I would like to begin this post by saying, never underestimate the power of personal connection and where that can lead.
One thing I like about being an artist, is that there is a great diversity in what you get to do. Although many days may be the same, there are exciting bits along the way that make for an interesting life.
This particular story begins probably 15 years ago at a networking event for small to medium businesses interested in incorporating creativity and innovation into their workplaces. The event took place at Ourimbah university where I had gone along to see what I might be able to learn and contribute, as creativity has always been a passion of mine.
At break time I began chatting with a woman who was in the senior management arena of the electricity industry. She had a very open mind and a direct no-nonsense approach to business and life. Thus began a 15 yr friendship, especially when we discovered we were both expat kiwis, with a common heritage and the same quirky sense of humour.
It was to her place I went last week, to deliver a painting of mine, which she has bought for her new home. Now you might wonder why I didn't just send it by courier. That would have been the easy option, however, I hadn't seen her for a few years and thought this would be a great opportunity to take a short break, catch up and perhaps find some new painting subjects along the way. I'd not been to Southern Gippsland before.
To this end I packaged the painting up in a long black plastic tube and undertook a very long journey to get there.
It takes 9 hours to get from her place to mine, travelling by car, train, plane,
bus, taxi, and car again.
The next morning it was time for the unveiling. This meant unwrapping the precious package, with a little help from Smudge.....
retrieving an extra stretcher bar from my suitcase, and reassembling it all on her dining room table.
This can be a tricky process restretching a painting onto stretcher bars because you have to line up the edges of the painting perfectly so they are placed where they were originally and you don't get overlapping in the wrong spots.
You also want to avoid stretching the canvas too much and cracking the paint surface......
Taking a short break . A bit nerve wracking, I must say.
Now for the easy bit.....