September Mailbag No 1

As with last month, we again have a very full mailbag and will therefore have two mailbag posts for September. Thank you to everyone who is communicating with us by sending in items of interest. And it's a wonderful day as we can welcome our first subscriber from Germany to the AnArt4Life blog - we are delighted to have T in Germany join us.

And now let us commence opening our mailbag with a most beautiful sunrise across Hampstead Heath from E in London.

And from London to Central Victoria where D in Bendigo has sent in some interesting information about a Canadian Artist - Emily Carr from Womankind magazine.

One of Canada's most celebrated artists Emily Carr entered the most prolific period of her art career in her 60s before taking up writing seriously at age 70. (Womankind magazine, issue 25.

Emily Carr (1871-1945) was a Canadian artist and writer who was inspired by the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a Modernist and Post-Impressionist painting style, Carr did not receive widespread recognition for her work until the subject matter of her painting shifted from Aboriginal themes to landscapes—forest scenes in particular. As a writer, Carr was one of the earliest chroniclers of life in British Columbia. The Canadian Encyclopedia describes her as a "Canadian icon". 1

Thank you D in Bendigo for alerting us to Emily Carr who was showcased from the Facebook page of the Womankind Magazine.

Womankind represents a new era for women: Womankind is an advertising-free women’s magazine on self, identity and meaning in today’s society. Womankind magazine features leading journalists, authors and artists – offering a signature mix of reporting and commentary on culture, creativity, philosophy, nature, and ways to live a more fulfilling life. If you would like to know more about this magazine please click here.

And also coming from Victoria - from the delightfully named town of Rainbow in the Wimmera/Mallee Region is a shoutout for the artist Belinda Eckermann who has come into our radar thanks to our Jane.

I was delighted to see that Belinda has painted my beloved magpies.

Magpies by Belinda Eckermann (2)

And she also likes to draws on trees to make lockdown a little more tolerable

But the art of Belinda Eckermann is far more complicated that this as she delves into the intersections of art and science selectively using nature as medium. This serious side of her work is very complicated and therefore I have provided a bookmark link for those of you who might like to follow through on these unusual works of art.

the grain, the snail and the artist
Phyllis Palmer Gallery, La Trobe University 23 October – 6 November 2013 My art signifies and mimics visual transformations occurring through biotechnology. Inspired by my family’s involvem…

Some time back we had a series of posts on the Wyeth Dynasty of Artists who continue to gain our attention. In the posts from the Marvellous Movie Girls we saw that Ann from Donvale had in her home a print of the wonderful Jamie Wyeth painting of JFK. You might also remember that Jamie Wyeth's aunt Ann Wyeth was not only an artist but a musician and composer. At the time of writing the post I couldn't find any of Anne's music but thanks to our Caroline, the Keeper of Our Rabbit Holes, we now have a small recording of the music of Ann Wyeth.

Click here to hear a few bars of music by Anne Wyeth.

And speaking of Dynasties - Thank you for the positive feedback on the Boyd Dynasty - especially from John Wylie from Port Elliot in South Australia, John Pickup in Queensland and A in Oakleigh, Melbourne. More coming up very soon on the Boyds.

And John Wylie also reminded us how tough life used to be in his response to the post on ruins in South Australia illustrated in: Ruins
Capturing the Beauty and Intrigue in Ruins: A Journey with Rob Nankivell.

Congratulations Anne - a fantastic “post” on Rob’s photos of the old ruins of Eyre Peninsula. You have covered and highlighted a great story about the history of the old buildings and the farming implements of the early pioneers, landholders and farmers. They certainly were very tough times with the depression and droughts etc… A great story to “ground” us all. Good stuff!! JW

And to complete our mailbag for today M in Wheelers Hill sent in this video which showcases an amazing vintage lock from 1680. It's an incredible testament to the ingenuity and creativity of the human mind.