Wow – two packages from NM in two days! This one arrived on Trudie’s desk late today … and since Adrienne will be at the gallery tomorrow … we might just wait until then to open it up.
This one is called: STILL, THE MYSTERY. I started it because I was trying to anticipate the question I’d be asked about my work from a moderator at an artist’s panel last Friday at the Las Cruces Museum of Art where I have a couple paintings in an exhibit. Of course, I figured he’s ask about the circles/dots, so I spent awhile writing in my ‘sketch’ book about it and tried my darndest to come up with a proper reply. Naturally, he didn’t as me about them; instead about the texts I often times use in my work, haha. Even so, my own thoughts and notes had me do this little study. Don’t think I’ll go to a larger painting of it, but did enjoy this one. 12×12 inches/30.48×30.48cm.
At almost the half way mark, driving back from Brisbane today after dropping off 12 paintings, I passed the Wide Bay Creek bridge. I’d never noticed the name before and couldn’t help but stop and take a dodgy phone snap. It made me think that the US artists might enjoy seeing some images of where we live, so here are a couple from today’s drive and I’ll take some in mind for a post about the wee town of Mt Perry over the next week.
One of the last stints on the bitumen (tar) with a bucolic view of gums, a dam, and rolling Perry hills. The paddocks of grass are starting to brown off after mild frosts, but the grass is long and abundant in our cattle rearing region and it holds it’s nutrient for a long time.
In winter the sun is in our Northern sky. The final part of my drive from the big city crosses about 30km of dirt road over a couple of sections. It’s kept in good condition and the pot holes either side of the cattle grids are kept to a minimum. After a long drive, the dirt demands focus.
And to finish with a truly awful 70’s cultural exchange: our Olivia singing your John’s classic ‘Country Roads‘. Tee hee… click here 😀
Pictures of where you live?
This weekend Marlies brought our her new Fred Tomaselli book and this morning we watched a video of him talking about his work and process… it’s a really delightful interview and glorious work. It runs for 16 minutes if you click here.
His collage is so stunning and meticulous and I enjoyed his reference to finishing works and then wondering if he’ll ever create another good piece. “A few days of panic” he says.
It really made me pause and quell a little bit of my own panic and do some little scribbles of where I’d like to head next with the WBHD pieces. Then I ruled up some scaled down watercolour paper and set up the table so that when I’m back from the big city on Thursday I can lay down some simple watercolour and gouache and mess around with the yukkas and grass trees.
I really enjoyed Tomaselli’s words, so many thoughts resonated. Thanks Marlies for the introduction to him. And the car is packed and the Art Guard is ready for the big drive south.
Here south of the Equator, in all our Commonwealth
glory, it is a long weekend for the Queen’s birthday
(which is actually later in the year). This means 3 days
of play and time to invite friends to workin Mt Perry. Marlies has come out for 2 nights, and today Jenny G joined us for a day of working. (Did you know that Jenny G is the initiator of this project?)
Several times we commented on the joys of company. Creating artworks is often a solitary experience, and today was a perfect working day with long periods of silence and the occasional ‘shall I make tea‘ (how terribly English of us). Dolly Parton with Linda Ronstadt sang to us through the day.
Yesterday Marlies showed me her tiny cup of cut stamps after 3 hours of scissorhands action. The intricacy and labour involved is astounding, and it’s so great to have art friends working in the studio.
Senore Depp (sorry, again, to Pistol and Boo) is looking amazing after Marlies pasted down all those beautiful cut shapes today. Jenny was working with old and new drawings as she and I are exhibiting about New Mexico later in the year at Gataker’s Art Space… managed by Trevor… the connections keep growing.
Meanwhile, I spent yesterday tidying edges and adding names and D hooks to the other side of the canvasses and tomorrow I pack and drive them to Brisbane.
And we’ve had some great conversations, and it made us ponder how beneficial the occasional shared working experience is. How do you all feel about it? Do you enjoy sharing your working space with other artists? And would you like to work together when we are in Las Cruces. Perhaps the occasional day, here and there, could be a really enriching time?
Last but not least: the country birdsong and gentle breezes were peppered with the BAM BAM BAM of my staple gun as I stretched the first canvas for WBHD II. Finally, I have started, though the size of it did send me into a mild tailspin about where it was all going. And so it begins…
Work has been taking the lions share of my time lately, managed to complete a series of open bowls on the weekend, the illustrations relate to the stories that I have based the mixed media works on. No 1 Woody Girl, No 2, “The Crows Nest” and No 3, “Hat Box for Richie” Lots to do. Plaster moulds drying, lead crystal glass ordered, panic setting in.
Another painting just finished this cloudy, warm and breezy day. Beautiful out. This painting is about the bicycle ride I last took a few days ago and since I’m building up the strength in my ‘bad’ knee, I am cycling slowly up the hills so I have time to count the different wildflowers abloom. Keeps me sane (I guess). Don’t for a moment think our desert landscape is this colorful, just in my dreams. The story written on it:
15. Counting miles./36. Counting wildflowers./27. Counting bicycle gears.