Congratulations to Diane, Abigail and Hilke! Could you drop me an email and let me have your address so I can send you your gift? I also want to say a big thank-you to everyone who commented. It's been fascinating to hear what has interested you most.
Each of the winners will be receiving one of my original prints. I haven't posted them on here yet as I was purposely keeping them a surprise for the winners. Once you have all received your print I will share them online. I will say that these are the prints that I was planning to enter in Impressions 5, the annual Impress Printmakers Show. I eventually decided that my time was a bit pressured, so I gave that show a miss, because I had other priorities at the moment. Hopefully I'll take part in future Impress Shows.
The other good news I have is that all the printing has been completed for my edition of "Judy and the Jacaranda", my book inspired by Learning Absences. Hurray! I still have to trim the pages and then bind them, but I am so looking forward to this stage. I bound the first copy on Friday, and the strong association with the loss of my mother last year has made this an emotional step for me.
This afternoon I will be photographing the book as I am submitting it for consideration for the Tallis 2010 National Works on Paper Award. It was lucky that the theme this year is portraiture, which the book also suits. I don't know what chance the book has, but I will be very honoured if it is selected to participate.
Although I didn't have work in Impressions 5, I did get along to the show. It was great to see the work of the members, and there were many lovely prints to be seen, but when I walked in the door, I saw one and I knew straight away that I would be taking it home with me! Queensland printmaker Glen Skein, now living in Brisbane, is a member of Impress and he had one of his ""red boat" etchings in the show. I saw his solo show at Redlands Art Gallery late last year, and sat for ages viewing his 3 metre "red boat", trying to work out some way to fit such a magnificent work into my small unit! So when I discovered this smaller member of the series, I didn't need to think twice. I'll say good-bye for now with a snap of the etching on the wall in my studio. Please excuse the magnets holding it in place until I take it to the framers. The photo does the print no justice, but I hope you enjoy this peek anyway.
Glen Skein, red boat (small)