Exhibition back on




I went to the library a couple of weeks ago to find out about having an opening for the exhibition and discovered that the space had been double-booked! I was cancelled! I was VERY disappointed and ended up writing an email suggesting a few options and saying that while I am happy to compromise, I’m not happy to carry the burden of the mistake completely.
I had a note back last week saying that the schedule could be re-jigged and I’m back on! Just September rather than August and September but YAY!!! Another lesson in how it is good to speak up.
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So...I’ve been busy varnishing the paintings I’ve done so far which is VERY satisfying as it brings the colours out, and have begun to paint again today. Painting is feeling so good and so right and as if there’s so much exploring and discovering ahead. I’ll aim for 40 pieces for the exhibition - I have 24 as we speak.



This one is called, for the moment, City Park. It started as the Botanical Gardens and Harbour Bridge with reflections in the water. Then yesterday I turned it on its side and began to paint interlacing branches which always fascinate and delight me and are everywhere at the moment now that winter is here. It grew from there...

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Art compels one to ask the big questions...such as, when you’re varnishing, where DO those teeny tiny flies come from that you’ve never seen before in your well-ventilated but fully fly-screened space, and what possible instinct drives them to splat themselves onto the sticky surface of your up-til-then pristine paintings???!!! Also, how did the salesgirl in the art shop manage to charge me for my own empty tin of varnish which I took in to show her what sort I wanted and took out of my bag in front of her moaning that it had leaked...???



The magnolia is blooming its heart out, a king parrot came to visit today with its absolutely brilliant plumage, and when I was out for a few hours on Saturday a cockatoo picked all of the lemons but one off my little tree and took a bite out then dropped them on the ground. It would have been quite an acrobatic feat for such a large bird to navigate such a small tree, but the bites are definitely cockatoo! Ah nature; tooth, claw and more than a little sense of humour!

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