Back in home territory and lunch with family
Visiting Sandy Lockwood's PhD exhibition
at Wollongong University left me
Lovely to catch a glimpse of this sculpture by my mums dear friend May Barrie
in the grounds of the uni.
It was lovely to have a visit from Benjamin from Melbourne
and it gave us a chance to show off our wonderful Blue Mountains
Thanks for visiting Benji :)
Then time to hit the studio and knuckle down for some serious uni work.
I am sculpting with mixed media at the moment.
This way of working is full of surprises...some good ...some not so good.
Then a little time at a wildlife park
followed by a trampoline extravaganza
for my eldest grand daughter
who turned 7 !!!! this month.
Mara and I took her out for a birthday treat while
her family where busily moving house.
Everything always happens at once!
Then off to do a residential in Canberra at ANU
A life drawing class using wire has taken me on an unexpected journey
I am out of my comfort zone and I am trying to get my head around a new way of working
but I always love an experiment ....so onward and upward!
The sculpture came through a bisque in tact
but the hair was quite brittle after glaze
THEN..... the day that I took this out of the kiln
I fell over!
If I was superstitious I may have seen this as a premonition
I don't do things by halves
2 weeks later it had made its way down my face
and I just looked my usual muddy self
After Canberra we headed North to visit family
and attend the Blues Festival in Byron Bay
It was a highlight to see my mums dear friend Mieke
At 90 she continues to paint and draw every day
and enjoys being a life model in her painting group.
She is a total inspiration.
Love you so much Mieke xxx
Then off to my sons house to visit his awesome little family.
Then to the Blues Festival.
This was a very new experience for me.
I tend to be a classical music person with a bit of world and jazz thrown in.
So the numbers of people and the huge sound from various tents
took a bit of time to acclimatise to.
My husband and my daughter are musicians
so I am keen and love to do this kind of thing with them.
My favourite bands were
The California Honey Drops
Afro Celt Sound System
IT WAS WET!
and we got a little bogged on the first night
but a bit of a push got us on the way
though the mud did fly a little
All in all it was precious time spent with our wonderful family
A quick drive home ( 13 hours) taking in very small amount of appreciative site seeing
The long drive was all made possible thanks to the wonderful treats
that my daughter in-law Suse had supplied us with.
Once home it was time to emerge my self in clay
Here is a little bit of inspiration for the clay lovers to check out
Lisa Hammond: 'A Sense of Adventure'