Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year from Australia

This has been a funny old year, and like each passing year it seems to have rushed by in a whir. 2013 was in two parts, first half, a time of rest and recuperation, the second part, a time for travelling (hence I'm writing this in South Australia). 2014 will be a time for settling down and making new work from all the sketch books I've amassed since July.

New Year's Eve was spent watching fireworks and drinking sparkling red wine with friends (and believe it or not listening to the sound of bagpipes), under the stars on the beach at Port Willunga.

That very same beach the day before . . .

With meringue like rock formation,

and sparkling sea.

It's difficult to remember that this really is New Year with sun screen and insect repellent as constant companions, but we're loving it . . .

Tawny Frogmouths in the garden.

A stroll around the botanic garden.

And of course a trip to the Art Gallery.

This 'snap' cannot do justice to these works, but it does give a flavour of the most stunning work by Australian artists.

From left,

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