A short preview of part of one of my new works…
These are the not too serious mix in the attempt to get some new headshots… Thanks to Jessica Fawkes for these awesome goodies – she manages to bring out the relaxed me!!
An improvised dance, filmed during my visit to Schoolhouse Studios. This space is a repurposed Coles Supermarket building, the back rooms are very interesting spaces to dance, film and photograph.
Last Sunday I had the chance to visit SchoolHouse Studios. When I saw this piano on the ‘junk’ heap, I just had to have a play! I hadn’t played since I was a kid, and I just improvised and let it come to me.
This video speaks for itself! The music is a collaboration with Jeska and Matt, which was a conversation and then an improvised experience with instruments and some natural sounds. It is also leading me to next phrase of my creative journey where I move my body to explore with sounds to make music.
‘My Pop, My Hero’
This work was part of a local exhibition run by Burrinja Cultural Centre, the ‘Upwey Archies’.
It had to be a portrait of someone important to me. I decided to use an old photograph of my grandfather, Bert. I used my imagination for the oranges, because he was an orange grower in Robinvale. I will never forget this beautiful man.
Time to work on some new techniques! During the last few months of being in and out of lockdown I have been using the time to explore ways to take my art in a new direction.
Some of you may know that I have been sharing my original mindfulness meditations with my mentees as a way to start our sessions. This painting is inspired by my mentee, Lily, and is an exploration of an imagined journey.
Recently I have been exploring using acrylic paints. My dad was an avid painter, and luckily for me, also a collector of painting supplies. I have inherited many of his brushes and paints, so I have been using them in my work. I feel this is a great way to connect with my dad’s legacy.
As well as acrylics, I have also been exploring perspective to add a new dimension to my work. Using my dad’s brown paints (why did you have so much brown, Dad?), I spent many evenings working on this painting of a Jetty by the ocean. This painting is inspired by my own travels, bringing the ocean closer to me.
Almost there! This has been an amazing journey developing new techniques to paint a portrait of a young child. More to say when completed…
I was inspired to write this poem after a session with one of my mentees. I decided to use my natural speaking voice to recite this poem.