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Communing with birds





My latest focus is making work for an exhibition in Perth in November. A new project called Artists Open House Fremantle, in it's second year and I'm proud and delighted to say I've been asked to join! Here are a few images of what will be shown.





Birds, ducks, spotty two-legged ambiguous-looking creatures ... call them what you will but I love painting them! As you may be aware, I'm rather taken by birds, especially since both the ducks and the tiny squeaky birds that hover over the rice fields and I have been close neighbours for the past 6 months






Floating figures who commune with birds ... Bali is such an enchanting, dream-like place, it's no real surprise to find the images reflecting a reality which seems to hover just a few degrees above the everyday in some way. 




And spots ... well they remain in the repertoire because they are whimsical and happy things!






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Some recent works exploring the use of line on ceramics.


Using underglaze and the right dilution (trial and error) to achieve flow, rhythm, contrasts of transparency and solidity with the overall aim (flying by the seat of my pants) of creating an image that works.


Mind you it's not about achieving perfection. Mistakes and awkwardness can lend an air of spontaneity and surprise. 


The drawings themselves are reminders of freedom and playfulness, at-oneness with the natural world, dreaming and desire for exploration and expression. 



Luckily, I think, art offers all those aspects in abundance!



A lull in the proceedings

Lull ...

a temporary interval of quiet or lack of activity. "for two days there had been a lull in the fighting" synonyms:pause, respite, interval, break, hiatus, suspension, cessation, interlude, intermission, breathing space, moratorium, lacuna


sleeping woman [after Matisse]



What a lovely word - lull! It's a perfect choice for describing how things are at the moment. I feel like sleeping ... shutting down ... pausing the proceedings. And so it might appear that not much is happening. Actually though, there's a lot going on since touching home base [temporarily]. Planning things, looking through the accumulation of drawings, revisiting ideas, reflecting, pondering.







Images from the little black travelling drawing book


Where to next ...?




Coming up ... Artists' Open House Fremantle [November 13-15] and Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar [December 4-6] 

Ceramics go-slow

If you don't mind low-key then you won't mind today's offering: A glimpse, an update, a behind-the-scenes view of an ever-so-slow process. When travelling, it's best to leave behind your concepts of time. Albert Einstein I think I am beginning to understand you.





 Bird cup and spot saucer





Two birds on a spotted plate






Removing the glaze from the base






 Checking the base is free from glaze





Waxing the base




The Yves Klein blue kiln