Christopher Pyett : ideas for paintings
Autumn is a time for hunkering down. My daughter rang to say her gutters have been replaced and a dangerous chimney taken care of.
We’ve decided to remove two large palm trees that drop thousands of seeds and sprout everywhere. I love their height, but the other trees will soon fill the space left behind.
General garden maintenance is a fulfilling task. Removing spent tomato plants, culling the raspberries and tying the new canes makes the garden feel ready for winter. Pruning everything is something that needs to be rationed according to the recycling bins. We now have two brown bins, for garden waste that I don’t want to compost. Our six compost bins are fully utilized. So the garden is in need of constant attention, which fits in with writing.
I’d like to work half days at each, writing and gardening, so that I’m not sitting in front of the computer all day. This healthy option seldom works out, but I shall continue to aim for this ideal.
My computer is fine apart from the iphotos, which won’t allow me access. I shall really have to learn to use my new laptop, which is another thing I’ve been resisting. So for the moment, no photos of the garden.
Adam Pyett paintings
From another room
Sophie Gannon Gallery
August 29 to September 26
Sophie Gannon Gallery
2 Albert Street, Richmond
Just in case any of you are in Melbourne and able to visit my step son’s exhibition.
It has been a time of sorting, and some paintings that had hitherto been lost have been found.
The painting above was sold and I wanted to find a photo of it, and thought we’d lost it for good. Doing some cleaning up has been very rewarding. This painting was done after we’d been out to celebrate a birthday with a friend up at Dalesford, Victoria. The restaurant has since closed, but the memory of the small dishes to share were exquisite. I think the painting expresses our satisfaction of the meal and company perfectly.
‘Lost is the new found’
The prompt today is: click on your favourite blog, and pick out the 4th and 14th words(that aren’t ‘the’ or ‘an’). Drop them into this phrase.
“——- is the new ——.’ There’s your post title now write. Well I have adjusted a couple of things!
Thanks to Pauline for hosting Thursday’s Special.
Arch & Slab No. 12 (detail) Christopher Pyett
Arch & Slab No. 12 Christopher Pyett
Sorry this painting is not lit sufficiently!
Futures Past, prompt by Ben Huberman As a kid, what did you want to be when you grow up? How close or far are you from that vision?
When I was pre-teens, all I wanted was to marry Christopher Pyett. The fact that I had to wait till I was 54 didn’t deter me; just allowed a lot of growing up to happen in the interim. I was always a slow learner.
Christopher has a goal of one day winning the Archibald Portrait Prize, though he probably wouldn’t admit it. This year was the first time he’s entered and he missed out. There were over 800 entries, and 47 were chosen.
The good news is that he was accepted into the Salon des Refuse´s. The National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery at The Rocks has chosen paintings that didn’t make the Archibald Portrait Prize or the Wynne Landscape Prize from this large group of entries. This gallery has a good reputation and I hope if any of you reading this live or are visiting Sydney, you might find time to visit this gallery.
As this will be a touring exhibition, it will also come to the Mornington Regional Gallery on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, between 9th October and 29th November. We are very excited about this as it will allow the portrait of Rosie to get some good exposure.
Barbara, wife of artist, Christopher Pyett
I did say I’d show you this finished painting. Chris has experimented on this one using graphite, (pencil), gouache and water-colour. He has now gone back to another he started of our daughter in law, Rachael.
We have the grand children staying, so I may be missing from the blogosphere for a bit. Happy holidays to those of you who are having school holidays!
Re posting this delightful quote.
An old painting of mine
Which way do you view the world?