On to Melbourne and beyond

My trip continued with a stay in Melbourne teaching 2 classes at the weekends with a few days of relaxation in between. I started with a class for Carly Leech in Forest Hill called “Sunshine and Shadows”, exploring the unexpected colours found in shadows and the broad tonal range needed to give the images intensity and impact. There were some super results from the 2 day workshop, they are on the students work page on my website.

Mid week I had the chance to visit The Heide Museum of Modern Art, to see a super exhibition by Mirka Mora “Pas des Deux” Drawings and Dolls.

 It is an extraordinary range of work, I especially loved the colourful fabric dolls she created. It was a great opportunity to see these as they are normally kept in the family home.

One of my favourite activities is garden browsing! My lovely host did not disappoint with a local garden famous for its wisteria arch. Unfortunately too late for that but the poppies were glorious!

Another day out took me to the amazing National Rhododendron Gardens, a visual treat and really inspirational with a laburnam arch in full flower as well as azaleas and rhododendrons.

My second weekend was teaching the Melbourne Guild the detailed flower study course “Up Close and Personal”.  A great group of students in full creative mode produced some super results.

All too soon my time in Australia came to an end and it was time to move on to NZ…

Starting with a few days in Auckland and from there a visit to Piha Beach. A stunning view from the headland above is tantalising and the walk along the beach was fabulous. So much inspiration for my embroideries when I get back home!

It is famous as the location for the film “The Piano”. Powerful waves crashing against the rocks and a great sweeping curve at the waters edge gave me some great photos. My adventures continue with a few days in Hawkes Bay staying near the beautiful town of Napier.  I will tell all in my next blog post!