Saturday, March 28, 2015

Magic Milestone!

It's not often that a family can get five generations together for a celebration......but that is exactly what we did yesterday! Five generations of us celebrated my mother's 90th birthday - and what a wonderful day it was! My mother - Edith Johnston - turned 90 and members of the family came from near and far to help her mark this special day.

Mum looking spritely at 90, with Mabel, the newest addition and the first of the fifth generation.

The whole clan - well most of them, anyway.

Five generations - Mum holding Mabel, Rhiannon, my grand-daughter ( the new Mum), me and my son Andy.

Oma's cake, made by my sister Linda

Happy Birthday, Edith!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New work......I've been busy!

Numbers 6, 7 and 8 in "La Femme Encadree" series

Six-panel fabric collage and acrylic painting: "Escarpment"

Two-panel work: "Granite Shore"

.....and a small mixed-media piece: "Artemisia's Breath"

Did I ever happen to mention that I love my job?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Weekend Away

I took a trip this past weekend with a friend to lake Youl on the Ben Lomond Plateau. Rough walking in scrub and on scree, but worth the effort, as these pictures attest! We camped overnight near the lake - a pretty cold night is was, too!
This is one of my favourite has that subtle beauty of the Tasmanian Bob used to say of this plateau: "It's like the surface of the moon with flowers!" Well, there aren't many flowers in bloom at the moment, but in summer this place is ablaze with colour.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mabel.........and other stuff.

Meet Mabel, my brand new great grand-daughter born last week!
She's tiny and perfect......

Here's the old faithful moon........the twenty-fourth.

...........and something I started working on this week:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

This 'n That

Late summer storm brewing.......

Subtle autumnal tones - hydrangeas,

On my worktable 1.

On my worktable 2

.........and tea for one.

Monday, February 16, 2015


This piece, "Fragment" was what I made to exhibit at "Festivale" (Launceston's annual food, wine and culture festival). As an award winner at last year's Artentwine, I was invited to put a piece into this exhibition for the weekend.
After a false start and a massive fail, here is what I came up with - I experimented a bit with materials, using cement and plasticiser-soaked hessian over a wire form to construct this. I am quite pleased with this as a sculpting medium - not sure about the longevity of this as a medium to make outdoor pieces from, but it did survive some very wet weather over the "Festivale" weekend with no adverse effect. Now I have it at home and I will just leave it outside in the garden and see what happens........I actually think a bit of weathering will add to the feeling I was trying to achieve.

This double face is about a metre in length.

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