Ooh... I have been a bit slack in not sending out this newsletter earlier.
So much has happened since my March
'Diggers' Family fun day on
August 17, at Tyalgum, NSW(12
noon till 10pm)
We have been invited to
have a display of our Light Horse prints at this event. A display of photos and memorabilia from the original
'Diggers' from the Tyalgum area will be displayed beside our display; a section of the Mudgeeraba Light Horse Troop
will be putting on a tent-pegging display; there will be an assortment of stalls and old-fashioned food, fun, games
and music, and finishing off with fireworks! Should be heaps of fun!
I am really looking forward to this because not only are we being provided with the gazebo for our display, but a
free week of camping with our caravan at the Tyalgum showground where this event is being held, and as I grew up
near this area I am really looking forward to visiting some of my old haunts.
A belated report on what has been...
Lest We Forget
Exhibition 24-28 April, 2013
The exhibition at Morpeth Gallery created quite lot of interest, and bought many people to the gallery that had
never been there before.
Such was the "absolutely phenomenal" level of interest generated that Trevor will be holding the exhibition over 2
weeks next year, the dates will be 17-27 April 2014 ( open Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun). We had an absolutely lovely time
and Trevor and his entire staff were very helpful and friendly, they run an absolutely delightful establishment. It
is well worth a visit to Morpeth Gallery and Cambell's Store, in fact you could spend hours exploring all the
fascinating art/craft and delightful delicacies to be found there, and do call in to the Servants Quarters for
I worked on a demonstration Pastel painting "Best Mates" during the exhibition, and many people stopped to watch
and to ask questions or comment. Someone observed as though surprised " you really are painting with those pastels,
not drawing, but painting!" and so I was...at that stage anyway, the drawing part had been largely
Sharing His Water
Ron had a half-finished painting on display, which sold the first day of the Lest We Forget exhibition, he finished it after we came home and
we took it down to Morpeth in June, making a holiday of our trip down there- yes we went south in
the winter! - and while some have been wondering about our sanity in doing so, we really enjoyed
our 2 week winter holiday. We didn't get to meet the buyer, but it was reported that he was
absolutely delighted with the painting. I think it is a real beauty- I just love the facial
expressions and the light!
While free- camping during our trip down to Morpeth (which took us a week!), I set up my easel
outside beside the caravan, and got busy with my pastels and almost finished the pastel that I had started as my
demonstration painting during the Lest We Forget
exhibition at Morpeth. It created some interest from other campers, and we got to meet some very
When we got back home I had the opportunity to have a good close look into this horseman's eyes-
and they underwent a colour change and the painting was finished! Yes, he gets to keep 1/50 Limited
Mick Bradford's Heavy Horse Demonstration Charity Day,
Yangan May 5, 2013
We teamed up with the Warwick Montrose Troop, and shared gazebos, and it was most appropriate to have the two
horses Phantazia and Pepper in their yards adjoining us. The day was absolutely perfect- gloriously sunny and warm,
but not hot, and not windy, just a nice gentle breeze, and Mick's Clydesdales performed perfectly. Ron was able to
get some amazing photos of these wonderful working horses, and with the magnificent mountains in the background,
you can be sure that I shall, sometime in the future, be using them to create some great paintings, especially the
ten horse teams...
AIR AND LAND SPECTACULAR at Emu Gully May 18,19,
Again Ron was armed with the camera, while I manned our display. I really enjoy meeting again previous customers
and acquaintances and hearing some of their stories.
One happy customer!
The Limited Edition Print behind Monte and myself, is of Monte from a pastel pencil
artwork I painted of him riding in a tent-pegging display.
He is pictured here in one of his military uniforms as he was one of the re-enactors taking part in
the activities. He received his 1/50 Limited Edition Print for sharing his touching story. He
couldn't stop smiling!
You may or may not realise that sometimes artists (including some very well known artists) may reconsider a
painting they have done- sometime years earlier, and may again attack it with the brush, palette knife, or in my
case pastel, and add, take away, rearrange or in some way alter it. I have just done this with "Turning In The
Lucerne"- much more satisfactory I think! I am also working on a pair of Clydesdales ploughing, interspersed with
some Light Horse research and composing some paintings for our next exhibition. Our Warwick Montrose Troop's July
training day, fortunately turned out to be perfect weather, and the lads and their horses were very happy to oblige
by acting out little scenarios for our painting projects. But these will be Shh! until the next "Lest We Forget"
exhibition at Morpeth gallery next April!
I shall end with this quote, which I was reminded of this afternoon as Ron & I placed and replaced and
photographed and rephotographed, a Light Horse haversack and rifle on our front driveway, then perused the results
on the computer (after cutting them out and positioning and repositioning them in a composition for a future
painting) only to have to repeat the procedure all over again with the haversack and waterbottle....(one has to get
the light just right, as well as the angles and shapes and directions)
“You find your bliss in the activity where you can
tolerate boredom. A lot of tedious peripheral work and lots of seemingly wasted time are
involved in painting”.
~ Joseph Campbell
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Cheerio for now