Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Ramblings from Missoula Montana



One of the lovely things on this trip is I don't have wifi at the home of the people hosting me Cindy & Jim. It allows me time, time I don't bother taking to do other things, things I used to do before wifi (BW) :-)

Long story but now in Montana, Amity has kindly given me access to her wifi so, here are my late night ramblings.


This year, to date, I have been invited to teach in three Australian cities & towns, Buderim, Sydney & Pokolbin with two more to go Sydney again and Adelaide. To my Australian colleagues I am eternally grateful for your support.  Thank you.

I have also been fortunate to visit and teach in eight US cities this year, Pittsburg, Salt Lake City, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Colorado Springs, currently I am in Missoula and next week I’ll be in Minneapolis.

To friends and colleagues around the world who, spend hours of their busy lives helping to organize these workshops and classes, I am indebted to you, thank you.

I have also visited Canberra a couple of times to have fun with the grandies, not to forget starting the year off with a New Years Eve concert  - and a few others - in China.

Each class takes a lot of preparation time in email conversations, creation of new exemplars, samplers and new artwork. Travel time and endurance is a huge factor to take into consideration with hours and hours of both flying time and airport time. To me it is a precious time for reading … oh okay and the odd movie or three.

This has been a marvellous year to say the least and it is not over yet.  In November I fly to Dubai, Saudi Arabia to visit with my sister then on to Barcelona to visit with my niece and family. Whilst in Spain I’ll teach in Madrid in November, then on to Torino after which I spend the month of December in Venice undertaking an artist’s residency at the Scuola Internazionale de Grafica Design, in Cannaregio with a workshop and a few afternoon classes.

Coupled with the sadness of loosing my mother in February the year has been one of frenetic periods of pure joy and deep sorrow. I think of her now knowing she would be so proud of the immature daughter who had lost her way in life and finally found it.



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 I flew in from Colorado Springs yesterday.
Here, my gorgeous hosts Don & Cecelia Harris.





Just some of the 16 participants in my Colo Springs class. Fabulous share table in front here.





Cecelia and me outside their home.


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I am an Australian, a letter designer & calligrapher. I enjoy working with letters and grounds, teaching and mixing with like-minded people.

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