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Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
I’ve just joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and they ran a postcard contest for December. I didn’t win, but they’ve uploaded all the entries on their website, and I’d love it if you could give me some comments on mine, hopefully nice ones! Most of the other images feature girls, curiously, but my picture is of a very specific little boy – my Canadian grandson will probably be wanting to do this very thing as soon as he’s walking (and he very nearly is, or certainly thinks so)! The bird in the image is of course a kite – a swallow tailed kite, to be precise, not likely to be found north of California.
Monday, December 29th, 2014
At the last SALA festival I had the pleasure of meeting Moira Simpson, a very talented and dynamic lady who is organising the first ever Artists’ Retreat in Adelaide, from 19 to 23 April 2015. We hear about plenty of these kinds of retreats happening over in the Eastern States, but finally we have our very own annual event – a chance to get totally absorbed in art and craft for a whole 5 days, with all our lunches provided!
I did something similar to this back in August when I did a 4 day workshop with the Printmaking Sisters – more about that on my printmaking blog – but I will be one of the teachers at Moira’s retreat, which means lots of hard work preparing for it! I am looking forward to seeing how much everyone develops in 5 intensive days, so I’m sure the hard graft will be well worth it.
The venue, St. John’s Grammar, is just perfect: it happens to be the school where my two boys went after we arrived in SA from the UK in 2001. As soon as we saw the school we decided our boys would love the atmosphere – and it turned out to have some very good teachers as well. The art department has excellent facilities so I have no doubt we will be very comfortable there. It’s also 5 minutes away from Belair National Park, so we are likely to be entertained with the sight of koalas dozing in the gum trees a few metres from the classrooms.
Several of the artists are from interstate and overseas, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have quite a number of students trooping over from other parts of Australia. It’s the most marvellous excuse to take in a proper SA holiday, at a time of year when the Festival frenzy is over, the weather is balmy, and gourmet feast festivals are all around you – from the Barossa Vintage Festival to the Adelaide Food and Wine Festival (dates yet to be advised) . St. John’s is a short drive from the City where there is plenty of accommodation to choose from, but why not try a B&B in Belair or the nearby Adelaide Hills, or for the truly adventurous there is a very sophisticated caravan park in the National Park itself.
I will be teaching a super-intensive Drawing for the Terrified course in the mornings, and in the afternoons we’ll be relaxing in a different way, with Water Colour for the Terrified. But my classes are just two of the many courses on offer, ranging from quilting to jewellery; from oil painting through digital art to sculpture – to name just a few.
The early bird offer is over, but this retreat is still very reasonably priced and promises to be wildly popular – so don’t delay too long before you book!
Friday, July 18th, 2014
I have just emerged from a week of the most debilitating lurgy, winter is buffeting us with gusto, and I am supposed to be opening my studio in a week’s time! Aagh! We will get there, and the big compensation for the weather at this time of the year is that the garden looks beautiful – so long as you don’t look too closely at the weeds.
The SALA program has featured my picture this year, so it’s easy to spot me under City of Onkaparinga, but unfortunately the paper catalogue got the date of the opening wrong – I’m opening on July 25, 4 – 7 pm, but it’s put July 27 – although the website’s got it right. Too bad, I’ll just lay on the wine and nibbles on both dates. I’m supposed to be open Friday – Sunday 10am – 4pm every weekend from July 25 to August 24, but do call me to let me know you’re coming, just in case I have to duck out for supplies or emergencies. I have work on show at Mrs. Harris and at Bittondi in August as well, so I may be called on to gallery sit on one or more occasions – watch this blog and I’ll tell you when this is likely to happen.
New for this year’s SALA are some monotypes that Bittondi’s Inked2 inspired me to work on. I love teaching this form of printmaking, as it’s a great way of developing – and indeed, discovering – new ideas.
This is the ghost print – the second pull, after I pushed the ink around on a sheet of glass for about an hour and a half and then took a first pull that was much darker and moodier. I felt the first one needed to be less blue and more defined, so I scanned it, printed it out on a smaller scale on watercolour paper, then hand tinted it with black gouache. This is the result:
I like both images – and I’d never have arrived at either of them if I’d started working on paper rather than glass.
‘Inked2’ is still on at Urban Cow until August 2, so I can’t bring my prints back in time for the studio opening, but they’ll be on display the following weekend. I recommend you go and see the Urban Cow show before it finishes, as it’s a superb display of different printmaking techniques by 14 Bittondi members, on the theme of Exploration – which for me, is what monotypes are all about.
Sunday, November 29th, 2009
They will be launching their pea-green boat once more at the Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf, SA, at 7pm on Friday Dec 11!
The guest speaker will be Maggie Emmett, Adelaide poet and convenor of Friendly St Poets
Thursday, November 26th, 2009
My website designer has had two fantastic successes! He’s won a logo competition and a ski design competition!
His mother’s stoked! (As I should know, because he’s my son!)
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
As from Friday November 6, you will be able to purchase “A Disastrous Honeymoon”, an illustrated epic poem for short attention spans, from Alice & Co, 159 Brunswick St, Fitzroy Vic 3065.
This is the as yet untold story of what happened to the Owl and the Pussycat the day after they danced by the light of the silvery moon. Have you ever wondered how they prospered on their honeymoon? A gripping tale of love, passion, courage and nail-biting adventure on the high seas.
Illustrated with reproductions of the original etchings which can be viewed at Alice & Co on Sundays and Wednesday afternoons and at other times by appointment.
Accompanied on the walls by: “A Rodent Romance”, a drama in infinite and interchangeable episodes, featuring two lovestruck rabbits – or are they hares?
Plus assorted dogs, pigs and cats that seem to have got in by the back door. Etchings and relief prints, framed and unframed, with souvenir cards to buy if you can’t afford the originals.
If you want a preview of the poem, take a sneak peek by clicking on “A Disastrous Honeymoon” when you go to this webpage: