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Fitzroy Library Exhibition November 2020 to January 2021: Brunswick Street Fitzroy sketches and urban history

Fitzroy Library Exhibition November 2020 to January 2021: Brunswick Street Fitzroy sketches and urban history

Brunswick Street Fitzroy: sketches and urban history is an exhibition of sketches, illustrations, vintage photographs and clippings from old newspapers that share my long term passion for the architecture, history and community of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. All of my artwork was drawn on location over the last couple of years, with watercolour added to the longer streetscapes in my studio.

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Urban sketching at the Black Cat, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Urban sketching at the Black Cat, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

This week we should have been exhibiting another year of Brunswick Street sketches at the Black Cat. But, alas, due to Melbourne’s coronavirus lockdowns it is now on the back burner ?. The Black Cat in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, is a Melbourne icon. It is Cool, with a capital C. It’s retro. It’s quirky. They have a DJ. They support local artists. Like us.

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Urban sketching at Pete’s castle in Galway, Ireland

Urban sketching at Pete’s castle in Galway, Ireland

Three years ago today my husband and I were staying at the most fabulous Airbnb - Pete's castle in Galway, Ireland. It's also known as Cahercastle, Craughwell, and according to the Irish Times it is one of the most popular listings in Europe.  I'd spotted it many,...

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My watercolour palette for 2019

My watercolour palette for 2019

I have spent weeks (possibly months) pouring over my collection of watercolour paints to choose a new palette for this year. The fact that it is nearly the end of May says a lot! I am nothing if not indecisive, and I can um and ah for hours over whether or not to keep...

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My watercolour palette for 2018

My watercolour palette for 2018

I am constantly asked to share the colours in my watercolour palette, but when you have this many that is easier said than done! I love to play around with different combinations, and I test new colours all the time, but this is my collection for 2018. I took this...

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Carers Week 14-20 October 2018 – free poster

Carers Week 14-20 October 2018 – free poster

For years I have shared a free poster to celebrate Carers Week, which this year is held in Australia from 14 to 20 October. My annual posters came about as a result of my own experience as a mental health carer, and the website I created at...

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Review of Moo’s cotton business cards for artists

Review of Moo’s cotton business cards for artists

I love the idea of having a tiny art portfolio that can be carried in my pocket. Moo cards make that possible, as you can have up to 50 different designs on one side of the card, with one on the other. I don't know where else you can do that. It seems pretty amazing...

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Sketchbook tour – 2 weeks urban sketching in Ireland

Sketchbook tour – 2 weeks urban sketching in Ireland

A big portion of my ancestry is Irish, so visiting Ireland for the first time was something I was really looking forward to. From sunny (and often not so sunny) Melbourne it was hard to imagine the accents, the brilliant greens, the castles (yay CASTLES!!) and the...

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Family tree calligraphy and my convict ancestors

Family tree calligraphy and my convict ancestors

I spent about six months in 1994 drawing up this family tree for my mum. She had done all the research over many, many years, the slow and painstaking way, long before anyone dreamed up ancestry.com! It was before my now adult children were born. I worked Monday to...

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