Category Archives: personal history

Happy Paris Anniversary

This weekend one year ago Alicia (middle daughter) and I arrived in Paris.  I am celebrating the anniversary with a slice of “Opera” cake from Wild Bakery (to be eaten later) and a look at the drawings I have done … Continue reading

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Fascination Finale

Today, members of Perth Kimono Club visited our art exhibition “Fascination: Maiko, Geiko, Kyoto”. Outside it was an incredibly stormy day.  Only the bravest of the brave actually wore kimono as a strong bitterly cold wind blew non-stop while horizontal … Continue reading

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Hurry Up!

I may be nearly 57 but my eternal inner child is alive, well and as insistent as she was when I was actually her age.  A fortnight ago we travelled to Kyoto together. “Hurry up!” she implored on each of … Continue reading

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Thinking about Paris

Tonight I felt moved to re-watch Woody Allen’s film “Midnight in Paris”.  I was reminded (as if I needed reminding) what a sensationally beautiful city Paris is.  Clearly Allen was as seduced by the city as I (and so many … Continue reading

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Art Essentials for a Winter Trip

  When travelling in winter it is good to be prepared for being stuck indoors.   Far more important than packing clothes (though they ARE important) are the items which will keep an artist sane when away from her studio; … Continue reading

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The Control Centre

The Control Centre in our house is a big room upstairs.  It is a combination of artist’s studio and engineer’s office.  We spend more time in this space than any other part of our house.  It is a room for composing, thinking, discussing, … Continue reading

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Kraków to Kyoto: a costume drama

When I visited my niece, Marie, in New Zealand a couple of months ago, I noticed that she had an old drawing of mine.  In fact it must be my oldest coloured pencil drawing in existence.  My mother had bought me … Continue reading

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