Whale Watching on the Sealink Ferry today

On a glorious day with a calm sea, we went on the inaugural SeaLink ferry whale watching trip. Our time out with the whales seemed all too short but it was wonderful to be there.

A whale tail hitting the water.

Watching the whales!

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Please Take a Seat

image of the text on the wall in the vault

Please Take a Seat text on the first and second wall, reading from left to right.

I recently had an installation in the Vault Space at Umbrella Studio. It consisted of four verses of prose about chronic pain. The responses I got for ‘just words’ were fascinating. One person told me it made them cry. Others said they didn’t like it, the piece was too negative. Others loved it. The Vault Space is an actual safe that is no longer in use.  My audience were in the vault – with the door open – when they read these words:

Imagine you are in a vault
You can’t get out
No-one will find you
And there is not enough air
That vault is your mind

You are in pain
That pain has locked
You in your body
You cannot free yourself
You are locked
In with your pain

Imagine you are in a vault
Your mind is locked
In with your pain
There is no air
Only pain

Now walk outside
Look up at the sky
and breathe.

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Install Day, Gallery 48

 

 

 

 

Jill and Margaret, busy on the install for Furred, Scaled & Feathered. Opening Sunday 29th Oct, 2 – 5pm, Gallery 48, 2/48 The Strand, Townsville

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Frog Buddies

These ‘guys’ come for a bath every night. I have a round shallow dish on a shelf in the loo. Just on dusk they come for a soak for a bit, and then they go out for the evening. Around 2 am they return and have another dip before going to bed.frog-buddies-web

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Big Fella Croc

I photographed this big fella at Billabong Sanctuary. In his glory days he sailed the seas. This print is a drypoint intaglio on plastic plate. Among others, it will be on display at in the Furred Feathered Scaled Exhibition at Gallery 48, The Strand, from the 25th of October 2017.Big-Fella-Croc-web

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Upcoming exhibition at Gallery 48

Margaret Robertson and I are having an exhibition of our prints at Gallery 48, The Strand, Townsville. Fur, Feathers and Scales will be opening on Sunday 29th October from 2 – 6pm. We are busy printing and hand-colouring our works for display. This puzzled bird is one of my models. He regularly sits on a light pole on the Bowen Rd Bridge.

 

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Artstownsville at Pop Up North Queensland

Pop Up North Queensland

Hi Folks,

I’m thrilled to announce that Graeme and I have been successful in securing a Pop Up Shop at 21 Stokes St (across from the Old Court House), Townsville for the 10 days of the Umbrella Studio Pop Up festival from 28th July – 8th August. More news coming later, including when we will be running free drop-in workshops.

“Pop Up North Queensland (PUNQ), a collaboration of pop-ups curated to reflect the shifting cultural landscape of the region and to activate empty spaces throughout the CBD. The festival will feature nearly 40 unique pop-ups from local and interstate artists, creatives and makers including exhibitions, workshops, artist talks, classic film screenings and some of the coolest pop-up shops around!”

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