Cold Day Cafe Church St, Richmond - (The Life of Mary)

Cold Day Cafe Church St Richmond (or The Life of Mary)

Before Church St leaves Richmond to cross the Yarra and head south into South Yarra (where else?), it dips into a strip of rather fancy cafes and even fancier furniture stores. So there we were a year ago – sans children – on a mission to buy a new couch and then reward ourselves with coffee to … Continue reading

Tank Traps Margaret Preston

Good Art is … a woman’s reflection on war

Grace Cossington Smith and Margaret Preston are irresistible exemplars in the modern Australian artistic landscape. Cossington Smith’s ‘The Sock Knitter’, painted in 1915, celebrates its centenary this year and is now acknowledged as Australia’s first modernist work. The vibrant image holds a quiet strength – a meditation on the effort by women to come to terms with a war being fought thousands … Continue reading

Matt meets the Mayor

Bandung to Bali XXXiii – Matt meets the Mayor

“We have an invitation!” Dad announces with a flourish at the arrival of the post one morning. He passes the gold rimmed card to Mum with a small ceremonious bow. ‘The Mayor of Bandung requests the pleasure of the company of Tuan Bryan Power and his Family at an evening reception. . .’ On the back … Continue reading

Daly River Creek, Mixed media on Paper by John Wolseley 2013

Good Art is … a journey to the heart

There are no people depicted in John Wolseley’s vast works on paper but there is enough observation of human presence to disturb us. His Gesamtkunstwerk, Heartlands and Headwaters, on exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne, is a true depiction of a personal journey through the deep centre of Australia. While John apologises for his lack of scientific background, he displays … Continue reading

Window Washers 3

Worker Series #4 – Window Washers

Something about the window washers scrubbing the ‘Places Victoria’ sign seemed – mmmmm – (not ironic, not juxtaposed, not paradoxical – ohhh je ne sais quoi)

Study from the Grand Salon NGV

Studies in the Grand Salon II

Continuing the fabric and costume theme. This painting – another romantic piece – captures the distance between a married couple after their return from an evening out. The wife gazes out to the hallway – perhaps avoiding her husband’s detached company. I painted this using gouache which is a new medium for me. Being an … Continue reading

Detail of study after Koller

Studies in the NGV’s Grand Salon I

Inspired by the Fashion themed Drop by Drawing at the NGV this summer I went back and made some studies of fabric and the clothing styles represented in the Grand Salon. This is a pencil sketch of the painting ‘Le départ du fiancé’ by Austrian artist Wilhelm (Guillame) Koller (painted in 1864). The woman’s clothing … Continue reading

Autumn study 8

An autumn study – medlars and persimmons

I came home from Gisborne with a reward of cuttings from mum’s medlar and persimmon trees with their curling russet leaves and ripening fruit. Being poorly over Easter I sat in the warm and sketched this study with pencils and pastels while the paints sat still in the cold shed.   (with apologies to the more gifted … Continue reading

Little Box Brownie

Little Box Brownie

Food is a jostling and sophisticated business along the Yarra’s Southbank these days. But Miss Daisy, the little vintage caravan, made the best of a small space at the food and wine festival on the weekend ‘Miss Daisy’ is the in the careful keep of Ms Sophia Purvis who is a rather good baker by trade and has a blog … Continue reading

The New Myer Emporium Melbourne

Fight against wholesale architectural vandalism in Melbourne

Ever since Melbourne’s early colonialists (con-artists?) told the indigenous inhabitants that their sensibilities on land and place were a bit ‘namby, pamby’ and not worth the notice of the self-appointed governors, the city has been far more interested in making a buck than listening to its inhabitants and having any sustainable and sensible plan for its development. Melbourne … Continue reading

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