I have been loving the freedom of getting creative in the studio here at The Art Vault. No phone ringing, no unexpected people coming to the door selling me products or services, nothing but some great music playing though my iMac and nothing but beams of sunshine coming through the window and onto my workbench.
Thought I’d share my latest ideas inspired by this part of the world. They are progressive photos which I had hoped to upload in order but see they haven’t. Hopefully you can make sense of it all. If you know how to change the order the photos appear I love to hear from you.
I began with pasting down some preliminary elements, colour swatches and pieces where I have used modelling paste, metallic paints, gold leaf, etc. It’s just the beginning and things are sure to change and develop as I go (you’ll see a sun which I later decided to take out), still getting the creative juices flowing brings such BLISS!
I have also added a couple of images that I have manipulated in Photoshop which I also love. What do you like the most – the delicate pastel shades or the intense bright colours?
I have been very fortunate to spend last week trekking around Broken Hill and the edge of the desert, taking in all the gorgeous warm tones of our Australian landscape whilst enjoying the whole journey with my lovely friend Christine who was lives in Mildura and who kindly took time off to show me her backyard.
The two of us enjoyed a photography expedition where we watched in awe the sunrise over the ‘Walls of China’ at Mungo National Park, stood mesmerised by silver light mirrored over Menindee Lake, and delighted at the wild donkeys and cows taking rest in some interesting places.
We walked ancient river beds in near silence – each of us totally aware of our perfect and peaceful setting, marvelled at the reflected light on pristine rock pools, revelled in the majesty of deep gorges cut into an otherwise flat landscape, journeyed along corrugated dirt roads running the gauntlet with mobs of emus and lovingly caressed the smooth silk like texture of old river gums. We both come away feeling a great sense of peace and oneness with this land.
I have now returned to Mildura and this afternoon I have arrived at The Art Vault for a three week live-in artist’s residency. I have unpacked my bags, set up my materials in the studio and tomorrow morning I will be ready to make a start, letting the creative juices flow as I work with all the wonderful images of this beautiful area to build a new body of work.
I’ll keep you posted as to what artwork emerges. In the meantime here a couple of the snaps taken on our journey. Hope you’re keeping warm…Tracey.
After months of sorting, packing, stowing and cleaning I have now hit the road for the start of my new adventure. With my car packed to the roof, a tinge of sadness came over me yesterday as I looked at my home, gallery and studio for the last time. Too tidy for words given all the activity, throwing of paint, art classes and creativity that has gone on in this space.
Twelve and a half years of living in this beautiful home by the lake in Merimbula, creating artwork and meeting over 25,000 people who frequented the gallery during the years it was open. I will be forever grateful for their support, encouragement and patronage. I have made an enormous amount of new friends, students and clients. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I hope you will continue to see how the next phase of my life unfolds and where my artistic journey sends me.
Now in Canberra enjoying some time this weekend with my boys before venturing on to Mildura tomorrow. So loved going out last night for a wonderful Italian dinner with my dear friend Lynn with whom I will be staying when here in Canberra, walking in the brisk night air, watching the people bustling by on a Friday night, sitting at festive outdoor cafe drinking hot chocolate whilst chatting with friends. Such a contrast from a Friday night in Merimbula during Winter. Still as I drove from Merimbula leaving behind my darling Sister, Mum and Saatchi, I know that there is much life to be lived and that I will of course return in a few short months to see them again.
For the last 11 years I have run my gallery in the lower level of my home in this beautiful seaside town of Merimbula. I have always felt truly blessed and eternally grateful that this home by the edge of the lake was mine to live in, raise my sons and run my business. The wonderfully creative environment gave me a peaceful place to hone my artistic skills and be a guiding light for all the amazing and talented children and adults who came for lessons.
Now it is time to pack all my belongings as my house has sold and take a new journey. Along the way I will share the ups and downs, the joys and disappointments, and my goals and achievements.
The next chapter of my life will be about embracing abundance in all things even when those things may not be what I want for myself. It’s about stepping out, leaping off, free falling into life. It’s about letting go of fears and walking into the unknown with only one mission and that is to be true to myself.
I am surrounded by boxes which will go into storage and I start the countdown of days left here…15 to go. There is much to be done, a whole life to pack in readiness for the next exciting phase.