I hadn't realised it had been such a long time since I kept in touch! Oh... I recall now- I was about to send out a newsletter late last year when something unexpected but wonderful happened that completely sent me in another direction! I'll share it with you now- it has been top secret until now you see.
IN THIS ISSUE-
- The SASR Golden Jubilee Exhibition
- LEST WE FORGET Exhibition 17-20, 24-27 April, Morpeth Gallery
- A painting in progress photographed at 8 stages
- FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES- Award Ainning Bush Poetry by Kym Eitel
The SASR Golden Jubilee Exhibition
No doubt you have heard of the SAS- or SASR- the Special Air Services Regiment- a highly secretive regiment of tip top elite military forces. Well, Ron and I were requested by Ian Coate, artist in Residence of the SAS Museum Foundation over in Perth, to supply a painting of the SAS using donkeys in Afghanistan, for their Golden Jubilee Exhibition!
What an honour! Light Horse paintings went on hold as time was very limited. They sent us - original SAS photos and special shoot ones taken of a compliant and very handsome SAS operator over there! When the design was approved we got down to the business of painting it- both Ron and I worked on every bit of the painting-and it bears both our signatures.
It eventually got to Perth safely and has been reproduced as 100 limited edition prints and is amongst all the other SAS paintings in a coffee table book. It even got on the cover-(on the front (a wee bit), the spine and the back!!!
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This is a world first for the Special Forces Group and I sincerely thank you for your belief and support. Without it this would not be achievable. I’m also aware that many of you re-prioritised your work to meet the dead lines and this is humbly appreciated.
"The article in the West Australian Newspaper http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/22173775/exhibition-a-rare-look-at-sas-life/ has been well received and started the jungle drums beating. The talk is that the opening night is the event to ‘get in on’! I have had four prominent people contact me today asking how they get a ticket! They were disappointed when told ‘Where all full up’.
For those of you that are making the journey to Perth we are looking forward to hosting you at the home of the SAS. It will certainly be an event to remember.
From my point of view I can only say that you are all blessed with a gift. The collective works is just amazing. Words cannot express the visual affect that you have contributed to the SASR. One that will be firmly embedded in our history.
VKR (very kind regards)
2 grand occasions- the SASR Officers Mess -that's high security-civilians just don't go there! What a privilege! and the Official opening, which I am assured will be a grand affair! I will be going with a friend, while Ron has opted to stay home and make is way down to Morpeth in leisurely fashion with Willy. Willy knows that a trip is in the wind and has taken to sleeping in the caravan by day and jumping into the car at every opportunity! He has no intention of being left behind!
Our indispensible Willy-cat isn't he gorgeous!
LEST WE FORGET Exhibition
Morpeth Gallery, 5 Green Street Morpeth, NSW.
Thurs 17-Sun 20, and Thurs 24 - Sun 27 April.
Both these large paintings depict actual events that happened during August 1916, after the battle of Romani.
Ron's painting depicts an happy day experienced by one, off duty section of the 5th Light Horse Regiment.
My painting depicts the experience of C Squadron of the same regiment as they rescue a group of wounded, lost and dehydrated Turks from the desert
"Billy Tea By A Quiet Oasis"
"Upon Your Mount You Carry Me"
Just two of our latest paintings to be exhibited at the LEST WE FORGET exhibition in MORPETH GALLERY
Also on exhibition will be a framed print of our SAS painting "One Step At A Time", and the book "Art of The SAS"
All the new paintings in the exhibition have been added to my website but prints will not be available until after we return from the exhibition and a caravan holiday. I will send out another newsletter when this happens with the news of my Perth adventure with the SAS, and our LEST WE FORGET exhibition.
A painting in progress
Would you believe it! A lady who seems to think she knows everything there is to know about the Australian Light Horse, but has never seen a painting of ours in progress, has insisted to our friend Dennis, that all our paintings are just renderings- painted over a photo printed on canvas. He tried to put her right, but she would have none of it! Dennis, a Director of the ALHA, and a good friend of ours, has seen many of our paintings in progress and given us valuable advice on kit etc. How she thinks she knows mor than Dennis who has seen us in action I would never know- perhaps she thinks he is dreaming?!
Ron says we shall take photos of the progression of our paintings from now on and be able to prove that they are genuine!
So here is my latest oil painting in progress called "Commiseration" If you study these small photos you can see how this painting has progressed.
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The finished painting - "Commiseration"- it will be in the LEST WE FORGET exhibition.
FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES
by Kym Eitel
This is a beautifully conceived and designed book. Kym's awesome poetry has been put together with a fantastic variety of artworks from around the world. There are poems here for everyone, and an option of 2 covers- The one on the left is my pastel painting "Best Mates" (I started this pastel during the Lest We Forget exhibition last year)
You will find inside a number of other paintings by Ron or myself illustrating Kym's poems including "Taffy Waits", which inspired Kym's wonderful poem with the same title. It won the top award in the serious section of Bush Poetry at the Man From Snowy River Festival in 2011. Makes a fantastic gift for any horse lover- male or female, old or young who has a love of horses; certainly a gift to treasure. The book is only $23 and available fromI wholeheartedly recommend it.
Some thoughts to ponder...
"One can look at a map and see only obstacles, or one can look at a map and find the way"
"You can live each day in a world filled with 'problems,' or rise each morning and embrace a world filled with unseen solutions...eager for you to find them.
The decision is yours...both worlds exist. The one you choose is the one you will create."
Don't give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there who will try to discourage you. Don't listen to them. The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
- Sidney Sheldon
If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
- Michael Jordan
The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
- Winston Churchill
I hope that you have enjoyed this newsletter. Please feel free to share it with one and all, as I appreciate your help in building a wider audience for our work, and spreading awareness of what these wonderful horses and the Light Horsemen who rode them experienced and achieved. I also welcome your comments.
If you can make it to our LEST WE FORGET exhibition, please make yourself known to me, I'd love to meet you in person.
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