a visual artist; so, when an artist who relies on their sight for the creation of their work is diagnosed with cataracts, the reaction such a diagnosis brings can’t be understated.

    While the deterioration of vision is worrying enough in it’s own right, the prospect of having the lenses one has grown up with and become used to seeing the World through removed and replaced with artificial alternatives doesn’t exactly leave one feeling like going out and celebrating at the prospect! The overwhelming mood I felt was one of trepidation. I certainly didn’t relish the idea of my eyesight degenerating further than what it had – which was the prognosis if nothing was done; as much as I understood that the procedure wasn’t guaranteed of success if I went ahead.
    Given the choice, and in the light of my ophthalmologist’s assurances of success for the artists he’d already operated upon, I put aside my reservations and went ahead with the surgery. The surgery itself was ‘day-surgery’. After an initial hour and a bit of intensive eye-drop preparation, I was given local anesthetic which totally numbed the side of my face with the eye to be operated upon essentially ‘blind’. The nature of the surgery apparently requires the patient conscious throughout. I’m pleased to declare that I felt and saw nothing of the procedure itself as it was undertaken. The whole procedure took approximately 15 minutes. Once the procedure was complete, I was able to walk (with a nurse to guide me) back to the day surgery recovery room, where I was given a light meal and the choice of either tea or coffee. After about another hour and a half or so I was discharged into the care of a friend who agreed to generously drive me to and from the surgery and sent home with a set of post operative care instructions and an appointment to visit my ophthalmologist first thing the next day.
    It certainly came as a surprise that the bandage is not only removed the next day, but that the level of vision in the operated eye was checked at that next day appointment. What was as surprising was that – despite the stories I had been regaled with beforehand; the most noticeable effect of the surgery was an apparent return to what I would call “my teenage level of eyesight”. I was pleased that my discernment of colour, tone and texture were unaffected, while the degree of fine detail seen without blur or ‘light flare’ or ‘fuzz’ was immediately noticeable.

    After receiving the ‘seal of approval’ on how the outcome appeared to be going so soon after the surgery from the ophthalmologist, as well as receiving some answers to questions I had; such as “what about working in front of a computer screen like I do when working at the BM Gazette?” (not so good as it as only two days after the surgery but OK the following week!) and even more importantly, “is it OK to consider life drawing next Wednesday night? (totally OK!! Yay!!) it was time for me to receive the final instructions concerning the gradually reducing eye-drop regimen, night eye wear protection and washing/bathing do’s and don’ts that I have religiously followed for the four week recovery period that is now coming to an end.

    In conclusion; my experience so far – given I have only had my left eye ‘corrected’ to date and the right eye is still to be done; is that the major and most appreciable difference in my sight is the degree of ‘clarity’ the operated eye now delivers. I am hopeful that once the right eye is “corrected”, it too will deliver the same degree of improved ‘clarity’ without affecting colour perception, tone or ‘scale’. I haven’t yet noticed any marked ‘improvement’ in the vision of the operated eye as some individuals I spoke to personally or heard about have reported as a consequence of their recovery. Perhaps I was fortunate enough in being able to see so soon after the procedure was done at the limit of “improvement”. Regardless of whether my situation is unique or par for the course as regards recovery from and the outcome of corrective cataract surgery, I can definitely say that I am grateful for the advances in modern medicine, the skills of my ophthalmologist and the help and assistance of friends who have assisted me through what was a period – even though I may not have shown it; a time of some deep consternation.

Some other ‘facts’… Cataract surgery is ‘free’ for those on ‘Public’ health benefits. I am led to believe it would have been between $4-5 thousand if I was privately insured.
    My surgery took place at Springwood Hospital – and I thank the staff there for putting up with my sense of humor for the time I was there.
    I gather it’s possible to request different capabilities for the artificial replacement lens implant than those of the naturally occurring cataract affected lens that’ll be replaced – though why an artist would do so; I have no idea.  I just stated to the ophthalmologist, “I’m an artist and I want to be able to see like I saw before the development of these here cataracts” – in which case my natural lenses were measured prior to any procedures and the implant lenses were made to replicate those dimensions.

March Long Pose Sunday

Our next long pose session has been pencilled in for Sunday the 25th of March, however bookings are required in advance.

If you would like to come along, please book now either by attending one of the Wednesday evening sessions or contacting me directly on

2012 Life Drawing Sessions Commencement Date

Hope everyone had a great xmas and new year, looking forward to seeing everyone come along from the 15th of Feb.

Same place and time; Bullaburra Progress hall on Wednesday evenings @ 7:30 PM


Exhibition - E D Centric's first

Exhibition - E D Centric's first

Rosa Pascoe will be holding an exhibition in her gallery this weekend, come along and have a look!



Sunday 27 Nov session - Jules

Sunday 27 Nov session - Jules - Charcoal portrait by Stephen Crisdale

We had a quiet session last Sunday with many opting to enjoy the unusually sunny weather instead, Stephen experimented with pen and ink before drawing the portrait of Jules in charcoal.

Come along tonight as there will be no more of our regular sessions until the new year.