posted on February 27, 2010 at 9:27 am

do another sitting for andrew h today
for the big art prize
hes got 3 big pictures of me going n
small portraits of me all around the studio
andrew is one of the nicest guys i ever met
a true artist no matter what
the real deal
his place is light n breezy
ocean zephyrs blow thru the white rooms
i discuss my face with andrew
he says “theres lots of concave isnt there?”
hed been doing me too big n hard
i point out small things to him
but hes doing a nice job
interesting to see how he works
painting in a drab greeny brown
swishing it all away with a turpsy rag
he does portraits the way i do
he starts with a very rough thing
and then he refines n refines n closes in n in
its nice to see my face emerging from the canvas
(only its board not canvas)
people walk in n make comments
an old scottish guy makes some funny cracks
ha ha
art n music
we listen to some spacious piano music by old whatsisname
ah youd know who i meant if you heard it
the french guy in the twenties monsieur whatsisname
deadline this friday
must go back for one more sitting tuesday night
only i mainly stand
andrew is such a lovely man
i wish he would bloody win the big prize
thatd just be too damn unlikely, wouldnt it?

16 Responses to “the painter and the painted”

  1. avatar
    redgrevillea | 27 February 2010 at 10:01 am #

    y'never know!! fingers crossed, Steve!

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    fantasticandy | 27 February 2010 at 10:22 am #

    great news about the new recordings!('the failed' are in the studio tomorrow too…)
    your'e so busy steve….flitting about all over.
    glad the sitting is going well!
    big love to ya mainman….

  3. avatar
    eek | 27 February 2010 at 11:17 am #

    It would be fascinating to see some of these portraits of you — especially after seeing so many of your self portraits. Always interesting to see how someone else sees you.

    There's an article on the SMH's website about portraits. kind of an interesting read. Click here for the link. 🙂

  4. avatar
    Steven Krut | 27 February 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    Watch out for the tsunami, Steve! I have a friend living in Chile. He and his family are OK, thank God. Many were not so lucky. 🙁

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    Morning all,

    I hope Andrew wins too. He's been so good for so long it must be about time.

    Au revoir,


  6. avatar
    cazziem | 27 February 2010 at 11:02 pm #

    I hope didn't distract him too much this time SK? But you gotta get at a pic of at least one of these so we can all enjoy and see what Andrews sees. I agree with eek, and you know that I believe what you see in the mirror is never the same as what others do.

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    princey | 27 February 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    I'm sure it will look magnificent sk, you have strong angles and lines on your face to make it interesting…..that's one of the reasons he chose you right??????

    Enjoy the last day of Summer,
    love Amanda

  8. avatar
    knot | 27 February 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    in myth, wasn't zephyr a rapist?

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    Dek | 28 February 2010 at 12:06 am #

    Just sit back and let him paint! It's not up to the subject to issue directions or even suggest. I know you know what is right but it is someone else's view of you that is the point of a portrait surely? We already know how you paint yourself. (No offence intended but i often fall victim to trying to control the world around me also).

  10. avatar
    Richard | 28 February 2010 at 12:07 am #

    stay away from icebergs today y'hear!

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    Anonymous | 28 February 2010 at 12:29 am #

    sorry no blog yessaday(Yesterday) …i was knackered
    got 3 really good new songs ready for ya
    gonna be giving this away at gigs in u.s.
    really u#23 ish songs

    Great more fucking whale / rain noise. Why do you do this out of ideas maybe?

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2010 at 2:24 am #


    Careful, you will be jealous of the painting, once it's finished.

    Because once it's finished, the painting will always be younger than you.

    Each day that goes by, you will be that much older than the painting.

    Strike your bargain w/ the devil, my friend.

    And maybe you can reverse this.

    Ah, ah.

    Wilfred Paradise

    PS – April is going to be a grand time in the States. Thanks for adding Norfolk, VA – how about Asheville, NC – it's on the way to Atlanta – mountains great in the springtime – don't miss your chance – do websearch on the 'Orange Peel, Asheville, NC', great club, 800 strong, wooden ceilings and floors, killer acoustics, hippie town, great vegetarian food, my friend, come on, you'll sell it out, i promise.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2010 at 3:07 am #

    Sending winning vibes to andrew. Imagine hearing the news that the winning portrait of the Archibald is of SK. Yeah!!!
    Good luck andrew, fingers crossed.

    Peace & love

  14. avatar
    M E M | 28 February 2010 at 3:22 am #

    hey sk – is there a place we can see these portraits…?


  15. avatar
    Melquiades | 28 February 2010 at 3:49 am #

    You weren't meant for the easy road
    because you aren't easy Steve. you
    re a force to be reckoned with – in the simplest and most complicated beauty know, ever.

    I wish Andrew and his interpretation much grace and fortune.

    btw, you're being immortalized in oil? great.

    so looking forward to seeing you this April.

  16. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 28 February 2010 at 4:55 am #

    there's no reason why this picture shouldn't win!!! can't wait to see it…..

    love always….

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