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21 November 2007 31 comments

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Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. ~G.B. Stern

A big big thank you to all my Wonderful Readers who have commented on my progress in Art over the last 12 months...... your comments and interest have been inspirational !!!!!

I have been having a few problems with my computer recently so I apologize to those readers who are getting errors on my page....
I would appreciate any comments if the errors are specific.....

I will be taking a break until the 1st December....
(I think I have a mild case of bloggers' block at the moment !)
I have enabled comment moderation as I have had a recent attack of the spams !!!

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Warhol portrait of Conrad Black sold !!!

16 November 2007 25 comments

Update on Christie's auction this week

A portrait of Conrad Black was sold for $240,000 (£116,000) at Christie’s in New York on Wednesday to help pay off the former media baron’s debts.

Christie's is holding its bi-annual Post War and Contemporary Art Sale

A Los Angeles art dealer, Michael Kohn, bought the portrait, one of four which Andy Warhol made in 1981, when Black was 37.

Portrait of Conrad Black", measuring 40 inches square, was part of a sale by the world’s largest auction house that has confounded fears of a collapse in the contemporary art market as the credit crunch in the US has hit the spending power of even the very rich.

In the first session, on Tuesday night, a Warhol portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, owned by the actor Hugh Grant, went for $23.6m after Christie’s had predicted a sale price of at least $25m. [more]

Important Notice !!!!

The Win a Free Portrait for Christmas Deadline is now 21st December !!!!

Click here for details.....

Integrity and Attitude !!

John @ Homeless Family Blog very kindly awarded me with the Bloggers with Integrity Award passed on to him by Shinade

I'm passing this award on to

Adam @ MY ONLINE WORLD....for being such an active "shouter" at Digg

Leigh @ All for Women
All for Women is an online community for every day Women to get together and chat, make friends, and get support and advice on all stages of life. Topics include Parenting, cooking and recipes, pets, hobbies, health and beauty and much more.
and do check out Leigh's Sisterhood of the travelling Bra..... one word ...Fun !!!!

Megan @ Imaginif.....for all the wonderful work she is doing with her BlogLog Community and Child Protection...
here's what she says about the community
A Child Protection Community. Imaginif, no child abuse.
Welcome to YOUR child protection community. Our collective faces say we support the end of child abuse. Membership gives you a positive link (Wednesday after join) a randomly ascribed anonymous blogging buddy. Someone gets you to visit support too.

and the Elf just because he is the Blog Elf and he loves getting stuff !!!

my terrific gal pal Mary Ann @ Maryannaville™
gave me this great attitude award passed onto her by Colin ....
thanks MA you're the best !!!!

I am passing this on to....

Kimmy @ purplefrogcat 2

Maunie @ Maunie's Place

Jos @ NoDirectOn (not: NoDirection)

and the Elf !!!!

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I saw this great word meaning game over at Leighs and couldn't resist playing....
I won 500 grains of rice before I got knocked out.....very addictive and educational !!!!

thanks Mary Ann

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My blog is worth $195,895.38.
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Portrait of Kelly

13 November 2007 33 comments

Gouache on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
90cm x 1m

On the Easel
on the easel

Alexander and Kelly

My son...Alexander asked me recently if I would
paint a portrait of Kelly (his girlfriend).
It's Kelly's birthday this month......
Alexander took some great photos and I used these as reference.....

Click on the images to enlarge

You could win a Free Portrait for Christmas !!!!!
Click here for details.....

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Be the Blog in Midnight Oil !!!!

