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Tasmania and Tamworth and Tremendous Tidings...

I have just had a lovely two weeks in Tasmania with friends and offspring - lovely walks and meals and wine and chats and cosy fires (beginning of autumn) and a touch of Scrabble. Cowardly Scrabble - where you don't score. My host had never heard of it before...
I visited MONA (controversial private Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart) and walked on beaches and rainforest all within a stone's throw of my offspring's dear little elderly (rented) shack at Kingston Beach. The three black hens who live there are beautiful!
WindsorThe shack, Tasmania…

There will be a quick trip to Tamworth this week to deliver paintings for my upcoming exhibition,
"Are we there yet?", ...
Are we there yet? 72 x 10”Are we there yet?”

…and a fun Official Opening on Friday March 23rd from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at Weswal Gallery. The exhibition runs from March 23 to April 19th 2012 and was booked two years ago! It's interesting to see how the work has evolved since then!


Tasmania_Secret beach”Secret Beach” (not its real name), near the shack in Tasmania...

But my very new, big and happy news is...you know how you always hope there will be something exciting in the letterbox or your emails, you don’t know what it is that you’re waiting for, but you hope it will be there...well, I received one of those emails. Of course, I didn't realise it was one of those emails until I'd read it a few times, but I've been invited to take up a two week Artist in Residence spot at "Bundanon", the art study centre situated on the homestead of the late and great Australian painter, Arthur Boyd. I'll be given a little flat and a STUDIO, and can paint in the paddocks and on the banks of the Shoalhaven River amongst the wildlife and other artists in various fields (as opposed to paddocks)(although they may be in them as well). Bliss! In return, I'll give three talks to school kids from the region who will be bussed in, which will be an hoot!!!! I really enjoy such work.

Tasmania_rainforestRainforest near the shack in Tasmania…

This morning I woke to the sound of a lyrebird giving a performance from a tree just outside my window - there was gentle rain which they seem to like, and as mimics, their improvisation is endlessly fascinating and delighting, and just a little bit magic.


Tasmania-canoesMy final day in Tassie - the local high school got PERFECT and rare weather for their swimming carnival. I don’t doubt some years they’ve swum in snow…