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Well doesn’t time fly when you’re totally distracted!!

It’s been an absolute age since I last visited here. Since moving back to Lower Creek NSW I entered into the Kempsey Art Prize and the I won Best Works on Paper category with ‘Porky’s’ and I was a finalist in the IAPS 23rd Juried Art Exhibition Online (International Association of Pastel Societies) With ‘Time and Tide’.

Porky's

Porky’s

Pastel on Arches watrcolour paper

Tide and time

 

My website has suffered the ravages of me not being financially buoyant and gone. At the moment I just don’t have enough ping-pong balls to re-float this Titanic. So I’m thinking that this blog may have to substitute for my webpage for the time being. I’m not quite sure how to go about that but I’ll have a go.

I have a studio! It’s about 95% complete, bright, airy and with a storage room to boot. I have a plan to run weekend artist camps, workshops and classes in the future.

Below are some pictures taken from around the area of our property. There are birds and animals aplenty as well. I reckon it would be a good place for an artist to visit. Relaxing, challenging and inspiring all at the same time. What do you reckon?

Lower Creek 1

Looking towards the swimming hole.

Looking towards the swimming hole.

Looking towards our place

Looking towards our place

On the road to Armidale through the forest up the big hill.

On the road to Armidale through the forest up the big hill.

Wild rivers and gorges. Livin' life on the edge of a plateau can be very scenic

Wild rivers and gorges. Livin’ life on the edge of a plateau can be very scenic

The bottom border of our property.

The bottom border of our property.

Stag horn in the casuarinas next to the river

Stag horn in the casuarinas next to the river

easel inside the studio

Inside the studio. Plenty of natural light available.

From inside the studio

From inside the studio

I need another name for this, other than dead bird

At last finished. I think it looks OK. I need to get better photos before I take this to the framers. The camera and cable I need are being put to good use on Kangaroo Island gathering more reference pic for more birds…..live ones. lol So for this update it’s a cruddy mobile phone pic. meh.

I’ll float this image in a contemporary silver frame I think. So the roughness of the paper and deckle edges are obvious.

I’m looking for any suggestions for a title. Something poetic about death and/or the sea. I looked at the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner but it’s not an Albatross….

This is my entry into the 2011 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize. Fingers X’d.

It’s been an age since I put anything up here. I just forget. duh. I plan to finish this bird on (insert some day in the future here lol) so I thought I’d better get a WIP picture…… The last I posted was a very live bird a pelican. Well this bird is a very dead one.

The rib cage is challenging. When I bought a barbequed chook for dinner one night I dismantled it and checked out the bone structure…..there was a lot of ‘oh that’s what the is’ as my cats circled me like sharks. It still doesn’t help me knowing what bones are where, as I render them in pastel and they all kind of blur over at some stage…..sigh

taped to the board still

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