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April 30, 2010

Abstracts Graphite and Camera Shy Dogs.

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Mmm I’m sitting here with a hot coffee, heater on, dog curled up at the end of the bed,  after just spending the last hour or more catching up on some of the blogs I follow I have missed over the last couple of months.

Today I thought it good time to get some paints and pencils out and just do something to get back into the swing of things again. Its just a little abstract of desert colours, just more or less a fun painting . I started a graphite drawing yesterday and did some more work on that today also.  The painting was I think,  just more relaxation than anything else.  The graphite much more dramatic, with a lot more work involved.   The photo of the tree I just popped on because I love the texture of the bark and want to do a drawing of it later.   I hope to have more work done on the graphite tomorrow and weather permitting, to get a photo will pop  on.

I took umpteen photos of my dog again, and deleted them all after. Not one looking forward. In his 5 years I have never been able to get a really good photo of him. Can you believe a dog who really hides from a camera?  He’s shocking, the minute I pick it up and turn it any where near his direction, he turns the other way,  or lays down and puts his head  between his paws, always has.  Just ONE good portrait shot of him would be fantastic,  but have never been able to get it. Its that incredibly beautiful expression he gets on his face at times is what I’m trying to capture, so will have to think of some kind of devious way to get it that he won’t be aware of.  One of the guys at the park here is a photographer so shall probably call on his help.

Bought myself a couple of artline pens also today 0.4 and they’ve ordered some in 0.1 and 0.2, I haven’t done any pen and ink for a long time, sometimes combined with the graphite or charcoal can look quite stunning.

Well have just checked the post and doesn’t seem to be showing the abstract so will wait awhile and if not will re post the photo.

Well its coffee time again, and almost bed time to.

April 28, 2010

Longjohns and Ugg Boots.

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Just popped a couple of photos on of my neighbours over the back fence.  I love the middle photo myself. The last photo is the view as you leave the hardware store, really lovely. Not far from here is a really old house, abandoned, which I think would make a lovely painting.

I don’t know how the cow went from the previous post giving birth to her calf she wasn’t there next morning so can only hope all went well for her and they are both in warmer surroundings as last night and today has been really cold, with icy winds.  A sign of what winters like up here, and we still have over a month to go before it officially starts.  I huddled in a ball under the doona all night, in between getting up and throwing something else over my dog,  he’s not that intelligent at times and thinks by pushing his blankets etc around and laying on top of them he’ll be warmer. So this morning he was laying on TOP of,  a doona, a blanket, 2 coats of mine and a jumper of mine all hastily put on him each time I woke to check he was covered.   The van gets very cold, but wow the tent would have been totally freezing.  Actually today its kinda blowing in the wind, really need to take it down properly tomorrow and put it up again before it takes off, which it looks like its going to do.  I know I’m going to invest in some longjohns,  fleecy gloves and a pair of ugg boots before winter sets in properly, found a site for dog apparell today so think he’ll be getting the same kind of things.  Apparently a lot of the people living around here still have the old fireplaces for log fires in their homes and make use of them in the winter months here, what a beautiful sight they are, I don’t think too many things have a more welcoming look on a cold winters night.  When I see some of the winter temperatures in other countries I know we are still very lucky here compared to them.

Tomorrow I am hoping to do some work on a couple of paintings I really want to finish, after lugging them around in the car for awhile it will be nice to see a bit more paint on them.

April 26, 2010

Special People.

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Late this afternoon I noticed a country fire service over the back fence of the camping ground here.  When looking I first thought the cow I saw there must have been hurt and a rescue was going on, but apparently she was trying to give birth.  She’d been there since early morning I  was told, and it was now 5 pm.  Poor thing, it gets dark here now  not long after 5,  and the cold air certainly comes in very quickly also early evenings now.   I hope she managed to have her calf not too long after, and they’re both ok.  There are 4 calves over there at present and I love watching them run around and play with each other.  Quite a sight to have at your backyard.  One of the bulls there is absolutely massive, and I hope to get a photo of him soon.

Tea last night was a  really lovely suprise with a knock on the van door,  my neighbours had sent me in a beautiful home cooked meal to have, and I have to say she’s a far better cook than me.  I hope to get the recipe from her the next time I see her, it was sausages with stir fried vegies in a sweet and sour sauce with rice, and it was DELICIOUS.  Both her and her husband have health issues, and with a couple of kids to care for also and their pets as well, it was pretty special.

April 23, 2010

Long time between blogs.

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C/Park cat

my tent

Hello to my blogging friends. Its been a long time since blogging. I haven’t had access to a computer.  I had to leave my home, just walk out and leave what I had. I didn’t have a lot of choice really, it had got so bad.  I managed to get quite a bit of my art gear in the car, but had to leave some canvasses and paintings behind to make sure there was room for some personal things also to take.  I lived in my car for the first week or so, then came across a really beautiful little town, which had a camping park in it also. Bought a tent from  town not too far away and was really good to be able to get my things out of the car and into the tent, my dog certainly appreciated it also, although the wind blowing on the tent at first really scared him.  Its got an absolutely huge area for dogs to walk and play, which is fantastic. Its been a shock for him though after having his own backyard to run freely in, although he couldn’t even do that there any more.  We’ve now got a van for awhile and wow its lovely being able to make a coffee inside in the mornings, as its in one of the coldest parts of the state.  I haven’t done any art for awhile now, as have pneumonia back again, have been to the hospital here and on a nebuliser, which certainly makes it easier to breathe at times. I miss my art so much but have not felt well enough to do any.  I hope soon.

The scenery around here is really beautiful. Some of the photos show it, very old buildings, farms etc. The photo of the cat is a cat that was abandoned in the park by its owners, and is now living with some permanent people here, who have fed him back to health, he’s really gorgeous.   The photo of my car boot, (not my tent I add as the capion says)  happened over the last couple of  weeks I was at the house, the boot and the roof are the same,  we were being sprayed constantly, they said they were “trying to bleach me”.  Bizarre, as if I was any lighter I’d be a ghost.  They had a high pressure squirt gun. We parked under a tree one night to try and sleep, and they sprayed the tree, (all the spiders fell out of the tree on to my car, I have an abnormal fear of spiders,) while they yelled out “What’s that one taste like bitch”.   I think a lot of this was retaliation for capturing on video the use of lasers on my dogs eyes.

Some of the people here at the park have been really lovely and helpful,  they’re permanent residents,  and they also get a lot of backpackers in for the seasonal fruit picking around here, a lot travellers from other countries.  We had our wettest day for two years the other day,  and one poor guy in a tent nearly got floated away. He was stuck right in the middle of a huge lake of water the rain had made when he woke up. Wish I’d been able to get a photo of it, but the batteries in the camera were flat at the time.  Would have been an awesome photo, but not much fun for him really.

The bird life around here is beautiful and varied, early morning and late afternoon, and at  night lots of possums and rabbits and the occasional fox as well. Wonderful to paint.

There’s also a small library in the town with a couple of computers for public use, which is great, will come in handy, I hope to get a second hand laptop soon, which will be better still.

Hope to blog again soon, and catch up on everyone’s art and blogs.

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