Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Working at the computer

I have been busy with the workshop I am involved with and it is chewing up all my time, as I come to grips with it.I have also sent in an Expression of Interest, for a memorial to the Forgotten Australians. The entries closed yesterday so I will wait and see if they select my EOI to go further with a design.
We have also been in contact via skype with Shaun. They are in Bangladesh at Dakor, trying to get a travel visa to go through Burma and on to Singapore. They are being helped by a well connected family to try to get their visas. They were also waiting for a bracket for Lucas' car .I have to finish my model for the workshop so I had better finish this blog and get back to work.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Shaun the Adventurer,read the blog www.lcbdirect.ch

This is a painting I did of Shaun, maybe 10 years ago.

Shaun, a photo of him this year. He usually works in Papua New Guinea for a month and then back home in Adelaide for a month, but he and his friend Lucas from Switzerland are trying to drive his friend's old Volvo car from Switzerland to Singapore and then ship it to Australia and Lucas will then attempt to travel around Australian coastline. Shaun has leave from work till the end of July, so he has to return to work and leave Lucas to finish the journey.
They left Switzerland late March and made their way down to Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Nepal, India and tried to get through to Burma but can't get a visa so they are in India at the moment, and are trying to get to Bangladesh . The reports of their journey are posted on Lucas's blog and make enjoyable reading as well as their photos. Follow them on http://lcbdirect.ch
We make contact with them when they can get on the internet, and they have had some wonderful experiences that are worth reading, and have managed to see local life while they are travelling and have made many friends.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Mother and Child

Sleeping Baby


Erin Reading

I am still working on the "Expression of Interest" workshop, run by Craftsouth, SA. We are a group of 4 artists with different skills and we are putting together a sculpture proposal for Port Adelaide, as part of the workshop and it is taking a fare amount of my time to do my part.
I have also had a meeting with people from the Adelaide Catholic Archdiocese to look into producing a minature bronze edition of the sculpture of of Mary Mackillop.
I have been gathering costs and we have been looking at the feasibility of an limited edition of maybe 50. Please let me know if anyone is interested in maybe buying one.
I've also done another talk with a powerpoint presitation to the Alberton Supper Group on Monday Night.
My son Shaun is now through Pakistan and is now in Nepal with his friend Lucas from Switzerland. We get to speak to him on Skype occasionly which is good, as there are a few days when we can't get in touch except by SMS.
He had his portrait painted by a Pakistan artist in Lahore which was excellent.
I sent work to Brunswick Street Gallery Fitsroy, Victoria for their "Minatures 09" show.
It would be nice to go over and see it but it's a long way, (800 odd km).
I am also placing crystal glass casting in the St Ignatius Art show 09 in late July.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Catching up with blogging

Where have I been hiding? no I have just been busy.
I have had three small bronze commissions to do after the excitement of the opening and dedication of the MaryMacKillop bronze sculpture.
Three schools were also wanting to have the same sculpture installed in their school grounds until they realized the complexity of bronze casting, the cost of same and the fact that the church now owns the copyright of the sculpture as they commissioned the work to be done.
The church and I hope that we can get a small version of the sculpture to be sold as a limited edition, but as yet there is only talking going on.
I have been busy, having been asked to talk about my sculpture at school groups and evening groups and last week was the opening speaker at an Art Show.
I am also in a workshop learning more about EOI's, how to present "expressions of interest" for Public Artworks, and this entails a fair ammount of work.
On a more personal note I have been trying to catch up with my son Shaun and his Swiss friend Lucas as they drive an old Volvo through Europe and the middle East to Singapore and ultimately to Australia and then around the coast of Australia.
If you want to follow their adventures go to http://www.lcbdirect.ch/ as it is quite an adventure they are having. They have just travelled through Turkey, Iran and are now in Pakistan.