Australian artist

Hair Like Seaweed - Lucy Hardie

Mary by Lucy Hardie
Ink on cotton paper  2012

I am looking forward to meeting artist, Lucy Hardie. I was introduced to Lucy's artwork by my best friend last year and I was awestruck at the intricacy and detail of her drawings and also the mysterious potency in the eyes of many of her characters. I am also drawn to her themes of death, transformation and rebirth. The artwork above, Mary, particularly intrigued me, I could sense so many layers, so many stories... Today Lucy shared the story behind this bewitching image and now I am even more eager to sit down and talk with her about the ancestral medicine carried in her lineage. 


"This piece was inspired by my great grandmother, Louisa 'Mary' Dundas, who worked as a Medium in London in the early 1900's. A story that has been passed down through my mother's side is that my grandmother once walked in to the room when Mary was holding a séance and saw a person levitating. Another story is that when Mary saw a portrait that Hungarian artist, Philip Alexius de László had painted of her, she said he'd made her hair look like seaweed.
I used these stories in forming the composition. The poppies in her hair were included as my way of honouring her memory, and more broadly, as symbols of life after death, and awakening. While this image was inspired by an individual who I share a personal relationship with, I wanted to capture in her a sense of what exists in all of us, to evoke a deeper experience of who we are beyond our stories as separate self identities."

Limited edition giclée prints of Mary are available for purchase at Salt Contemporary Art, Queenscliff, Victoria, as part of Lucy Hardie's show, on now until Nov 24. Open Friday - Monday 11am - 5pm and Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.
Sales inquiries: info@salt-art.com.au or (03) 5258 3988


New Moon Blessings - Live in Your True Inheritance

A5 Print - Symbiosis
Symbiosis  - Spirits of Earth and Sky
by wonderful artist and our forest neighbour, Nadia Turner
“In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.”
“What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.”
“To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.
“You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
you are not an accident amidst other accidents
you were invited from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.”
“Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window
toward the mountain presence of everything that can be
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?”
“Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the waiting desk?”
~David Whyte

Re-Enchantment - the Art of Lucy Hardie

Turandot - by Lucy Hardie

For christmas one of my oldest friends told me he had art to share with me and here she is: Turandot by Lucy Hardie. This exquisite print on luscious cotton paper sits in her new home beside the work of another dear friend of mine, Australian artist, Vali Myers. I could see instantly that Vali had been an inspiration, a seed from which this beautiful flower had blossomed. When I spoke to Lucy Hardie today she told me that she had visited Vali's Melbourne studio as a thirteen year old with her sister and she remembered vividly that bells tinkled as Vali walked. I loved hearing that, I had forgotten that memory, that sound. And I love that Vali Myers had influenced young artists who are now becoming masters of their own crafts. And Lucy's mastery is wonderfully evident in her work. I can only imagine how long it would have taken to create every fine line, every dot...how Vali would have loved to sit with Lucy and discuss her beautiful creations (and her deepest wishes - Vali had a talent for getting to the truth).

When I sit and look into the direct gaze of Turandot I am drawn into those magnificent eyes, full of mystery and story. She is like a proud and beautiful gatekeeper. I am thrilled that in this time of evolving spirit we are seeing the return of story, the return of enchantment. I believe 2013 will herald the time of the Intuit and the Artisan and I am thrilled to be discovering such skilled craftspeople every day. Can you hear the roar of the wave of change? It will be artists who are surfing this wave, dancing at the edge and teaching us all - let them guide you to explore your own creativity this year and find an expression for your own unique voice.

"I am driven by the desire for my work to facilitate in others the connection with the part of us that has been, and always will be, free. And in the experience of freedom, the knowing that we are enough". Lucy Hardie

To see more of Lucy's intricate beauty please go to her website and contact her personally for all requests for prints. If you buy anything for yourself this year, let it be art. 
Thank you Lucy!
Mary (Portrait of Great Grandmother)
The Gift of Death

Woman and Wolf
Bo Peep

Kindling for your Fire - Night Flower the Life & Art of Vali Myers

It's here - it's real!  
YES!!! The new book: Night Flower - the Life & Art of Vali Myers has been birthed at a beautiful launch and exhibition at Outre Gallery in Melbourne on the Eve of the Spring Equinox. Thank you to everyone who turned up to celebrate Vali and her extraordinary life & art, what a fantastic night and it even included a visit by the cops - Vali would have loved that, she would have disarmed them with her fox ways and invited them inside. The biggest hugs in the world for Nicole Karidis & Ruth Cullen of the Vali Myers Art Gallery Trust and Martin McIntosh & Gemma Jones of Outre Gallery & Publishing. Wow - it's really here. I remember the first day years ago when all of sat around my dining room table and the seed of this dream was born and to hold this luminous, golden dream of a book in my hand right now is so exciting. 
It was an honour to be asked to write the foreword for Night Flower, to express in words the magic & wisdom that Vali gifted to me during our friendship. This gift is a creative 'quickening' that is open and available to you all in this book and I encourage you to READ IT, SPEAK OF IT, SHARE IT and then let it inspire you to CREATE. Wild, flaming love to you Queen of Foxes and to you all - THE DREAM IS REAL. Julia xxxx.
Night Flower is available from Outre Gallery where you can also see for a limited time Vali's original drawings, personal diaries and talismans in a current exhibition. Go and see it!!!
Inside the Outre Hive before opening with 
Nicole Karidis & Ruth Cullen of the Vali Myers Trust
with Gemma Jones & Martin McIntosh from Outre in the background

Night Flower with Vali's personal diaries and talismans
Original painting: Queen of Thorns Vali Myers
Original painting: Stella Maris by Vali Myers
love you Vali