Sunday, September 28, 2014

Done and dusted!

I finally got the ferro-cement sculpture I was working on finished and installed - it is at Goaty Hill Vineyard for the month of October (ArtEntwine) and can be viewed there along with the other eight.....they are dotted throughout the wineries grounds - all different and diverse. I also have some small works on display at the cellar door of Tamar Ridge Winery. Having got that monster out of the way, I can move on to other things....

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Fun throwing paint around, Pollock-wise, like this...........first head completed - second one well on the way.

Friday, September 12, 2014

From one extreme..........

The last piece I completed was very small (featured in my last blog post) I am working on something at the other extreme. This is HUGE! Ciment fondu. Or ferro-cement if you like. It sure keeps you on your toes working at both ends of the size gamut. The hardest part of working on something like this is getting the structure of the underlying mesh layers (which are all "stitched" together with wire) right. It is time-consuming and painful, but worth it for the joyous fun of slapping on the cement mixture!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


This doll was a commissioned piece - the challenge was to make a doll that resembled the boy in the movie "Hugo" (based on the graphic novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret). My "Hugo" is quite small at 30 cms (12"), so getting the clothes to fit properly and look right was the biggest challenge with this piece. Although I took a fair amount of time making "Hugo", I really enjoyed the whole process and I'm looking forward to making a companion piece - the automaton. Now, that WILL be a challenge!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Early Spring

It's early Spring here.......another birthday come and gone and the late-winter-into-Spring weather has been magnificent this year! Loads of sunshine and magnificent wattle blossom.

The weather has been great for walking and one place close by that I love to visit, is Notley Gorge. This is a remnant of the rainforest that would once have been common in the gullies of the West Tamar - unfortunately not too much of it is left after clearing for agriculture and timber cutting. This is only a short walk, but it takes you down into a gully with manferns, mosses, lichens, fungi and very tall trees and there is a creek at the bottom. It is simply a beautiful place and I'm glad it is there.

The low mood I posted about last time has all but lifted and I'm looking forward to a busy and productive Spring and Summer......Bring it on!

Oh yes.........and the swallows are back!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Dark Place

I have been struggling a bit just lately......finding myself in that dark place where you just feel like curling up and forgetting the world. Motivation can be hard to find in that place. The only good thing about it is that it passes - you just have to ride it out. I feel it passing now, just as I feel an early Spring coming on. So different from August last year with endless weeks of wet, wet, wet!

I'm managing to stay focused enough to work on projects......just not as much as I probably should, because I always feel better for it. This is "Luna" - a cloth doll with painted, applied lace textures on the head and bodice. She has a lightly stained silk and cotton layered skirt. I really like these colours - a greenish blue with pale ochre and ivory. Subtle complementaries.

I'm also working on a large ferro-cement piece for the West Tamar Sculpture Prize - needs to be completed by the end of September. To be installed at Goaty Hill Vineyard for Artentwine in October. No pictures - keeping it under wraps!
My grand-daughter Leila has just turned 18 - so among the many celebrations she had, we held a family afternoon tea (but with champagne!) Here's a collage;

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