Monday, 17 February 2020


TWO WEEKS since an entry - i've been away to Melbourne and back in that time.

I'm still working
on my self 
portraits, this is
the latest, complete
with old lady
chook neck - it's
fascinating to see
how each one
is so different

including the ones
i've done of sonja,
rene and sunny
i've done 26,
can't stop but i'm
ready to think
about starting a
large portrait
of sonja

I headed down to Melbourne on Feb 7th and stayed two nights with vicki in south melbourne  -  these beautiful roses are from her
queenscliff home

SATURDAY - my exhibition opening in Canterbury.   with the corona virus causing nervousness about chinese visitors we were very happy with the turnout.  Jiang Jianwen's work was lovely, very detailed illustrations with a definite Chinese influence, he has a wonderful control of watercolour.  Tony Scott opened the show and lots of friends turned up -  susan and sean unexpectedly, also godwin bradbeer, graeme drendel and mimmo. 

 tony, above - opening
the show,  right - jianwen
and i swapped signed

below,  ros atkins
with sandra drummond
and patrick jones, i was so
pleased to see them all

jianwen and i each
did a short talk
about our work
godwin and graeme

    gail and tony with ian,  below with the anns, i was thrilled with        the group of people who came, i sold four works and lots of books

and to top of the day there was a beautiful full moon
enjoying melbourne  vicki and i explored the tiny 
streets and lanes of south melbourne

       i was very happy with this apartment accommodation right in
       the middle of swanston street, walking distance to lygon and 
       the city, tramstop right outside, only $75 a night

i stayed at erica's in this lovely book-line room before i came home, we worked on Romeo and Juliet and i've come home ready to get back into it

I stayed with don on the way home, jenny came up from torquay. it was a classic roast lamb/scrabble night, with beestings and vanilla
slices from the Birchip bakery.

Back home now, the kangaroos have been enjoying my overgrown
lawn, these are two very large males but the mother and her joey
have been back too. it's lovely having them around

THE SELF PORTRAIT PROJECT is going well, i now have a grid of sixteen to enter in the archie, the portia geach and the doug moran.

Sunday, 2 February 2020


THIS WEEK turned into a horrible couple of super hot days - my house couldn't cope and i ended up sleeping in the airbnb room - coolness!   i left the sprinklers on under the trees all days and the mother kanga and her joey stayed all day, staying wet and lounging on the lawn, munching grass.   Lots of birds too,  the variegated wrens shared with the superb fairy wrens,  apparently these two species cohabit and share territories

another snake
sighting outside
the kitchen window
- different snake,
smaller but still a
brown snake.  it
tried to climb the
carport post then
slithered under
the house  :-O

Thursday, 30 January 2020


WAITING for a chat with john
 in beijing, i'm sure i won't
 be going in march but need 
confirmation to replan my time.

it's hot here, will be in the 40's next three days.

yesterday i sat under the fan
and started another selfportrait.

it's hot here, will be in
the 40's next three days.
  into the movies today.

I've got it past the Queen Liz stage :0)

Tuesday, 28 January 2020


I'VE BEEN RUNNING AROUND organising things for my trip, doctor visits for blood tests and jabs, visa stuff (photo, forms etc) phone chats with beijing.  but now the Corona virus looks like its
accelerating, i'm thinking this whole thing will be postponed.  john the director says changing the airfare etc will be ok when they know what they're doing, but already the beginning of the new school year calendar has changed so i'm sure it'll be put off.
so, i've been working on more selfies, reworking the ones i've already done.
also the exhibition with jiang jianwen might be affected, i'm not sure why yet unless it's because jiang is flying out and may not be able to.  that would be a shame, i'm waiting for more info.

this week's pics

a walk along the
riverbank with
sonja on sunday
last week

i'm going to do a
full sized portrait
of sonja to enter
in the portrait

driving home from town last week, disgusting dust, i'm so over cleaning the house constantly.  there's only so much time that can pass before the dust in the house drives you crazy
 so important to leave out water for the birds in this weather
 morning walk earlier this week

some of the self portraits i'm working on, i think there are 18 now