12 November 2007 18 comments

Be The Blog award

Mark from Me And My Drum
has created this wonderful new blogging badge, Be The Blog.
This award has travelled to Christy of Writers' Reviews,
who then awarded Jos from NoDirectOn (not: NoDirection)
who awarded it to laketrees. Thanks so much Jos !!!!!
Mark said: "This badge is for bloggers who make their blog their own,
stay with it, interact with their readers, and have fun!"
and passed this on to those bloggers that in his own words
"are showing time and time again that they are
true to themselves and that
they ARE their blog"

Here is this list of recipients...EllenColinDawnSandeeSantaJoelBrownMikeEricDerek
GrahamMarkBuckyShinadeKimPolliHuubBobbie & JerryAnnAprilThe Blog ElfZubliMagical Golden CatPurpleFrogCat

To accommodate a variety of blog themes, Mike has created three different “flavors” of badges: Creamy Cabernet, Midnight Oil, (which happens to be one of my favourite Aussie Rock Bands as well) and Pink Smoothie.
Yum...they sound scrumptious !!!!

I am passing the award on to

Lynda @ PERIPHERAL VISION - Inner Sights by Lynda Lehmann - a fantastic artist and photographer !!!!

Renny @ RennyBA's Terella - who has just been placed 3rd in the 2007 Weblog awards for the best European Blog

Simone @ Outfit Inspirations who recently wrote an inspirational post on an Inspirational Australian Writer... Janet Shaw ........

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Remembrance Day

11 November 2007 15 comments

The Last Train Home
Mixed Media

1.7m x 1.9m

Remembrance Day is the day Australians remember those who have died in war.

In 1918 the armistice that ended World War I came into force, bringing to an end four years of hostilities that saw 61 919 Australians die at sea, in the air, and on foreign soil. Few Australian families were left untouched by the events of World War I - 'the war to end all wars' most had lost a father, son, daughter, brother, sister or friend.

At 11am on 11 November we pause to remember the sacrifice of those men and women who have died or suffered in wars and conflicts and all those who have served during the past 100 years.
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Related Links:

The Last Train Home....almost finished

The Last Train Home

World War 1

The Barker Boys

Remembrance Day in America

"A Pittance of Time"- The 11th Hour, the 11th Day, the 11th Month at Maryannaville™

Mville Mauigirl Archie Diane Hootin'Anni Christina Kelly Boyd

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A Must See Film !!!!!

9 November 2007 16 comments

Both my Grandmother and my Auntie on my Father's side both suffered from Alzheimer’s disease before they passed away.
This film will be a must see for me.
Julie Christie is one of my favourite actresses.

Away From Her is the lyrical screenplay adaptation of celebrated author Alice Munro’s short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”.
Away From Her is a beautifully moving love story that deals with memory and the circuitous, unnameable paths of a long marriage. Married for 50 years, Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona’s (Julie Christie) commitment to each other appears unwavering, and their everyday life is full of tenderness and humour. This serenity is broken only by the occasional, carefully restrained reference to the past, giving a sense that this marriage may not always have been such a fairy tale. This tendency of Fiona’s to make such references, along with her increasingly evident memory loss, creates a tension that is usually brushed off casually by both of them. As the lapses become more obvious and dramatic, it is no longer possible for either of them to ignore the fact that Fiona is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. [ More]


More Movie Reviews

The Blue Ribbon Bloggers is a multi-author community blog made up of all the incredible people that were blessed to receive the rare and retired Original Blue Ribbon Blogger blog award by the original Blog Fairy (Francesca).

Art as Investment at PoeARTica

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Mick Fanning - Aussie Surfer wins World Title !!!!!

7 November 2007 19 comments

Alexander surfing

Alexander's mate Ryan surfing

My son Alexander is over the moon !!!
being a surfing fanatic he was all smiles this morning when he told me
that Mick Fanning has won the Surfing World Title
Fanning is the first Australian to win the title in eight years.... the last Australian winner was Mark Occhilupo back in 1999.
Read more about the event here:

Fanning wins world title (ABC News)
Australia's Mick Fanning claimed his first men's world surfing championship at the Santa Catarina Pro event in Brazil overnight....more

Mick Fanning - Official Site

the designers of Mick Fannings website...... word for their web designs....brilliant !!!!

Magical Golden Blogger

A big thank you to The Magical Golden Cat for this very special award ...

