Friday, 18 May 2018

After arriving, wot?

So now we have rested, had a big bacon and egg breakfast, we start the day with a little demo by me at the Mungo Lodge.... I thought a quick watercolour of some the country we had just driven through the day before.... then the lovely and talented Jane Tonks took those that were willing, for a wander through the bushes to look at the area close up, find the local critters and take note of colour and form.....

(photo courtesy of John Kich)

The scrubby country is alive with colour but you can get lost very quickly if you're not paying attention. There were a lot of strange things to see and a few curious faces.....

The real highlight came that afternoon when 22 of us loaded into the bus and headed out with our guide, Mick for a walk on the dunes in the sunset. No trip to Mungo should go without this wonderful addition to the journey for the knowledge of the history and the finds amongst the dunes can only be found with a guide. It is also not allowed to walk in the dunes without a guide as the area is protected from wandering around willy nilly. The dunes are so fragile that they need to be protected..... so here's a few pics of that afternoon walk....

(photo by John Kich)

It has taken me a few days to settle down after being back out there in that place.... I love it immensely and it was good to go back. No-one can describe the feeling, you just have to go and sit and be in peace!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

OMG Wot a week?!

Well our tribe has just returned from the Lake Mungo trip... a journey into the heart of the outback seeking inspiration and connection.... what a serene and beautiful landscape.... gentle and still, it takes quite a while for it to seep into the soul and become available.....

In the early morning, we stood  and waited for the sun to rise and warm our bones.... boy, was it chilly!? But well worth the wait! The colours are not apparent until you look through the lens for somehow your eyes don't adjust at first..... the silence beckons you..... it serves both as a welcome change from the freneticism of town life and as a way of meeting nature at her deepest and best.

I snuck out alone on that first morning and sat at the dunes and waited to greet the sun by myself. I needed the moment to ground myself and let Mungo talk to me. This is such a delicate landscape, fragile and not readily accessible. The feeling is akin to being in a an open air cathedral with the heavens making a huge arch above. The wind blows softly and gently touches my cheeks and hair.... this is the home of aboriginal lands, the heart of country and I am blessed to be able to be back here after 30 years... little has changed although I can see changes, small changes on a timeless landscape.

Those ancient dunes contain stories, trace memories of past peoples, a 45 thousand year old story of human occupation. I wonder who were they, what were they like, what did they know to be able to survive... and a deep respect enters my soul.

It is time to return for later I will bring the others back to this special place, a place that has had a firm grip on me for many years now and I will wonder what each of them learns, and discovers from this sacred place.

Bye for now.....

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Lake Mungo Journey

Hi all Wilderists!

Well it's been a quiet old start to 2018 but it sure is heating up now! The Wild Women of Arkaroola PLUS and the Wilderists are off to Lake Mungo in May this year for another wild west adventure!

We put out the info this morning to our group of exploring artists and already 13 artists have booked in.... so room at the lodge is getting scarce!

Glamping is our style! We like to be able to amble around the bush, taking photos, getting down and dirty, sketching and painting away. We love to explore the lesser known places of our wonderful Australian outback.

But then at night, we love to have a great meal together in comfort, a great bed to put our head down for dreaming purposes and a clean shower to freshen us up for the next day's adventuring....

This is already shaping up to be another exciting trip together! So if you would like to journey with us or be kept up to date on where we might be heading, then you will need to join up ..... not sure if we're quite organised for newmembers yet but we'll try!

The last time I was at Lake Mungo was back in the early 90's so for me, this will be a return to a place where I first connected with the divine. I sat and watched the sun setting on the far horizon from one of the sand dunes and had a complete out of body experience which I hope to achieve again this time.... we'll see! I hope some of the others coming along to this, also experience the connection to place that can be felt in this sacred landscape.

The indigenous people know and understand how sacred Mungo is, a place where Mungo Man now has been returned home. 42,000 years have passed by since those early people roamed this land which makes this a very special place indeed. I am really excited to be taking so many of you back there with me this time and also, that now we have the elders to guide us and explain the importance and spirituality of this landscape.

Australia has so many deeply spiritual and beautiful places and this has to be one of the most important places on earth. Keep tuned for more on our journey as we update our blog and facebook pages.

Here's a photo I took out at Lake Mungo (no there is no water there! It's a dry lakebed) in the 90's!

Really looking forward to this experience (again)!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Paintings are hot off the benches in July!

Hi everyone

We're looking at our calendar for the rest of the year, soon to be added to the sidebar, and it's filling in fast! It will help you plan your our calendars, co-ordinate your exhibitions and know where the wilderists are showing their works!

We have had 4 days of painting together now and some of the works are starting to emerge from our Capertee Valley experience! These will be displayed at Capertee Royal Hotel later this year early in November so keep an eye out for details.... sure to be a fun exhibition!

The great colours of those valleys overflowing with gums, the rock capped ridges, the big boulders of sandstone gave us much to be inspired by.

To give you an idea of some of the works, here goes:

 Kaye Partridge

 Joy Engelman

 Fayah McKenzie

Mirian Dawes

We hope you will join us at Capertee in the Spring for a drink and a chat surrounded by some of our art, be inspired by our poet and her performance on the day!

Friday, 30 June 2017

Paint-ins during July

This month on Tuesdays and Thursdays - for all of July - creators who have been to previous workshops are invited to get together for paint-ins.

The idea is to bring out all those half formed works of art, you know the ones.... and boost each others outputs together. July is our coldest month and can quite often be quite miserable, so we will gather in Gallery 2 at CCC from 10 - 2 and share ideas, thoughts, motivations together.

So let's paint away the winter....! If you would like to visit us on one of these days, then you are most welcome, whoever you are.... just ask at Orange Visitors Centre where Colour City Creatives is located.

 Susie checking for connection of the wrong kind! :-)

 Bev studies the rocks overhead and commits them to canvas

Fayah putting down first impressions of Larras Lee Siding

Monday, 26 June 2017

A couple of artworks from the Wilderists!

Thought I would pop up a couple of artworks and photos from the Wilderists. We recently travelled to Capertee Valley in the Blue Mountains and took a group carrier on pig trails through the Mt Airly forests.... fantastic fun!
 The road less travelled and 
this was the good part!
 Oh the colours!

 Diana Brooks takes aim
 Kaye Partridge contemplating the valley below

 Margot Huebner
Joy Engelman

After arriving, wot?

So now we have rested, had a big bacon and egg breakfast, we start the day with a little demo by me at the Mungo Lodge.... I thought a quick...