Blog Subscribers Update

I love it when I get feedback from the Blog Subscribers. Here is some of the news from our Blog Base.

N. of Wheelers Hill has been in Sri Lanka and brought me an incredible present of an image of a Sri Lankan leopard done using the burnt stick technique (pyrography) which we looked at in a very early Blog. Isn't the detailed work amazing.

I have been to Sri Lanka and have seen a leopard but unfortunately a very, very long way in the distance. It is a very beautiful island and I can recommend a visit. The people are wonderful, the food for those of you who like hot and spicey is incredible and the scenery breathtaking.

D. in Bendigo works in the tourist industry and keeps me up to date with Art Happenings in Bendigo, the most Artistic Country Centre in Australia. She sent me this link to this incredible artist Frankie O (O’Toole) who is having a One Drawing a Day Exhibition at the moment. You can check her out on Instagram
And on Facebook at
I will be doing a Blog feature on Frankie O very soon.

J. of Sandringham was lucky enough to see a Frida Kahlo Exhibition and has sent me some of the photos she took of Frida’s wonderful paintings.

I hope you can read this image because it explains why Frida painted 65 self portraits - nearly half of all her paintings. As she says I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better. Isn’t it interesting to think about what captivates our creative minds? Soon, we will look at the subject matters painted over and over again by different artists. And discuss why they did this.
Here we see Frida at her easel watched over by her husband Diego Rivera. Their’s was a tumultuous marriage, rivals yet respectful of each other’s talent.

And this image of Frida has captured the sadness that dominated much of her life.

Embodied in the painting below are the elements that constituted Frida Kahlo as we say goodbye to her works for the time being. In this painting, completed in 1949, Frida expressed her feelings about love and life and death. This painting has many elements of Mexican mythology. In her arm she is holding her husband Diego Rivera like a baby. Diego has a face and body of adult man and also have a third eye in his forehead, which is a symbol for wisdom but he is depicted as a baby need to be nursed by the woman, which is Frida herself. Both of them are being held by the Aztec Earth Mother, Cihuacoatl, which is a character in Mexican mythology and made from clay and rock. The outermost image is the Universal Mother who is holding everything and half dark, half bright. A local journalist wrote this about Frida Kahlo: " It is impossible to separate the life and work of this extraordinary person. Her paintings are her biography." Here again in this painting, Frida presents so many elements, life, death, night, day, moon, sun, man and woman all in a recurring dichotomy. (

J has also updated me on the arch of the Azure window in Gozo that I featured a couple of days ago, J is one of the subscribers who has visited Malta and saw the arch but has now sadly reported the arch has fallen down! Similar to our Apostles along The Great Ocean Road (Victoria) which now number seven!

I also didn’t know that Mdina (Malta’s old capital) is known as the silent city and usually (according to J) you only hear church bells and the clip clop of the local Karozzin (horse drawn carriages) as no vehicles are allowed.

According to J., Valetta’s St John’s Co-Cathedral is an artistic gold mine, filled with amazing art works. And with that in mind, J has written a Blog for us on St John’s which introduces us to the artist Mattia Preti who was responsible for many of the paintings in the baroque churches of Malta.

And so until tomorrow when the Blog will be from the hand of J. of Sandringham, my new 2IC.

Anne Newman

Oil Painter in realistic genre style, predominantly buildings and people. To continue the discussion contact Anne on or phone +61 407 516 522

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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