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The Melbourne Cup - 2007

5 November 2007 45 comments

The day Australia stands still !!!

Tuesday 6, November 2007


Tuesday November 6 November 2007.....7pm

and the Winner is EFFICIENT !!!!!!

2nd place...PURPLE MOON

3rd place....MAHLER

4th place....ZIPPING

congratulations to Tami who has won the MYSTERY PRIZE!!!!
(which was a free portrait)
Tami is my niece and her Mum ...Bianca @ The Barker Boys....put the family's tips in 15 minutes before the race started....
thanks to everyone for putting your tip in .....
the race was a blast and I won about $650 ....which was a wonderful bonus and a first for me ....

The $5.1 million Emirates Melbourne Cup is more than just a horse race - it is a 145-year old social and cultural tradition that 'stops the nation'. This spectacular event is the focal point of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

7.30am - Turnstiles Open
9.00am - Flemington TV ON AIR
10.20am - First of 10 races. Full racing information available now
10.30am - MYER Fashions on the Field at Flemington Registration
2.20pm - Pre Cup Entertainment begins
3.00pm - The 2007 Emirates Melbourne Cup
(Aust Eastern Summer Time -GMT+10)

Visit flemington to read all about this exciting event......

Well worth visiting are:

Victoria Racing Club Information
Final field for the 2007 Emirates Melbourne Cup

Race Day Restaurants

Melbourne Cup Fashions
Myer Fashions on the Field at Flemington

I'll be having a flutter on the race as I do every keep your fingers crossed...... I haven't picked a winner yet....I fancy Eskimo Queen and Princess I always go for the royal names.... though Sculptor (a New Zealand horse) might have a leg in too.....because of it's artistic name....
have a look at the form and feel free to give me your tips could win a mystery prize from me if you can pick the winner of The Melbourne Cup 2007.....

Click here to view the list of horses

horses taken so far:

Sculptor (Cooper) Sirmione (Simone) Purple Moon (Diane)
Scenic Shot (Colin) Mahler (Sue) Master O'Reilly (Pearl)
Blutigeroo (Lisa) Tawqeet (Deborah) Efficient (The Barker Boys)

note...I am no longer a member at BlogCatalog.....
Their methods of communicating are very unprofessional!!!!!

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The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

2 November 2007 19 comments

I received this entry form in the post this week...
I will probably enter the portrait of Alexander....

About Moran

The Moran Health Care Group is the benefactor of the two Moran Prizes.
Established in 1956 by Doug and Greta Moran, The Moran Health Care Group is a family-run, aged-care provider. Doug Moran was inspired by the Australian public’s love of portraiture to create the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. He also wanted to create a vehicle to support established and developing artists. A skilled painter herself, Greta Moran has worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize since its inception in 1988.Her son, Mark Moran – Director of Operations for the Group – continues the family tradition with Moran’s patronage of a new arts initiative, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, now in its second year.

Judges for the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2008



Moran Prizes

Linky Love Diane Lynda Cooper Boyd Lisa Lakshmi Colin Saboma Deborah

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Portrait of Sue

1 November 2007 17 comments

Graphite, Charcoal and Gouache
on Arches Paper
42cm x 60cm

The other winner of the first Win A Free Portrait for Christmas was Sue

click on the image to see a larger version

21 days to get your entries in for the next Win A Free Portrait

for Christmas Competition....

Details here

Linky Love: Saboma Boyd Colin Diane Pearl Lynda Lisa Deborah

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About The Author
Kim Barker is a Visual Artist (Diploma in Art and Graduate Diploma in Education). She is also a fully trained Reading Recovery Teacher. She has taught RAD (Royal Academy of Dancing) and Cecchetti Ballet Syllabii. Kim also manages the Top Artist' Directory and PoeARTica as well as her blog laketrees She lives with her family on the Eastern Central Coast of Australia. Follow Kim at laketrees on Twitter for updates and news