Art of Woman

My new website ecospiritlife.com.au

For several years I have been on the email list of Matt Branding at Global Eye Images. Over this time he has given me many tips on how to improve my photography and recommended ebooks or .pdf books to read on various photography topics. He shares a lot of information about his experiences with photography and how the digital age has impacted on the photography industry. He runs a successful stock photography business.

Recently, Matt Branding introduced me to new website package designed especially for photographers that his team has put together. I was somewhat skeptical about the idea at first as the site is built using WordPress and I had no experience in WordPress (Artofwoman.com.au is built using RapidWeaver). But I was curious about a site that was built with photographers’ needs in mind.

Well, I took the plunge and bought the package and, with the aid of the comprehensive tutorials and manuals, I built my new site. When I made mistakes, the support was prompt and friendly. It would have cost an absolute fortune to pay a technician to build ecospititlife.com.au without this package.

It is with great pleasure I present:
http://ecospiritlife.com.au
Exploring ecology and spirituality with photography and commentary.

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Illuminated Musings - Review

I’m excited by a review written by Rosemary Blemings, assistant secretary and conservation officer for Field Naturalists Association of Canberra. She is an active member of Park Care groups and participates in many environmental activities around Canberra. Her review will give you an insight into my work in Illuminated Musings. She has captured the passion and meaning I aim to convey with my art. I have communicated!!

Illuminated Musings

After a period of quiet, thoughtful contemplation and practical focused work, I have created a new body of work which I am calling Ecology, Theology, Photography. It is Easter time and many people think more about God and theological things at this time of the year. I'm excited to let you know about an unusual and thought provoking exhibition.

Science, Art, Theology, Ecology - these are usually very different realms with the specialists in each field having little connections with other fields. Illuminated Musings merges these disparate realms into an enjoyable and educational experience. The exhibition is inspirational and breaks new ground.

Illuminated Musings, two local artists joining together to explore the art of abundance with encaustic paintings and Bible ecology theology with photography and montage. 

Susan Hey's encaustic paintings highlight the small delights of life in a traditional style of art using layers of wax, paint, collage and objects. Her work invites the viewer to notice everyday blessings and joys. Her work has a depth and beauty that engages the viewer and invites contemplation.

Margaret Kalms' art brings the Bible into the modern world merging science, theology and art. She brings a fresh interpretation to nature based Bible verses, using photography embellished with three dimensional objects including real ants on pins which are on loan from CSIRO entomology. This merging of ideas articulates difficult topics such as, extinct species, sustainable harvesting, weed management and the origins of language.

See Illuminated Musings at Strathnairn Homestead Gallery, 90 Stockdill Dr, Holt. The exhibition is open on Saturday 7 April, Sunday 8 April (Easter) and Friday 13, Saturday 14, Sunday 15 April 2012. Artists' talks on Saturday 14 April 2012 at 3:00pm.

Strathnairn Homestead Gallery has a pleasant cafe which serves lunch, coffee, tea and cakes and it is set amongst rural gardens and artists’ studios.

The exhibition is free to visit so bring a friend and come and have a pleasant outing in the countryside in west Belconnen, Canberra.

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“Abundance is watching a dragonfly” encaustic painting by Susan Hey
Life is a blessing. The simple things in life can delight us and inspire us. This dragon fly is fragile and has a short life, but the joy it gave will live on in this exquisite painting.


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“Not One Sparrow Falls to the Ground without your Father knowing” digital photograph and bird by Margaret Kalms
Matthew 10:29
The sparrow and crested pigeon are dead. Life and death happens around us all the time. Most of us, living our busy lives, do not notice when other species die unless it is a farm animal or a pet. God cares about the lives of all of his creation. Humans have a huge impact on other species, individuals die and whole species die. They die because of human actions. God knows when each bird (or mammal, or frog, or flower or tree) falls to the ground. There is an arrogance in the human enterprise when we think we can destroy so many living things without any consequences - as if God does not notice!

Illuminated Musings Poster

Christmas Greetings

Christmas is a time to give all people on earth good wishes and encouraging thoughts.

Again we consider the Christ child, the incarnation of God. In this child we see the wonder of God’s creativity and compassion combined. We see God becoming human, experiencing all the joys, excitement and wonder of a human body as well as the irritations, limitations, frustrations, pain and emotions of living in a physical body. This experience sanctifies all our bodies. God truly knows what it is like to be us! And God has compassion for our troubles and experiences.

God coming to earth as a baby makes parenthood a sacred calling. Unfortunately, despite a rhetoric of equality, mothers still do most of the organising and physical work of child rearing. This results in fewer hours available for their careers, so mothers take a career hit when they have children. Employers say they support families while at the same time implying that reduced hours means a lack of commitment.
(http://www.bnet.com/blog/business-strategy/women-still-pay-a-big-price-for-motherhood/981).

It is hard for mothers to feel respected when their careers crash or are blocked and the skills of mothering are disregarded in the workplace.

I am in awe of how wonderfully the human body is made. I aim to articulate the magnificent way that God made the human body through my art. The more I learn about the intricacies of how we are made the more I respect God’s creation and the more motivated I am to articulate that respect in my art. Looking forward to a productive year.

“You made all the delicate parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!” Psalm 139:13-14 Living Bible.

Christmas is also a time to re-connect with family and loved ones. We have time off work to celebrate Christmas and this gives us time to reflect on other aspects of life. It is not good to be tied exclusively to the working world and risk neglecting friends, family and other connections. It was a great joy to us that modern technology enabled us to see our son who is living overseas. May you all have enjoyable times with your friends and family over the holiday break.

Wishing you all the strength and resources to fulfil your aims and goals in the New Year.