For the past several weeks, I've been juggling house moving with work, a balancing act that's becoming increasingly precarious as the settlement date for our old place approaches. Throughout this unsettling and disruptive time, drawing has provided a much-needed sense of equilibrium and continuum.
Several of the drawings will eventually form the basis for larger scale works, once the dust on our move has settled. The most recent drawing, pictured above, was started at our old place and further developed in my new studio (pictured below). Like the rest of the house, the studio is very much a work in progress. It's unlikely to remain in this minimal state for very long.
The following photos were snapped a few weeks ago, the day after Shane Jones
and I got the keys to the new house. Our friends Tim Gresham
and Gaye Britt popped in for an impromptu celebration that started in the cinema room on the first floor, then gravitated downstairs.
Our new home is gradually taking shape as we simultaneously cut ties with the place we called home for the past nine years. Pictured below is an updated view of our cinema room. The easel painting to the right of the windows is an trompe l'oeil work by Shane.
Alice is loving the new house and has made herself completely at home. The sculpture on the far right, below, is by Dean Bowen
Pictured below is a cosy corner of our reading room. Originally the projection room for the cinema, it's my favourite room in the house.
On the table in the library is another trompe l'oeil painting by Shane, paired with the paperback novel, Shane,
on which it's based.
On Monday morning the removalist will collect the really heavy stuff from the old house and studio, including our etching press. Setting up a shared printmaking studio/workshop in our new place will be among the challenges facing us in the new year, and beyond. The prospect is somewhat daunting. But we've already come this far, I reckon we're up for it.