Friday, June 26, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
When undertaking an artist residency or visiting an unfamiliar place with the intention of working on your art practice; you can have some ideas, even plans; but I find it is often an experience of going with the flow of the place, being open to inspiration that presents to you, and delighting in the unexpected treasures you find on the way.
The Japanese Garden at the Mt.Coot-tha Botanic Gardens has provided just this experience. I chose to set up my table and work in this space for very practical reasons - there is a covered roof in the event of summer heat or rain; it is a popular area with visitors which provides the opportunity of engaging in discussion about art and various other subjects. The calm, ordered surroundings presented a very pleasant work environment; several people have claimed I have the best job in the world, or at least the best workplace to do it. (I don't mention the less attractive aspects of being an artist....but that is another story.) But really there is more to this place than just calm and order. Part of what makes it special is that it is a garden, by that I mean it is more than a collection of plants and species. Seasonal changes are beautifully evident, with various plants highlighted in flower or new growth.
I have sat in this place working on pieces developed from the Australian Plant Communities area. Even though I have not been directly observing or intending to work in response to the Japanese Garden, I have absorbed it. So an unexpected series of works is developing, these are more memories or impressions of the feel of the place, than direct representations. It comes from the gut and heart I guess, I am glad the residency has provided this opportunity of experience.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The completed mosaic panels will be installed on the Bandstand in July 2009 as a significant artwork in the Rainforest Hide 'n' Seek Children's Trail at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt.Coot-tha.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Above is a Dollarbird, I have only seen these once; wonderful turquoise blue plumage and striking white circle (dollar) under their wings.