Dear Art Loving Friend,
I recently stepped foot in Oz, for the very first time. It took four separate airplanes for me to reach my destination and I am still filled with the awe of flight! Thus far, Australia was just what the doctor ordered. I have put my toes in the sand, drank the purest collected rain water, soaked up fresh air and seen a spattering of stars in the night sky, and taken a gander at some interesting critters. It is so lovely to be away from the city!
I hope you enjoy these images, especially the “fireworks” on Sarina Beach made by small sand crabs. They make SPHERES of sand and push them out of their holes into these lovely patterns. How festive! From my hosts’ home, I can see a very red Mars and the Southern Cross (a constellation not seen in the Northern Hemisphere) dominating very starry nights.
I have been hired to work the 25th anniversary edition of the Sarina Arts Extravaganza, in northeast Australia. Our first morning of activities were wet… and this little copy of a Marilyn Monroe in Andy Warhol style was just me goofing around to check the wetness of the sidewalk. I later got the kids to street paint their version of Early Renaissance artist Botticelli’s “Primavera” (cropped). We got some gorgeous sunshine and again later, it poured rain. However, the kids loved it and really enjoyed the vibrant colors of the pastels.
I will be creating another street painting soon. In addition to that, I will be judging the art competitions here next week, teaching a workshop in sight size drawing and painting to adults, several children’s workshops, and working with a local high school on a mural project. The people here have been absolutely lovely. It is going to be a great week.