INSIDE her small studio overlooking a rolling garden and the hills beyond, Christine Johnson is immersed in colour. It is here that the "gooey stuff" that emerges from assorted paint tubes is transformed into large, luminous depictions of flowers that reflect an embrace of beauty forged during childhood. Attached though..read more
She may be one of Australia's most celebrated painters, but when Margaret Olley fell down a "black hole" of depression a few years ago, she turned to music rather than her easel for comfort. "I don't know how I would have got on without it," she says.
YELLOW light filters into Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral in early morning. William Wardell's morning tea - two already nibbled pieces of dark fruit cake and a half-filled cup of tea in a paper-thin china cup - is on the garden table. Beside it is his easel and, stuffed in the..read more
An easel and a half-finished oil painting share space with photographs of spectacular marks in the home of the injured Carlton footballer Rohan Welsh. Most days for the past three weeks the 24-year-old forward pocket has rested his plastered leg on a chair and taken up the paint brush..read more