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Beautiful Canberra where you can still see the sky from the ground.

No super high rise buildings here. I loved the chunky low rise buildings. Very 60’s.

Beautiful Canberra where you can still see the sky from the ground.

No super high rise buildings here. I loved the chunky low rise buildings. Very 60’s.

Alphington Park and some new happenings.

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.

January art start with simple sculpture.

Cutting, sanding and sculpting balsa wood is not difficult however I quickly realised I needed the right materials.  I now own a mask and safety glasses as the powdery wood rises like smoke.  These pieces are pretty ordinary as I am still learning and my only tools are sand paper, scalpel blade and a hacksaw.  I need to find the right tools.  I know with sewing you must, absolutely must have good scissors.  I am wondering what the MUST have is for carving into balsa wood.

The cat found a nice cool spot on the table – what you cannot see is above her is a large airconditioner on this very hot Summer day.

Happy Christmas and Best Wishes

It has been a fun year of WordPress.  Lots to read, interesting stories and as I am a visual person I love your pictures.  I love your art, your design, your buildings, your gardens, your pets, your ideas and your encouragement.  I have had lots of nice experiences and chats with you. Thankyou and have a lovely holiday break.

For all of you that are overseas I’d like you to know that Christmas day will be 35 degrees Celsius which is very hot.  There is a total fire ban in force which means some BBQ restrictions.  I think as it is my turn to do lunch this year it will be indoors with an air conditioner running.  I’ll post some pics post Christmas and I would love to see yours as well.

christmas card 2015

Exciting Contemporary Mosaic Art Exhibition at Bundoora Homestead on very soon.

I’d like to tell you about a wonderful artist that lives across the road from me.  We meet all the time, discuss exhibitions, art, help each other as much as we can with other things like cups of sugar etc.  When I recently had my kitchen redone this lovely person came with roast vegetables and chicken, cakes etc.  I am so lucky to have her nearby.  When I sit in the studio I can hear her door shut and I wait for the footsteps to come to my door.  Always welcome.

Cetta Pilati is a Mosaicist, she uses natural marble cut from quarries from all over the world.  Her work will always stand the test of time.  She makes 2D work and 3D work as per the people in this image (  There will be artist talks as well as an official opening on Saturday 13th.  It is a group show of Mosaisists throughout the Gallery.

Cetta also conducts workshops in Melbourne and around Australia.  She has trained in Italy with traditional techniques.

Andamento photo[1]

This is my elderly neighbour’s wonderful office space and yes she is an artist and an art collector.

maureens 1What a lovely space this is.  My nieghbour was kind enough to allow me to photograph her home which is very much a gallery/studio in one.

Cutout cowboy cup of soup and a day in Collingwood.

I went to garage sales in Collingwood on saturday so a cowboy cup of soup is not an oddity at all.

In Collingwood there were people selling their sample pots from a pottery class – the money raised was going to Nepal.  We bought a couple of pots and exchanged details about classes.  I have never used a pottery wheel so I would like to give it a go sometime.  There is the building with the trains mounted on top – well known in the area – which now has a coffee shop underneath and up high they will have a burger shop.  Yep, it has trains on top of it.  Collingwood is semi industrial with more and more people wanting to live there for it’s proximity to the city and for the wonderful coffee shops and for its unpretentiousness  (anything goes).

april 1 april 2 april 3 april 4trains

Still life painting, boring or not?

underpaintingstill life in progress

I bought the slim conical vase or candle holder and the two pewter tankards (one is inscribed 1957 old boys gold day) and the white vase from an op shop (thrift shop) all for $9.00.  I am continuing with the still life painting with references to morandi, in particular the simplified palette.  This painting is approximately A4 in size and is painted in acrylic on board.  I am happy with what I have done so far however I feel as if I should place something in any future still life work that reflects 2015.  I’m also worried that the subject matter may be boring. I’ll think about it a bit more but will keep going for now as I am on a roll.  If you have any comments regarding painting still life please let me know.

The two pictures at the top are underpainting and work in progress.still life bottles 3

Collage without a title, please help me identify the maroon flower in my artwork.

cettas garden 2 cettas garden 3 cettas garden  preston coffee Flower BallaIMAG5442This is a lovely coffee shop in Mansfield Street Thornbury that I had breakfast at.  It is called ‘Joy and something I cant remember’ on the corner of Wales Street.

Help – does anyone recognise and know the name of the flower I used in the artwork above.  It grows in a ball shape and the closest thing that I found was clivia however I am not sure if they come in the maroon/purple colour or not.

John Malone

playful panda

To Pikap Community - Art In Thessaloniki

Μια προσπάθεια συγκέντρωσης και παρουσίασης της εικαστικής καλλιτεχνικής δημιουργίας στην πόλη της Θεσσαλονίκης. An attempt to assemble and present the visual artistic creation in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Life with Leonie

A personal account of my experiences and adventures, starting with my move to Melbourne Australia to live and study for the next 5 months.

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