Big Sky

I was thrilled to bits to learn that Brett from the Bundaberg Writer’s Club had written a wonderful song, inspired by my ‘Big Sky’ painting.

Brett’s song is posted on Vimeo…Click Big Sky Dreaming to check it out.

Thanks Brett for the great song. You are inspiring me in return!

WBHD 2…another great success story for BRAG!

‘Sing your song songwriter…
wrap it in a big blue sky,

you give your words to me
tied up with ribbons and riffs

Big Sky Dreaming…
finding meaning.’

Big Sky


Makers in da house

It was a really delightful time working away in the BRAG studio on Friday and Sunday, with a gentle, then busy, then gentle flow of visitors through each session. Trevor came a long way to be there which was very special. Trudie and Jenny came and played too, and as usual the Brag staff and volunteers did a beautiful set up for us, and directed brave Gallery visitors up to the Makers mess!

AW72_MTMcombopicAW061_TrevorMTMAW062_TrevorMTMOn the Friday we had a great roll up from Council supporters and people stayed quite a while to chat with the artists.

In our little homage to Nolan and her yam brushes we set up a kids area for carving and printing. A large amount of sweet potato is grown in the Bundaberg region.

Some of the big kids got involved too.











AW064_AriellaMTMAriella set up some of her stunning work, and visiting kids had a ball with her, rolling clay and making impressions. She is great at explaining her process and now, on a basic level, I understand what Raku is. Amazing!

And I really enjoyed hearing her talk with visitors too, you could see they enjoyed it so much. Shows how important it is to be able to communicate what you do on many levels.

And below, Marlies cutting cutting cutting edge. And Susan creating some beautiful bases.


And Jenny continued working on her stunning BBQ tray retablos for her November show. Everyone who sees them says ‘yes please, I’ll have that one’.


And I was mucking about on paper with some Aspen, watercolour and gouache. What a great day get together we had. Thanks to all of you, and very much to Wendy @ BRAG for her hard work on getting the promo material out there for us all.



Last one!


This work is possibly the last one I need to paint for this exhibition.  I am calling it Big Country 2.  It is an acrylic collage on canvas.   90cm h x 120cm w

It has had multiple layers of paint applied over another old infinity pattern that I found in my back storage shed.   Collage elements include wallpapers, fabrics, but mostly they are thin plastics from old doilies and tablecloths.  C x

That painting

imageSome paintings seem to have a will of their own….this is one of them.

The girl figure, wearing her third face,  somehow managed to jump to the far left of the canvas. She was joined by several other figures.  I was not consulted!  Ha!

I call it The Bride and her Companions.  I  don’t think it will survive for long.  It doesn’t have much Aussie content.  It just became an exercise in patterning.

Oh well, try again!







More painting

I have roughed out  a painting design that gives me the a positive feeling.  The canvas is 150cm sq…my favourite size .  The design has been painted over an old collage and this is giving it an interesting surface.  I am using acrylics and often dry the paints even faster, with my hairdryer.   So impatient!  If this


design works, you will see more of the stages to come as the work develops.

Well it’s the evening of day one for this work and it has survived.  I have been using various old plastic place mats as stencils and they add a richness to the surface of the canvas that is quite appealing.

I spent much of the afternoon trying to get the face right and happily, the face and figure have developed to my satisfaction.  I painted the girls dress black and will try to pick up some of the textures from the old collaged canvas support.

I  cant help thinking of Marc Ryden’s ‘Creatrix’ when I paint full skirts like this. His attention to detail is particulary special.  He captures the beauty and luminescence of the fabrics he depicts.  Amongst other things!

I think it must be essential to paint in oils to achieve the quality of the blending apparent in his work.

Anyway, back to the job at hand.  Talk art soon!  C x