I’ll never get to Caroona at this rate.

When I started working with the accounting program Quickbooks, my book-keeper and I would joke about how we wouldn’t need to do too many Sudoku each day to keep my brain in practice against ageing. We had quickbooks. Logical, ordered, sensible: it still took a lot of working out. (Day three of being thankful to…

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Juggling is good for your health

Except when it isn’t. Day two in a probably endless series of days when I couldn’t do it without the support of my friends. Too much to do, far too much to do for this to be a good thing. Getting away with finishing things at the pointy end, in the eleventh hour, in the…

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word press again

I’m writing a new website.It feels tenuous, not quite real, as if I’m building a house of cards. Well, they say that it’s easier to edit than it is to write from scratch, but nigh on 30 years of artist statements means that I’ve 90 million variations of those first few sentences in my mind….

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Santa gives good art

In two days it will be December 25, 2015. All around the world, people are either buying into crass commercialism and greed, or buying presents for their loved ones. You choose, it’s your national holiday, no matter what your religious persuasion. My artwork becomes grist to this mill – this guilt-ridden, list-making over-eating time. I…

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New Zealand trip imminent

The first time I taught at the Inverlochy Art School in Wellington, New Zealand, was sometime in the nineties. I taught watercolour, and I got the job because an artist I knew from western Queensland had moved to Wellington and was interested in the Professional Development that I had just begun to teach. It seemed like a great…

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why I love toastmasters

I love belonging to the toastmaster community. I love the fortnightly meetings with my home club (Summerland) and I love the monthly meetings with the advanced club in formation (Infocus). I love the monthly exec meetings and the random meetings with other toasties in my travels. I love how every time I get up to…

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