Creative Open starts this weekend south of Narrabeen. I will have my studio open next weekend, August 20th and the 21st. I will do some printing so people can see the etching press being used and the beautiful process of making an etching. I hope that some people come and see me in the studio.
Well, it is over a year since I wrote in here. I don't know why it has taken me so long. Anyway it is Open Studio next weekend, the 23rd and 24th of July at my studio. This is part of the Pittwater Artists Trail, I have been working on a series which I can only call my Blue Period. The sea, the sea. After Antarctica, I just want to paint blue images. And I have been doing print making and a lot of drawings of dogs and plants. Not together. I think the studios are all open from 10am to 4pm.
Well, it feels like I have been away a long long time, and perhaps I have. This website and blog has been so neglected, but I doubt that anyone reads it anyway.
A post every couple of years is pretty inadequate and I am not sure I would be racing to see what I was going to say next.
Last year I spent in Australia, as I couldn't go to Madagascar in September to work on a lemur project as I broke my wrist 3 weeks before I should have gone. I postponed this trip to this September and now I should be leaving on Saturday and of course, I am not going there on Saturday. Or anywhere. Such a disappointment as I had the bedroll, the mosquito net, the solar torch and all the shots. I could have met a rabid dog without worrying. Which is a good thing as a local dog on Riverview Road sank its teeth into my hand recently, and the it was suggested that i get a rabies. I think that I fall into a very small group of people in Avalon that have current rabies status.
What I did do this year was go to Antarctica in March. I am so lucky, I flew out to Argentina on March 1st and got back to Sydney before the hotel quarantine. I went on the most wonderful expedition boat with a group called Quark Adventures. Every single day was amazing and I saw the most beautiful landscapes with such a reduced colour palette. I stood on the continent of Antarctica and I saw penguins, whales, seals and birds. We even saw Type D orcas as we were crossing the Drake Passage. I cannot begin to describe the purity and clarity of that place, and the sense of wonder.
Since then, in lockdown I have had this wonderful experience to think about. And I have started to put some of this in to my work. Drawing the seals, who have to have the most photogenic faces, and trying to paint the formation of the pack ice. The paintings are very abstract and I am looking at the patterns and shapes that i saw.
Well, that is probably enough for this post . I am going to try and write more for this next month too.
I feel like I have been away for a year from this website. Probably because my father and several other people died and I couldn't write anything for a while. And now a year later, I am sitting here writing with a wrist that I broke on Saturday, on the anniversary of Dad's birthday. I am watching the bruising spread up my thumb and hoping very much that it will not need surgery this week, as I go to Madagascar in September to work on a lemur volunteer project for 3 weeks. I am very excited, despite not being a natural camper as I will see lemurs in the wild, as well as a slew of other creatures. And get to draw every day. Between David Attenborough and the cartoon Madagascar, I feel as though I have done some research, although I cannot imagine what this will be like.
I have been away overseas, to Europe. I went to Iceland too and that was amazing. I loved the colours there, the muted tones with all that cloud, and I finally saw Arctic blue. And it was pretty much as I had imagined. I think that is is in all my paintings now, that clear clear blue.
I also saw Arctic Terns and Icelandic sheep and ponies. Having seen the film Rams, the sheep were no surprise, very woolly, but the Icelandic ponies were beautiful.
I am Reading….
Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart.