Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
These are a few copper items that I’ve done.
This technique opens all sorts of ideas because the etching can be used as a stamp of later for enamelling.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The vast spaces of the countryside always amazes me and I am drawn to capture its beauty with my camera. Here are some of the scenes on my flight back to Perth.
Darwin – a little hazy due to burning off Tidal flats
Plateau Sand Dunes
River Tributaries Open Cut Mines
Salt Lakes Paddocks of flowering Canola
Swan Valley, Perth
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
My daughter Ruth recommended that I visit Edith Falls. She told me it was an spectacular place and well worth the visit, so I drove the 50kms from Katherine early in the morning. There are a series of waterfalls to visit, I walked up a steep escarpment to a most beautiful sight.
Later in the day I drove to Mataranka and visited the thermal pool where water gushes out of the ground at 32 degrees Centigrade.
Monday, August 15, 2011
One of my students very kindly loaned me her car so I was able to sight see in the two days before I flew back to Perth.
I went on a cruise up the Katherine Gorge located in Nitmiluk National Park. Katherine Gorge is actually a series of gorges, 13 in all, cut into the colourful limestone over 23million years. The Three Gorge tour takes four hours. You travel by boat to the end of the first gorge and then walk a few hundred meters to the next boat, which takes you up the second gorge. There are aboriginal rock paintings to view along the walk and a swimming hole to cool off in on the return journey. Another boat takes you to the end of the second gorge and a then a walk to the next boat. The third boat trip is much shorter and at the end we walked a short way into Gorge number four.
There are Freshwater crocodiles in the gorges which are not bothered by all the attention. Usually only freshwater crocs inhabit the gorge but during the wet season and floods, “”Salties”, Saltwater crocodiles can sometimes make their way into the gorge. After “The Wet”, National Park officers clear the area for saltwater crocodiles. Theÿ use traps like this one to capture them and then relocate the saltwater crocodiles to another area.
Saltwater Crocodile Trap Aboriginal Guide “Rocky
Friday, August 12, 2011
During the community comes together to enjoy a wide variety of arts and entertainment over a period of ten days. The event has included the Katherine Prize Art and Craft Acquisition Awards, exhibitions, workshop activities, Aboriginal culture and a Family Fun Day.
I was invited to attend the evening showing of the Katherine prize is the oldest art & craft award in the NT, awarding over $7,000 in prizes. This was the Official opening of the 2011 Katherine Festival. A beautiful evening of art, food & entertainment under the stars.
One of my talented students, Helen Aland exhibited a beautiful painting.
Helen Aland – Besse Springs NT Winner - Jan Milner Cole – Days End
Thursday, August 11, 2011
This morning I drove to the airport early in the morning to catch my flight to Darwin. I wore layers of clothes as it was freezing but knew I’d be peeling them off later in the day as the temperatures in the Northern Territory have been in the mid thirties. I had a bit of a panic as I was stuck in early morning traffic for what seemed ages. However I got to the airport in good time and found the long stay car park where I was leaving my car for the six days I am away.
I had booked a window seat on the Qantas flight. I like to see the terrain below me. There was hardly any cloud cover so I had a perfect view of the vast open spaces.
The views of rock formations, sand dunes, salt lakes and river systems are a great source of inspiration for my art work, both in jewellery design and textiles.