This is the cover artwork for my grandson, Will's (LANKS) new EP.
The flowers were given to me in class for practising still life. I did a demonstration in front of my class and this was what i did.
They were daisies that were given to me and I took them home and planted them and propogated them and they grew.
I wanted to show my class how to fade colours using watercolour, especially using greens. We’re actually doing that in class this week again too, showing different greens in watercolour can reflect different lights.
These drawings are 2D pieces I'm working on for a computer game I'm making with my grandson Byron and son Steve. I'm collaborating with my art and sculptures and they're helping me animate them. It appeals to me because it's a great challenge... and I love challenges. It's great fun and I need a focus to work on or else I get stale.
A number of years ago I was invited to put work in a self-portrait exhibiton titled, “what are you up to Gladys?”
I chose to not do a selfie as a lot of other people did, so I used Guernica from Picasso as a focus of my work, I called it Gladyca.
I incorporated all my family that existed at the time or were about to exist. I am pictured holding the lamp above the rest of the family, my daughter-in-law Jane is in front of me, my husband is lying down watching the television with a winch handle in his hand (our boat, Bagatelle that we built in the 70s, is also pictured in the top right background), both my sons are out on the right, my grandchildren Will and Louise, Hugo and Grace, Byron are there, and his sister Winsome is being carried by a stalk as she was not yet born then.
My daughter Rowena is pictured on the left in anguish, because that’s how the original painting was.
This is a painting I did at the base of the red bluff cliffs in beaumauris, which my grandson Will (LANKS) has used for his new single artwork.
It was very windy and the tide was coming in, and was difficult because the wind was knocking over my paints. It can be hard working under bad climate conditions.
And as I painted those people walked across, they were heading over to the other bay. The design work around my watercolour was created by Will Devereux.
I wanted to go and paint behind these trees.
When I was near I saw a fellow lying down, and I didn't know if he was dead or alive, so I backed off and drew this picture.
He didn't move the whole time I was there and I presume he wasn't actually dead. I didn't go back the next week.
These birds are called Eastern Rosellas, and they come and visit me in my garden. And that's a pottery feed bowl I made that they are perched on.
They come by often, as well as the magpies. I feed them premium mince meat.
We were up in the Kimberley near the Mitchell River and we took a ride in a helicopter and below the helicopter there were 2 jabirus flying.
When I got back I did a drawing, which i can’t find now, and then a lino cut of them that Will has used for his music. I also did a silkscreen of it, called a Goko, which I still have the master of.
The helicopter actually crashed the next morning and somebody was killed. We were the last flight of the previous day.
My grandson Will is a musician and he makes music under the name LANKS. I created the artwork on his latest song that came out very recently, it's called Golden Age.
Here is an interview he did with a website called Lost At E Minor where he talked about the song and our collaboration together.
I did this painting recently at Landcox park, where I used to go as a child actually.
My painting group goes on Tuesdays occasionally. It’s always full of people taking dogs for walks, and lots of ladies with their babies. People there often feed the ducks bread but it’s not good for them, they need seeds.
Actually, we had ducks arrive at our door one day - I think from Landcox park - and they came up and asked me for food, so i gave them seeds that I keep for the birds, and they promptly ate them and went to sleep in our backyard.
A friend of mine was getting rid of a silky oak tree (grevillea robusta) because it had died. He brought the root around to me in a wheelbarrow and said ‘do you want this?’ It was all full of slaters and all sorts of stuff.
It took me 3 years to make because i didn’t know what to do with it, but eventually I finished it. I did it all by hand except for the texturing on the feathers where i used some sort of angle grinder.
Then the beak cracked which was a bit of a nuisance, so i mixed the sawdust with aquadhere and stuck it in there and sanded it. I don’t think that’s a problem.
You should never ever ever carve into a tree trunk because it’s always going to crack, but I didn’t know that at the time. Anyway, I’m quite pleased with it.
This is a sketch I did of a house in Robe that we stayed at last Christmas.
In the afternoon I went back to try and do a painting and the owners of the house came and looked and I ran off.
I only ended up getting the drawing done but I really wanted to do a painting, because the shed was so gorgeous, and the tree was right in the middle of the shed.
This is the sketch I did at Tarrawarra Museum, a fantastic museum where we had stopped for a picnic lunch.
I was sitting in a chair and thought 'I like the avenue of trees going towards the shed there'. The shed wasn't part of the museum, it was part of the maintenance for the gardens I think.
These trees were lovely and had a canopy which I didn't draw, I just quite liked the trunks.
Well we went along to a gig that was a solo, Will was singing on his own.
We were sitting at tables and these two people came and they were using their iphones and I don’t think they were terribly interested, but they clapped at the appropriate times. So I drew the picture of Will singing.
We were on our boat and we went to the east arm of the St George’s River in the Kimberley (WA) and there was this vertical cliff face, bt Lin and I decided we couldn’t climb up because it was too difficult.
There was a rope though and the rest of the family climbed up and they went to the top and there was this wonderful fresh water rockpools.
The next day my daughter Ro and her family went back there and they saw a crocodile that dived under their dinghy so they climbed up there and stayed there till the crocodile disappeared.
We had visited this same spot when we sailed around Australia in the 80s and we climbed up without a rope actually