Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Australia 2016: Post 1

About one month ago I returned home from an adventure in Australia. I am fortunate to be part of the Art is You family, with which I spent one month traveling and teaching Down Under. Wanted it share this experience with you all. Here is post #1...

It is hard to put into words the experience of being able to travel that long with a group of such extraordinary artists and good friends, exploring the continent from east coast to west coast, and spending my days in rooms filled with creative people - so I will let the pictures do the talking.

Kecia Deveney and I traveled together from Newark Airport to Sydney, two plane rides, 20+ hours of flying, but nothing like the 52 hour trip we took in 2014.

We started in Sydney, for a few days of R&R and to acclimate to the 12 hour time difference from NYC. Notice the hats.

Michael deMeng and I at our place on Manly Beach in Sydney (yes -- that is actually the name)

Kecia and John Creighton Peterson warming up and waking up with coffee.

Wouldn't be a trip to Sydney without a ferry ride on the Harbour.

Stunning views everywhere we looked.

Time to get to work, but not until after a six hour flight from Sydney to Perth.

Our first retreat was at Fairbridge Village in Pinjarra, Western Australia. About an hour outside of Perth, this rustic venue was like being in summer camp - except that is was freezing.  

First time I had a view like this from a workshop venue.

Such a wonderful group of people joining me in my workshops.

Vivian Paans was the morning motivator (here pictured by a Kecia assemblage). Such a pleasure to have met her in person after having done an art collaboration way back in 2010.

Some art-filled moments to remember.

Not sure what was happening here with Kecia and John -- but it seemed like a moment to capture.

We had a chance to visit Chittering Acres, a 700 hundred acre farm and home to Gina Sanderson and Andrew Graham. I called this place Jurassic Park and was mesmerized by the beauty of the setting.

Not to mention Gina's incredible studio.

Andrew's mother cares for rescued joeys (baby kangaroos) until they are old enough to be put back into the wild. A highlight for me was definitely feeding time.

Seeing the Indian Ocean for the first time was also a highlight, as you can tell by the happy faces of Linda Lucas, myself, Andrea Matus deMeng and John the photo bomber.

But all good things must come to an end...and we were ready to leave Western Australia to fly back to Sydney for the second leg of the roadshow. Which means...

packing yet again.

and being driven by our wonderful leader Sallianne McClelland - the brains and beauty behind Art is You.

Next: Our time back in Sydney and some run-ins with a few wild animals...


Shelby Pizzarro said...

WOW! What a grand adventure. Thanks for shaing the memories :-)

Roberta Warshaw said...

Sounds wonderful! I have always wanted to go there. I have relatives who live in Sydney. But that flight leaves me cold. I can barely make it out to Tucson from Boston as it is. Do you fly coach? Not that it matters. Sitting for 20 hours is sitting for 20 hours. I will have to travel vicariously through your photos! Love the Joeys by the way! SO cute unless you are a dog. Then not so much! LOL

Caterina Giglio said...

Fun seeing it altogether here as a travelogue! What an adventure!

Sharon Y said...

Thanks for sharing Seth! What a great time you had. Looks like a fun summer camp adventure. Brings back great memories from my trip there with my Mom a long, long time ago, almost three decades, yikes. Such a magical place. Looking forward to seeing more.

Jo Murray said...

You guys had just the most fun. Australia loves you all.

Sue said...

Wonderful write up of part one of your time here. Fun seeing you all in transit ... And Manly Beach ...I've never thought of it like that before!

Gina Sanderson said...

OOOOhhh.. I feel famous! Seth, truly a blessing to see you again and have you all visit our farm and studio. Can't wait to see you back in Aus.

Xanapan said...

Love the pictures, love the reminiscing.
So fortunate to have you come to Western Australia and teach. Better come back soon!!

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

What a great group of artists. It must have been a wonderful time for both the artists and the students. Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures of you and the kangaroo as well, Seth. :)

Alison said...

What a great job you have Seth! A wonderful adventure! Love those little Joeys!

Pat said...

Love the picture of you holding the joey!