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    I was sadly unable to attend last night's opening event of Spring Creek: A Collective Response due to having to isolate, I was experiencing some serious FOMO (and cabin fever all at the same time)!
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    Spring Creek: A Collective Response is a showcase of one of our most precious resources, a cornerstone of the community and feature of our daily lives here on the Surf Coast. 
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    My residency has sadly come to a close, I have had the most wonderful time! My nearly 3 weeks up here have seen every kind of weather condition just shy of snow, from blazing sunshine to complete white out. I've had an alpine experience to say the least!
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    Working in a sketch book is always something I'm trying to improve on. Typically I'm horrendous at keeping any kind of organised 'sketch book', any bit of scrap paper or note page at hand is it and they all fly around my studio loosely. I also have a penchant for the ol' butcher's paper and love to draw up and plan on large sheets. So basically, it's a mess and there's no organisation to it at all. I'm never able to find anything again either.
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    I was so lucky to be able to see the end of the wildflower season during my time up in the Victoria Alps. I missed most of the action being here in March/April, the majority of the blooms start in late December and flourish through January and February. Nevertheless, I got treated to some of the stragglers!
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    Hello from Falls Creek in the beautiful alpine country in Victoria! I'm up here for nearly three weeks as their artist-in-residence. The idea of the residency is to reinvigorate year-round cultural activity on the mountain and I get the opportunity to draw from the unique features of Victoria’s pristine alpine environment, surrounded by National Park, to reflect, research and develop creative ideas. 
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    The spark for this exhibition came from a handful of conversations through the Autumn of ‘21 with us both longing for some change to our studio practices, more social connection and some much-needed adventure. 
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    Andrea Shaw and I have an upcoming exhibition at In The Skies in Lorne. Titled 'Day Trippers' the show is a collection of en plein air works from around the Surf Coast.
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    At the moment it is all about finding joy in the little things. For me, that has been taking my paint brushes and paper outdoors and working en plein air!
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