I was invited by fashion designer Linda Britten to attend a wonderful event at Forty five downstairs gallery in Melbourne.
A 8 year old girl sees her mother in a yellow gown…
A 52 year old woman sees herself in a mirror and her search for magic begins.
Memories are the fabric of a family is a full sensory experience containing original couture, original photography and original stories including dance, music and classical voice that maps the discovery of the binding magic of a family and memories.
The exhibition was inspirational.
I have been working on abstract painted backgrounds on paper with a more refined pencil drawing of a botanical on top. The two below are just small starters that have led to some larger pieces on fabriano paper. So far so good.
I have been trying to formulate a new series of artwork in my head. I rarely write down what my plan is. The intention was to do some beautiful drawings on an abstract black and white background (well at least I would have attempted to do beautiful drawings). I just fell in love with the brush strokes and the mixing of black and white on the paper so much that I isolated what I saw with scissors. I may rethink what I am going to do but I still would like to combine the drawing with the cutouts. I have no idea how yet but I will try.
The apple painting was from a while ago but I thought I would share. I have been teaching still life painting workshops to a few students and we seem to always do apples and the spotty bowl which is always a pleasing combination.
Funny rabbits, tough rabbits, spotty chicks, spoons, daisy horses etc. Had so much fun making these. I have just a little bit more to do and then I must stop myself.
The shapes were cut out by scroll saw by Wood Club colleague Klaus. Thankyou.
I will be exhibiting these at Incub8r in Smith Street, Fitzroy very soon, in time for unique Easter gifts. If you know me you will know that they will not be repeated.
Now Showing at Incube8r in Smith Street
PS The Summer Workshops held in my Backyard were fantastic and I may have another two in Autumn. Different of course.
Hope you stop by.
Still absolutely loving the spoon making or wood carving however it may seem that I have not shifted much. Probably haven’t but I know the tools a little better. The collage is from an exhibition of totems that I did – an oldie that I thought you might enjoy seeing.
My niece Julia and a picture of a dog with the same hairstyle. Pretty cute I think.
I have put some of my wooden items in a gallery called Incube8er and will post some details about this shortly. I just set up and realised I didn’t take any photos.
The lovely Jan (neighbour, friend, art student, artist, ex fitzroy resident) invited me for a gorgeous afternoon tea in Alphington. Jan’s house overlooks Latrobe Golf Club. I have added a spoon I made a few month ago as I am still in the middle of finishing a couple of new carved spoons and a black and white picture that I just love. I am no photographer but I think I just got lucky with this photogenic little girl (Julia).
Collage in My Backyard.
I had two Summer workshops in collage with two gorgeous groups of women. They made some wonderful work and happily played with ink and acrylic paint and of course my vast collection of books. We started with very little instruction and just two cutouts selected to make something funny – big head little body type of thing – this was a break the ice kind of thing (see lady dog below).
Also below are two small and lovely still-life paintings from another workshop (a bit of Morandi happening there).
Today is Australia Day. I was assisting our woodworking club to sell some of their wares whilst other members were assisting children in assembling and building bird houses. The tap tap tapping of hammers went all day long and the joy in the children’s faces was beautiful. Here are a few photos for you to see. It was very crowded and I am afraid I seem to have missed that in these photos. There were actually lots of people from the parade that were walking around in star wars costumes and others in costumes from the countries that they originally came from e.g. Thai, Greek, Iranian, Egyptian etc.