Oooooooh! So much has happened in April and May! so much to share!
And I haven't even touched a brush in all that time! This has allowed my painting wrist to recover somewhat from the RSI that plagued it since I worked on that SAS painting in December.
My SAS and Perth Adventure
This was a wonderful trip for Cheryl (friend) and myself. We stayed with her brother Robert and Judy and son Brett, and they made me feel part of the family.
10th Light Horse Heritage Trail Wanneroo
With Rob we visited the 10th Light Horse Lines at Wanneroo. Did you know that the 10th Light Horse were in saddle patrolling the coastal areas of WA during WWII?
They were on the lookout for the threatened Japanese invasion.
This is what it looks like now- a very pleasant walking track through sandy scrubland with lots of grasstrees, banksia, eucalypts, and with signs like that below showing the locations and photos of important places such as the ammunition dump, farriers tent, latrine, horse lines etc .
10th Light Horse Museum, Irwin Barracks
I enjoyed a visit to Ian and Sue Coate that evening, with "Dikko" (military cartoonist and contributing artist) and an RSM, were also visiting. Between the 3 of them they organised for us to visit the small 10th Light Horse Museum at the Irwin Barracks. This was an honour, and very interesting, and I am sure some future paintings of the 10th LH will result from this visit. Below is the 10th Light Horse Guidon, showing their battle honours.(apologies for our reflections -it was in a glass case.)
SAS Cambell Barracks
We contributing artists- those of us who could attend- were hosted at the SAS Officers Mess, and beautiful it is too, with a magnificent view westward over the ocean. We were presented with framed Certificates of Appreciation from the CO and generally made to feel very much appreciated. We then visited the SAS War Memorial- a very beautiful memorial. A short presentation about the SAS, and then an awed perusal of their quite extensive museum of photos, memorabillia and artifacts...now here is an interesting character!
Then followed a mass signing of books and limited edition prints...
We finished up with a final cuppa and chat at the Sergeants Mess, and the final highlight of the evening was meeting a beautiful Attack Dog and his handler. This dog, is a Belgian Malinois, now 12 years and retired from active duty having had 15 deployments to Afghanistan, as well as a few to other places- he is gorgeous- unfortunately the photo of him giving me doggy kisses was blurred!
We started at 4pm in the Officers mess and finished in the Sergeants Mess at 11pm! A wonderful evening to remember- and all those SAS personal were the very nicest gentlemen you could ever meet.
Out Of The Shadows-SAS Exhibition, Museum of WA
Now this was an evening to remember! So many SAS personel commended me on our painting including current and previous Commanding Officers. I was told the mountains are is just like it is over there in Afghanistan, and we got the uniform and weapons right - and the donkeys- Oh! I heard a few stories about those donkeys! An amazing exhibition of both paintings and atifacts and information, very well thought out and displayed.
Major-General Michael Jeffries, (a previous Commanding Officer of the SAS) our painting, myself and Warrant Officer, Erik Pavlik