Here are some articles from the Las Cruces Bulletin and the Childers Chitchat that probably have not been posted yet.
I’m scrambling to catch up from all my westward travels before I climb in the car to head eastward for a few more vagabond months. It has been a challenge to get everything in order after Adrienne’s visit. About a $1000 of repairs on the car after she thrashed it (Ok, so maybe I needed new tires anyway), and just look at the house! I thought she was kidding about the skip/dumpster and the wild parties!
(OK, so this is really Catherine’s home down the block under massive renovations. Adrienne is still welcome back.) :-)
The final leg of the journey home for me was the only major problem in my travels. It was only a one hour flight away from Phoenix to El Paso, but they broke two planes before giving up and putting me on the one that arrived at 2 AM the next day, after 12 hour delays. Lucky I’ve got good friends to get out of bed to pick me up at airport. Me and the badly damaged bag with all the artwork I brought home. Somehow everything was intact inside, including Jenny’s fantastic ceramic banksia lantern. A day later, an airline travel cold appeared to make life miserable and I’m only just recovering. Too bad it was a bummer ending on a fantastic four month journey, but that won’t put too much of a dent in all the great parts that preceded. Already planning my 2015 redux.
In last few days I was able to see Nolan and Winkler (see her post), Carey and wife Heather, Catherine, and just had lunch today at Peg and Joel’s home, showing off my latest additions to the collection (recognize your rolled up painting on the chair, Sue?). They just acquired a large steer head sculpt from Nolan themselves, so I’m not the only one unable to stave off temptation for WBHD artwork. It is already up on their wall, complete with a holiday hat decorative touch for the season. I’m not going to be able to put any of my additions up until I get back from my next leg of the journey in the spring. That will give me time to stall on deciding how to squeeze things in and what old art goes into closets and under beds.
In Las Cruces yesterday. First a fabulous/brilliant film; THE BOOK THIEF. CanNOT go wrong with Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. Wow!
Then to Peg and Joel’s to deliver one of Winkler’s sculptures. O boy.
Then to Dave’s for a walk through of his great art collection, including works from Susan, Adrienne and Jenny….great stuff. AND I got a gift of one of his beautiful photographs that I ooooooooooed and aaaaaaaahhhed over as we were walking out the door. That’s the first pix you see. Also in it is a 3.00 mask Winkler bought at the GoodWill. Dave’s pieces isn’t hung yet and has to shoot the pix from afar so flash wouldn’t obscure it….train cars…you can get the gist. Wow.
Next, we went to another artist pal’s opening at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. He’s a pencil artist (best I’ve ever seen wield a pencil) and cowboys is his theme. I WON a drawing there for one of his prints. Wow again!
A blog (from my ‘Christine Turner’s Art Blog’) about The Edge, with a video mapping that I couldn’t send any other way than this. Cheers! cx
Hey CC…how are you? What have you been up to of late? I guess you really enjoyed Adrienne’s visit? She is a great girl! Where will you be going with your art practice this year? And, how do you feel about the final days of the WBHD exhibition?
So many questions! Looking forward to hearing from you. cx
Just sitting in Bris Airport with a sense of déjà vu as we wait for our flight to New Zealand. No interwebness for 3 weeks, so I wanted to post some pics I took while delivering prints to Hervey Bay Regional Gallery on Thursday.
Chris had already posted these two pieces that are hanging in the gallery, but I was blown away when I saw them as I just hadn’t got the sense of scale from those photos. These pieces are beautiful and quite large when seen with the caption plate as scale.
There was also 2 assemblage pieces by Bundaberg artist Clinton Cross which were stunning.
And the works are so beautifully lit, Chris, hope you get there for the opening on Friday night.
And on the back road home I saw the most stunning sunset which I had no hope of capturing with the phone, but the gum tree silhouettes are a nice farewell. Hope you all cruise gently into Christmas.
Only a few days remain before I make it back to Las Cruces, but for now I am enjoying the Napa Valley autumn colors (already switched back to American spelling), appropriate for our Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. I know I’m very thankful to have been able to be part of WBHD, spend so much time in Oz, and meet so many great artists, like yourselves. I’ve not had the chance or energy to paint much of late, so just keep collecting these visuals to keep the creative eye and brain active. Thanks, mates, for such a great experience!
This last is for Nolan, a reflection of the railroad station in St. Helena, where she used to live. Small world isn’t it!
I’m catching up on some of my photos, so sharing a few from the tail end of my trip to Australia. I spent the last couple of weeks in the rural, coastal area around Berry, NSW, about 2 hours south of Sydney. This is a particularly lovely region with escarpments from the Southern Highlands intersecting the coast before giving way to farmland and yet more national parks and headlands along the coast. The mountainous area are filled with pockets of the most southern sub-tropical rainforest in Australia, waterfalls, and fantastic wildlife like the wombat.
My high-school buddy Omar and his wife Barb left the Sydney lifestyle behind to attempt a sustainable life on a rather luxurious property only a 15 minute walk from 7 Mile Beach National Park. They raise trout, veggies, pigs, and chooks to trade produce in a local farmer’s co-op. I enhanced their home with the gift of a Banksia Lantern ceramic by Jenny Gilbertson. But they still put me to work digging weeds, feeding the hogs and gutting fish.
My daily hikes and swims on the beach at 7-Mile were supplemented by day trips to the falls and nearby Jervis Bay National Park, which boasts some of the whitest beaches in the world. Miniature penguins breed there and it is a lovely habitat for giant rays that come right up to the shore. I got my final fix of sunshine before leaving for the North American winter….how about that snow in Las Cruces?