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Is Imitation the Best Form of Flattery?

scmu-5hpm7446-13That is the title of the post I have written for today, Is Imitation the Best Form of Flattery?  Looking at when you can and can’t copy other peoples techniques.

I hope you will go and take a look at the post, it is something that I feel strongly about and something I think we should all be careful about.

Again, if you can leave your comments there, that would be appreciated, helps me look good.  Thank you.

Celebrating 30 years of Rick Amor at Niagara Gallery

That isn’t the exact title, I think it is more Rick Amor – Celebrating 30 years of Exhibiting with Niagara Gallery.  I couldn’t miss this show, in fact I try to never miss exhibitions Rick’s work.  So I was really happy when I received a comment reminding me of the exhibition, that it finishes soon, from someone who works at the gallery, so thank you for the reminder.  

The exhibition is work done in the last couple of years and gives you a great insight into his work.  

While I was viewing the exhibition I asked if I could show a couple of images of the paintings here on my blog and was given permission to do so.  

15627There are many buildings in his images and I find the presence of people in them quite wonderful, the way the people just allow you that hint of scale, though if they weren’t in the above image I don’t think it would detract from it at all.  

15632I just don’t think this image would have worked without that man working on the side, it really gives you the idea of how big this actually is.  I think you see it the structure in the image but don’t get much idea of scale, and then you see the man, then it suddenly seems monumental.  I love it.  

15647The beach has been a favourite subject matter for Rick for as long as I have been following his work.  I love the way he depicts it.  The way there often seems to be a storm brewing.  I have to say the concrete bunkers look like ones that are at Point Lonsdale.  

The exhibition is on until the 7 September, so if you are in Melbourne you should go and take a look at one of my favourite artists and one that has been a huge influence on my work.  Niagara Galleries are on Punt Road, very easy to find, look for the red and white building that has “Art Does Matter” written on the side.  If you want to buy one, something I dream of doing one day, then you better be quick, there are red stickers on nearly all of them.  

If you would like to see a lot of Rick Amor’s work, then you should also visit his website,

On a Similar Note

I have just got home, and found an email to say that some of my work has been accepted into a show and I have until next week to come up with an artist statement, I knew it was coming, and have been working on it slowly.  I really need to refine it now and work out exactly what my work is about.

I have not been responding the comments from yesterday.  I agree with some, and disagree with others.  Some make me angry, and some are lovely.  I decided that the best thing to do was just to approve them, and you can all make of them what you want.

I am not doing anymore today, sorry, I haven’t even had time to unpack my laptop yet, not that I really took any photos while I was away.  It was lovely just catching up with my mum and taking it easy.  I did make some costumes, so it was productive.  It was a great trip on another level, but more about that another day.

Leanne Cole - Princess taking a Break.

Leanne Cole – Princess taking a Break.

Just quickly, I had this image printed on the fine art paper, and it is so beautiful.  Getting images printed is always fantastic,  I hope Alannah loves it too.

Weekend Wanderings – City Streets and Lanes

Last weekend I showed some photos that I took in the city.  I  have some more of those photos today.  We went to Hosier Lane to take a look around and when we got there we saw something that I haven’t seen before.  There was a graffiti artist up a ladder actually painting.

leannecole-sccity3374There were lots of people standing around, and they had photographers and a video camera set up.  They were making a documentary or something of the work.  It was quite amazing to watch it all happening.  I was lucky enough to be in the lane way the following day and saw it finished.

leannecole-sccity3798Quite an amazing piece of work.

I have more images of this in the gallery for you, plus an image of a tour group in the lane, the lane with no people, not an easy one to get.  I also have a photo of some graffiti that I took at Centre Place and I was asked if I could show the images of the heads of the businessmen that I showed you last week.

I went out this morning for another photo shoot and I need to go and start working on the images.  Have a great weekend.

Weekend Wanderings – Castlemaine Art Gallery

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I went to Castlemaine yesterday.  I had hoped to be able to take lots of photos for you of Castlemaine, but it was raining all day, well, pretty much.  We have had some very wet days, very nice to get, but not great when you want to take photos.  I had thought I would get nothing, but I was told that I could take photos in the gallery, with no flash, and I could also take some photos of the opening, and exhibition.  Now, you all know what that I am a huge fan of Rick Amor, so I thought todays post could be about Castlemaine Art Gallery.

