Here’s a cod I spotted trapped in a small pool at the bottom of a big low tide. The pool wasn’t much bigger than it, but the tide had turned and he would soon be free.
Graeme and I went on a low tide beach walk with Wildlife Queensland – Townsville Branch Inc. members, led by the erudite marine biologist, John Collins. We found some marvelous seaweeds and corals, among other things. Below are links to the photos I posted on the ABC Open website. The images are just a couple of the 300 photos I took that afternoon. I tend to take several photos of the same object, especially if I’m shooting so low down that I can’t see the LCD display. As I was only paddling in about 20cm depth of water at the most, I often just placed the camera beneath the water and pointed in the general direction to take the shot.
https://open.abc.net.au/explore/93tm6ix and https://open.abc.net.au/explore/38eq9to
I am very much enjoying my PressNorth residency. I have been experimenting with creating linocut prints of the reef to feature in Benthos Illuminated, our upcoming 2016 exhibition at Umbrella Studios, Townsville. I draw my imagery from the many photos I take while wading along the shores, especially during the really low tides. The egret, below the reef image here, was a real poser and I was able to get a lot of photos of him in a variety of poses. In the linocut, I have combined the reef with the egret.
A barely visible crab on a coral outcrop
Linocut of Egret and Reef prior to printing
Egret at South Townsville beach
It has been lovely to receive all the positive feedback on the Community Rehab NQ Beach Shack. The wonderful people who took part in the project were a joy to work with. Everyone involved was so enthusiastic, so ready to make a joke, that the days were filled with laughter.
The dead grass, in this image, is caused by people walking through the shack. It shows just how many visitors took the time to read the information about this Strand Ephemera project.
As some of you may know, I’ve been teaching painting to the participants at Community Rehab NQ for two hours per week since October last year. The theme was community and home. The aim was to create a number of paintings on 60 cm x 40 cm plywood that would be used as wall panelling in a ‘beach shack’.
In April, our ‘Beach Shack’ was accepted as an exhibit in Strand Ephemera, Townsville’s major biennial sculpture exhibition.
With install day rapidly approaching, a team of clients, rehab staff, Occupational Therapy students, and volunteers worked hard building and painting the frame and the roof. These were constructed in sections so that they could be bolted together on site. The backs of each of the 53 panels were painted white and each work was varnished twice.
On Install Day 1, a team of volunteers transported the shack and bolted it together. On the second day of installation, all 53 works were inserted into the framework, text and photos were mounted inside, and the building given a final lick of paint. Then everyone stood back and basked in the glow of the praise that members of the public were already heaping on the ‘Beach Shack’.
Wonderful news. I’ve just been selected to do the PressNorth Printmakers 3 month funded residency for 2015/16 at Umbrella Studios. Both are great Townsville art groups to join, if you are not already a member. Their website addresses are: http://pressnorthprintmakers.com/ and http://www.umbrella.org.au/