The Castlemaine Art Museum is currently holding an exhibition of the work of the young artist, Minna Gilligan.
Minna creates her work using mixed media including collage. She likes painting a background of bright colours then applying images cut from magazines from the 60s and 70s. The originals can be the size of an A4 page. Some are then supersized by being digitally printed onto much larger pieces of fabric.
Her work was exhibited in a room where the walls had been painted bright pink, red and orange. The effect was eye popping.
Minna’s exhibition inspired me to create two small collages. This is the first one I finished. I have added stickers and images cut from magazines to a printed background which was the front cover of a magazine.
I have yet to complete the other collage.
Amners Garden and Serendipity are two Castlemaine town gardens I visited in Spring of 2016.
Amners is a large garden on a slope leading down to Campbell’s Creek whilst Serendipity is small and compact.
Amners has a large productive and ornamental garden where permaculture principles are implemented.
For special interest groups, Jo Amner conducts tours of the garden and demonstrates how to propagate plants from cuttings.
With Serendipity, Heather demonstrates how to make maximum use of a small site of 420 square metres.
Plants are packed in and the illusion of space created by the use of mirrors.
Vegetables are grown outside the front fence on the nature strip. A wire compost bin sits at the end of the vegetable bed.
Recently, on a rare, cool and breezy day, I drove to the top of a hill which gives views of the township of Guildford and the surrounding countryside.
I spent some time making this charcoal drawing of the country whilst Katie sniffed about at the foot of the lookout.
Satisfied with my drawing, we proceeded to Guildford where I lunched in the cafe in the old general store – pumpkin and blue cheese tart – Yum, Yum!
It is high summer so I thought a post about the seaside would be appropriate.
I have been sorting through my photographs and happened upon my 2007 holiday on Phillip Island.
Phillip Island is a major holiday destination in Victoria being an easy drive from Melbourne. It has many attractions for holiday makers and day visitors including international visitors.
Probably the most popular attraction is the Penguin Parade in the warmer months of the year when Little (Fairy) Penguins emerge from the ocean at dusk and scurry across the beach to climb into the sand hills to their underground nests where their hungry chicks are waiting to be fed. It is not easy being a penguin parent, out fishing all day, returning to shore exhausted in the evening, checking for predators, then a dash across the beach in front of excited humans, followed by an arduous climb home. …………then out again before dawn next day.
Whilst this post contains no images of penguins, it does illustrate other island features which appeal to me.
There are rugged coastlines and surging seas on the ocean side of the island.
The sheltered,Western Port, side of the island has beaches where you can swim, paddle and fossick to your heart’s content.
There is coastal vegetation to admire……..
…. flowering pig faces
……… grassy tussocks ……….
……… and enough lichen to keep lichen lovers satisfied.
In addition to penguins, there is this seagull rookery at the Nobbies, koalas and seals.
Like many people who knit or crochet, I have projects I have been working on over a number of years – picking them up and putting them down again for a while as other, smaller projects take priority.
This week I completed this rug which I started about five years ago. It is a mixture of eucalyptus coloured wool and novelty yarns. The wool I inherited from my mother’s stash. Most of the rug is knitted with the exception of the three crochet motifs and the border.
‘Hmmm, this is nice and snuggly, Margaret.’
I am planning to give the rug to a family member who lives in a pet free household.
Fryerstown is another former booming gold town whose glory days are behind it. Once home to 15,000 people and boasting 25 hotels and 5 breweries, it is now a quiet township of approximately 320 people.
As with other towns in the district, the cemetery is an interesting place to wander around.
There are the old and modern graves.
Old head stones tell the story of the pioneer families.
New head stones have been erected by a current generation of Australians to honour their pioneering ancestors.
These grave sites are distinguished by distinctive images, words and ornamentation.
Llandia was another garden I visited during the 2016 Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens.
Australian natives were flowering including grevilleas………
………and this mint bush.
The lichen growing on mature deciduous trees was very photogenic.
It was very pleasant sitting on the verandah enjoying afternoon tea whilst looking out over the garden in the gently falling rain.
Back in March, some friends and I travelled to Malmsbury on a drawing expedition. I made two drawings that day – one of the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens and this one.
One of my friends likes to draw derelict buildings and these abandoned structures were ideal subjects. Situated beside the Old Calder Highway, they look very forlorn.
I used wax crayon in this drawing.
I have happily revisited Forest Edge during Castlemaine and District Garden Festivals over many years. It is easily my favourite garden and it did not disappoint on Monday, the 31st of October.
Forest Edge is a large country garden with rural views.
It has flowers…….
……..lots of flowers……..
…..lots of roses…….
……a multitude of rock roses……..
……….dense with bees……..
…….. many irises………….
………succulents imaginatively displayed……….
…………..lots more flowers………..
………even a moist, shaded corner where Solomon’s Seal can flourish………
………..There are garden ornaments and garden art to intrigue and delight……….
……..and finally, these two photographs give only a hint of the productiveness of the garden.
In early August, I visited the Gold Coast in Southern Queensland to see family members and take in some of the sights. After returning from my holiday, I decided to create a collage using tourist maps and images from tourist brochures. This is the result.