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Dreams do come true:

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.

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Christopher Pyett

Barbara

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!

Painting: Rosie Batty

Christopher began Rosie’s portrait in November. Since then we’ve had family staying, Christmas activities and some hot days. Since the studio is not lined, it heats up and Chris paints with a wet towel around his neck with a fan on. Does that paint a quaint picture?

Rosie will come back again soon for another sitting. Chris has actually started two paintings of her, but shall just post one today. I know some of you will ask what happened to the last couple of portraits. They are still in progress too, so shall show them another time.

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Rosie Batty painted by Christopher Pyett, watercolour in progress

 

Monday painting update:

Today’s update  of Christopher’s painting is not totally true, but I boosted the colour to enhance it, so that it was more visible. His work needs to be seen in reality, rather than a photograph. There is a wonderful translucent quality to them.

Christopher Pyett's painting  of Barbara in progress 8-9-14

Christopher Pyett’s painting of Barbara in progress 8-9-14

 

 

Maybe I should show you the windy spring day outside with the lawns mown too!

Spring in Victoria, Australia

Spring in Victoria, Australia

Boronia has a fantastic perfume

Boronia has a fantastic perfume

Enduring Threads: part 18

A year at home

External exams in the large city hall were very daunting. My mother kept her promise; I left after passing the Schools Board, happy to be away from boarding school. Matriculation wasn’t for me. Mum kept me home the following year. I did part of a typing course and also became totally absorbed in painting and drawing classes at the local Tech. Christopher talked me into going to art school. He painted my portrait in his holidays; but I later painted over it, never appreciating seeing myself, and I didn’t realise its future historical significance.

Religion had always interested me. ‘Why don’t you go to Bible College?’ the young minister asked, when he came to afternoon tea. I had so many questions, but he answered none. He was a total loss. I certainly didn’t want to go to Bible College.

Conventional religion didn’t answer my questions. There were so many things I couldn’t accept. It was the following year that I discovered the Quakers, or Friends. Questions were welcomed amongst Friends. Because they had no set dogma there were all sorts of interesting people attracted to the Meeting House. One accepted principle was pacifism, and this appealed to me. They supported the young conscripts who didn’t want to join the army and fight in Vietnam. My mother and two sisters had been sent to The Friends’ School, as my grandfather had greatly admired the Quakers. Here my mother’s distaste for meat was accepted, and she was able to go home and tell her family she no longer had to eat meat.

 

Barbara, David Brown, Mum, Lea Brown, Uncle Henry at 'Latin Quarter', my first night club. 28-6-1963

Barbara, David Brown, Mum, Lea Brown, Uncle Henry at ‘Latin Quarter’, my first night club. 28-6-1963

In the winter of 1963 Uncle Henry took my mother and me to Queensland for a holiday. We stopped in Melbourne and Sydney on the way, catching up with Henry’s friends in expensive restaurants. After dinner at my first night club, the Latin Quarter, we drove around Kings Cross looking at the night life.

Hiring a car in Brisbane we travelled up to Rockhampton and then west, where we met distant relatives on a large cattle station. Such generous hospitality seems to be the way of the outback. Their closely- knit family was essential for survival and happiness, living in such isolation.

 

Uncle Henry sailing to Stradbroke Island

Uncle Henry sailing to Stradbroke Island

We then holidayed at Surfer’s Paradise. The tropical fruits were delicious; feeding the parrots and watching the dolphins made the holiday seem exotic. Relaxing under palm trees, enjoying the warmth and tasting fresh coconuts, made the Tasmanian winter storms an unreality.

 

In Devonport, Vita Endelmanis helped me design smocks to wear at art school; also suggesting

Barbara at Hawley Beach pre-art school

Barbara at Hawley Beach pre-art school

how I could wear stockings and skivvies to match, underneath the smocks. It was good to have a mentor, as I’d never before been encouraged to think about any form of creative dress, or what might suit me. I loved black and coloured stockings.

Nigel, Graeme and Angus at Hawley Beach 1963

Nigel, Graeme and Angus at Hawley Beach 1963

 

Mrs. Westcombe, the butcher’s wife, was my chaperone when I went to the summer school in January before I started art school. We stayed at a small hotel nearby. It was an enjoyable and appropriate introduction to art school as it was held in the same Gothic building, as the art school, up on the Hobart Domain. Going out watercolour painting in Battery Point and starting my sketch- book helped me feel I was on the way to becoming an art student.

 

Nigel, Mum and Mrs. Westcombe at Hawley Beach

Nigel, Mum and Mrs. Westcombe at Hawley Beach

The year at home was wonderful. During the year I had a boyfriend called Des. I met him at an end-of-school year party in Sheffield. He wore a cadmium-yellow jumper, which suited him very well. He was studying a trades teaching course at Technical College in Hobart and I only saw him during holidays. We went to the drive-in. My mother warned me of what could happen there. I came home most disappointed or was it relieved? This friendship fizzled when I went to Hobart.