Tuesday, April 26, 2011

No rest for the wicked, artwork by Kirra Jamison and my interview debut!

Resting Place by Kirra Jamison

Ok, it's been a madhouse around here. Does anyone else feel like they need a holiday to recover from their holiday?
My first writing assignment (or Ass 1, as someone in the writer's group called it) received a credit, and lots of critical notes to work with. I discovered I do not handle criticism well. But, after an initial sookyface wah-wah, and a few phonecalls to my sister (who writes for a living!) I realise if I can get past my ego, it will help me be a better writer. That's why I'm doing it! Duh!

The artwork above is from Kirra Jamison, from the 'Spirit is a bone' collection. I'm drawn to her use of colour - controlled explosions with masterly rhythm to them, using pen, paint and vinyl. If you're in the Valley, you could even see some of Kirra's work in person at Jan Murphy Gallery.

Finally, to tootle my own horn, I have to mention the interview I did for Chrissy Foreman C. It was super-fun, yet just a touch confronting to write about myself that much, but I think for a first attempt it's not too shabby! It helped that Chrissy, as well as being an accomplished artist, is a generous supporter of other artists, always ready with an encouraging word. Basically, she's a doll. Thanks Chrissy!


  1. Melanie........awesome interview! I too say thank you everyday. There are so many things to be grateful for, even the small the new little bird outside my window (i've yet to identify yet) who keeps singing his song, despite our ugly weather. grateful for inspiration always. that's a given. i'm very interested in knowing more about what your dad did.....never heard of a french polisher.

  2. Hi Pamela, thank you! One of the best things about growing older is finally grasping concepts like gratitude... it took me a little while. As for Dad and the french polishing - it's a dying art, at least as far as I know. It's a method of finishing wood to a very high polish, by applying layer after layer of shellac (bug's wings!) dissolved in solvent. Each layer is rubbed on by hand with a special rubbing pad. He could take a crummy old wardrobe or piano and turn it into a masterpiece. Very old school!
    Hope your weather improves soon! :)

  3. Oh YAY! And proud as punch you should be, your interview was great! Thanks for your kind words sweetie too.

    Also, how beautiful is that artwork?! I think we have similar tastes - you shared a 'greenhouse at night' print on here recently I LOVED as well!


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