Drawn from the Heart. A Memoir by Ron Brooks
By Ron Brooks
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It was a pretty rough school in a lot of ways at the time. The (boysonly) Tech. was seen as ‘the trades school’, less academic than the coeducational high school across the other side of town. It certainly had its share of bullyboys and thugs among the students – there was rough behaviour, the odd spasmodic fight and downright ugly brawl in the schoolyards, just as there were some extremely unpleasant members of the teaching staff – starting with the Principal himself (quite different from the friendly old Headmaster).
I was sad to leave Nanna and Pop. Their house, furniture, garden, and the rhythms and patterns of their life together – all that went, fifteen years later, into John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat, and 20 years later again, into Old Pig. indd 43 M A L L A C O O TA t o M E L B O U R N E [ 43 ] 26/10/10 2:23 PM TJ251-6-2010 IMUK AUS0323 Drawn from the heart W:170mm X H:232mm 150L EX100 W/F Rhodamine/Magenta(v) Cyan Magenta Yellow Black 43 Cyan Magenta Yellow Black TJ251-6-2010 IMUK AUS0323 Drawn from the heart W:170mm X H:232mm 150L EX100 W/F Rhodamine/Magenta(v) 44 Although I felt like a bit of a country bumpkin for a while, I settled in reasonably quickly at Swinburne, found new friends and thoroughly enjoyed my eighteen months there.
All the marks – the brushstrokes themselves, the transparent washes of colour and the more opaque areas, and the daubs, dribbles and splotches of thick paint straight from the tube – all the actual building up of the painting was itself at least as important as, and somehow at one with, the image. Everything was right there, on the surface, on the one picture plane, on the canvas. This, I felt, was what painting is about. His paintings were not mere pictures of things, of scenes – they were incredibly strong, emphatic creations in and of themselves, unbelievably compelling, powerful representations of the landscape, but not needing the scenery itself for any sort of justification.