Archive for March, 2014

Mica Grange – Sutton Grange
March 30, 2014

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I visited Mica Grange on Sunday, the 23rd of March.

The garden is situated on the slopes of Mt. Alexander giving panoramic views of  the Sutton Grange valley.

Mica Grange was the venue for a sculpture exhibition showcasing the talents of local sculptors.

The garden covers a rocky site littered with granite boulders.  It provides the setting for the garden art and sculptures which the owners have acquired over recent years.

The jams, chutneys and cordial for sale demonstrated the productiveness of the fruit trees and vegetables grown in raised beds and wine barrels.

The garden is thriving despite the dryness of the countryside after a long period without rain.

The horse’s head was one of the works on exhibit. Here are some more sculptures which were part of the exhibition:DSCN2785

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Here are other views in and around the garden:

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Rough Cuts – Print Making
March 23, 2014

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I am attending a series of printmaking workshops, ‘rough cuts’.

So far we have been creating the plates for  the prints.

I have chosen to make  wood cuts of flowers based on my own drawings. Carving into wood is a new experience for me.

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We are using laminated sheets of timber to make the wood cuts. The wood is given a wash of black ink so the carved design stands out.

Here are three designs, in various stages of completion, I have been working on:

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I plan to create four  designs before we start printing.

The next stage will be the proof prints where we will make the first prints to see what refinements we might make to our designs.

Jardine’s – Harcourt North
March 13, 2014

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Jardine’s is the third of this series of gardens I visited on the 4th of November 2013.

The granite house was built in 1994 and is surrounded by extensive grounds. Parts of the garden are Japanese inspired:

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whilst other sections reflect European garden tradition.

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There is a very Australian touch with a small carving of a magpie standing on a post welcoming visitors to the garden.

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Lino Print: Desolation
March 7, 2014

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Yesterday, Thursday, I began a series of 5 print making workshops ‘rough cuts’ at a local art supply shop in Castlemaine.

Betsy Forster, a local artist, will guide the group  through the process of making relief prints. We will be making lino and wood prints.

In the coming weeks, I will be sharing what I have made but nothing to show as yet.

I have made  lino prints in the past  and this workshop will help me  improve my technique.

For now, I have dug this lino print out of my archives and it will be interesting to see how my work develops over the next 4 weeks.

I gave the print the title  ‘Desolation’  as it illustrates my feelings about a career failure in my early twenties.