A Labour of Love

10 March 2019

Australia’s Labour Day comes but once a year.

By contrast, my personal Labour Day comes around with incredible frequency. In fact, if I were an ox, I would buckle under my yoke. But since I am female, and that makes me a cow… better not go there.

What I am trying to say is this: Some people think that a painting is something that just happens. You half-close your eyes, and the thing more or less does itself.


You could say painting is like gardening. You dig in your brain for ideas. You rake the ground for ideas. You shovel the muck for ideas… you get the idea.

Are you familiar with Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’?

Inspired by that work, but replanted into a small outpost of Castlemaine, here are my ‘Demoiselles de Chewton‘ or ‘Ladies of Chewton‘. This is how I imagine them in the gold rush era. They didn’t contort themselves in misery, as they might well have done. No. They got on with it. Labour Day every day.


‘Les Demoiselles de Chewton’
Oil on canvas, 111 cm x 84 cm
$ 3,500-

May your labours yield nothing but gold.

And speaking of Castlemaine, the biennial Castlemaine State Festival is taking place later this month, from March 22-31 2019, and I’ll be opening my studio doors every day from 10am-5pm. Do come and visit! The studio address is: 50 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450, Australia.