Dabs in Graphite


This are a series of drawings I found in an old sketch-book under a pile of art books.
They consist of graphite B2 to B9 sticks on A3 size cartridge paper:

Preliminaries for “Foggy Morn, Cutty Sark.”, a commission showing the clipper from the Golden Age of Sail. It used to carry wool from Sydney to England where she held the record time to Britain for ten years. It shown the Aberdeen-built clipper Thermopylae in the background.

Hands. When Michelangelo moved to the Lorenzo de Medici’s palace to become a sponsored artist he met an ex Donatello’s master and teacher. He told him that if we wanted to paint the human body he should do so every single day. But what about models? Yourself, do your own foot every morning for two months from every angle, and when your done start with the other foot. Then the hands

My wife Llewena, dear friend Richard and learning to draw pearls.
Horse and foal sculpture, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney



Laze And Valeria

lv24″ x 32″. Drawing on azure mat board.

Composition made up from 5 different photographs. Phillip Carrero.


Laze’s best friend had this drawing commissioned to be his wedding present to the newlywed couple.

As it usually happens on wedding day, it became hectic since early hours of the morning. Yet, the pictures I was asked to do a drawing from were of course from the end of the day. Trouble was at that time beautiful Valeria eyes were a bit tired, for lack of a better word.

So, the final composition had Valeria at 9 am as she was dressed into the wedding gown. Then an afternoon picture with her next to Laze in the afternoon at the reception. Then Laze’s jacket had to be lightened up to see the intricate pattern on his vest. So far three different pics.

They had their photo shoot under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and overlooking the Sydney Opera House, of which I chose the later. I wanted the reflections on the water that look so attractive and pretty. Trouble is that at night you’d see the reflections but wouldn’t see the Opera House. Conversely during the day, you would see the Opera Hose but not the reflections on the water…

“The artist is the master of his own creation” became my motto that day. The final drawing shows both Opera House and the lights and buildings reflected on the water. If you look at it from opposite, that is the Overseas terminal dock where they were, you would only see reflections from a work of art… not unlike this one.

Moses, study on Michelangelo.

Moses 0341cm x 59cm Oil on canvas board.

Based on Michelangelo’s sculpture at St Peters Basilica.  Phillip Carrero.


Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to build his tomb in 1505 and it was finally completed in 1545; Julius II died in 1513

Moses is an imposing figure – he is nearly eight feet high sitting down! He has enormous muscular arms and an angry, intense look in his eyes. Under his arms he carries the tablets of the law – the stones inscribed with the Ten Commandments that he has just received from God on Mt. Sinai.


We can see the figure’s pent-up energy. The entire figure is charged with thought and energy. It is not entirely clear what moment of the story Michelangelo shows us, is he about to rise in anger after seeing the Israelites worshiping the golden calf? He has the tablets with the ten commandments on them under his right arm. Creating an interesting seated figure is not an easy thing to do!

You have probably noticed that Moses has horns. This comes from a miss-translation of a Hebrew word that described Moses as having rays of light coming from his head.