Thursday, 15 September 2016

Sunday, 24 July 2016

A Class Act - art exhibition

Many of you know I have been doing art classes on and off for several years with Michael Winters at the Strathnairn Homestead Arts Centre on the outskirts of Canberra.  Last year it was proposed that we have an art exhibition showing some of the work of Michael's former students.  30 of us rose to the challenge and Michael asked the Centre for Continuing Education at the Australian National University to organise it.  His classes are the only off-campus ones run through the CCE. Others are at ANU Art School where parking is difficult and there is no bush environment.

It was decided to use the old woolshed at Strathnairn which had been somewhat restored and was up the hill behind the main building. Arrangements were made to put up several partition walls for hanging and last Sunday we all brought 5 artworks that had been made in the last 4 years in one of Michael's many semester classes.  We only expected to have one or two each hung but yesterday, which was the opening, we found that all our work was up. Great!

Here is the invitation.  Bronwyn King took the photo from a recent class.

We all agreed the exhibition looked great, surpassing our expectations.  The next three photos were taken at the opening.  Michael gave an excellent speech and was in full flight with others, including me in the mauve jumper.  I was with family members David and Kara Martin from Sydney.  The exhibition was very successful and very colourful, showing off our various styles and reflections of some of the famous artists we had studied.  Two of my paintings are in these pictures.  I think all are somewhere on this blog over the last four or so years. The huge paintings on multiple canvases put together are still on my walls at home! A few brave people brought theirs.  I will take more photos when I am on duty minding the exhibition in the next three weeks.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Strathnairn Squares Exhibition

I have an entry in this exhibition which is on every year.  All entries are on a small canvas 30 x 30cm.  I put one of my linocuts on the canvas.  Usually I make a collage.

I am in another exhibition in the old woolshed later this month. Details later.



The 2016 SQUARES People’s Choice Exhibition is Open for Voting Now!

The Woolshed Gallery | Strathnairn Arts Gallery
The Woolshed Gallery | Strathnairn Arts Gallery
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With so many fantastic entries – it may take  more then one visit to the Gallery to choose a favourite!

With nearly 100 entries this year – it is a great reason to visit Strathnairn Gallery this weekend!
As always, the Cafe is open, so make a great day out and have lunch after you visit the SQUARES.
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Friday, 10 June 2016

Sicily April 2016

This was a trip I did with others from my art group.  I had seen other parts of Italy and had always wanted to go to Sicily where Val and I were headed in 1973 but unfortunately were robbed and had to return to Rome to get a passport.

We briefly stayed in Catania after our flight before joining the small group in Ortegia (part of  Syracuse) on the Art Incontro trip.   We stayed in apartments and spent a lot of time sightseeing, visiting galleries & museums and doing printmaking - lino, woodcut and collagraph.  And some small artists' books.

I made some slideshows of my photos and decided to try and put them on my blog but soon found I had to first put them on You Tube.  So you can see them there or on this blog.  I posted the first two a few days ago and here is the larger of the three slideshows which I have saved as a video.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Slideshows of Abu Dhabi and Oman travels in April 2016

This is my first attempt to post my slideshows on You Tube and then to this blog.  It has taken a lot of trial and error but I think I have got it to work.  Watch them in fullscreen (little square with arrows) as the images are too small as set out here.

Abu Dhabi  was only a  night and day stopover mainly to see the huge mosque and carpet. There were three of us on our way to Sicily - Ann, Robyn and me.

Oman was a five day trip on the way home from Sicily where Ann and I spent nearly three weeks doing art and sightseeing.  We met an American woman at our first hotel and shared a rental car with her to see some of the country, especially the sand dunes which were stunning.


Monday, 6 June 2016


Last week I finished printing these linocuts so thought I'd put them here before I try and think of some new printmaking ideas tomorrow.

This colour linocut was modelled on an old photo of a Queensland sunset in the outback.


These two were just a design based on sunlight when I was having fun cutting lino.



Friday, 3 June 2016

More Pastel Paintings

I've been back a few weeks from my trip to Sicily and Oman but am not sure if I can post the slideshows I have made of my photos.  I will try later.

I'm now looking at some of the art I did earlier this year and am posting it here.  This pastel called "The dog walker" is based on a colour slide I took twenty years ago during the annual Floriade festival we have in Canberra.   The camera was set on a slow shutter speed to blur the moving person and dog and I've always liked it.

Walking the dog

 I did the next two pastels in a weekend workshop by Louise Corke with a concentration on light and composition.

One painting is a landscape with trees in the foreground and background;  the other is from a photo I took several years ago of the citadel of Carcassonne in France.

Pastel painting

Pastel paintings

I just finished this pastel of an old tree trying to use a cross-hatching technique in hard pastels to begin it - then scumble in soft pastels. I'm not sure how it has worked.

Pastel paintings

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Mongolia - photo book

I travelled with Sundowners, a Melbourne company, to Mongolia in 2005.  I have just scanned all the colour slides I took and put many of them into making this book.  I've added some information from my diary and memory too.  When clicked you will be directed to the page where the book is located.  Anyone can look at the book even though it is also for sale. 

I hope you enjoy having a look at it!

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

New Year 2016 has begun

It has been a long time since I posted anything here so thought I had better think about what has been happening.  Summer has been too long and too hot for me with a few milder moments.  But today is 36 degrees again so I am inside with the aircon on.  My little Monty likes it too and is at my feet under the computer, his favourite spot.

Just before Christmas I finally decided it was time to replace my 14 year old Subaru Forester although it hadn't done a lot of kilometres.  The new Foresters were larger and I wanted a more compact AWD car still with the ability to take my art stuff easily from the trolley.  So I am very pleased with my Subaru XV which has the same high clearance as the Forester.  This photo is not great but shows the nice cerulean blue colour.

I also decided on an automatic rather than manual which I have always had. Driving in Sydney late last year was very tiring with so much traffic and gear changing - and I realise I am geting older!

These are a few photos I took in January, two when it was wet showing my ramp from the front door, and some hanging baskets on the back deck.  The snapdragons are cheerful.

My Chinese pistache trees, front and back, are being stripped of seeds and branches by the big white sulphur crested cockatoos.  They look nice but are a menace as the dog gets all the sticky stuff from the tree in his fur and brings it into the house.  And I'm not prepared to sweep it all up every day anymore.

I spent a lot of January watching tennis on TV, especially the Australian Open. It's the only sport I understand as I played it (badly) when young.  But this month my art groups have recommenced so I am busy mid week now.   I'll post some new work later.  Our Wednesday group called Different Strokes is having an exhibition soon.  Sixteen of us are entering.  We all use different mediums and have varied experience.  Here is our invitation, in case anyone local is reading this and would like to come.