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A Beastly Show in Castlemaine

2 March 2020

At Studio Rapp, in the historic centre of Castlemaine, a mad-as-an-emu-on-her-washing-day exhibition will run from March 7 to 31, 2020.   OUR BEASTLY FRIENDS, a collection of 16 animal characters, will amuse and delight those who have not quite grown up yet, just like its creator Katharina Rapp. No longer a spring chicken, she follows Read more…

Do You Believe in Magic?

21 December 2019

The world has gone crazy, and in the face of that, I’ve decided to rebel. Not so much by protesting in the streets and getting arrested in a glamorous red coat, à la Jane Fonda – though I’m all for that, especially in the name of preserving our natural world – but more in the Read more…

Hitting the Right Note

12 November 2019

Let me tell you how my latest painting came about. It happened in Woop Woop. All creatures great and small – cows, horses, donkeys, geese, goats and sheep – gathered for a meeting in the farm shed. Big Bull was to announce the week’s news. As usual, he stood on the shearing platform, waiting until Read more…

The End of Opera Season

16 October 2019

The end of winter is behind us here in Australia, and so, sadly, is the opera season. Are you ready to let it go? If you have sobbed your way through Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, or wallowed in the electrifying sensuality of Bizet’s Carmen, you will be sad that these good things have to come to Read more…

A Nice Smile Says It All

6 September 2019

Are your teeth in perfect alignment? If so, we can help you stop feeling like a boring magazine model. Thank goodness, times they are a-changing. We are now in the Age of Heightened Individuality. Dr Crocodontist is a superbly trained specialist. He will take one look at your ivories and pull you (ouch) out of Read more…

If You Were a Mouse

30 July 2019

Here in Australia, it’s cold outside. If you were a mouse, what would you do? Would you not throw caution to the wind and move into the nearest, the most luxuriously appointed designer mansion? This is exactly what Sir Reginald Rootlemouse decided to do. As you can tell, he is not your average little mouse. Read more…

The Importance of Not Being Earnest

31 May 2019

There are two totally different artists who are close to my heart. One is the contemporary German painter Michael Sowa, with his quaint, charming surrealism; and the other is American Dr Suess, whose quote I paste in here below: “Nonsense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps develop a sense of humor, which is Read more…

Drama in the Bedroom

4 May 2019

A few nights ago we had the mother of all thunderstorms. At first, I woke up and listened to the soothing patter of rain on the roof. How wonderful. What a relief. Man and beast—and garden—have been waiting for this godsend for weeks. Gosh, I thought, the rain’s getting heavier, in fact, it sounds like Read more…

A Fashion Tip for Easter

16 April 2019

It’s that time of year when the weather is starting to turn, and the nights are growing cool. To ward off any pesky head-colds, here is a sure-fire remedy: a recipe found in a monk’s chest in a remote mountain range at the back of Transylvania. Ingredients Take one fluffy white rabbit Method Place rabbit Read more…

Ahoy There! Castlemaine Festival is in full swing.

26 March 2019

Shiver me timbers! The Castlemaine State Festival is in full swing, and the town, which has been sleepy for weeks in the intense summer heat, is suddenly abuzz. Clowns are swinging from the rafters, musicians are kicking up their heels, and waiters are swinging their trays through the throngs at the rate of knots. The Read more…

For Good Luck

21 March 2019

Preparing for a Festival exhibition always carries with it a certain amount of stress. Working away in my studio, I was interrupted by some upsetting news. After that phone call I was not myself. When I went to the sink to clean out my brushes, I had an accident with the bottle of turps. What Read more…

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: Read more…

Do You Spark Joy?

24 February 2019

Something tells me that even you will have heard of Marie Kondo, the Japanese tidying-up queen who teaches you how to keep only the things that spark joy. * Will you hang on to that single rank rugby sock that once covered the cherished foot of a lover? * Will you keep the photo that Read more…

Anatomy of a Painting

6 February 2019

Today’s painting may be just a tad eccentric, but that’s nothing new, is it? Blame the current heat wave—it made me dream of fresh sea breezes… As a norm, I don’t like people looking over my shoulder at a work in progress. They see only what’s in front of them, whereas I can see the Read more…

Nosy Parkers Galore

15 January 2019

Finger-print forensic science is so yesterday. What I need right now is a forensic detective who specialises in nose-prints. If such a thing should exist, then I would like to keep an eye on the culprits who left their flat, nasal calling cards on an otherwise pristine pane of glass. The situation has gone completely Read more…

Happy New Year, from Studio Rapp

1 January 2019

Were you tucked safely in bed by 10 pm on New Year’s Eve, like yours truly? Or are you an altogether less boring person and you celebrated way into the wee hours, and in grand style? Do you have a sore head now? (ha ha, I could have told you so) Is your head in Read more…

Studio Rapp – New Premises, New Beginnings

10 December 2018

As you can see, I am in a quaintly old-fashioned frame of mind tonight. Maybe the first glass of seasonal port has something to do with it? Here’s to your health! A good port is the colour of ruby, rich and full of depth, and it reminds me of the past twelve months which were Read more…