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Everyday Art

If you just like me surround yourself with unique finds, here’s an online art store full of designer art products you might want to consider for your home. Here’s MILKA, the cutest wall clock with photo of one of our Polish cows and TASMANIA Shower Curtain from a last year road trip around TAS. Also…

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Slow living

my home isn’t fancy. I don’t own a fancy car and my phone screen has finally cracked – partner in crime in too many road trips. I’m quite amazed that I even bought a car, my first car at 39. I de-cluttered most of things in my life, major clean up with a focus on resourcefulness and…

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Dog experiment

Dog experiment story from the book I’m currently reading.. There’s an important study that gives insight into women’s loss of self-protective instinct. In the early 1960s, experimental psychologist Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and others conducted animal experiments to determine something about the “flight instinct” in humans. In one experiment they wired half of the bottom of a…

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‘We wander for distraction,  but we travel for fulfilment’ Hilaire Belloc I have recently been described as peripatetic. I thought this was a more complex description of a ‘pathetic’, which is fine with me but I quickly ran to Google to check the new word out. It turns out that it does not mean pathetic, but…

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Red shoes

‘Red shoes’ by Anne Sexton I stand in the ring in the dead city and tie on the red shoes… They are not mine. They are my mother’s. Her mother’s before. Handed down like an heirloom but hidden like shameful letters. The house and the street where they belong are hidden and all the women,…

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Collaboration with Simon M-Rock

In December 2015 Ballarat-based illustrator Simon Mroczkowski, also known as M-Rock has approached me and a fellow Ballarat artist Sylvia Hollis to collaborate on a book project. He was after low key studio photographs that would create a background for some of his illustrations. A year later and Simon kept his deadline and now his…

East Gippsland Art Gallery Lisa Roberts Yellow box, Eucalyptus melliodora. After a botanical drawing by Joseph Henry Maiden

East Gippsland Art Gallery exhibition

Fine Art for Fine Presents Exhibition Opening 6pm Thursday 1 December, until 23 December Dear All, if you happen to be in Bairnsdale in December, please come and visit East Gippsland Art Gallery’s biggest group show of the year. This eagerly anticipated exhibition features the work of over 30 East Gippsland artists and highlights some of…

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Christmas Gift Vouchers

Photography Gift Voucher I walked in to one of those two big stores yesterday, and… I walked out. It’s plastic Christmas decorations time again! Life is moments.. Learn to capture them well. It’s sometimes as simple as to sit down with someone who can teach you. Ask one of my students, Kerry from Sebastopol. She learnt…

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Picture This! Exhibition

Picture This! is an exciting Art Exhibition by SHAC – Soldiers Hill Arts Collective opening on November 12th 6pm at Fairbanks Gallery in Ballarat. My photographic landscape print on canvas titled ‘Fields’ taken at a location just outside of Clunes during Jessica Andersen’s photoshoot is probably one of the biggest artworks in the show measuring 130cm lengthwise.…

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Polish Art Exhibition, Victorian Artists Society

Polish Arts Foundation (PAF) members are presenting another exhibition called Impressions. Victorian Artists Society Gallery 430 Albert St, East Melbourne Gallery Hours 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday 1pm – 4pm Saturday – Sunday Exhibition Dates 10 November – 15 November 2016 15 November 10am – 2pm only www.polishartfoundation.org.au

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Useful Photography Books

Here’s a list of useful Photography Books you may find helpful in your art practice. The list was collated by my former photography tutor from London Metropolitan University, Merlin Hendy back in 2005. Here’s his website for reference and awesome London rooftops dance shots www.merlinhendy.com Historical & Contextual Useful Photography Books Reference Books Author Published Title Publisher…

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Ballarat Lifestyle Magazine

Editorial photography for Ballarat Lifestyle Magazine Spring edition of the BLM mag is out! Check out the Ballarat local success story of Gekko Systems, which features my portrait of a Co-Founder Elizabeth Lewis-Gray as well as an environmental portrait of one of the most prolific romance authors Marion Lennox. www.ballaratlifestylemagazine.com.au

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Street Photography Workshop

Huge thanks to everyone who came to my Street Photography talk at the Ballarat Mechanics Institute, saw a fabulous collection of vintage cameras by collector Roger Burrows and just launched the Max Harris Photographic Collection. Liberty or Liability? These are not easy times for street photographers, for whom acting suspiciously is an occupational hazard and loitering with intent a modus…