Of gypsies, first dates, teenage years, the bra boys and girls and others....

Again, it’s not finished but it’s reached that stage…..

…..I’ll start a new one, just in case but, very likely, on Tuesday, at Hazelhurst, Melissa will make suggestions that will have me working on it there for the whole three hours.
When I brought it last Tuesday, as I was starting work on it, there was some amusement about how every one of my paintings has a story attached.
In this case, it has to do with the 50 Year Reunion of Maroubra Bay High School ex-students.
This young lady was the first girl ever to come on a date with me. That traditional one: The High School Dance.
She did not attend Maroubra Bay High but a close friend (They called each other cousins.) of hers did and I’d met her at a birthday party, given by that cousin.
For this painting I copied a black-and-white photo, taken on another occasion, a birthday party, not in Maroubra, but in Bondi, where the theme was: Fancy Dress.
Thus the subject here: gypsies.
I still feel the slight embarrassment. Not long in Australia, my parents both working hard to build a new life here, we were not well-off. (Although we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.)
A mohair jumper, jeans, and a bit of black paint, on my cheeks, had to do. For me I was quite out of character.
I hoped that I looked like a Hippie.
It was the time when Rock ‘n Roll was new.
She and I also did a mean cha-cha!!
I’m currently spending far too much time, tweaking: mbhs59.ning.com as we are publicising the reunion and taking bookings (registrations) for the MBHS Reunion.

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I’m very busy with a website publicising our high school reunion and so my mind is on the early sixties and the teenage years.

In 1969, I enrolled in the “Art Teachers Conversion Course”. It was my first experience of formal art lessons. Soon other interests prevailed, until, I had lunch, in Hazelhurst and then enjoyed the art classes there. Culminating in my exhibition, in 2008.

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