Saturday, 18 November 2017

STRANGER IN THE GARDEN

YESTERDAY MORNING i was up very early, getting things ready for airbnb guests who were arriving in the afternoon. i had arisen at 4 to go to the loo and the toilet seat had just come off and fallen sideways!  their toilet seat! so i'd tried to go back to sleep but couldn't so after a couple of hours of lying awake trying to figure out how to fix it i strolled out to look around the damp garden after all the rain.   i came around a bush and looked up to see this big buggar happily grazing.  he looked up at me, i say hullo and watched him for a minute.  then scurried in for the camera, came out again and got some shots.   the one of him standing was later after i returned to the verandah and made a few sounds to get his attention.   it wasn't until i looked at my pics that i realised how big and muscular his was.  :0| 



the arnie of kangaroos!
 

the toilet seat, you ask?   plumber said he'd come at 8, i didn't know what time the guests were arriving, had sent a message but no reply.
8,9,10,12 - finally i rang and poor steve and his son were up to their waists in mud doing a big urgent job.  finally he came at 4!   luckily my guests didn't arrive till about 7 - here for the return of Mungo man.   a day wasted for me - i got nothing much done, but all good in the end  

ARTICLE

I RECEIVED the Australian Artist magazine in the mail, featuring a 6 page article which i wrote with pics.  for the price of a book donated by allen&unwin, they very kindly added a full page ad :0)   so kind




I HEADED INTO MILDURA today to do a list of things, drove past this tree which astounds me every year, the colour is simply electric and it's sitting in the middle of an almost empty block - just sensational


these little flowers were popping and dropping off
around me as i stood under it with my camera



Thursday, 16 November 2017

RAIN

RECORD RAIN yesterday, bright red sunrise, a mild humid morning then just buckets and buckets of rain, gushing over the gutters, flooding the yard.   it was glorious

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

JACARANDAS

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DRIVE into mildura,  blue skies, huge white clouds and jacarandas glowing their beautiful purple everywhere, clouds of colour.

AMAZING CLOUDS TOO - different this morning though, it was red sunrise and now rain bearing grey approaching, thunderstorms predicted



Tuesday, 14 November 2017

PAINTING IN OILS

I HAVEN'T USED OILS much in the past ten years and I'm enjoying getting back into it, here are stages of an illustration for the book, afghani girls at studies





Sunday, 12 November 2017

COOL DUDES

UNFLAPPABLE - ducks on darling street yesterday morning,  casually strolling out of the path of an oncoming car





Saturday, 11 November 2017

WARM MORNING

LOOKS LIKE four hot days coming up, 35s and 36s - but now at 6.30am it's just beautiful and the sun is coming up over the lock.

Friday, 10 November 2017

WORKING ON MY BOOK

PRACTISING drawing Muslim girls in their headscarves today, i have a group of three or four to put into an illustration






Thursday, 9 November 2017

CHEEKY VISITOR


BACK HOME

WIFI again, so i'll catch up on the past few days.  good times staying with janet and bevan, then a night at gails with jenny and freddie calling in.  a morning having a hamam, three glorious hours of relaxing in the hot and warm pools and spas at RACV, then a night with denise.  jenny dalton called round so i've managed to see lots of people in a few days, no rush either. 
last night in ballarat with helen and a bit of op shopping before i drove home through glorious mallee country simply bursting with ripe wheatfields and beautiful silos against blue sky :0)    home now and about to go for a long overdue walk




this fantastic little
pattern is one i'll
be trying very soon
GAIL'S
GARDEN









LOVELY
waratahs
in helen's
room

i love this building in sturt st  ballarat

THE DRIVE HOME