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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

‘You Daughters of Freedom’ by Clare Wright

Published by ABC Audio and narrated by the author, this is one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened to. 18 hours of pure joy. 



I’ve seen a film called ‘Muriel Matters’, an Australian-born suffragist and read about her online, but knew nothing about other women in this book who fought for adult suffrage movements in Australia and Britain. 

What a story! It’s really a fascinating piece of history. A right to vote. Such an obscure notion for us. Like, air to breath. We almost forget about it. Well, here in Australia, it’s compulsory. It’s hard to imagine that many people died for it just a century ago. 

And what illustrious characters these women were! Their intelligence, courage, wit... This book weaves their lives together in a very lucid and entertaining way. You never get bored reading this highly charged political events one after another. The structure of  the book is so well constructed. 

I’m often disappointed to listen to great books read by authors very badly. Here is a happy exception. Her narration is superb. Her voice is very easy to my ears. Very clear and not too fast. She has an awesome way of changing her pitch when quoting some characters in the book. I love it. 

This is a remarkable book. A very educational one as well. Highly recommended. 

Let’s say, Vida Goldstein. What would she say if she saw the society we live now, politicians we have, cultural degradation, plastic mess we create in our environment....
“Was it all worth of our women’s blood and sacrifice?”

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Self-portrait Oil Painting

Another selfie in my studio (bathroom). 
I spent 2 hours. 








Oil on canvas. 12x9 in. 

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Oil painting lesson with Gregory Smith

I started a new subject today. Myself!
As usual, Raw Umber and Light Red wash, then wipe-off with a rag. 


Work in progress. 16x20 in. 

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Creative Workshop at Covet&Co in Ivanhoe

Nothing is more satisfying than sharing ideas with enthusiastic hairstylists. 
Contact me if you want to join this journey. 
For more information, have a look at here.



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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Oil painting at LastPeek Studio

I went to my favourite studio in Thornbury this afternoon. 
Sebi is a good model, always accommodating. 
I spent 2.5 hours. 








Unfinished 
Oil on panel. 16x20 in. 

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Oi painting lesson with Gregory Smith

The fifth session and the last. 

How to paint the hose is the question. I darkened it first, put lighter tone on the surface, then put highlights. There’re warm reflections at bottom and top. 
I extended the highlights so that they gives rounded impressions. 

I finally lightened the foreground. 

That’s it! I’m happy with this one. 


“It sucks”
Oil on panel. 16x20 in. 
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Self-portrait Oil Painting

Another selfie in my studio (bathroom) this afternoon. 
I spent 2 hours. 








Oil on canvas. 12x9 in. 

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Self-portrait Oil Painting

Another selfie in my studio (bathroom) this afternoon. 
I spent 2 hours. 








Oil on canvas. 12x9 in. 
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The Fountainhead - film

I came across this film based on Ayn Rand’s famous novel. What a gem!
By the way, this website Internet Archive is  full of treasures. 

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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Self-portrait Oil Painting

Another selfie in my studio (bathroom) this afternoon. Eyes are crooked 😨
I spent 2 hours. 








Oil on canvas. 12x9 in. 

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Monday, August 05, 2019

Oil painting lesson with Gregory Smith

The fourth session. 

I noticed the front section was too small, so I enlarged it. 
The handle of the brush on the right was too high, so I lowered it. 
These corrections took a long time. 
Greg told me that the body was not rounded enough, so I emphasised it’s curve. 

I also reworked the background and shadows. 

It’s getting there. I’ll finish it next week. 


Work in progress. 16x20 in. 

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Sunday, August 04, 2019

Oil painting at LastPeek Studio

I went to my favourite studio in Thornbury this afternoon. 
We had Tijana today. She’s a great model, Hilda pose very well. 
It’s always great to see familiar faces. 
I spent 2.5 hours. 










Unfinished. 
Oil on panel. 16x20 in. 


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Saturday, August 03, 2019

‘Ethics in the Real World’ by Peter Singer

A brilliant collection of essays from Audible with a wide range of subjects such as euthanasia, animal rights, abortion.....





I also liked narration by James Saunders. Very calm and thoughtful. 
One might not agree with everything he says, but at least this is a wonderful opportunity to start a conversation. 

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Self-portrait Oil Painting

Yes, another selfie in my studio (bathroom) this afternoon. Different angle, mind you. 








Oil on canvas. 12x9 in. 

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Oil painting lesson with Gregory Smith

The second session with Paige. 

The problem was her nose. It was sinking towards her mouth and the two weren’t aligned correctly. 
I was wondering if I need to change her mouth completely. Then Greg chopped her left side off! It was a revelation. I only needed to shift her nose to the left, and made it look more upward. 

The eyes are always difficult. I opened them up a bit more. I’m not entirely sure if I did a good job. Hers are more gentle I guess. 
I also lightened her eyebrows a bit.  They were too dark. 
Then I tried to do her clothes. 

Well, that’s it. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. 
It’s always great to have a sitter who’s very enthusiastic. 


Unfinished 
Oil on panel. 16x20 in. 

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