A day on the town

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I decided to go into the city on Saturday and take advantage of the spring weather to walk along Circular Quay and visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. I ate an expensive bowl of chowder on the waterfront (with suspicious looking peas and corn in it that looked for all the world like frozen peas and corn) and a glass of rosé to remind me of France, and a bit of a headache later on ditto.

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Fun people-watching. We don’t generally tip here in Australia so I didn’t tip the waiter for my expensive bowl of soup with frozen vegetables. Walked along to the Opera House hoping to see John Olsen’s mural which I love, but it is covered by curtains during the day to protect it from sunlight, so I went to the Art Gallery instead. Looked around for a short stint- very exciting. I picked up a book of John Olsen’s work ($120) then after carrying it about for a few moments put it back down again and decided to borrow it from the library.

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On the way home bought a book about pigments...fascinating stuff. Like the history of spices. Did you know that once upon a time there was a pigment called “mummy”- made out of ground down Egyptian mummies???!!! How crass are we???!!!! Is there nothing we won’t use for our own ends??... Apparently it was a purplish-brown colour.


I ran across a few Aboriginal fellows on Circular Quay dancing and playing didgeridoo to a backing soundtrack, and selling paintings. I asked if I could take a few photos...would love to have a crack at a portrait.

The Opera House has unexpected faces...
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Sydney has unexpected jumbles of buildings...


Tomorrow I may visit a few real galleries to find out about how one sells through such venues. I expect to be thrown out on my ear, but you have to start with the questions. I’ll take a few paintings too.

Wish me luck!!!!!

Paint everywhere!

I’ve been busy making more paintings (they’re in the gallery), then cleaning up after them; getting paint off the floor, off my clothes, off the walls, and Susie (my dog) even has a bit on her head. I can tell you which painting it was from by the colour. As she ages she’s slowing down. I’ve been going to a gym so am speeding up. Luckily the paint is water based; I’d hate to have been Michelangelo’s dog...imagine when he was up the ladder in the Sistine chapel and you had to go and sit under him to remind him about your dinner...
The filing cabinet was a mess for a few moments there...it just happened to get in the way...and it’s white...


This one started out as “summer holidays” but ended up being whales travelling- they migrate up and down the New South Wales coast every year...a goldfish has actually decided to go with them.

I have applied for a grant to go to London next year to paint; the decision was London in the end because I realised that what I’d most love to do is follow the public pathways in the UK that meander over the countryside right across the middle of fields, over stiles and between houses to use as the subject for a series of paintings. I don’t actually expect to get the grant as competition will be strong, but it has helped me see myself as a legitimate painter and has made me see that going elsewhere to paint is the next goal...something I’ve been thinking about for a while but will now make happen.

And the exhibition is all set to go- I have my 40 paintings and a few extra in case I like them better than any I have already. Here is the blurb you’d see if you were to come...if I’ve managed to have them printed up before you get there! Don’t let me forget...


It has been wonderful fun being able to invite lovely people to the opening- like having a funeral that you get to be at but nobody has to worry about gifts.

And for my next trick I must stop painting for a bit and get some other jobs done! Have you ever noticed that wet washing in a laundry basket sitting in limbo between the washing machine and the clothesline goes mouldy more quickly than it dries? How is it that the universe ended up that way? Couldn’t it just as easily have worked the other way around? I mean, what’s it to the universe???

These are the BIG questions.