Archive for December, 2018

Dames, Drinks and Drawing, Guildford
December 26, 2018

A life drawing class with a difference:

The Dames – members of a local burlesque troupe who posed in the costumes of their characters,

Drinks – the venue for the class was the old music hall situated in the grounds of the Guildford hotel so a few glasses of wine made their way into the hall,

Drawing – we brought along our drawing pads, pens, pencils and charcoal for some serious sketching.

I attended the final two sessions of the series of classes. I am sorry the classes are not going to continue in 2019 as my appetite for more life drawing was well and truly whetted.

I hadn’t done anything like this before and I enjoyed the challenge. The models came from a performance background so attention was paid to the costumes, staging and music which formed much of the appeal for me.

I drew these two sketches in charcoal in the final class.

Mica Grange Spring Sculpture 2018
December 15, 2018

A friend who lives in Melbourne came to visit for a couple of days towards the end of the Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens.

We visited Mica Grange on Saturday, the 10th of November. My friend is a photographer so we had a very leisurely wander around the property stopping for lunch and afternoon tea.

The sculpture and garden art exhibition provided plenty of photographic opportunities. Here are the works which attracted my attention.


The flying lady was one of my favourite works.

There was quite a collection of serene women.









Macrame is not dead. Two poles were covered in bright orange, knotted string.








This horse head was my other favourite work. I was particularly impressed by the way the mane was represented by cleverly arranged chains.