March 2024 Mailbag

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Back in February Julie introduced us to the street artist Simon White who lives in Loch Sport, Gippsland, Victoria. Our team member Caroline has sent in some more of Simon's work - photographed institu.

Simon White Street Art Loch Sport (Photos: Caroline)

Caroline tells us that: The path where the paintings are located weaves its way along the foreshore via a fabulous kids playground, undercover BBQ eating area, c/w sinks AND 240volt power for the kettle to make that all important cuppa when on the road. What is not to like?

Simon White Street Art with Niky next to his namesake (Photos: Caroline)

Loch Sport like so many other communities found itself in trouble during a wildfire in October 2023 where the town was completely isolated except via boat. Transformers were brought in to provide power …thankfully the local pub could provide a much needed refuge for the locals, including of course some refreshments…but a very close call, if the weather had not changed when it did, bringing some much needed rain, I hate to think what would have been the outcome. A story so often repeated in Australia during the summer months. Caroline

Loch Sport Wildfires 2023 (Photos: Caroline)

And if you missed out on seeing Julie's earlier post on Simon White's works please follow the link below.

Simon White – A versatile artist
Today we meet a versatile Australian artist who can make the transition from large scale public murals to beautiful landscape paintings and portraits in charcoal...…

Next in our Mailbag is another item within the theme of Bushfires which ravage so many countries around the world.

Rowdy Wylie has completed a painting in recognition of the amazing work done by the team of people who manage the aerial firefighting through waterbombing.

Bushfire by John "Rowdy" Wylie

Rowdy belongs to the Victor Harbor Regional Gallery group of artists in South Australia. Recently we posted a series on the growth of art in this region and in response Rowdy received some very old black and white photographs of Victor Harbor from his friend and fellow Victor Harbor resident Rob Nankivell.

Black and white photos of Victor Harbor, South Australia, 1956 (Collage 1) (Photos: shared by Rob Nankivell)

The photos were taken by his mother and father when they were on honeymoon in Victor Harbour in 1956.

Black and white photos of Victor Harbor, South Australia, 1956 (Collage 2) (Photos: shared by Rob Nankivell)
Black and white photos of Victor Harbor, South Australia, 1956 (Collage 3) (Photos: shared by Rob Nankivell)

Aren't they just wonderful. Perhaps you have some old black and white photos you would like to share. If so please use the email at the top of the post to send them to me.

Black and white photos of Victor Harbor, South Australia, 1956 (Collage 4) (Photos: shared by Rob Nankivell)

From these old photographs to today we have seen such enormous changes in the way images are snapped. Below in response to my What a Wonderful World image posted the other day, our Interwebs Wizard Matt Cameron sent in these two photos taken with his phone!

Close up of a bee and a butterfly by Matt Cameron

And next in the mailbag we are off to India to see what Soumya has been creating of late. Seeing the Streets of Kolkata, West Bengal, India through the eyes of Soumya Kundu is so very special for us.

Soumya Kundu with his latest painting (Credit:
Close up showing some of the details in Soumya Kundu's latest painting (Credit:

And finally, E in London has sent in a link to an amazing discovery which washed up recently on the Orkney island of Sanday.

Here on the AnArt4Life blog we love anything at all to do with wood especially when it is mixed with the sea. From time to time we showcase the amazing paintings of Australian marine artist Bob Carter (another one coming up soon) and perhaps you have seen the seascapes created by from Kevin McKay. Use the blog search icon to see works by these two artists.

‘Incredible’ old shipwreck found washed up on Orkney beach
A section of a vessel, possibly hundreds of years old, may have been released from the seabed by storms.