Flower Power

One of the joys of living on the south coast and with bushland so close, is that we can walk through bush on a friends farm and find beautiful orchids. The joy of heads down and discovering tiny, discreet orchids or larger more playful orchids bobbing around which you cannot miss.

This was the pleasure of Sunday. There were so many that I gave up photographing them and enjoyed the walk for its own sake. It was one of those days when the weather and the pleasure of walking took precendence over photography, especially as I only had my phone with me.

Some of the beauties from our recent walk.

Some of the beauties from our recent walk.

Dog's Life

Life is never dull here on our windy hill.

As an animal carer for Denmark Animal Carers (find them on Facebook) I sometimes have the joy of allowing a new dog into our lives for a brief time. This time it is Norm, a four month old kelpie/mastiff cross, who has an endearing grin and strong will.

Taffy is enjoying having a playmate and as you can see, they are very relaxed together.

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What have we been doing?

Well we have both been a bit remiss on the blog front over the last few months as we have been very busy with various projects and looking after our block.

Jennie has been rehearsing with a new music group on the South Coast WA which specialises in Baroque Music. For those who love early music and would like to come, please see the attached poster.

This project has been financially supported by Country Arts WA and Lotterywest through the Share the Risk Program   

This project has been financially supported by Country Arts WA and Lotterywest through the Share the Risk Program

 

Merry Christmas everyone

Merry Christmas and more importantly, wishing everyone a wonderful 2018. It's hoped that you have a year that keeps you healthy and at the same time, allows you to explore new and interesting ideas with lots of art.

Thank you to those that have supported us this year through buying our art, coming to exhibitions and open studios, and providing creative space (Gallery Central in Northbridge for Jennie), and generally showing interest in our art-making.

Our neighbours cows and calves providing enjoyment.

Our neighbours cows and calves providing enjoyment.

Day Twenty One of Residency Dec 6th, 2017

Well here I am nearly finished my residency at Gallery Central (North Metro TAFE) in Perth WA and what a ride. For those who are feeling a little stale with their art practice, as I was, I can highly recommend a residency such as this where there are no expectations except your own.

I have found that I now feel refreshed in my making, if not in my body which is exhausted and I am ready to make a new range of art work. First though, I will be relaxing back on our windy hill and enjoying the open space, followed by a revamp of my studio.

Vanishing  - cut out of Banksia ilicifolia over the lino print of ubiquitous rubbish bins. (Apologies for poor image).

Vanishing - cut out of Banksia ilicifolia over the lino print of ubiquitous rubbish bins. (Apologies for poor image).

Day Fourteen of Residency

Coming from a strange sense of unease to now feeling a developing confidence in the work I am creating, has got to be the biggest success of this residency for me. I felt that my body of work was discordant an unrelated and although I enjoyed the processes involved, the connection wasn't clear.

Now after two weeks, I can confidently say that all the cul de sacs, missed turns and explorations have assisted in getting to this point and what a pleasure that is to write.

I feel that at last all my disparate ways of working are coming together into a strong series of works and that I am clear about the ideas and concepts that drive me, which is the the fragility of all life and our continued ignorance of the human impact.

 

Mat 4 Robertson Park . Stitched leaves from the park which will fade and deteriorate over time. All that will be left will be a few threads and an image. (Materials silk and leaves).

Mat 4 Robertson Park. Stitched leaves from the park which will fade and deteriorate over time. All that will be left will be a few threads and an image. (Materials silk and leaves).

Day Six Residency at Gallery Central

Well here I am ensconced in the studio and apartment in Northbridge, Western Australia and finding the inner city life quite a contrast to our home on our Windy Hill. Kordabup Studio is surrounded by the sounds of birds, cattle, some vehicles ( and we know half of them) and the odd chain saw or rifle. I had forgotten what sirens sounded like.

In this busy part of Perth I am finding the sounds the most challenging part of the residency, which is why I am now writing with music playing through headphones, to put myself in another space. That is quite an ironic statement, as I came here to challenge my sense of comfort that I have at K.S., but today I feel I need a break from the traffic, building sounds, people and the infernal sirens.

It is the noise which has made me realise that I need to create at least one sound work from this residency.

Day One - a mash up of past and present (apologies to Delawarr).

Day One - a mash up of past and present (apologies to Delawarr).

Hombre 100 Exhibition

John will be exhibiting with Paul Moncrieff at Kent River Studios from Saturday 23rd September to Sunday 8th October, 2017.

This exhibition is part of the artsouthWA inc. 2017 Southern Art and Craft Trail.

Follow the link (Hombre 100) for full details.

 

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Hombre 100

John Briggs and Paul Moncrieff