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Sometimes when I teach a still life painting class I am offered the left over paint at the end of the class. I feel obligated to use it and not throw it out so it really pushes me. I made the two small abstract paintings below. The beautiful blue etching is by Gary Tricker a New Zealand artist. I had it refreshed with new matting and a clean and it actually looks brighter and I love it more now. New spoons and a silly little ephemeral lady. The collage is a small detail from a larger piece I have now finished for an exhibition. Busy but fun.
I really can’t settle one one particular medium because I just want it all. It is always best for me to stick to one for a little while before moving on to another. I am still doing my woodcarving but have had to slow it down a bit for a few upcoming exhibitions. The still life with biscuits is for a charity fundraiser and was the last thing I made.
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.
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.
Sold all my spoons at the open studio which was a great success. I didn’t realise that other people love spoons as much as I do. (Actually I like all cutlery that has an interesting design). I have started another little group now. The tiny 10cm spoons are for little ceramic pots of jam or similar and the longer fish spoon is the first baby spoon I have made and is of course for my grandson Mason. They are all made from huon pine which grows only in Tasmania /Australia and as the cutting of live huon pine trees stopped in 1960 they are a bit special. Fortunately there are still cut pieces of timber available around Australia. I describe the scent of this tree as vanilla and menthol. Oh and I just learn’t a great new word to describe what I am carving: treen.