Friday, 23 November 2018

"The Call of the Wild" Exhibition at Grenfell a huge success!

The Wilderists had their very first ever combined exhibition in a public art space at Grenfell Art Gallery in September to October 2018 and it was a fabulous show!

Titled "The Call of the Wild", the show featured paintings, photographs, books, silk scarves with something for everyone. This was reflected in the fact that quite a few sales were made during the 5 week exhibition.

But not only did we exhibit at Grenfell, but we clambered around the Weddin National Park, climbed up to Ben Hall's Cave and picnicked in that wonderful wide open space.

We stayed in various hotels and BnB's much to every artists' delight as the colonial heritage of the town itself is imbued in everything around the area making it a rather special place to visit.

Thank you to Claire, the Director, Grenfell Art Gallery, their staff and their volunteers for the amazing space that you provide in your beautiful historic town. We loved every minute of our stay with you!

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Wilderists abroad....

Hi to all the wilderists back there in Oz!

Today we move over the Andes to the Amazon Zone of Peru to Chachapoya to the east of the Manranon river. We see geoglyphs depicting snakes and manta rays.

The road we travelled was the main highway to the East over the Andes. Buses ,semis and commercial traffic winding their way over vast distances and heights. 2,100 metres we clocked on our altimeter. There were many precarious spots but the vistas were amazing.

Many of the ancient cultures overlap in the sites we have visited. For example Moche, Chimu, Lambayeque - Sican and Inca. .

The images are as we crossed the mountains , remember we are not far from the equator and few epiphytes and orchids are now visible on the cliffs.

Fayah and John

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Wandering Wilderists in and around Peru!

Our first report back from our wandering wilderists! Fayah and John sent this from Peru....

"Our first archaeological site of the Sacred City of Caral-Supe is situated on a dry desert terrace terrace overlooking the green valley of the Supe river.

The 5000 year old site is one of the oldest centres of civilisation in the Americas.
Caral features six  large pyramidal structures believed to be residences of the elite and evidence of ceremonial functions. Formally discovered in 1948. The time line for Caral is about the same time as Egypt’s great pyramids.

It was a very interesting day as the weather was misty and overcast all the way to this Northern area outside of Lima. The only moisture in this area is a sea mist that creates condensation. Basically a desert created by the rain shadow of the Andes. So through the day as the mist cleared the mountains became visible with traces of low cloud and mist drifting in and out the valleys. As you can see from the photos some lovely effects can be produced.

We are off to Chankillo tomorrow all these places are civilisations well before the Inka ruled."

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)!

"The Call of the Wild" Exhibition at Grenfell a huge success!

The Wilderists had their very first ever combined exhibition in a public art space at Grenfell Art Gallery in September to October 2018 an...