The judging went well, they were a very organised group and even though I was the only judge I am happy with my choices. Judging on my own was not as daunting as it sounds; I feel as if all my years of being a quilt appraiser helped me make the decisions. As usual there were some great quilts that missed out on a prize because there are only so many prizes available.
I was staying with Beth Miller and she very kindly picked me up from the airport and took me to the Canberra Art Gallery which had a Monet exhibition on display.
|Impression Sunrise by Monet|
|Haystacks Midday by Monet|
|The Water Lily Pond by Monet|
I think my favourite painting was Saint-Lazare Station panted in 1877. It had a bit more contrast than some of his others but it was still so atmospheric.
|Saint-Lazare Station by Monet|
A visit to the Canberra Gallery wouldn't be complete without seeing Blue Poles again.
|Blue Poles by Jackson Pollock|
I also saw a painting by John Brack that I have never seen before; I thought he only painted in muted colours!
|Latin American Grand Final by John Brack|
Time was running out because the gallery closed at 5pm but I still managed to visit Yayoi Kasuma's Infinity room.
|Infinity Room by Yayoi Kasuma|
The room is fairly small and surrounded by mirrors, you had to be careful walking around because it could be disorientating. Here's a photo of me trying to make a photo.
|Infinity room by Yayoi Kasuma|
After the Judging was over the following day Beth took me to the Canberra Aboretum. It was freezing cold but we had a coffee in the cafe first and then had a quick look around. I loved the sculpture by Richard Moffatt called Nest 111.
|Nest 111 by Richard Moffatt|
There was another sculpture called Wide Brown Land but it was huge and I couldn't get it all in one photo or maybe it was too cold for me to try harder!
|Wide Brown Land by Marcos Tatton, Futago Design Studio and Chris Viney|
That was the end of my whirlwind trip to Canberra, although it was my second visit this year. The Canberra Quilters were a lovely group and took me out for dinner on the Friday night before judging. I was actually really well looked after and thoroughly enjoyed my visit.
Please look at the Canberra Quilters website to see the photos of all the winners.
Bye for now,