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Journal

Tough Times

I received this in my inbox this week. At first I thought it was the gallery’s usual chatty newsletter, then I read on….

Dear Friends of Paintbox

Last month we sold a large painting from the gallery to a customer at St Andrews on the outskirts of Melbourne. In these tough economic conditions it was a great sale and we rejoiced accordingly with a good bottle of red.

We arranged the delivery details with Isak at Woollahra Art Removals our regular Sydney-Canberra-Melbourne art couriers and received an email from the buyers announcing its safe arrival and their delight at seeing it for the first time. They had purchased it sight unseen(from our website) but with other paintings by the same artist, they knew the quality of the work. With the terrible fires over the weekend, the to…

Devastation

I cannot find words to describe how horrified I am by the tragedies that have occurred in the last 48 hours in Victoria. I used to live in Healesville, my parents used to live in St. Andrews, I have friends in Toolangi whom I am still trying to contact and my sister has almost certainly lost her holiday property in Kinglake – thankfully she was nowhere near it at the weekend. I now live in the Adelaide Hills, which by some miracle escaped unscathed after a day of above 40 degree temperatures and gusty winds.

I love the Australian bush, I feel suffocated when I’m in the suburbs, but I am wondering if we are all utterly crazy, expecting to be able to continue living with impunity amongst trees that are superbly equipped to turn into flaming torches seconds after a cigarette en…