Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Random Art
May 6, 2018

Here is another post inspired by the former senior campus of the Castlemaine Secondary College.

Containers of liquid paint have been dropped and splooshed to create random art on asphalt and concrete.

I liked the way the shadows from a small eucalypt contributed to the artistry of these images.

It was an interesting exercise circling around to capture the artsiest sprays, splodges and blobs.

 

 

This one incorporated natural elements of earth, leaves and bark.

 

In a radical move, a vertical surface was given the random art treatment.

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Scotsman’s Hill, Kyneton
April 26, 2018

Scotsman’s Hill was the second garden in Kyneton my friend and I visited on Sunday, the 8th of April. Scotsman’s Hill is situated on the crest of the hill so there are extensive views to admire…………..

……….across the town,……

………. to distant Mount Macedon………..

………….and the nearby racecourse.

An old hawthorn hedge marks the boundary of part of the property.

These decorative panels were made by Tait Decorative Iron, a Castlemaine company.

The owners of the property also enjoy garden sculpture.

The little, grinning dog sitting on the deck among the potted plants caught my eye. I must keep an eye out for one of these.

The sloping land adjacent to the house is filled with plants.

I was attracted to this succulent with its striking leaves.

Brocklebank, Kyneton
April 21, 2018

On the 8th of April, a friend and I journeyed to Kyneton to see gardens which were open as part of Open Gardens Victoria.

I took photographs in two of the gardens – Brocklebank and Scotsman’s Hill which are both on a hill giving fine views of the Kyneton race track.

This post features Brocklebank, the first of the gardens we visited.

 

As we puffed up the steep driveway, we stopped to admire the view up the slope. This garden bed is planted with grasses and clipped westringias.

There are clipped westringias throughout the garden

Sculpture enhances the garden or does the garden enhance the sculpture?

I like these distinctive pine cones. I have learnt that, unlike other pine cones, these ones fall apart as they age.

There are many conifers planted in the garden.

These seed heads are interesting and unusual whilst the bright red, winged seed capsules are eye catching.

There is a large vegetable patch. Little cages protect the tender leaves.

The gardener wishing to take a break, can sit in one of these colourful chairs and contemplate the view across the paddock.

Beautiful Mica Grange in Autumn 2018
April 9, 2018

We had glorious weather for Easter and Easter Sunday, when I visited Mica Grange with a friend, was no exception.

People who have read my posts over an extended period know I keep returning to Mica Grange because of their garden art and sculpture exhibitions. The setting for these exhibitions is a beautiful garden with extensive views over the Sutton Grange valley.

Sitting on the deck enjoying a light lunch (and yummy cake) and admiring the view is one of  life’s little pleasures.


Michael Parker’s sculpture was my favourite this time round.

Michael does beautiful work. He is a Daylesford artist and has his own gallery and studio.


This giant eucalypt blossom was attention grabbing.


 

These easy care chooks have great appeal. No need to worry about foxes.


There were plenty of rose blooms to enjoy especially if pink is your colour.


The blossoms of this eucalyptus were a magnet for bees.

I was delighted to see this protea flowering. Usually proteas are in full swing in spring.

 

I took home a snail just like this. No need to worry about it snacking on any tender greens.

 

Stone Cottage, Specimen Gully, Barkers Creek
February 22, 2018

This is my interpretation of the stone cottage near the place in Specimen Gully where gold was first discovered in the Mount Alexander district.

I found making this charcoal drawing quite challenging as the cottage wouldn’t fit on the A4 page. I also found depicting the texture of the stonewalls difficult.

I found my eye kept being drawn to the trees which surrounded the cottage so I paid a bit of attention to them.

 

 

 

Grampians Series No. 3
February 7, 2018

Here is another collage created using monoprints I made during the Grampians Brushes 2017 workshop I attended in September last year.

I had made monoprints of gum leaves at the workshop.

For this collage, I did a lot of cutting up and cutting out. I stuck down some of the printed paper to make a background layer. I cut out the prints of the leaves and drew around them to create leaf shapes on a variety of hand painted and printed papers I had in my stash. I cut out the leaf shapes and stuck them down in another couple of layers. For the top layer, I added the monoprints and some feathers. I coloured any white spaces left with wax crayon. I felt the collage needed a point of focus so I added the sequins to complete the work.

Grampians Series No. 2
January 20, 2018

This is the second collage I have completed using mono prints I made at Grampians Brushes in September 2017.

I cut holes in the printed mesh and stuck coloured paper then the mesh onto the printed background.

Using wax crayon, I added colour to the printed shapes which were also stuck onto the background.

Finally, I glued on nylon ribbon, pink plastic mesh and a crocheted flower to complete the collage.

Grampians Series No.1
January 8, 2018

On the 9th and 10th of September 2017, I attended an arts workshop in Halls Gap, the main centre for tourism in the Grampians.

The workshop, ‘Monoprinting with Collage’, was held as part of the Grampians Brushes program organised by GrampianArts.

I was attracted to the workshop because I like making collages and I wanted to learn more about printing techniques as I hadn’t tried monoprinting before.

The tutor was artist and printmaker, Mandy Gunn who presented a stimulating schedule of print making activities.

Printing presses were available and I was excited by the intensity of colour and the fine detail which could be achieved by using them.  However, I stuck with handprinting as I wanted to experiment to see what worked best using this method of printing. I am a kitchen table artist – my ‘studio’ is an old laminex kitchen table which sits at one end of my living room. I like to use inexpensive, low tech processes to make my art.

I came home with a collection of prints which I could use to incorporate into artwork, including collages, at a later date.

With the arrival of January and a break from my regular weekly schedule, I have now adopted my summer routine when I spend the hot afternoons in the cool of the indoors –  a perfect time to get out the prints I made in September and start making new art pieces.

This is the first collage I made.

View Across Guildford
December 31, 2017

It was a lovely spring day when I set up at the gate of the pony club to draw this view across Guildford. I sat in dappled shade as I drank in the view of Guildford dreaming in the bright sunshine.

I was finishing the drawing when members of the pony club started arriving with their horsefloats and began unloading their horses.

When I was photographing the drawing outside in the shade of a tree, the flash went off in the top photograph whilst no flash fired in the bottom photograph. I included both photographs as I was intrigued by how different the drawing looked in the second photograph which has a bluish tinge.

 

 

 

Old Timer, Dunkeld 2017
December 22, 2017

My holiday accommodation during my visit to the Southern Grampians in September was the Southern Grampians Cottages.

The log cabin style cottages are set in spacious, attractive gardens.

 The view from the front windows of my cottage was dominated by this magnificent, old river red gum.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Southern Grampians Cottages in Dunkeld. I particularly enjoyed the small flock of chooks which free ranged around the front gardens……..and I got to take home some of their eggs.