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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

This is a picture I was to put into a gallery for exhibition a few months back. Yeah I know, I didn’t get it finished in time. It’ll get in the next gallery show. I’ve gone for a bit of a side track into oils. All my oil painting experiments have sold so far so I’ll keep going I guess. I’m being very careful and going rather slowly with the oils as I really like doing them and don’t want to bugger ’em up! lol. All I can do is keep on improving right?

I should remember to take photos BEFORE framing…..sheesh! Anyway three of the photos are of traditional landscapes. The WIP of B&W ‘Flinders Dreaming’ is Acrylic with Mica and Ground Quartz. (I will get a better photo of the finished painting) I think ‘Flinders Dreaming’ is going to get mixed polite reactions by the other artists at the exhibition, well that’s I reckon, it might be OK.

It’s an interpretation of the Flinders… I have slept under the moon often enough out there and the ranges look, under a full moon, like a figure lying on its side to me sooo…also the area is mineral rich so I used some mica and quartz….meh…we’ll see.

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