To settle in I started a few small paintings situated in the interior of the studio, getting familiar with this place and its things, moving them around, watching the soft and startling light, thinking of the others who have shared this place and bringing some of me in too.
I found some old man banksia cones collected no doubt from somewhere near here for someone others project of this place. They were left around the side of the studio, laid with the time ravaged droppings by the resident wombats. I’m surprised a wombat hadn’t already left one of their squared treasures on top. Any way too good to pass by I bought them back into the studio – they may just weave their way into my work too.
And it’s the people too that settle one right in. With a message out for a get together on Wart and my balcony, what followed was studio visits. The first to Ashley Frosts. Such a treasure to see how others work and respond to a place. I loved how he was capturing some of the light of this place and we aligned a time for a combined portrait session later. You can see a little of his project here ...
But our portrait session was not to be for my ducking off to my open studios at UNSW Honours became an extended affair. The fuel pump decided to go in an underground car park – not a recommended thing to do. Extraction, I have learnt is what roadside assistance call this complicated scenario. But luckily for me a saviour was nearby. And so, as car time panned out, I lapped up the treat to draw Louisa Chircop whist she worked in her studio on her next exhibition. She too has had a residency here at Bundanon. Head here see some of her masterful works of painterly surreal imaginations with their layered collisions of representation and disruptors ...