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.
I just thought I would show you a gorgeous part of where I live.
Took Ninna my kelpie for first walk for 2017 to Alphington Park. No soccer players, footballers or cricketers at this time of year so we have the whole oval plus much more space to throw and chase the ball. So peaceful. Room for more people and dogs of course but not 5000. Looming next door is the old paper mill which is being developed into housing for up to 5000 people. I have been told that there are no green spaces within the development which I find disappointing. I hope I am wrong. I am certainly not anti the development but just wish there was a little bit of green grass to walk pets and or sit on a bench in the sun.
Had my son Darcy visit from Sydney for Christmas so we spent Christmas Eve looking around Smith Street Collingwood, Fitzroy. We did last minute shopping then had a souvlaki at Jimmy Grants in St. David Street Fitzroy. Such a wonderful atmosphere up and down the street, lots of people around but no rushing, just chilling. Bookshop was crazy full of people and we both bought a couple of last minute things. I absolutely had to have Tokyo Precincts for my Japan liking husband. Yep he liked it.
The beautifully presented hotcakes in the pic above are from our breakfast yesterday 29th Dec from a new East Ivanhoe Cafe called Ducasa (they use an odd font so I hope I have the name right). Delicious food bought by all four other people however mine was a little ordinary. Mine were crumpets (2) with honey and lemon and butter on the side. They looked suspiciously like the hotcakes above rather than crumpets with holes. The honey was on the top one so the bottom crumpet had nothing and therefore was dry and I didn’t eat it. Great coffee. I would go there again but not for the crumpets.
Soooo very hot in Melbourne and pretty unpleasant for me as I am not at the beach. Hope everyone has had a nice Christmas and is having a nice time. Wish I was at the beach.
The beautiful little reindeer child is image Number 6 of 12 Images I am making for my Grandson’s first 12 months.
Just added a little still life I made a year ago (sold).
Oh and it’s going to be 35 degrees Celsius on Christmas day and yes we will still be having hot lunches and dinners anyway because of tradition that has become part of our Australian culture. But don’t worry about us as I’m sure there will also be ice and cold drinks and icecream and beer and wine etc. etc. …