Kate Hughes

wind, sand and stars
August 29, 2009, 9:38 pm
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And yet you go on sinking. The whole sky seems to be coming down on you. You begin to feel like the victim of some cosmic accident. You cannot land anywhere, and you try in vain to turn round and fly back into those zones where the air, as dense and solid as a pillar, had held you up. That pillar has melted away. Everything here is rotten and you slither about in a sort of universal decomposition while the cloud-bank rises apathetically, reaches your level, and swallows you up.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery in Wind, Sand and Stars.

A whole other type of void.


intimate space
August 28, 2009, 10:17 pm
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The spaces that surround us are an extension of the self. Today I visited Breanna in order to explore her relationship with the place she inhabits. Drawn from life the colouring was done after. I hope it does justice to the delicate pastel tones of her room.

August 27, 2009, 10:14 pm
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Frozen hands can’t draw, nothing better for warming chilled joints than a cast iron teapot seeping its heat into the surrounding air.

first australians
August 26, 2009, 9:53 pm
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An amazing series that charts the colonisation of Australia through the perspective of the first Australians. The stories of individuals, both natives and colonisers, allows the impact of empire to unfold. If you have a few hours to spare all seven documentary episodes can be watched on SBS’s video player – go to ‘watch full episodes’ and select First Australians on the menu to the right.

Episode two covers Darwin’s theory that Australian Aborigines were a dying race. This allowed whites to absolve themselves of the guilt of genocide. The repercussions of this theory are still clearly felt in many of the attitudes to issues tsurrounding the current living standards of remote Aboriginal communities. These undercurrents can be felt in the writings of academics such as Germaine Greer. I highly recommend Marcia Langton’s retaliation to Greer’s writing and the debate between the two.

Marcia Langton is an indomitable woman.

Marcia Langton

August 24, 2009, 10:06 pm
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The beach on cold, windy days, inhospitable, the clouds pour over, a curtain of darkness. Today reminded me of this little picture from long ago, the suburbs I live in at their best. I experience them alone on days like these, too cold for the dog walkers, I face the wind coming off the water, look inland, heading home to peppermint tea and woolen socks.

home 2 and 3
August 22, 2009, 10:22 pm
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I’m reveling in the memories that drawing this series is bringing up, gardens that felt like an entire wilderness and walled in flower beds overhanging fish ponds, perfect for imagined fairies. Feelings are going to become a little more fraught when I get up to some more recently departed homes.

I’m working on Magnani Pescia paper and I’m not happy with it. It has a beautiful almost fuzzy softness to it but anywhere the paper has become saturated it gives a mottled appearance. Any recommendations for favorite hot pressed watercolour papers would be appreciated.

Looking over these again I am so disappointed with the paper, I think I may have to start over again.

August 21, 2009, 10:49 pm
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The beginning of a planned series of restrained watercolours, this is my first home. Currently between homes, temporarily accommodated in a place that once was home but is no longer I seek refuge in memories of settlement. No looming shadows as the memories are weak and mellow, more to do with my favorite yellow bathers than the structure of place.