I love it when the spring shifts ever so slightly into summery mode. If you are based in Melbourne, Australia – you may also have taken note & fished out your sandals last week when the mercury hit 31 degrees two days, back-to-back. Alas, as optimistic as even the most seasoned veteran of our blink-and -you’ll-miss- it weather down south, we are back to halcyon high-wind days filled with woeful hay fever and awful allergies fluttering through our day.
Summer, where are you?? Please hurry! We miss you and want you back!
Above: Thierry B, On The Rise, Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen, 183 x 152cm, P.O.A.
Michelle Breton, Honey Dreaming, Mixed media on Canvas, 137 x 153cm, P.O.A
Above: Patricia Heaslip, Landlines, Oil on Canvas, 183 x 183cm, P.O.A
Above: Thierry B, Satisfaction, Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen, 122 x 91.5cm, P.O.A.
Even As I thumb through my latest novel, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti, I am willing the weather toward sunshiney days/daze:
“Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.”
Above: Thierry B, Submerged, Synthetic Polymer Paint On Linen 184 x 153 cm, P.O.A
Above: Thierry B, Effervescence, Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen, 122 x 168cm, P.O.A
Above: Michelle Breton Trompette au Soleil, Mixed Media on Canvas, 153 x 137cm, P.O.A
I also feel I need to tell you that I started the day by ordering at my local cafe Mr.Brightside a plate of summer! I couldn’t go past their special menu which had got a little summer make over today. This is Challah French Toast with raspberry mascarpone, fresh berries and maple. Never one to do things half-heartedly, I added a berry smoothy in for good measure! So delicious. Now all we need are some seriously good sunsets beachside , with some Frose or Negroni spritzers & we’re talking!!
Inspired by this sunset snap last week (above), I throw it out to the weather gods that be – summer where for art thou?!! If I cannot bask in the light of a shimmering summer day, than I will go in search of finding other ways to bring the energy inwards – paintings perform this function. They engage and enliven a previously empty space, lending it life and an anchor for your gaze. Take a closer look at the new offerings by Australian talent we have in the gallery stockroom now to view.
Above: Michelle Breton, Octobre a Ceret, Mixed Media on Canvas, 152 x 137cm, P.O.A
Patricia Heaslip, The Essences, Oil On Canvas, 152.5 x 106 cm, P.O.A.
Patricia Heaslip, Fortitude, Oil On Canvas, 183 x 183cm, P.O.A.
Above: Michelle Breton, Rising Candy, Mixed Media on Canvas, 183 x 152cm, P.O.A