It’s week 1 of my 3 months intensive residency in my studio. I’ve got space and I’ve got time – what a combination! I’m not quite AWOL from work and it’s not nearly a sabbatical. I’ve got 3 months leave without pay. I’m grabbing this moment to focus on my paintings for my up-coming first big exhibition – due for Cowra Regional Art Gallery … ‘Wild’ opens Saturday 2pm 19/3/16.. I’ve come in early and stayed late. I don’t miss the commute and I’ve welcomed my lovelies for ...snippets, but mostly it’s been just me. So far I’ve thought lots and I’ve pretty much created a painting a day. My plan is turn up every day to my studio, put in a good days work, live with my mistakes and learn as I go, walk the dog, love my family and just see what happens with my art. It feels right to be giving it a go. Here’s a sneak peek of a little from this week’s happenings. Some loose still life line work of red shoes on my Bilby friend. They caught me a little by surprise after some tight layering of more detailed oil painting.