Monday, December 30, 2013

Internal Landscape 5

Mixed media on canvas. This is larger - around a meter long

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Internal Landscape 3

I am pleased with the evolution of this mixed media piece in my Internal Landscape series

Internal landcapes

I am working on a series that evoke memories of places I have visited..a kind of internal landscape,
This mixed media on canvas paper

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Experiments with Acrylics

It has been far too long since I had a concerted period of time in the studio. So I have resolved to get in there and to get cracking. A series of experiments/exercises to get going.
These are old canvases that have been overpainted.... around 40x50cm

Abstract watercolour

A little experiment with watercolour

Monday, December 9, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

Last class with Lazar

Yesterday I went to the last class of the year with Lazar Krum. Each Thursday morning the class has met and enjoyed doing our own projects in a Sea Scout hall, with Lazar offering help and guidance.
He is a patient and wise teacher, and I will miss these Thursday mornings.
This is what I did on Thursday in the class... from a model bird that Lazar had, which I had been itching to draw.They are on A2 paper

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Humble geranium looks glamorous with some fancy effects.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Visual Diary 3

While travelling in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, I kept a visual diary. Here are some of the pages from it.

Visual Diary 2

While travelling in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, I kept a visual diary. Here are some of the pages from it.

Visual Diary

While travelling in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, I kept a visual diary. Here are some of the pages from it.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The War is Over.. if you want it

Went to Sydney to see this exhibition by Yoko Ono and it was wonderful.
This installation below  is called Morning Beams which resembles rays of light. There are 100 cords of white rope leading to another piece ... the stones.. called Cleaning Piece- Riverbed. The piece asks people to recall every moment of sadness in their lives, measuring it with a stone.
Then they were asked to remember moments of joy, and watch that pile of stones grow.
Both  pieces were very moving.

 We are all Water (below)- a row of bottles - each labelled - Betty Friedman, Nicolas Copernicus, Joan of Arc, Henry Miller ... really needs no comment

Crickets 1998 (below) Many small cages with audio of crickets that were collected over a period of time in a variety of places. An evocative piece summoning a feeling of time and place in a very powerful way.

Balance Piece (1998) is an ordinary kitchen with table, pots and pans suspended, pulled by a magnet from the left. I think it has to do with invisible forces in the society  - an undercurent that we cannot see, but we can feel
Imagine Map Piece 1966/2013 (below)Visitors were invited to take a stamp that was supplied, ink it up and place it over places in the world where they wish for piece, I put mine of Afghanistan... surprised that it was not already heavily stamped.
I was astonished that a heavily stamped country was Australia ... one of the most peaceful places in the world. This is my stamp.

Below is an image of Yoko stamping the map ... no I was not there when she was there...

 Another poignant installation was Helmets - Pieces of Sky 2001/2013... that originated from Yoko's memories of looking at the sky when she had been evacuated to Japan's countryside during the war. She and her siblings spent hours watching the sky and clouds drift by.
Visitors were invited to take a piece of the sky from the upturned helmets.

 By far the most moving piece which springs from Ono's campaigning for environmental awareness, was Endangered Species 2319-2322. This was created in 1992 - a family sitting on a park bench with their pet dog (just outside the photo below). Each member has a mortuary card attached. The title explains the piece. There are supporting images around the room... some butterflies, an engraved tablet with an SOS calling to the skies for help. I hope the NSW fracking people see this work.