Fungi for art

Fungi on a log by the side of the Finch-Hatton Gorge track

One day these beautiful shapes, subtle colours and textures will find their way into a painting.

Up cycling

I love gathering bits and pieces to make small creative compositions. The act of gathering and arranging various objects is like a reverie that reminds me of people, places and moments.

A nature loving women who bought an artwork at my recent exhibition, gifted me this delicate little nest, found on the the ground in her beautiful tree-filled native garden.

The enterprising little nest maker had gathered polyester fibre, from who knows where, to fashion her nest. I decided to give it a new home in wood, as I imagined that the nest once belonged in a tree or twiggy shrub.

This little collection is a homage to up cycling and recycling. I made the small mosaic ball from an old plastic ball found on the beach, and the oblong wooden bowl was made by a Zimbabwean artisan from an old Rhodesian railway sleeper. Of course the nest in the centre is the the most innovative piece of up cycling.

Gathering and placing objects is a special way of remembering.

They don’t make them like they used to

I love motel rooms that have original bathroom features. These days hotels and motels have fixtures that will fall apart in less than a decade. The Aneth Lodge in Cortez Colarado has a bath, sink and toilet built to last.

I’m not sure how old the motel is, but the bathroom has a Deco feel. One thing is certain, while it’s unlikely to be of deco vintage, the motel predates the “built-in obsolescence” era.

I feel sad that these days the decor changes are so rapidly that beautiful functional designs can all but vanish as people devalue them because they are deemed unfashionable.

Time slips by

Marcus Creek Interpreted

GCS Entry

These paintings are to be hung as a group representing the changes in the tannin-stained creek at Marcus Beach. In the dry season the creek flows gently then eventually dries so that it no longer meets the sea. Storms come in from the ocean in the wet season pushing surging waves up the creek against the natural flow.

Twilight at the dog beach

Jimmy Twilight at Marcus Beach

Couldn’t help myself. Took the camera to beach this evening,

Tree shapes, Mt Timbertop

Mt Timbertop dead tree

On the ridge of Mt Timbertop in the Howqua Hills, Victoria, there stands the skeleton of a venerable snowgum. I paid homage to its life by photographing the ‘sky patterns’ where once a solid limb branched, and bringing to life a grey ghoul, a Halloween mask, perhaps even a human face.

Coffee art

The intense look of concentration commanded my attention, despite the distracting din of the mid-morning coffee crowd at Coffee Chakra in Myrtleford. I became engrossed in witnessing the coffee making process. There was care and precision in each slowly angled movement of the coffee jug, as if the maker had an artist’s brush in his hand. With three beautiful coffees already served at our table, I knew the fourth would be the masterpiece.

How nice to re-connect with the folks at Coffee Shakra and to introduce our coffee loving friends.

Tree shapes, Mt Timbertop

Mt Timbertop dead tree

On the ridge of Mt Timbertop in the Howqua Hills, Victoria, there stands the skeleton of a venerable snowgum. I paid homage to its life by photographing the ‘sky patterns’ where once a solid limb branched, and bringing to life a grey ghoul, a Halloween mask, perhaps even a human face.

A tribute to Singer sewing machines

My sister, an artist who works with fabric, loves the gentle click, click, click of her hand operated Singer, a no nonsense unembellished model, still stitching after eighty years of use.

Her recent acquisition, bought from an avid collector and fellow artist, sits on a Singer Treadle table that she already had.

Enshrined the corner this simple machine pays tribute to their creative work.

“At least if there’s a power outage, we’ll still be working away on our Singers.”