exhibition

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I was thrilled to have my sculpture ‘vessels’ included in an exhibition at SWTAFE, Warnambool, Victoria, Australia, last Friday night.
‘Vessels’ is made from pig gut, paper mâché, 1,000 year old duck egg, and gold leaf, painted with water colour and mounted on a wire frame.

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My goal with this sculpture was to create a lightness in the pieces. The pig gut was quite weird and slimy to work with. The gut needs to be cut open as it is a tube. I lined the outside of a bowl with glad wrap and then lay the thin pieces of gut over it. The gut shrinks as it drys so you have to choose the right moment to take it off. Once dry it is so thin and light. It is clear and would blow away with a puff of wind.

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After the gut dried, I experimented with some small pieces and painted them with water colour paint. I was pleased with this as the piece still had a translucent look, which maintained that light, airy feel I wanted. I added gold leaf to the rim of the vessel, to create another texture and to link the two pieces together.

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The paper mâché vessel was made using the same bowl that I lay the pig gut on. I used wire to create a pattern inside the rim.
I also painted the bowl with water colour.

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I used 1,000 year old duck egg to mosaic the inside of the bowl.

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I was inspired to use the duck egg after seeing a beautiful piece in a gallery some time ago. I added gold leaf to the inside of the bowl, this helped link the two pieces together and created a lovely contrast with the colour of the duck egg. The pale green/blue colour of the egg complimented the blue water colour that I painted the bowl.

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Finally I made some wire frames for the vessels to sit on. I wanted them to look like they were floating. The lovely thing is that at the exhibition they constantly moved gently as people walked by as if they were being blown by wind. I was pleased that they did that, I didn’t expect that to happen, but it helped to create that feeling of lightness that I wanted.

Next weekend I have some pieces selected for an exhibition at the Warnambool Art Gallery. I will write a post about them soon.

A garden stroll

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The other day, I decided to have a garden stroll in a garden that I have driven past many times. On impulse I pulled in to have a look. Treloar Roses near Portland on the coast in the Southern part of Western Victoria, Australia.
I am so glad I did. With an average rainfall of 32 inches (839 mms) it is not hard to see why the Treloar’s decided to begin their rose growing business there over 40 years ago.

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What a delightful sculpture in the garden. I couldn’t help thinking I wish my sister was with me to see it. She runs a manufacturing business making horsey things. If you like horses and need groovy horse gear, have a look at her wares here

The horse sculpture was in front of some rustic yards, which had beautiful roses growing on them.

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The rose is my favourite, Pierre de Ronsard, and doesn’t it look lovely against the rustic wooden fence.

This garden is so beautifully set out. The focal points draw you further into the garden. The garden beds are full of roses grown and sold in the nursery.
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We have just had the Melbourne Cup, which is the ‘race that stops the nation’ so it is fitting that Abraham Darby looks so brilliant at the moment. The roses around the Flemington Race course where the cup is held are carefully cared for so that they are at their peak on race day. They have a special pruning and fertilising program. I read up on their special tactics to try to get roses flowering for my daughters wedding in our garden a few years ago. Check out how they get the roses flowering on time here

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Well they certainly know how to get roses flowering at Treloar Roses too.

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I definitely want one of these in my garden. Hope my husband reads this post!

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Do you have something to hide? A clever way to hide something unsightly in your garden. These roses are providing the perfect foil for a water tank hidden behind.

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Well what a lovely surprise, this garden was, hidden in behind large old pine trees. A real treat for me and a credit to the Treloar family.

Please don’t forget to drop in to my facebook page for a look.
Happy gardening.
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Environmentally sustainable arts practice

Hello blog friends. Can you please help? I am doing some research on sustainable work practices in art and need some feedback from fellow artists.
Can you please let me know how you manage to be sustainable in your art practice? Do you have any little tips and ideas that you would like to share. Eco friendly paints that you use or ways to recycle old items, suppliers that you trust who use sustainable practices. Community groups that you work with or share resources with. It has been an interesting research project, I have learnt a lot about being sustainable and I am going to try to improve my practices in my own studio. Any information would be appreciated. Many thanks in advance.

Pony in a tea cup

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Pony and rider in a tea cup.
Recently I went to an agricultural show to do some research for my animals in a tea cup series.
The ponies were so beautiful, with the elegant riders floating on top, I couldn’t resist painting them.
They will be available for sale at the Dunkeld Mosaic Festival this weekend. (Dunkeld, Victoria, Australia)
I have also had some cards made up from my animals in a tea cup series, they will be available for sale too.