2019 Explorations 2: Eco-Dying

Continuing the review of new art forms I explored in 2019, Eco-dying was a surprise pleasure. This beginners workshop was run by Irene Pagram from Colac as part of the Art In Dereel workshop program. Combined with an introduction to felting, by Jane Bear, also from Colac, this was a full day workshop. I enjoyed [...]

10 Books

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I like taking writing inspiration from prompts. This challenge is to write a list addressing what I like or what I've learned.  I think this list, of books which have stayed with me over many years, covers both. 'Jane Eyre', Charlotte Bronte This book was one of the first adult novels I read as a [...]

Why I Write

A writing prompt - "I write because..." "I write because..." seems a daunting way to begin a blog post.  It's too definitive and I've always been more reflective - skipping between thoughts or compulsions.  Trying to pin down something specific often makes it disappear, so I tend to sneak up on the idea I want to capture.  Confronting it head-on [...]

The Shifting Shadow

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A shadow is misshapen reality. Elongated or shortened by the angle of the sun, familiar objects appear distorted, muted, hidden. As the sun shifts, so does the shadow, and we see the world anew. Perhaps the colours are brighter than we remember or, lit from a different angle, we see the cracks that had escaped our attention. [...]

Mapplethorpe’s Flowers

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Aesthetically, my flower photographs look nothing like Robert Mapplethorpe's flower photographs.  He took structured studio photographs of flowers in vases, set against strong light, or coloured backgrounds. I take photographs of wild flowers in the bush with backgrounds of moss, lichen, fallen bark, rotting leaves, bracken and whatever happens to be there. Yet when I [...]