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|My new plan drawers, filled with my papers and labeled appropriately.|
Now that I can find all of my papers, I know I DON"T need any more ...!
|Looking down at the book of Scrub Turkey images,|
turkeys running in all directions :-)
|The covers of the book were made with mat board offcuts|
and covered with prints
|One of the pages of the turkey book,|
showing the folds
|Another book of the same design, this time|
using prints from a Silvereye series.
|Another view of the Silvereye book,|
I love the textures and imagery in this one.
|The camp with Craig's bike and trailer in the foreground.|
I carry our food in a backpack, so I get the easy job!
|My sketching kit, - 1 pen, 2 pencils, and two pieces of cardboard|
secured with rubber bands holding a few sheets of toned paper.
I carried it in my backpack.
|The contents of my sketching kit and some leaves,|
and also the necessary glasses to help me see what
|Sketching quietly, listening to the birdsong|
and the wind rustling through the canopy of trees.
|A leaf and the subsequent drawing.|
That's all I had time to do before I lost the light.
Not a masterpiece but fun to do - worth taking my kit for.
|Relaxing by the fire before dinner.|
|Quick plein-air sketch during a lunch stop at Sawyers Bay.|
|Watercolour painting that Sawyers Bay sketch from|
the comfort of the campervan.
|The completed sketch and notes|
|Drawing found objects from the beach,|
seaweed, kelp base and egg cases.
|Grasses on the property - I love the|
rich colour of the red sandy soil against the yellow grass.
|Grass samples collected for making plates.|
|Rusty objects fighting nature|
|Rusting the paper|
|Close up of the rusting with tea bags.|
The tannin in the tea makes beautiful
greys and browns, not orange.
Its tempting to move it before its dry.
Luckily its very dry air in Central Australia.
|View of the Artist Book,|
with handmade paper covers, rusted pages and prints
on handmade paper
|There's some beautiful rusted marks on these pages.|
I joined the concertina sections using a thin strip of
|Closed view showing the wrapped cover strip.|
|One of the pages showing the lovely rusted marks.|
|Being involved with working the cattle was at times confronting as|
I hadn't been so close to non-domesticated cattle.
My experiences were previously limited to sedate milking cows at the
annual Exhibition!. For me, definitely character-building but very very interesting.
I now greatly appreciate the work involved in getting steak onto my plate!
|The hospitality and generosity of the family|
was amazing, considering I was a total stranger
AND a city girl as well.
|My favourite art activity was sitting and sketching|
by myself in the bush, a short distance from the homestead.
The only noise was the wind, total silence - heaven to a girl
used to continuous traffic and neighbourhood noise.
|The space and the freedom - you don't get that in the city.|
|I loved the stories attached to places on the property.|
This was the 'Halfway Tree', a old beautiful Desert Oak.
|Walking the Salt Lakes was a big highlight,|
particularly so because I was joined by my partner Craig.
Curtin Springs has a number of Salt Lakes, only accessible on
special tours or with the family.
|The textures of the Salt Lakes were amazing.|
Some crunchy underfoot, some soft.
|We had privileged access to Mt Conner, another|
beautiful asset on the Curtin Springs property.
We did a walk around the base so saw it up close.
|Sunrise at the eastern end of Mt Conner, with|
Craig in the foreground.
It was worth getting up early for.
This image is one of the most iconic from my trip.
Beats Uluru (Ayers Rock) any day.
|A 5-star roilet experience,|
plenty of toilet paper!
|Yes here I am, drawing the toilet!|
|Late afternoon light on the ironwood trees|
above the campfire. Beautiful!
|The finished page in my sketchbook- I even|
drew the campfire - it was the warmest place
when the sun started to set!
|Australian Magpie, searching for food|
|Sketching from my photograph via my laptop|
|Putting a bit of colour into it|
|In the field, sketching|
|I've borrowed some bird books and plant id|
books so I can add botanical information
in my sketchbook.
|The line drawing|
I've got my new colours in contact eye cases.
My watercolour brush is my favourite tool.
|Enjoying the peace - just me and the cow poo.|
|I'm sitting next to a cow pad - in other words|
a cattle 'freeway'.
|One of my new experiences - discovering|
calf poo is different to adult cow poo.
Little dimes of poo - so cute!