Paris, 1991
       
     
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Jordan, 1992
       
     
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Jerusalem, 1992
       
     
Paris, 2009
       
     
Lyon, 2012
       
     
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Central Australia, 2015
       
     
Paris, 1991
       
     
Paris, 1991

Jane Johnson worked in Paris in 1991 for an architectural firm called XY Architecture whose office was in the stone abutment of Le Pont Alexandre III, the beautiful bridge over the Seine adorned with gold statues, which you see here in these pair of sketches.  As a young recent graduate, she used to pinch herself to check it wasn't a dream that she had a view of the Eiffel Tower from her drawing board.

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Jordan, 1992
       
     
Jordan, 1992

This is a series of quick sketches done of fellow team members during a break on one of the archaeological digs Jane Johnson worked on in the early 1990's. Jane was the only architect on the Pella team in Jordon, her role was to document the artefacts found by the team of archaeologists. She worked the previous year on a dig in Torone in Greece.  Both teams were from Sydney University.

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Jerusalem, 1992
       
     
Jerusalem, 1992

Jane Johnson's experience of working on an archaeological dig in the Middle East brought with it the bonus of travel in the region. This is a sketch of an elderly Israeli man resting on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  One has to sketch very quickly when the subject doesn't know they are being sketched and could move at any moment!

Paris, 2009
       
     
Paris, 2009

The advantage of drawing a sculpture is it doesn't move!  One of Jane Johnson's favourite museums in Paris is Museé Rodin. This is "Jean d'Aire, etude de nu" from 1886.

Lyon, 2012
       
     
Lyon, 2012

This drawing series was done during Jane Johnson's sabbatical in Lyon in 2012, using simply a black artline pen.  This technique produces an almost cartoon-like image.

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Central Australia, 2015
       
     
Central Australia, 2015

It is very easy to photograph Uluru, and hundreds of people do it every day, but to try to capture it's grandeur and colours in pencil and watercolours is a different story.  Jane Johnson attempted to do so on her first visit in 1993 and then again in 2015, which is when this painting was done, but needs to go back more than once every 20 years to keep practicing!