Thursday, 29 March 2018


YESSSS!  I'VE SEEN A SNAKE right here, slithering across the paving towards the back door, all 4 ft of him.   eek!   a brown snake.  he glided off into the garden and disappeared.

and yes, i was using
a zoom lens :0)

Wednesday, 28 March 2018


THE WEATHER today was perfect, very warm but soft - autumn. sue and derek came for a bbq in the evening and this big gorgeous fella dropped in again and stayed around for about an hour, munching on the back lawn.  He's looking pretty healthy at both ends :0)


ARTWORK DELIVERED - and so good to walk back into my house and start packing up all the paints and stuff that's filling the whole living area.  time to do other things :0)

I went back to the geelong gallery the day after the opening to see the exhibitions properly, all good. 

clarice beckett
jorg scheisser's etchings are divine, i'm including some here but the work is so fine it just doesn't who up at all.  there's a whole gallery full of his work, it's exceptionally beautiful.

winter - from a group of four, the seasons

Had a night with denise and a night at gails, brekky with everyone at torquay on a grey damp morning. it's been lovely to see some real rain although wentworth didn't get any :0( 
gail's garden is a fairyland by night

Then a night with helen and don in lake lonsdale.  good to see them both, i'll go back as soon as i can.  spotted a new bird in their pretty birdbath area which helen tells me is a noisy babbler. very sweet.

The beautiful grampians, usually rich mauve blue - this was a misty cloudy morning
i spent some time with helen talking out ideas for my 'skip' book, it was great to get her comments, it's set me off on a clearer path. aileen had some good input too, i feel i have quite a lot to work on when i do my residency  -  all good  :-)

MONDAY  - on the road again

the drive through
 the mallee
has been lovely, travelling from cloudy grey skies to clear blue,  golden wheatfields and the wonderful silos. 

now i'm home again
everything looks good, 
nothing's dried out.
i have airbnbers arriving 
tomorrow night for
easter and i'll be getting
out in the garden and
doing a lot of major
cutting back and tidying
up - long overdue.  The
book cover still needs to
be done but i'll sort it
out at katoomba.  nice
to be home on the river :0)

Saturday, 24 March 2018


I'VE DRIVEN DOWN to melbourne, two nights with vicki and a visit to the publisher to drop of all the artwork for 'when the war is over'.
my folio of work hits the big smoke

had the best mussels
and a superb steak at
'lina' with vicki and her neighbour celia who
took this pic

a walk around melbourne visiting favourite things
mirka's mural at flinders st station

the nicholas building

the beautiful elevators at david jones

south melbourne near the market

after the publisher i walked next door to the NGV and saw the triennial.  not as good as i'd hoped but the Guo Pei dresses were sensational. and i revisited my favourite works

those mysterious crazy sheep at the back of the gallery cafe

GUO PEI - chinese
designer of
over the top
gowns, almost
huge pieces
of wearable
this is a dress with hood which cover the whole top
of the body with a hole cut out for the face to look thru.
above is a ceiling fresco of renaissance art, the
angels had moving wings

favourite little matisse

the frame shadows are as
interesting as the art

i love this little sculpture in the asian gallery

trash or part of the triennial??

I had dinner with sunny at southbank looking out over the yarra on a gorgeous balmy night

YESTERDAY, friday,  i drove down to geelong for the opening of Reimagine, the world of children's books at the geelong gallery. it was great to catch up with leigh, haven't seen him for ages.  and susan, jenny, freddie and janet and bevan.
geelong library - the exhibition is a collaboration between the
library and the gallery, good to see.

    Leigh with Bevan and Janet
geelong gallery does such great openings, busy, noisy and great food and dr


MY HEAD IS FULL, i have airbnb people about to leave, aileen and max arriving sunday, i want to finish off all the artwork to head off Wednesday, need to get the airbnb ready again before i leave, stuff to do in mildura, supposed to go to a makers meeting tonight (i won't).
so i've had a busy few days of painting, making lists.

MONDAY MORNING - aileen and max arrived yesterday afternoon, the weather's been horrible, windy, dusty and too warm. but last night was perfect, blue sky, sun, a breeze - we had dinner out on the verandah until it was dark.  wonderful just talking and laughing - reminiscing on school days etc.   today will just be enjoying ourselves :0)  maybe lunch in mildura
facebook posted this as a seven year memory -  i put it up to see
if anyone knows where it is. after june bronhill died i tried to get in
touch with her estate to see if i could buy it back, got as far as new
zealand and an answering service and lost the trail.  i wonder where
it is.   'Sunny behind the gallery' 1985


THESE SHEEP have been giving me grief for a week, but it's finished now, almost ready to package up all the artwork for the book when it's had a day or two more to dry


   trying out a sketch of a whole new bunch - better