October 21, 2010

Paint These Gardens artwork ready for viewing and sale

Images of the artwork from the Paint These Gardens art competition have been loaded on the Friends of St Kilda Botanical Gardens website http://www.foskbg.org.au.  Many of the artists are willing to sell so if you are interested in buying please contact the Friends on the.convenor@foskbg.org.au.  Two paintings sold before the event finished.

October 16, 2010

Mudlark report

Friday's weather was most unspringlike, with what seemed like endless rain and wind gusts.  Despite the terrible weather, the little mudlarks survived.  Here's another report from mudlark photojournalist Jeffrey Diamond.

October 13, 2010


News items in the November issue of Gardening Australia:
Researchers at the University of Haifa have found that the breath of mammals causes aphids to drop from plants. The insects do this en masse to avoid being accidentally eaten by a herbivore mammal like a goat or sheep, for example. The researchers used this technique while collecting aphids for experiments. "I simply breathed on them," said one. 

Why not head into your garden and give it a try?  Let us know if it works!

October 11, 2010

Last weekend

We were blessed with the weather last weekend for the Paint These Gardens art competition. Without doubt, the warm weather was way more appreciated by the entrants than last year's June cold, wet and blustery weekend.

Fifty two people (young and old-er) registered. And over 330 people voted in Peoples' Choice.

We'll put up all the artwork on the website foskbg.org.au in the next week or so. In the meantime, here are the winners.

First Prize Peter Roccella No 9 (sponsored by Vineyard Restaurant)

Judges' comments
This painting has a sense of observation and discipline as a strong feature , with very good tonal harmonies. We noted the strong depiction of branches of trees and masses of leaves – complex information well ordered. The perspective of the glasshouse is convincing and makes a strong frame. There is a sense of movement and a mood that unifies the picture. The statue appears to “come to life” in an ambiguous way. Tonal transactions are used in the service of the structure of the composition.

Second Prize Mary Neighbour No 6 (sponsored by Bendigo Bank)

Judges' comments
This painting has a controlled energy; it is a dynamic oicture. Subtle use of blue-green inifies the painting against the touches of contrasting colours, well painted in thin washes. We like the way the tops of the palm trees appear to explode in movement, contrasting with the cool shade. There is a sense of expanse, that the garden extends beyond what is visible.

Children’s Prize Geneva Crowley No 38 (sponsored by St Kilda Art Supplies)

Judges' Comments
This is a sophisticated composition with the particular character of the tree well realized. There is a strong use of positive and negative space, with little details suggesting the beginning of spring. The darkness and drama of the image is strong and original.

Peoples' Choice Peter Edgeley No 39 (sponsored by Hocking Stuart)

October 9, 2010

Yet another movie

The visual isn't great but most of the audio has been captured - and that's important.

Here's the Mayor of City of Port Phillip officially launching the new gates at the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, and David Wood - the designer - talking about his connection with the area.

October 7, 2010

October 6, 2010

Mudlarks (peewits) in situ

St Kilda local, Jeffrey Diamond, has taken some delightful photographs of the mudlarks nesting on Rainman.

Only two days until Paint These Gardens

And Mike Larkan, Network 10 weatherman, is filming today's weather this afternoon in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens.

October 2, 2010

Hope and despair

It's the repeat grand final day

And the Saints lost terribly

Detail on the gate at Tennyson & Dickens Streets

Stunning flower