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  1. #76
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    Thanks Ray, Paul and Matt.

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    In the past 10 days since my last post I haven't managed to get a huge amount done. Four of those days were teaching (and a day at school is way more exhausting than 8 hours labouring on the house - if you know any casual/substitute teachers ask them what it's like in a low economic area state school!!)

    And of course there are always those irritating chores to do like shopping, cooking, cleaning and laundry which tax my time!

    But I did manage to get the last part of the lounge/dining ceiling up and all the joins taped and screw holes plastered.
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    And routed guide channels in the four sliding doors destined for the lounge cupboards:
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    I also hung a couple more artworks in the finished main bedroom. It makes me feel like the place is turning into a home.

    The first is an oil on canvas painting done for me by a good friend - the detail is quite extraordinary. The kangaroo detail on the tea bag label is about 3cm high., and I swear the Tim Tam biscuit looks like you could pick it off the painting and eat it!!
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    The other image is a digital artwork I created about 18 years ago. It's a re-interpretation of a well known Australian photograph called "Sunbaker' by Max Dupain from 1937.

    I used around 4,500 digitally altered pix of skin cancers to replicate the image, subverting the original meaning with a contemporary context.
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    Detail:
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    Apart from the ever present kangaroos outside the windows, recently I spotted a wild deer 50 metres from the house and only the second snake of the season - a beautiful red belly black snake just off the front deck:
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    With the drought going on this year and the prediction for a long hot and very dry summer due to El Nio being declared, it was a bit of a surprise to have a massive and sudden rain event a couple of days ago. In 24 hours the storm dumped more rain that the total November rainfall on record.

    Luckily there was little damage from it, and on the positive side it filled my dam to overflowing - before:
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    And today:
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    This will be handy for when the heat and dry of summer does occur. And as a bonus, it put 20,000 litres of rain in my water tank - with my estimated daily usage, it's about a years worth of water 😁

    Well...back to the plastering!

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    I thought you'd taken a photo of the bushland tea just before you drank it. A relaxing cuppa after something just completed. Extraordinary detail on that painting. And your own... Well, that too is extraordinary. Cancer is just another aspect of life; even if it is a bastard thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turnstiles View Post
    if you know any casual/substitute teachers ask them what it's like in a low economic area state school!!)







    Detail:


    Apart from the ever present kangaroos outside the windows, recently I spotted a wild deer 50 metres from the house and only the second snake of the season - a beautiful red belly black snake just off the front deck:
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    turnstiles

    I think it is wonderful that you have your own art around you. Well done. I have heard that the duration casual teachers last in such areas is often measured in weeks rather months or years.

    As far as the Red Bellied Blacks are concerned, they are the reptilian good guys being the natural enemy of the Eastern Brown snakes, although I suspect they pick on the juveniles more than the adults. They are typically docile and I stepped across them in the bush on two occasions. They took no notice of me, although I was startled to put it mildly.

    There is nothing quite like a good downpour to restore your confidence in nature and relieve thirsty anxiety as there are few things worse than having to truck in water .

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    Paul
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    "Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts, absolutely!"

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    That oil painting blows my mind, you would swear it was a photo, extraordinary detail x 10
    The person who never made a mistake never made anything

    Cheers
    Ray

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