I've just added a new painting to my gallery on this website. It is the last painting I completed prior to my leaving South Australia to live in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory). Entitled "Afternoon Shade", it is a landscape featuring some cattle resting in the shade by a desert billabong, probably in the Flinders Ranges, Arkaroola or perhaps the areas out from Alice Springs. It was inspired by a photograph amongst a pile of photos I happened to find lying around in the art workshops. They had been brought in by someone and left there for artists to look at and use and unfortunately the exact location was not written on the back of it. So much of central Australia looks like this painting and it reminded of many of the areas I have visited over the years, especially when looking for gems and minerals in northern South Australia. It is very hot in the afternoon and most animals, native or livestock, tend to seek shade from the burning heat. There are often small rock pools with permanent water throughout the ranges in the mid north, which are frequented by a variety of birds and animals. In my painting I confess that I have used a bit of poetic licence and made the water blue - in reality it is usually either brown or green with algae. Anyway, I've added it to my gallery page on this website and if anyone would like to purchase it, they can do so from my Artfire site.
I have been in Canberra now since 12thApril and am gradually settling in. Canberra is certainly a very beautiful city and I am sure once I feel less like an alien I will grow to love it. At present, I just keep getting lost all the time and have not yet had time to hunt up any art groups or even unpack my art stuff. I confess to being a little worried about -10 degrees in winter - sounds awfully cold to me and maybe for the first time in my life I might get to see snow. Anyway, cheers for now.
Sorry this has been a very neglected blog as of late. The only painting I've been doing is on the house!
I have resigned as editor of the PCAC newsletter due to my move to Canberra, which happens next week, but the job has been taken up by talented SA artist Emerson Ward.
Emerson is a talented artist who recently published his first art book and is a new member of the PCAC board.
His first newsletter , Edition 37 for April 2013 can be viewed on the Newsletter Archives. I am very grateful to Emerson for stepping in and volunteering to be the editor. I enjoyed being editor and am sorry to be leaving. Hopefully I will find a new art society to join when I get to Canberra.
If you are in South Australia, check out the National Railway Museum Art Show if you get the chance. - they have received entries (including a small one from me) from all around Australia - a must if you love art and trains.
I will be unplugging the faithful old Mac this Sunday and be offline for at least a week, so may not be able to reply to emails etc. Keep enjoying your art and cheers from Adelaide (for the last time).
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