Kayaking with Patterson Lakes Canoe Club

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Katrina and Ros photo by Nic Irwin
Touring on the bay photo by Nic Irwin
Port Phillip Bay photo by Nic Irwin

Having fun on the Saturday afternoon touring paddle with Patterson Lakes Canoe Club. Good preparation for the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency. Please donate to my fundraising campaign ‘Australia to the Arctic’ with the Australian Cultural Fund to support my participation on the residency. All donations are Tax Deductible and need to be finalised by the 25 June 2017.

Settling into my studio

Getting comfortable at the bench © Katrina Newman
Getting comfortable at the bench © Katrina Newman
Settling into my new studio McCrae
Settling into my new studio in McCrae © Katrina Newman

As you can see I’ve made substantial progress in my studio since the post about painting the floor, which I must add looks absolutely sensational now that it has been finished.  The benches and other furniture are in position so there’s almost no excuse to start creating in this beautiful place.  I just need to install a few floating shelves and give the table a coat of fresh paint before I’m ready to open the doors so that you can buy my jewellery directly from me in my studio.

I have sensational views of Port Phillip Bay and Arthur’s Seat State Park from both benches in my studio. The garden around the studio is also looking beautiful in full spring bloom. I was enchanted by the studio and the garden when I moved here in late May, I hope it will be a similar experience for you when I open my door for the first time in October.  I will host my first open weekend in October where you will be able to see how and where all my beautiful rings, earrings, pendants and necklaces are produced, please click on the Gallery link above for a display of past and present work.

Both the photos above show my two separate benches, one for making the gold and silver jewellery and the findings used to mount my lampworked beads, and the other close to the photographer for making the lamp worked glass beads.  I’m just missing the obligatory bottle of oxygen to start the torch again.

My studio will be open regularly from October, when I look forward to making you all feel very welcome.  If you need further information please click on the Contact link and send me an email.

Preparing to move

My new Studio in McCrae © Katrina Newman
My new Studio in McCrae © Katrina Newman

Wow, that illusive Australian Dream I talked about back in May 2012 is just about to become a reality.  I fell for the ambiance of a small house located in McCrae Victoria.  It’s modest but perfect for continuing my creative endeavours as a gold and silversmith and also for enjoying all the Mornington Peninsula offers.

It’s not far from beautiful Somers on Westernport Bay that has been my home for over 12 years. Everyday I feel the heart strings nearing their breaking point; it will be difficult to leave.  I have only just started packing but I have no fear (despite constant requests from friends and family seeking news of my progress ) that it will come together the closer settlement day arrives.   I expect to become grumpy short tempered and easily tired despite ongoing efforts at the local gym building my strength in preparation for all the box hauling.  It’s a new adventure.

My muse has been busy tapping on my shoulder, and whispering in my ear with new creative ideas and to remind me that I have unfinished creations that need revisiting. Unfortunately it is a little difficult to create right now as my studio has been packed into boxes and sits idol behind me.  My artwork will take centre stage in the wonderful artist studio that features at the front of the property.  It will become my sanctuary with superb views of Arthur’s Seat and Port Phillip Bay through entwined branches of local tea trees.

I look forward to welcoming you to my studio later in the year during open days where coffee and cake will be served.