The letterbox collaboration has now added portraits to the mix and its been fun! We are keeping the starting marks very simple so there is room for interpretation in any number of ways. These are 10 x 10 cm, once again small enough to easily pop into a letterbox, and still using any available materials.
This seems a good opportunity to tell more about my fellow collaborator. I have been friends/colleagues with Patricia Moy for about 25 years, from when I was accepted into the Australian Society of Miniature Art, and at that time Pat was president, and since then we have both been very involved with miniature art. But our paths actually crossed a few years before, when Pat wrote a definitive book about painting miniatures, published by Simon and Schuster. As a freelance graphic designer, I was given the job of designing the book, and although we never met at that time, we certainly knew of one another.
Over the years Pat has been a friend, a teacher and a mentor to me, giving generous help and advice about numerous aspects of my art practice whenever I have asked for it. Watercolour is the medium she works in most, but she is also an expert pastellist and printmaker. Miniatures have been significant in her art practice, and she has been teaching the skills for many years, but she also paints much larger works. She has a very good eye, and can quickly see what can be done to improve an artwork, regardless of style or technique. Mentioning her eye is significant, because now she is legally blind, having been living with macular degeneration over a period of years. Losing one’s sight has to be the most devastating thing for an artist, but she is still working and still producing good and interesting work – I think her hand is often guided by the huge quantity of experience that she has, it has become almost instinctive. Another thing that keeps her going is an endless curiosity about the world around her, and sheer determination. Any conversation with her is always a great journey as it can head off in any number of interesting directions. I have both respect and great fondness for her.
The first four pairs below are started by me and finished by Pat, then the next four are Pat’s beginnings and my endings.