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Endless Summer Project
(Following The Australian Sun)

This is an art project about visiting iconic landscapes of Australia during their sunniest periods. It was a year long project, sometimes travelling, other times returning home and to the studio. The works are simply based around sunshine, landscape and water as art, photographs and inspiration, and striving to capture the light and special features of the places visited.

Australian climate does not really have four European or North American style seasons, except perhaps Tasmania.  Aboriginal culture incorporates five to seven seasons. Some places just have the wet and the dry. There is always someplace in the sun somewhere in Australia.  The classic Australian summer can sometimes be unpleasantly scorching hot, which is why so many flock to the beaches. Many days in Australian spring and autumn would be called summer elsewhere. This project sought to follow that summer light and feel by following climatic hints in the indigenous people's calendars of each region.

The travelling components are over now. Basically I used up the budget, so a couple of places (eg South Australia & Far North Queensland were not visited), such is life. The harder part of drawing all the inspiration together in a creative way is now underway.

I'd set up a couple of social media places that followed my journey.

Expected artistic out comes

1. About making the art – collecting reference, seeing, a sense of the place (probably PDFs)
2. Personal Coffee Table Books or each trip
3. Colours of an Australian Endless Summer
4. Our Precious Coast :: A visual essay on the coast (title likely to change)

I am be looking for sponsorship or assistance to print one or more of the books as limited editions.

Three Exhibitions (at least)
1. Summer People (A dozen small ink and acrylic sketch of beachgoers)
2. The Forgotten Ramparts (the rocks & sand holding back time and tide)
3. Colours of an Australian Endless Summer – Paintings, Photos

I am still seeking Artist Residency Opportunities, and can offer a Workshop and /or PhotoWalk to the associated art groups or communities.

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