I love the Blue Mountains.
Like many people growing up in Sydney I used to love taking day trips up to Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth Falls, Lawson, Blackheath …
The views are spectacular and the native bush and wildflowers stunning.This is a very old image of ‘The Three Sisters’ at Katoomba from a slide that my Godmother took back in probably the 1960’s.
I love the ‘old fashioned’ feel in the Blue Mountains – the township streets with their older style timber houses, Art Deco 1920’s architecture, and decor. It was, and still is, kind of a world away.
I have lots of old photos too that my in-laws took on their numerous visits. My husbands Uncle, the youngest of three children was a bad asthmatic and many was the time day or night, that they would take off up to the higher altitude to help relieve his asthma attacks.
This is a photo that includes my mother-in-law (fourth from the right), her sister (third from the right) and their mother (far right on the end) on a ‘bus’ day trip from Sydney to the Jenolan Caves – their home was in Five Dock.
This ‘tradition’ of visiting the Blue Mountains goes back to my mother-in-laws parents who spent their honeymoon up there. They are the two young people in the front seat closest to the camera in the photo below. To come full circle, my husband and I also spent part of our honeymoon in the blue Mountains in 1987. We stayed in Megalong Valley and visited places like the original family owned ‘The Paragon’ for coffee and chocolate, and The Hydro Majestic Hotel in Medlow Bath for ‘High Tea’. I love all these old photos and the stories that go with them.
This is my mum back in about the early 1960’s, you can just understand the feeling of being ‘on top of the world’ in photos like these.
A few years ago I had work in a gallery in the Blue Mountains, and it is lovely to again have a new opportunity to have my artwork back in the Mountains again.
In 2001 some of my work even featured on the cover of the Blue Mountains iMag.
For a little while now Vince & Helen Day from Day Fine Art have had an online gallery and have now opened a gallery in Blackheath. Another lovely little township and in fact was one of the places where my husband and I visited on our honeymoon.
I have managed to get my shoulder to the point where I can now paint/handcolour and do a little printing. I haven’t as yet tackled the carving! But I have some new ideas for designs and will hopefully over the next few weeks get started on the designing at least. It has been frustrating being unable to work much but I am hoping to now be able to work far more pain free than before, so it will be worth it!
In the meantime I am sending down the linocuts I have managed to print and handcolour to restock my work in their gallery.
I am really happy that there is a gallery that has now been stocking my work again in the Blue Mountains. Such a lovely part of the world and somewhere I still love to visit! Now I have another reason.
The details of Day Fine Art are below.