Saturday, 30 July 2011

The studio is looking like a gallery

I have spent a couple of days hanging paintings at the studio ready for SALA.  Most of it is done, but the ladder is still there so that I can do the back wall.
But the two longest walls are looking ok...  all of the new paintings are on the wall, and there are a few old ones along the floor.  I'm not sure that they'll be staying there yet.
 The tiny paintings are attached to a kind of screen thing by the door, not the most elegant, but it will do for this coming month.
 The other side wall....  light is tricky, but the paintings here look ok too....
 I've even put one of my old paintings above the organ....
The mice are gone, it seems,  but I have a big friendly spider instead.  (These kind are not poisonous!)
She is about 5 or 6 cm (2 inches) across, from toe to toe.  She has lovely eyes.

 I made some labels.... by hand....

And as I was leaving, I really loved the shadow of the tree on the front of my studio....


I have one more little thing to boast about.  My son (an artist) is participating in a group exhibition in Sydney (he lives there) and when the exhibition was written up in the Australian this week, one of his paintings was shown....
I hope that it is easy to see.   He has a blog as well.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Sad

Yesterday I was hanging paintings at the studio (for SALA) again.  On the way out there,  I saw some crows in the paddock where I'd seen the lambs.  I stopped to look.  The crows took off.   Their meal remained....
.... not much to look at, but there is one of the ewes, dead, and lying on the side of that same hill.

The lambs were all cavorting by the dam further on.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Last of the lambs

I know this isn't really an art subject, but on the way to the studio, I have been seeing baby lambs for months.  It seems that many of them were early this year.  After the summer rain, we had more early winter feed for the ewes, I suppose, and so we have had baby lambs for months.  If I stop to photograph them, their mothers hustle them away from the road.  Here are jsut a few....
... with their mums.  Photographed for Fiona.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Old pictures, Hamilton and green peppers

I've had trouble in managing my pictures... hence the delay in posting....
This is an old watercolour painting of the area near my studio, at Hamilton...

Who would have thought, back in the day, that I would have a real studio space to work in, out there at Hamilton.


And here are some old drawings from 2008! An assortment of peppers from the garden...


Old photographs.

Monday, 4 July 2011

The mouse proof cupboard...

After the recent mouse invasion, I have found a cupboard in which I can keep my ultramarine paint safe from the gluttony of these tiny invaders.  The cupboard is not a vintage piece, but an item made by a retired cabinet maker in the Barossa Valley.  It will do the job.
The top section is airy (made as a meat safe) and is adequate for any the purpose ie protection from mouse plague.
 This afternoon I cleaned up the messy paint tubes (blue mouse footprints all over them) and put them into the new spot in the studio....  notice the new tube of ultramarine blue on top of the pile of paint tubes...
... the boxes at the back are other brnd new paint tubes (bought when they were on sale before the end of the financial year.)

  

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Mice!

 I have found a cupboard for the studio... to keep my paint safe rom the mice that live there.  The seem to like untramarine blue best....
... and it makes them have blue poos.
The are very messy too....
... with dirty blue footprints all over the place!

It's been a busy time, though I haven't got many new paintings done....  I have taken some paintings to the framer ready for the studio to be open during  SALA in August.
I have been doing some sketches at a lifedrawing workshop over the last few weeks as well.  I want to get back to painting.