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Perspectives, Issue #026- Happy New Year!
December 29, 2012

"Perspectives" - Happy New Year!

Magpie Geese and Tree Kangaroos

As I walked across my garden this morning, on my way to the beach, two huge black and white magpie geese lumbered out of the mango tree canopy with a great flurry and loud beating of wings. I hadn’t been at such close quarters to flying geese before; they seemed so heavy that I marveled that they got themselves airborne at all.

Ambling through the jungle path and onto the beach, I thought of you and wondered what you were doing. If you live on the ‘other’ side of the world then you were probably asleep – or ‘burning the midnight oil’ in some way, hopefully pleasurable.

No doubt you are enjoying the holiday season, perhaps at home or in some ‘far flung’ place. I do hope that you take it all ‘in your stride’ and enjoy this special time of the year.

On the Arts scene in North Queensland, activities, such as workshops, are winding down, as you would expect.

Television promotion and socialising

An interesting time was had, in November, by a group of Port Douglas artists, who decided to promote their artwork and the region through a television programme , Put Some Colour in Your Life. I shall let you know when this tropical segment of the show airs in Australia; it will probably be in late February or early March.

After my beach walk I visited the Port Douglas markets. This is the quiet season for Tourism, so locals can relax and take their time and I was able to chat with friends, including potter, Ellen Terrell and printmaker, Anna Curtis.

Ellen is also a keen bird watcher (in fact she conducts specialized tours to out-of-the-way places where certain rare birds may be found). She had spent Christmas near Malanda, where the best surprise Christmas present ever, for her, was to watch a tree kangaroo slowly crossing the river, from branch to intertwining branch until it met up with its, well camouflaged, baby on the other side. Having never seen a tree kangaroo I can just marvel at this experience.

Anna has a beautiful little art gallery set up at the markets, with many of her smaller lino-prints, scarves and T shirts attractively on display.

She was part of the recent ‘Put Some Colour In Your Life’ project and I am sure that you will enjoy seeing her in action when that segment airs, initially in Australia, then New Zealand and England.

Silk Scarves

Thank you to those of you who have purchased my silk designer scarves in the last few months. I do hope that you have enjoyed wearing them. As some of you have found, they make excellent gifts (especially as ‘hostess’ gifts for travellers as they are so light and small to pack in your luggage).

In the New Year I plan to design several more, with a range of colour-ways and sizes, so do check back on the site as I shall upload images as soon as they are printed and sewn.

‘How to Draw, How to Paint’ ebooks popular

I am slowly adding reviews, to the website, of helpful ebooks that relate to some aspect of arts endeavour. Written instructions often go hand-in-hand with videos – two really good examples of this approach being Richard Robinson’s ‘Online Painting’ courses and Sarah Parks’ ‘Secrets of Drawing’ series.

The latest review is of an ebook that gives detailed instructions about the painting methods used by the ‘old masters’, such as Rubens, Van Dyke, Rembrandt and Vermeer, hundreds of years ago. The level of craftsmanship is amazing as are the superb results if you follow these instructions, written by artist Delmus Phelps, who has been painting this way for thirty five years! Your friends will be impressed at your results (and you will be too!).

Come to think of it, learning a new art skill might just be the perfect way to spend your summer (or winter) holidays!

Whatever you do I hope that it is a very happy time for you and your loved ones.

Best wishes and thank you for being part of this wide-spread arts community!


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