As we all know, the Mail never fails and continues to deliver to the remotest corners of the world. Here is the Royal Mail van on the Island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides only a little more than 2,000 miles from the North Pole.
And a graphic reminder of how far north we are and how far back in time is the given below with the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village on Lewis where people still live in the renovated houses and yes, the mail is delivered here - of course!!
And there is no better segue to use to the next item than the existence of remote islands to the marvellous series we have run on the sailing ship era as painted by Australian marine artist Robert Carter.
Robert's painting of the Bretagne caught the eye of fellow artist John Rowdy Wylie who commented:
What a magnificent composition.... a scene of tranquility... highlighting the open "salty" air.. the freedom of the of the "wind" in the sails... while sailing & tacking with the breeze... the only "sound" is the sea gulls & the waves breaking over the ships bow... The two masted.... gaff rigged... Tasmanian Ketch is confident in her direction!!! Thankyou... Anne & Robert for the marvellous post & the "Bretagne" painting "master piece"... All the Best... Rowdy..
And now we are going to segue to a cat!! Why? Because often cats lived aboard the sailing ships. In fact Matthew Flinders circumnavigated Australia with his cat Trim who I believed helped sometimes with drawing up the maps of our coastline!
But today's cat is Micky and belongs to my cousin Gayle.
Micky is a very lucky cat as the portrait was painted by Australian artist Helen Gray who combines art and science to produce beautiful art works as you can see above with Micky's portrait.
Here on the AnArt4Life blog we have written a couple of posts on Helen's work which you can read by following the bookmark links below. I have also included a link to Helen's website for those of you who would like to know more.
And thank you Gayle and Micky for sharing the stunning portrait showing off Helen's artistic skill and Micky's handsome looks!
The next item in the mailbag comes from D. our Roving Reporter in Central Victoria who recently reminded me of the artistic talent of Bendigo artist Jenny Carrington. Jenny has just joined the Facebook group Bendigo Openstudios with these images to showcase her talent.
Please check out an Art4Life past post on the works of Jenny Carrington who took us back stepping through the landscape of my childhood in Central Victoria. And I have also included a bookmark link through to the Bendigo Openstudios FB page for those of you who use this social media platform.
And in a very different style blog follower and contributor Soumya Kundu from Kolkata, India has produced a wonderfully interesting watercolour painting of Ganesh.
DownUnder we are heading into a very hot summer but going through my photos from my recent trip to the UK I am reminded that the Northern Hemisphere is fast approaching winter. Just before I left London for home I took this shot of the glorious autumn sun rising over Regent's Park - one of my most favourite landscapes in the world. A huge thank you to my London family for looking after me and for sharing their beautiful park with me.
And to conclude - a very special thank you to all the key workers throughout the world who do so much to keep us safe. I took this photo recently in London.