Canvas Repairs

The Skateboard and Canvas Incident ‘Water Shortage’ was destined for an exhibition in 2018. And it nearly made it, if not for the undeniable rip in the canvas. The painting sat in the back of my car and on the way to the exhibition at the Lobethal Woollen Mill, I picked up my son from…

The Mill at Noon

The Mill at Noon – Building 21 The Lobethal Woollen Mill is an inspirational collection of heritage buildings melding into the social history of the township. The Mill At Noon – Building 21 is a panoramic fish-eye view. The light at that time of day emphasizes the architectural beauty and vivid colours of the Mill…

The Mill at Night

The Mill at Night – Building 21 The Lobethal Woollen Mill is an inspirational collection of heritage buildings, melding into the social history of the township. Each building changes with the time of day, the weather and my own mood. The Mill By Night – Building 21 is the view that I adore weekly as…

Iceland in Agnes’s Shoes: painting a journey

Hannah Kent and Burial Rites Agnes’s Shoes was inspired by the journey of author, Hannah Kent, culminating in her debut novel ‘Burial Rites’. In 1830, Agnes Magnúsdóttir was the last person to be executed in Iceland. Hannah stepped into her shoes and through poignant storytelling portrays common human traits of prejudice, love and subservience. Hannah…

HEAR ME – listening to anonymous silent women worldwide

  International Women’s Day 2018 Hear Me is dedicated to the anonymous women who cannot speak out about sexual harassment. This painting was inspired when the ‘Silence Breakers’ were nominated as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2017. Time Magazine’s Silence Breakers I was moved by the anonymous hospital worker amongst the Silence Breakers…

Building 16 – Lobethal Woollen Mill

It has always been about the people and the community – that’s what makes it a welcoming home   Lobethal (Onkaparinga) Woollen Mill This alley is a regular view for our weekly art group who gather in the building next door. To me this painting epitomizes the theme of Adelaide Hills’ Stories. The Lobethal Woollen…

Inspiration – Vineyard Dawn, Adelaide Hills

Inside your head a scream ricochets, ‘I WANNA DO THAT.’ Inspiration: when an idea saturated in promise hits you, sparking a chemical reaction in your brain. A vineyard at dawn on Instagram had me thinking, ‘I’d love to paint that.’ I screenshot it and forgot it … until, short notice inspiration was required. Over-zealous-zooming of…

HEAL Chicago

“An enemy is a person whose story we have not heard” … (author unknown but heeded) These paintings depict a streetscape of Chicago from many points of view; bird’s-eye, street maps, canals, rivers, public transport, underground, street-view from a child, the hallway in an apartment block, alleyways, doors, windows and sidewalks. The impact of violence…

WET

WET. Our survival relies on it. From the fish in this painting, fauna and flora to humanity and our beloved land. Drying is a gradual process, like the boil of a kettle. We instinctively know that watching paint dry or a kettle boil should take a long time. But watching our country dry is taking…

You Can’t Choose Your Family

‘You can’t choose your family,’ said the eighty-nine-year-old man to his five-year-old great-grandson. These are the very words that set me on the well-travelled family history trail; ducking and diving through swathes of digitised records, crawling in and out of rabbit holes lined with red herrings and eventually uncovering a family that you would definitely…

Unconditional Love

This is Pepi. He was one lady’s best friend and he stuck by her through a failing relationship and very rough times. When she was finally out of that situation and safe, she walked the road of regret over leaving Pepi – even though she had no choice. Her heart had been broken in so…

Day Nine – Outback Memories

Memories – Acknowledge them, talk about them, write them down, draw them, paint them, record them – value them. Memories are a gift – they enrich us. Just like other intangibles (hello feelings) they’re stored organically via twitching neurons on our biological hard drive and backed up every time we access them. They’re often taken…

Validation is good for you

Don’t worry about what others think, carry on regardless, be true to yourself – cliche basket empty (for now).  An artist is hit with these relentlessly, and sometimes it’s all you’ve got to cling to as you watch another screwed up ball of paper fly through the air towards the bin – a bittersweet score. …

Happy Accidents – painting becomes drawing

Don’t you just love them? Not all accidents are bad, this one was almost comical as I carefully selected my watercolour paints that would create the stripes you see. My guardian angel and mentor, Anne, saved me with only seconds to spare – you see, I’d drawn the picture in what I thought was a…

Day Eight – Wandering Weave

Weaving is one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world, and even before textiles were discovered, branches and reeds were used to make fences and baskets. Weaving today, is a task for all – some use words, relationships, appointments, schedules, art, digital media, textiles (still!), chemicals, food and more – a recipe is woven…

Day Seven – Break the Drought

He said of Tropical Cyclone Stan, ‘it was bitter sweet, even though destruction was imminent, so was RAIN.’ Since the year dot, water has been the life-giver, so why, after thousands of years of knowing this, why are we still struggling? Day 7 is a bird’s eye view over drought stricken Queensland; through the clouds,…

Day Six – Remembrance – Keep the faith

Red poppies for remembrance; keep the faith with those who died on Flanders Fields and all soldiers lost in battle. In this painting, an Englishman saw a red poppy watching over Flanders Fields between the white crosses of fallen soldiers. A Scottish suggestion was ‘an angry eye over a landscape’, which might be the centre…

Day Five – Reflections of Innocence

‘Reflections of Innocence’ is an amalgamation of two suggestions; the first (from Scotland) – Graves of Innocents, blood red lands with pure blue crosses depicting  wars killing those who cannot avoid them; and the second (from Australia) – Autumn lake reflections in the Mt. Lofty Botanical Gardens. These ideas have the ability to disable each…