Hello All, I have finally finished revision of a 2014 Travel Diary , A Month in Sicily which also includes a few days in Singapore en route and then some time in Florence, Rome and London. It includes lots of cool photos! I have also added lots of images to Photography- Plant Life, the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens in Melbourne, Skyscapes and Local Whitsunday landscapes. Hope you enjoy.
So we went to Melbourne for a bit of a ‘cultural hit’, (Melbourne Festival) and saw some pretty avant garden dance (Hofesh Shechter & Chunky Move), a great theatre piece and some good music. Stayed in an apartment in the CBD (a first) witha ‘delightful view’ over a lane onto blank wall made interesting only by a view into a purple lit, plant-filled apartment on the other side sometimes interspersed with a naked or clothed young woman! Spent time with our besties and visited Cranbourne Botanical Gardens, (a young off-shoot-excuse pun- of Melbourne’s famous old main Bot. Gardens), which specializes in Native plants. It is a real treat of native spring flowerings and sensitive modernist landscape architecture. I include a few Melb. photos. Then headed to Hobart, Tasmania, mostly for a long-overdue visit to MONA ( for those who don’t know it, have a look online) -it is simply astounding. The vision of the founder of this private Museum of new and old art , David Walsh, has to be seen to be believed! The art, the architecture, the setting,the quirkiness. Built deep underground into the rock, it is awe-inspiring. Little wonder it has drawn literally millions of tourists to Tasmania.
Hobart (& surrounds) is a delight built around steep hills with a multitude of charming old buildings, modern architecture in the newer areas, beautiful views, and landscapes, a great art and craft culture, wonderful produce and food. Jon noticed a cafe of Vietnamese Street Food whereupon he quipped ‘fee fi pho yum’ and so it went! And we had an apartment with spectacular views. A few Tasmania photos attached. I am also adding a gallery of photographs of Hobart into TRAVEL WRITING on the main website even though there is not a word of travel writing! Hope you enjoy.
It’s been great to get this site launched and somewhat ’off my plate’ , (a feeling shared by dear friend Karen-the-website-builder! Now she can get back into her writing. The woman has five books on the go!).
I say somewhat, because I immediately added quite a lot to PHOTOGRAPHY , especially to THE HUMAN ANIMAL and ARCHITECTURE, much fun! Of course, more will probably come in time, so if you are a photography buff keep your eyes peeled.
Freeing up time has, more importantly, allowed me to re-focus on my poetry, continuing to work on some of the large number of unfinished pieces. I have completed another ten poems, so now you will find 29 on the site in the four categories- the main page and the three sub-headings, The Natural World, Portugal Poems and Snapshots. Likewise, if you are a poetry buff, rest assured more will come but, of course, you will again be notified.
Thanks to those who have left Comments, not expected but always a pleasure. Unless something is of general interest, I will respond via email rather than on the site.
Enjoy your life. It’s precious.
Hi dear friends, it’s launch day!
This is what I’ve been up to over the last 6-7 months – making a website, together with my friend and web designer Karen Wilton who set up the structure. Having put off doing this for some 20 years (all seemed too hard, too time consuming), things suddenly fell into place – the time was right and dear Karen was ‘there’.
I have long felt the need to have some sort of archive of my 35 years of art-making but also wanted a platform to include my other creative pursuits – poetry, photography and travel writing, all of which will be further augmented over time, so if interested, keep an eye open for this.
It has been so much fun and quite a learning curve for this techno-idiot and Karen has been the best teacher. We had a lot of laughs along the way especially about the sometimes difficulties understanding one another’s ‘language’- techno vs. arty stuff!
Please enjoy ambling through bit by bit from time to time. It is my hope that it may also be of use to aspiring artists, students and who knows else.
Hey! Hope this finds everyone well and happy. Heard some seriously good music at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville in August, an annual event where the contemporary and classical meet the dry tropics! We have also been blessed with visits from two lots of very old and close friends in recent weeks, Jill and Alex from our days on the farm with their huge dog Monty, more like a young colt (much fun) and currently Libby and Hob for two weeks from Melbourne. Took them to Magnetic Island for a couple of days to explore a bit of this wonderful environment of bays and granite boulders and headlands and funky little communities, home to the largest number of koalas in Queensland. Watch out for photos in due course!
Meantime, you will find seven new poems –Typewriter Sex, Just Another Masterpiece and Conjunction in the general Poetry section and Night Scribbles, The Bigamist and Waikawa Night in The Natural World.
You will also see quite a few more images in Early Work-I discovered some colour slides from the pre-digital era (dinasaur-ish) of some very early, even student work, a kind of re-discovery for me also!
Encouraged by another old friend, I am re-writing my 2014 Travel Diary which is mostly about a month in Sicily but includes a week in Florence, some days in Rome & Singapore. That will be my next posting so if you enjoy reading about travel watch out for it. I will include some photographs. Hope you enjoy!