Monday, 20 August 2018

If you are coming in to Yanco, the gateway to the town of Leeton, NSW, cast your gaze to the left and maybe pull over to inspect the lovely lyrical coloured pipes erected around a proud old style metal compass standing tall to represent the early beginnings of irrigation and town planning here by renown Wagga artist John Wood. Then when passing by Rotary Park opposite the Visitors Information Centre near the skatepark in Leeton proper, have a look at the equisite sculpture by Melbourne artist Carla Gottgens as a tribute to the history of our town, the Wetlands and the Wiradjuri people. They are part of the Government Heritage Near Me Project I was privilaged to help manage from August 2017 to May 2018, in which Leeton Shire Council commissoned three artists to erect five Public Art installations celebrating the town's heritage. The stories behind the works will be made available by signage once the project is completed. The bird surrounded by local native Wetland plant life in Rotary Park is a bittern, which is a messenger bird and is in the story of Wiradjuri culture. There is another sculpture by Gottgens telling the story of Whitton situated in their park near the Public Toilets and is worth the drive to walk through and read the text with its homage to henry Lawson and others. One work celebrating town planner and designer, Walter Burley Griffin is near the fountain across the road from the Historic Hydro. We owe the circular format of much of our town plan to his role in designing Leeton and this contemporary artwork is by Dave Jones and Greg Pritchard from a country town in Victoria. Very exciting for Leeton and our art students. 😊

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

the channel out the front

I love painting my surroundings and this one is a lovely spot in front of my house.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

my driveway

Almost at the half-way point. This is the last of my acrylic paintings in this style where I have captured the textures, colours and open spaces of my rural existence. In took a photo on my phone of the lovely trees silhouetted against the sky one afternoon as I drove off the main road and a painting was born.

Fivebough Canal, Leeton.

Friday, 9 June 2017

tie dye samples

my fun loving students did these textile samples using Rit dye RED, and Procion dyes in Turquoise, dark blue and yellow.

beginning to refine the painted image

making progress.... this is the bogged down point....must refine the underpainting now

fresh canvas

I couldn't wait to work this canvas inspired by the perspective of the image of a road through regional new South Wales.