June 27, 2006

EDM Challenge #72 - Draw somewhere new

My sister and i went shopping in Newtown on Sunday as she wanted to buy a dress.

Great! I thought, should be fun and I can do some sketches whilst we have a coffee break and that could be my ‘Draw Somewhere new’
Well do you think she let me sketch anyone?? ‘We don’t have time, I got to get home soon, Greg’s cooking lunch…. blah blah blah…

So I started to draw our coffee cups and even attempted to draw her jacket ‘Don’t draw me – c’mon lets go!’ quite laughable really
Anyway guess who ended up buying two dresses! Yep me….

Sunday afternoon we went to my inlaws for a quick coffee and visit.
This is my father in law all rugged up in his favourite armchair eating a biscuit so I sketched him instead.

My father in law is a real sweetheart –a very kind and caring man.
*He’ll be 72 in August
*He lost his home on his 40th birthday after the Turkish invasion in 1974 – he still has the front door key to his home in Cyprus but will never be able to use it as the area he lived in is now occupied – tears still well up in his eyes when he talks about it
* He learnt to drive a car after he arrived in Sydney at age 42.
* In Cyprus he owned a small sheep farm
* He plays the lute and loves to sing Cypriot folk songs
* He has 7 grandchildren (aged 24 down to 18mnths)


  1. Your father-in-law's story just reinforces the admiration I have for people who come to Australia from all over the world who leave the most tragic of circumstances. What a wonderful man.

  2. What an amazing story...so sad. Makes me realise and appreciate how lucky we are.
    BTW, my godparents are from Cyprus...that is one place I would really love to visit someday.

  3. I'd love to be able to draw. How wonderful to go places and sketch people when they don't know.

  4. WOW!! What a touching and beautiful tribute to your father in law -and what a GREAT sketch to boot!!! You were sketching far off, AS ... sketching your father in law and his memory of Cyprus -- just BEAUTIFUL! A sketch from the heart ...

  5. You did such a good sketch here and the story is so touching. I think you captured that nostalgia in the sketch.

  6. A beautiful drawing and story! This achieves so much more than a photo could!

  7. Anonymous4:15 AM

    This is beautiful, Anastasia! I admire people like your Father-in-Law.. they help to make their adoptive country so much more rich and varied in culture. Not to mention the Faith and courage it takes to leave your home and start a new life elsewhere.
    Your story and your drawing need to be preserved. It's part of who you are and what you value, because of who he is. Family connections and histories are the most precious things we have. Thank you for sharing with us. It truly is wonderful.

  8. Anonymous6:15 AM

    Very sweet. A nice record of his life

  9. Lovely story about your father-in-law! And I love your freehand sketch. You work so freely..in all of your illustrations!!

  10. Fantastic! Great drawing, great story! Thanks... I think I needed that!


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