Sunday, 29 May 2011

Gundry's Hill pictures

There is a look out aout five minutes walk from home....  at the top of Gundry's Hill.  The view is about to be ruined by houses, but right now it is like this....   towards the North....
 ... and towards the East.....

Monday, 23 May 2011

From Gundry's Hill...

I've been painting an image of the view from Gundry's Hill.  This view is beautiful and about to disappear behind a housing development.  Sad, but unavoidable now....
 ....  this is my third attempt to paint this scene, and probably not the last...  I'm not altogether happy with it, but I'll perservere yet.

On arrival at the studio, I found a paint tube on the floor....  chewed...
... apparently mice like ultramarine blue!  This current mouse plague is something else!

Sunday, 22 May 2011

South Australian Living Artists

I've registered for SALA.  The festival will run from August 5th until August 28th this year and I've agreed to have my studio open on Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday (11am - 4pm) throughout that month.
I was required to upload two images... these are the ones that I chose....
 ... and this....
I've participated in SALA previously,  in a group show,  but this is my first "open studio" that I'm getting together on my own...  but there's a first time for everything!

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Fox at the studio

As I arrived at the studio this afternoon,  I saw a fox.  It turned to watch me, and ran off for a few yards... then watched me as I got out of the car.  It must have been a little bit nervous though, as it ran off (through the sheep paddock) between a shed and the neighbours' house...  not too worred at all!
My plan was to paint the view from the side fence across to St Matthew's and I'm working on it but it's not there yet.  It may mean getting back to my Cezanne copying to work out how to make the brush strokes... we'll see....

Later, I went to see if there was any trace of the fox.  I found some muddy paw prints on two of the graves....
 ... and evidence of an altercation in another....
 Then I found the scat.... poo to most people.....
 And so I pulled it apart to see what it had been eating....
 ... and I found fur and seeds.... mice? and some kind of fruit.  The seeds matched those in the rosehips nearby.  I tasted one...  fruity and "vitamin C"ish.
 There are plenty of the rose hips around, and plenty of mice.
Not a bad diet for the local fox.   No wonder it looked so healthy.

Friday, 6 May 2011

The studio

The studio has become a wonderful place to work...
 I'm so lucky to have a really quiet and calm place to work.

But today when I arrived, parked my car and looked down to see how my neighbours (all very quiet) were doing, I saw a bright red patch beside one of the graves...
You might need to enlarge it to see the flowers, but they were very obvious in the landscape here.
Here is where they were....
This was not a surprise.  The people who are caring for the property and providing my water supply are members of the Prior family.
The flowers are nerines... flowering profusely around here (no florists involved) and are beautiful products of bulbs at this time of year...

From their end of the property, the studio looks quite small....
 ... but it's a beautiful place... and I have my favourite people here....

This is the childrens place....
 ... and I wonder about Annie May Turner who died when she was about 7 months old....
 .... or this family who must have put a new memorial here for their children when their son was killed in France in 1918.
 I'm sure that he's not buried here,  but his older sister, Annie is and so is his little brother,  Harold, and he is mentioned here.  The older children died before he even went away to the First World War,  and I wonder about their mother.  How hard was her life.

And then there are these graves... quite a few like this here.
They still exist as mounds of earth or disturbances to the ground, but presumably these were families whose finances didn't extend to a marble, stone or even concrete (for there are some home made ones like that here)  but had wooden markers that have long since decayed and disappeared.
Home made concrete graves are even more amazing....

Walking back up to my studio, there is evidence of my water supply being on the way....
.... this photograph is taken from near to the toilet... the dunny... which is gradually being rid of red backed spiders (black widow spiders, for my North American friends.)
I love my studio.

St Matthew's Anglican Church, Hamilton.

After a hectic week when I didn't get much painting done,  I finally made it back to the studio on a beautiful day when it seemed awful to be inside.   I sat out on a tree tump adn drew a picture of St Matthew's Anglican church, as seen from my studio backyard....
 ....  I think I'll make this into a painting.

Back in the studio, and feeling as though I wasn't getting much done,  I sorted out some of the recent paiintings...
 ... all done here in the studio in the past two months...
.... i'm feeling better.