Painting and pelvic floor exercises

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It’s the first day of school holidays and I was really excited about it because it means lazy mornings and pj days and spending time with kid in the studio. It means maybe we will go to a reserve and swoon over animals, it means special treats and probably some time out.

Today we went for a long walk and borrowed books and made an easter egg decoration for daddy. She shared toys with another kid and then we came home for sandwiches and painting.

We shared mummy’s easel:
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And then I sat at my desk and did a little painting of a skull, and my pelvic floor exercises – because I am a multi-tasking genius.

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Then I made dinner and spilt bread crumbs all over myself and into my slippers. I heard the post person go past and he had squeaky wheels.. He totally needs to oil those wheels.

I also found this, this is a detail, a portrait of the most glorious Angie Hart. I am going to finish it because I think it is so beautiful.
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I also have the pieces for another large drawing to begin soon, painting is just a lovely holiday right now.

Photos of us by Gene!
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Painting lesson

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This weekend just passed I had a young woman come to visit who I used to teach art to back in Melbourne. It was really lovely to see her again and we did a self portrait lesson in oil paints as we didn’t really get around to painting in oils before I moved.

My daughter saw all of this and but continued happily playing with this young woman’s sister and when they left she said, “Mumma, can I have a painting lesson?” – which is pretty much the best thing.

So this afternoon I set up my easel for her and we gathered up our small, but growing, succulent collection. Instead of oils though, I cracked out my watercolours for her as I am also in the middle of making dinner and not sure if we should be playing about with solvent right now! She used to use my watercolours about two years ago before I managed to buy her kids paints. This is before I realised that I could probably make them myself, but back then I didn’t have the focus or energy to do it.

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We talked about drawing and swirls and colours and listened to a panel talk about feminism. I showed her to dry off her brushes on a rag to not muddy her colours and she made purple. then we debated about what colour was what.. It was glorious.

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There’s a saying “Those who can’t do, teach” which I think is pretty ugly. I mean, I really don’t think I am much of teacher – but it is such a joy to share and inspire and encourage young minds and hearts. I feel so lucky that kidlet is interested and keen in so many things.

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She said the finished piece is for her friend at kinder…. I really want to keep it!!!!

I think it is also important to let kids have a go with the real paints and papers as well. I mean, not all the time as it costs a lot – but I think when you just give people the cheap stuff that really says something. Of course, the cheap stuff is great for play and learning and just making but the real stuff is quite affirming, I think.

Anyway, back to making dinner and bath and bed and then I will get to draw for a few hours before sleep.

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First of the first

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First layer completed!
I’m wrecked now but in a really happy way. This is the first oil painting I have started in almost a year.

I had forgotten how wonderful it is to work in oil paint. Though both my drawing and painting tend to be figurative, I do find that they are both very different and to now have both back in my life is a huge relief.

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Short Film by Marianne Latham

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Marianne Latham contacted me as she is putting together a documentary about the nude in art. She was interviewing people in regard to the Benalla Nude but others as well. I really look forward to seeing the full doco! But she put together this short of me – I feel really humbled that Marianne wanted to come into my space and ask me about my work and my thoughts. It’s also rather timely as well – because I really need to write a new artist statement soon and this ( plus another interview I did, which is not yet online ) have really got me thinking about what is important to me in my work.

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Thank you Marianne!