Between Two Worlds

Now safely home it is hard to believe we actually drove a marathon 20,000 km journey to explore the lower regions of Western Australia and parts of South Australia in under three months. But then there are the photographs. So many memories of feeling awe inspired, standing on cliff edges, climbing to top of many giant rocks, watching the sea beat relentlessly against the bluffs and the natural patterns and designs I could hardly imagine I was seeing.

I am finally sitting in my studio catching up with office work having cleaned the caravan and cleared away most of the collection of new books, natural objects and the man made discarded objects we gathered from long-gone eras. I loved the deserts, and the isolation of these ghost towns we walked all over while trying to imagine children growing up in these areas of desolation.

Now I am to find a way through all this, while still feeling like I am living in two worlds. I wanted to come home, the experiences feeling just a little packed and layered and needing to be released into something creative. But I do miss the travel already.

For an artist like myself who has a strong attachment to country, and finds a wealth of material there, this is the beginning of another way of working. Before we left Western Australia to head back across the Nullabor Plain, I said goodbye to a great group of female artists who attended my Albany workshop on Creative Direction. Here is a photo of them all, so happy and relaxed at the end of the last day. I made new friends whilst hopefully inspiring and encouraging their artistic output. Thank you all for coming along on this two day journey with me.

 

Albany workshop November 2014

Albany workshop November 2014

Seeking a reflective life

Covering around 8000km of travelling doesn’t offer much time for reflection if you are navigating your way through unknown roads but it does pack in a lot of memories and offer amazing inspiration and photo opportunities in the remoter areas. We are traveling for three months and  heading for Perth for a weeks break with Margaret River region behind us. Hopefully there will be time to look over the last seven weeks and reflect on our travels.

The Australian outback experience is life changing but as we have moved more closely in the tourist belt I realise how much I miss the isolation and peace of my rural art studio back home. When we decided to fill in some time on an historic steam train at Dwellingup, outside the Perth region, I realised to late that it was not the best choice during school holidays in WA. Before we even start the carriage is rocking with so many excited young voices I can’t think straight.

While we are not the loudest creatures on this planet I learnt a lot from the experience of visiting Eagle Heritage on Margaret River, a sanctuary where wild birds are taken to recover from illness and injury. The children there were amazingly quiet having been told they must remain so to have an up close encounter. What amazing beautiful creatures are birds. Owls in particular are experts in stealth and surprise and we could learn at lot from them on how to live wisely within our limits.

I loved learning about our Australian owls and below are photos taken from the Eagle Heritage experience..a Barn Owl and a baby BooBook and descriptive signs.

 

Australian Barn Owl

Australian Barn Owl

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Australian Boobook Owl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eagle Heritage bird refuge in Margaret River WA

Eagle Heritage bird refuge in Margaret River WA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Accessing inspiration in unlikely places

What inspires us as artists? For each one it is as different as the lives we lead. We each see the world differently and on our current travels in our little self sufficient caravan journeying to Western Australia from our Queensland home I have met a few interesting people who fill their spare time doing what they love.

A friendly couple from Victoria love to haunt old pioneer home sites, scouring the ground with their metal detectors, in the hope of finding personal relics like ornate belt buckles. Working in the sun for hours they pursue this passion with a vengeance often returning to the same site time and again to find yet another elusive piece. They travel long distances and we met up with them in outback South Australia.

Then there was the lovely man who dropped everything on a Saturday to met us and inspect what seemed to be a faulty water pump. It was just a bit dirt chocked from the endless outback roads. He was an amazing man. Growing up with dyslexia in a time when schools didn’t recognise this disabling condition meant he was quite ingenious in the way he handled life. He loves photography, sees the world differently and sent us to his favorite places when he rang us days later to see if we were ok.

Then last night while we celebrated our anniversary in a great restaurant in Ceduna, before heading across to Western Australia the next day, a couple of lovely chatty ladies told us they had just golfed the Nullabor. One who I believe was 81 years old was so young in heart and sprightly that we connected immediately. The people I adore are not hindered by age or limiting thoughts. They have all the qualities of creative people… determination, persistence, practice and graciousness.

LATEST NEWS Artsouthwa will host my workshop Creative Direction and the Inner Artist on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of November at Vancouver Arts Centre at Albany during my road trip to Western Australia. Please contact lyne @artclique.com.au  or Artsouthwa to book your place. Prices are the same as on the workshop page on this blog.  Please scroll down this page for more information.

Below is a few photographs from our travels. If you look closely in some you will see they all show our traveling home in the distance.

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Finding the unexpected

A cold wet day didn’t deter visitors on my recent open studio weekend which was a wonderful outcome. I had some reservations about holding the exhibition in my studio and it is a hard decision to bypass galleries.

The benefits were obvious at the end of the two days and it was definitely the result of having more time to engage with everyone. I believe all creative people need to be able to articulate the concepts and purpose behind an artwork to give the viewer an opportunity to experience it on another level. The visitors were able to connect my location at Tallegalla with the passion and attachment I have to the natural environment.
Here is a great article on the exhibition at the Queensland Times Newspaper

I love to travel and seek out wild places. When I experience something in nature that inspires me I feel such a level of excitement and gratitude that I want to capture enough information, to translate the experience into an artwork when I get back to my studio. I aim to recapture the time and place through the feelings I had at the time to give a deeper layer to the new artwork.

Our first experience of the natural world takes the form of the environment we lived in as children. Mine was the sea, the sand and the Australian bush. The sea is in my blood, the bush is in my heart and the next journey I want to take in life is to recapture the immense freedom of my childhood.

I am looking for the unexpected..and it is always an unknown to return to the studio after travel.

LATEST NEWS Artsouthwa will host my workshop Creative Direction and the Inner Artist on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of November at Vancouver Arts Centre at Albany during my road trip to Western Australia. Please contact lyne @artclique.com.au  or Artsouthwa to book your place. Prices are the same as on the workshop page on this blog.  Please scroll down this page for more information.

 

Forces of Nature 122 x 122 cm acrylic on canvas

Forces of Nature 122 x 122 cm acrylic on canvas

Take a Walk under My Skies

23rd and 24th August 2014 visit my studio art exhibition in the Art Clique Gallery at Tallegalla in South East Queensland                                                                                                                                                         

I live on a rural property with unending skies that change hourly. Some mornings they are so breathtaking their beauty is overwhelming. I remember when I first moved to this area thinking I had not noticed the skies in this way since I was a child.  Storms can race across the paddocks on one side of our house while strong bright sunshine pours down on the other.

Tallegalla morning skies

Tallegalla morning skies

It is in the heart of this environment, in South East Queensland, only an hour from the city of Brisbane, that I create my artworks. Recently I had a Perth exhibition cancel after some hard decisions and I sat in the studio garden and contemplated my surroundings.  I had been reading as I often  find wisdom and peace in words.

Looking over Minden Valley after the rain

Looking over Minden Valley after the rain

This land that I live on is so beautiful, even when the grass browns from lack of rain, that I decided right then and there to exhibit the artwork in my own studio gallery.

On the weekend of the 23rd and 24th August from 10am to 5pm you can visit my inspiration and step into an artist’s world at Mountain Scrub Rd Tallegalla. The Bordering on the Wilderness exhibition will be on display along with older works paintings, etchings and my books.

We would love to welcome you here. You can purchase and lay byes are accepted for Christmas. Please call M 0418 876 230 for directions and visit the  Art Clique Gallery online

Here is a sneek peek of the Gallery and Studio.

Art Clique Studio Gallery

View from the gallery garden

View from the gallery garden

Art Studio

Art Studio