Friday, February 17, 2017

Upcoming - Youkobo Art Space Tokyo - Artist in Residence

Over a year ago I applied for an Artist in Residence at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo and was accepted for the month of March 2017. So now it's getting close to travel time - exciting!

I'm also thrilled to find out my recent RADF grant application to City of Gold Coast Council has been successful with support for residency at Youkobo Art Space Tokyo. With sincere thanks to Arts Queensland and City of Gold Coast for support through the RADF Germinate Program for Professional Development.

During the residency I'll be researching the '10 year project for Green Tokyo'. Tokyo has been increasing its urban tree canopy cover in the lead up to the 2020 Olympics. With greenery in urban areas assuming increasingly important roles - countering heat island effect, safeguarding against urban disasters and improving the liveability and sense of well-being for communities; the metropolis of Tokyo is an ideal location to share in discussion on this local/global issue.
You can read more about my residency plans on the Youkobo Art Space website.

If you would like to follow my travels around Tokyo and in the residence studio, I'll be posting images on my Instagram page.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Trees are the answer

It's taken me a couple of weeks to post an image of this Hoop Pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) tree, which I've observed on a neighbouring property since moving to our residence over a decade ago. Sadly the tree no longer stands after being cut down in a matter of ten minutes and crashing to the ground in an area of protected vegetation. The irony.
I don't understand.......because trees are the answer.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape Painting

'Life on the edge - Avian score' ©2016 Nicola Moss. Watercolour, gouache, graphite, monotype and acrylic on Stonehenge paper with piercing and cut outs. 106 x 156cm framed size. Courtesy of the artist and SGAR. Photographed by Carl Warner.

I enjoyed a lovely evening on Friday at the opening of the Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape Painting. The exhibition has a diverse collection of works from artists across Australia; who I'm delighted to be hanging with.
If you feel like checking out the Prize Finalist's exhibition, it's on show at the Webb Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, South Bank, Brisbane; until Saturday 25th February, 2017.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tree planting

On Saturday I joined community volunteers for a morning of tree planting at Elanda Plains in the Noosa Biosphere reserve. Supported by Noosa and District Landcare, CO2 Australia, and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service; the trees planted form part of the Australian Government's national 20 Million Trees Programme. After a couple of hours it was great to look up at the green tinge and image a future forest.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Life on the edge - Noosa National Park

For me, wet days are perfect for exploring rock pools on the ocean edge. Rich earthy hues in rock plates are saturated and dense contrasting against pools of reflected light. So many patterns to explore in the lines of geology, wave action and dwellers. This vacant little crab shell, bobbing on a pool's surface was one delight.

Plein air days

I returned to Wahpunga School Park in Kin Kin this week to work plein air alongside Kin Kin creek with Helena. After the past weeks storms, the creek pools were fuller and rippled to the sounds of fish, dragon and damselflies. Spending time working in locations engages all my senses, bringing the feeling of each environment into the marks I make and final works. I'm starting to see a body of work develop for my solo show Life on the edge, on at Noosa Regional Gallery in September next year.
Thanks for a lovely day Helena.

Morning tracks

Noosa beach, early morning walk with tracks from resident creatures.

Tewantin National Park

The tiny flower of a Lomandra species.

In October I joined a 'Walk and Talk' at Tewantin National Park. I've driven past the entrance to this Park many times without venturing in, so it was great to hear Marc Russell speak about understorey growth and plants of its different ecosystems.
Hosted by Noosa and District Landcare the group included many locals with an impressive knowledge of native flora. Thanks for a lovely and informative morning.

A Spangled drongo joined us for part of the walk.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Forest thinking

Last weekend I joined NICA (Noosa Integrated Catchment Association) members, on their Excursion No.9, to a Farm Forestry property in Kin Kin. Looking at and walking in the forest areas, planted from six years ago to present, was very inspiring. My Thanks to Mark and Pam for opening their property to us and to Stephanie and NICA for organising another informative day.

In collaboration with Noosa and District Landcare (with council support, workshops, grant funding and hard work), Mark and Pam have transformed the health and viability of their property. The benefits of change extend far beyond their own land. With land slippage areas stabilised and connected wildlife corridors established, these trees contribute to healthy environment for the broader catchment community and future generations.

I've been reading Robert MacFarlane's book Landmarks; he speaks about the way we mark land and how it marks us. It's the trees I gravitate to, so his quote of Wade Davis resonates for me "Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind". My language being visual.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Noosa National Park - Headland

I feel fortunate to have spent time over the weekend in Noosa National Park - Headland section, soaking up the magnificent Hoop Pine trees and surrounding vine forest. It's a treasure to have this environment on the coast and easily accessible to residents and visitors.
The conservation of Noosa National Park has quite a story. Plaques in the parks entry visitor area give a brief account of those involved.