Journal

Change of painting title

To all the groups who have so kindly accepted my latest painting “Nature’s gift” I have now changed the title to: “We are young and free………”
This is a line out of the Australian national anthem which I feel more suits the subject matter.

SoJie 22

MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie 22!


Deep reflections, Venice
by Freda Surgenor

   

Shallow mooring
by Freda Surgenor

   


   Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition…
 

I am very excited to have my art selected, from over 73000 works of art, to exhibit in SoJie 22. SoJie 22 takes its name from the first letters of Solo’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. This month is only the 22nd one, ever, and 75 other artists, besides myself, are represented.

Winners of the invitational will be announced on June 27th, when a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded in three categories: digital art, photography, and traditional art.

Non members, as well as members, ARE welcome to view all of the work nominated. So I hope that you will click the show banner, above, and follow the link to view my f

Joining the SoJie 19 ring

MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie 19!


Red ribbons
by Freda Surgenor

 
 


Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition…
 

I am very excited to have my art selected to exhibit in SoJie 19. SoJie 19 takes its name from the first letters of Solo’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. 91 other artists, besides myself, have human figurative art or photography in the show.

Winners of the invitational will be announced on October 2nd, when a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, in addition to special judges’ awards, will be awarded in three categories: digital art, photography, and traditional art.

Non members, as well as members, ARE welcome to view all of the work nominated. So I hope that you will click the show banner, above, and follow the link to view my fellow exhibitors. The works are shown “gallery si

*MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie 6!*


The old wooden boat
by Freda Surgenor

Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition…

I am very excited to have my art selected, from over 43000 works of art, to exhibit in SoJie 6. SoJie 6 takes its name from the Solo Exhibition group’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. This month is only the 6th one, ever, and 62 other artists, besides myself, are represented.…

Winners of the invitational will be announced on September 1st, when a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded in three categories: digital art, photography, and traditional art.

Non members, as well as members, ARE welcome to view all of the work nominated. So I hope that you will click the show banner, above, and follow the link to view my fellow exhibitors. The works are shown “gallery size” and are beautiful, seen together.

If you do

Home at last

It was so good to get back home and get down to work!

Thank you all for your very nice comments and faves on my little first Venice pic.

There will be lots more, plus some Spanish ones too.
It’s so exciting to have new reference material.

Florence

Today was great, we walked around Florence with a guide all to ourselves, which cost a lot but was worth it. We saw the Michelangelo David and also quite a lot of his other sculptures. We missed out on the Uffizzi Gallery which is apparently the best one but, quite frankly, we got to another gallery with a lot of good works anyway and our poor guide talked her self silly, but was very informative and lots of fun.…

Tomorrow we are off to Sienna and another town I cant pronounce|

Then Milan on Thursday, we spend 2 days in Milan and arrive back on Monday morning and Dave will return to work on Tuesday.

I cant believe that our holiday is nearly finished. It will be just over 5 weeks and we will return to nearly summer. Today was sunny and cool, more like Sydney winter temps which is not at al

Venice and beyond

Here we are at last in Florence.
Were going on a city walking tour today and to a local country tour tomorrow.…

Venice was amazing and great for me, sunny|

You will no doubt be pleased that I got app 400 photos of Venice, looking along canals by the dozen and lots of shots of old buildings with great reflections, sort of front views. Venice is truly a very paintable city, as far as I am concerned, just all water, old lovely buildings and reflections with quite a few boats thrown in.

We actually went on a gondola, not a bona fide ride costing 80 euros each, but on a ferry that crossed the grand canal rowed, or is it sculled, by two gondoliers in the striped jerseys.

Today, for the first time in all this holiday, its cloudy, I will take photos, of course, but I prefer ones with sun in, so muc

Spain and back

We went to Spain and our friends made us so welcome and walked us off our feet!
They took us to Malaga, Granada and Malpaya and showed us the old towns in each area. Beautiful narrow cobbled streets with old houses leaning out over them.
In Granada, we saw tiny shops where a guitar maker sat making guitars. Such tiny places each with only one man in it.
Everywhere we went, our friends knew people and could speak Spanish, which the Spanish people love, when someone has taken the trouble to learn their language.

Back in the UK, we have visited friends and rellies and caught up on the years apart. And Dave met a newly discovered first cousin.
Tomorrow we travel to Venice and will spend 3 days there. I hope to get some nice photos for painting.

An update from England

Well, here we are in the old country!
We are staying with our daughter and her husband.
We did a bit of sight seeing in New York and Washington and became thoroughly exhausted!!!
But are well rested here.
We are based in Eltham, which is far south London, right on the edge of the country.
We saw Eltham Palace, which is really old, like Henry VIII stayed there with Anne Bolyne and it was already old then. It is a small castle with a real moat round it. And lovely.
Tomorrow we go to visit our friends in Spain.

Here we are in New York

Hi everybody.
First I must thank you for your kind comments and replies to my last journal entry.
Also to the faves.…

The wedding in Las Vegas went off really well. There were 30 of us from the UK and Oz. We had a private room at the Venetian Hotel after a very nice ceremony at the Little Church of the West. I must say, the registrar looked very surprised that there were so many people there and all dressed up. He exceeded himself and made a fine little speech. We got a whole 6 and a half minutes!

Lovely to see our flower so happy and such a nice husband.

Then we came on to NY. How huge, how vibrant, so many people, so tall. so so tiring!
We have done the bus tour around the city, I kept falling asleep, even though we were on the top of the bus with a tour guide yelling through a microphone!
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