For many months now I have been involved in organising an exhibition of miniature art, in my capacity as president of the Australian Society of Miniature Art, and we are getting close to the opening, on May 9. The works were submitted and reviewed last Friday, and now we have 76 works ready to go, 70 for the walls and 6 sculptures or hand-made books. The exhibition is to be at the Mint, a historic building in Sydney, which is managed by the Historic Houses Trust (or Sydney Living Museums as it is to be known from now on). The society was given access to several of the houses that the Trust runs at times when the public could not go in, so groups of us visited Vaucluse House, Elizabeth Farm and Rouse Hill Farm to draw and take photos for inspiration. Other members drew their inspiration from many other sources, anything that resonated with Australian history. I am putting in two works, one is the dish of apricots I described a few weeks ago, and the other is this pencil drawing of a pile of napkins and tablecloths that I saw on a table in Vaucluse House. (To come to the opening or visit the exhibition, which runs till July 4 see hht.net.au/whats_on/event/members_events/2013/may/australian_society_of_miniature_art_-_yesterday_today)
On Friday I put the finishing touches to this painting – maybe more could be done, but I wanted to have it finished. It went off to its new home with my daughter on Sunday. Some time ago I sold a painting (see A nice surprise) which had been occupying a space on her wall. Very graciously she let me take the painting away, but I promised I would eventually replace it. It had to be something that worked with another painting of mine she has, and this one started to look as though it would work as it developed. It was inspired by a snippet of a plant form, but now to me feels like something from under the ocean, maybe storm clouds, a volcano or something from another planet … open to interpretation.
It is oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm.
We took advantage of the continued warm and summery weather for a few days away camping along the north coast of New South Wales, starting at Diamond Head (four days of cold showers, but the weather was warm enough to cope with them!) and lots of wildlife, large goannas, kangaroos, birds, fruit bats, then moving on to South West Rocks and finally Urunga, on the coast close to Bellingen. As always, I spent time wandering looking for interesting objects to draw. Below are some of these.