Leanne Cole - Castlemaine Art Gallery 1For a relative small country town it has a beautiful gallery.  I believe the building was built to be for the gallery specifically.  It has a lovely light airy feel.  When you wonder around you see some artworks by some very influential Australian Artist, it is very impressive.  There are a few rooms of art.

I was very surprised to find that it only costs $4 to enter, that is so cheap.  It is run independently and really needs the support of the wider community, so people should go and maybe donate a little more.  Of course, those that can, now have a reason to go and see my favourite Australian Artist.

Leanne Cole - Castlemaine Art Gallery 2The opening was very well attended and the room in which the exhibition was being held was crowded and people were overflowing out the entrances.  Above were the speeches, Alex Miller, an Australian writer, opened the exhibition.  I believe him and Rick Amor are longstanding friends.

leannecole-sccag-2715Here is an image of Alex Miller, on the left, with Rick Amor, they were posing for the official photographer and I pushed my way in.

I had the wrong lens on for taking these photos.  I was using my wide angle, as I didn’t think I would be allowed to take photos, so I had to do what I could.

I am going to put the images together in a gallery now, some are from the opening, some from exhibition and some more of the Castlemaine Art Gallery.

I hope if you can make it to Castlemaine you will go and see Rick’s amazing work.  I love seeing it.  Though I might have to go back another time, I didn’t really get to see much of it, too many people, but I would like time to study the work and take it in.  Maybe go up on a day when the weather is nice and I can take some photos of the town as well.

I am off to Whittlesea today, so this post has been written earlier and scheduled.  I have to photograph a cycling event, bit worried about the weather, but we will see what happens.

Workshops and Running Water in Harrietville

As I have already told you, last weekend I went to Harrietville for the Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild to present some workshops.  I went so I could do three workshops, or teach, I suppose is the right way of saying it.  My workshop was to show people how to photograph their work and then how to put it on the computer so they could edit it some.  It was pretty basic stuff, but that is all they needed.  I did two workshops on Saturday and when the second one finished a little early I went for a walk with Jan and we took photos of the other workshops.

scpeople-8781There was a workshop on Hand Spindles.

scpeople-8798Any colour you like, a workshop on dyeing your yarn and fabric.

scpeople-8810How to choose a fleece for spinning.

scpeople-8895You could learn how to do Lace Knitting.

scpeople-8919When there were no workshops, and those who didn’t want to go to them, this is what you could see everywhere.  There were small groups, and there were big groups of people just sitting around spinning, weaving and knitting.  They were out the front on the lawn, out the back under the verandah, right out the back under the pergola and inside in the common rooms.  People were talking everywhere and working.

We stayed at the Mountain View Holiday Retreat which is a great place to stay.  They cater for camps and very large groups.  All our meals were provided with our accommodation and I wasn’t disappointed at all.  The couple running it, Hillary and Michael, were friendly and very helpful.  It was a good place to stay and I understand why the guild goes back there every year.  Hillary was also great for information on where I could go to take photos.

After the workshops were done for the day on Saturday and I had finished taking photos of everyone I went for walk around the Ovens River.

Around the BackThe river is very full and running quite fast.  A couple of weeks ago the river flooded and flooded much of Harrietville.  You can’t tell on the road, but all along the river you can see where is happened.  This part also flooded, but it wasn’t as bad.  I remember the river as being lower and thought I would be able to walk to the other side in some places, but it was too fast and too deep.  Though, it running fast meant I could get some great images.

In the above image I was standing in the river with my tripod.  I had my gum boots on, they have been a fantastic purchase, the best $20.

Over the LogThere was a log over the river and it created this lovely waterfall.  It was very small, but it was a nice find.

From Behind the LogThis is from the other side of the log.  I liked the lines of the water.  The leaves in the water help create the effect and are like the start of the line.  This was the very last image that I took along the river.  It has started raining, so I was really happy to have got this shot.

I did take bracketed shots with all of these, thinking I would do HDR images, but in the end I just worked with one image.  It was good having the bracketed shots though, I didn’t always use the one that was exposed correctly.

It was nice to get some good photos, well, I think they are, on the weekend.  I like them.  Overall it was a great weekend.  I really thought I would be bored at times, but I wasn’t at all.  There were always people to talk to and new things to find out about. I should have taken my knitting though, doesn’t matter, I don’t think I missed out on anything.