Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Opening of "Home of the Boyds - Harkaway and The Grange"

Waiting for the speeches to start at the opening of the art show “Home of the Boyds - Harkaway and The Grange”. Bunjil Place Gallery, Bunjil Place, Narre Warren, Australia.

Interestingly I learnt at the opening about an interview with Polly Boyd (daughter of the acclaimed artist Arthur Boyd whose works make up most of the show). The extended Boyd family (so many are known for their creative pursuits) lived at various periods in the family house The Grange which was located in the suburb of Narre Warren. The family always referred to the location as Harkaway (an area just a few miles away) only because Harkaway sounded more posh!

It was in the opening speech that I learnt that Narre Warren is also known in Aussie slang as Nazza Wazzer!

What an intriguing art show in a fabulous building!

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Tooradin again

I like the little township of Tooradin on the coast of Western Port Bay east of Melbourne. So unpretentious. This is the Sawtell Inlet Foreshore Reserve on the left and our orange car (sketched from the equally unpretentious Pelikan Cafe).

The Pelican Cafe is a rather jaded but unexpectedly popular lunch destination. They still serve Aussie fried dim sims (once considered "exotic") and simple toasted cheese and ham sandwiches... without fancy salad. 

In another 5 years Tooradin as it is today will all be history as modern upmarket eateries and shops take their place.

Here's Sawtell Inlet with it's mangrove swamps where it meets the sea.

It sure was a gloomy, windy, cold day.

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Monday, 14 May 2018

Gallery trip to Mornington Peninsular

Sketching during a rather long wait outside Oak Hill Gallery before we go onto the next destination. This was one of our monthly galleries trip with Casey U3A this time to Mornington Peninsular, Vic, Australia.

It was a lovely autumn day and noisy cockatoos were roosting in a large tree nearby. What a pleasant way to pass the time.

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Cloudehill Gardens and Nursery

I'd been wanting to go to one of their gardens ever since I joined the Digger's Club (Australia's largest gardening club). We finally made it to one of their 3 gardens – Cloudehill Gardens and Nursery in Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne. 

What a treat to have lunch and a walk around the beautiful gardens on a sunny warm autumn day. There was not enough time to sketch but here's a few photos.

On the way to Cloudehill driving through native bush.

Lunch at Seasons Restaurant in the gardens.

More of the gardens.

To see more about the gardens click here.

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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Monthly Gallery Trips

I belong to the Arts Appreciation group of Casey U3A. Each  month the group goes in a City of Casey bus to visit a couple of galleries...with lunch in between. 

Our February trip was to the extensive McClelland Sculpture Park near Frankston (a small township east of Melbourne). Set in natural bushland, the park was much bigger and more interesting than I had expected. 

My favourite was a wonderful sinuously moving twirling sculpture by kinetic sculptor Phil Price. 

A larger than life concrete sculpture of the opera singer Dame Sutherland took everyone's attention. 

The visit was all too short.

For a history of the park click here. 

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

A "Little" Tumble

My spouse took a tumble in the kitchen hitting his head.  Several hours later – 10 stitches and some good sketching. Glad he got off so lightly.

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Friday, 23 February 2018

Summer Birthdays

I recently celebrated my birthday with our children and their families. It was a BIG number birthday, one of those after which you say "every day is a bonus". Elder grand daughter celebrated her 3rd birthday with me and we had a joint cake which required 2 toppings! The family shared an Airbnb house in the beach community of Avalon, just north of Sydney for a long weekend. It was successful bonding time for the 6 adults and 4 children, this being only the second summer that we are all living in the same country since 2002.

Here's the cake!

Clareview Beach is safe for little ones and oldies. 

The Airbnb house was marvellous except for it being (as we discovered belatedly) without air-conditioning. Temperatures soared to 47 degrees on the cricket pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground that Sunday for the Ashes Series test cricket match between England and Australia. Luckily there was a coolish sea breeze in Avalon and a pool at the house to take refuge in. 

By the way Australia won.

Here's a sketch from an upstairs window. It was beginning to feel really hot that morning.

I love this photo of older grand daughter defying the ocean at Clareview Beach.

Marker pens, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8”.