H Steve Cook, subscriber and contributor to the AnArt4Life blog worked 46 years for Australia Post, starting as a Junior Postal Officer, Postie, Postal Clerk, Senior Postal Clerk, and finally retired as Postal Manager (Old Postmaster). He has a collection of some of the advertising posters for new editions of stamps which he is happy to share with us. So for the next few monthly mailbags we are going to see some of the Australian stamps from the time when Steve helped keep the mail rolling out across Australia and indeed the world!!
And it was this Steve who wrote in about Rowdy Wylie's recent aquisition of a print of the Explorer Edward John Eyre and his Aboriginal companion Wylie. If you missed this post please click here. Steve goes on to say:
Hello everyone. I have just read yesterday's blog about our great local artist one John Rowdy Wylie. So, my question is do you think that you and E J Eyre's friend might be related? Just sayin!!!!
Love your blog. It is so good to see John's talent displayed for all subscribers to see. I wish I had a fraction of John's talent. Blowed if I know where you find the time cobber but we're all glad you do. I don't think I'd seen that Broken Hill one before Rowdy. Not always easy to get rust right but you've done a great job.
This is the painting by Rowdy being referred to by Steve and it is also one of my favourites.
And speaking of Rowdy Wylie - he has been out scrounging around in Op Shops looking for for more treasures to take home. Recently he came across these books on Australian Outback Art.
Noting the book by Clarrie Cox reminded me that we have a series of AnArt4Life posts on Clarrie's paintings of buildings from all around Australia. Interestingly Clarrie didn't travel to these places (except once!) but rather researched them in the local library where he gathered the images of old buildings which form his oeuvre.
New subscribers might like to take a few minutes to browse through these past posts on Clarrie Cox who was always seen as a bonza bloke!
Did you see the Summer is on its way painting by English artist Philip Johnson about two weeks ago? Mary in Ireland wrote in to say:
A lovely and timely reminder thanks Anne. Its shaping up to be a wet and miserable start to the week here in Ireland. The snow was a brief interlude in a dreary damp week.
And here is Mary's pristine snow....
We conclude today with another video by Willie Takatosi Cox and his incredible moving paper art. Willie also reminds us that:
It's not the destination - it's the journey!