New Year Art Newsletter 2022

by Jan 4, 20224 comments

New Year 2022 is perhaps not the most exciting New Year ever, but let’s hope that it is the beginning of the end of the pandemic.

This year I was lucky to have my son and his wonderful family staying with me and I think it is the first time in many a year that I actually lasted until midnight and watched the Sydney fireworks on television.

In the lead up to the New Year and Christmas we travelled to see family in South Australia, like so many others I was absolutely desperate to have a bit of a holiday and to go somewhere else – even though we live in paradise. As is our habit and because we don’t travel light (surfboards, art gear for painting outside, three eskys, and all sorts of necessaries)! We packed the van to the gunwales and then started the trip with our mandatory PCR test in Lismore – easy and motored on through NSW. Stopping the first night in Gunnedah – I just love to go for coffee and fruit toast at a gorgeous little café, Bitter Suite – it seems very popular with the locals too and has all sorts of bric a brac in furnishings – candelabras, pot plants, French style iron chairs and has PERSONALITY!

Onwards through western New South Wales, looking remarkably green after all the rain and flooding in the months leading up to Christmas. Delightful to see the grass so high and the cattle so contented. We even drove through parts of the country that looked like a wetland! That all stopped by the time we had crossed the Hay plains and came to Balranald, where the typical brilliant Australian sun once more came to the fore!

Following the night’s stop at Hay is the long drive through some marginal country, brightened by the artistic silos at Weethalle, a coffee at Balranald and then it was time to test the system for crossing the border to South Australia. We had our entry permit, had received our PCR test result and we had no problem and just had to do a further PCR test in Berri after tossing over. That was easy too – now I realise how fortunate we were to do our testings and crossing a week prior to Christmas because it all descended into chaos in the New Year!

Once safely into South Australia we enjoyed time in the Barossa Valley at Nuriootpa and the simply gorgeous Angaston where Richard could indulge himself at the famous Sunshine Bakery.

On to our delightful apartment at The Bluff overlooking Encounter Bay just on the edge of Victor Harbor (the holiday spot on the coast for Adelaidians). A great position for boat and bird watching and a perfect spot on the balcony for a bit of painting. The Bluff behind the apartments is also a great place for me to paint en plein air, so I took advantage of that too.

Apart from my joy at being able to paint as much as I want, we float around looking for surf for Richard – found some at Middleton, a bit of shopping in Port Eliot, a drive to Goolwa and a couple of trips up to Adelaide to visit family and a bit more shopping – found an interesting book on Block Printing and my Christmas and New Year reading has been a book recommended by my art mentoring group, Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel – its all about the women Abstract Expressionists and is absolutely fascinating..

So that’s it for the New Year Newsletter!

A very happy and hopefully more normal 2022 and do have a look at the timetable for classes face to face and online at Art, the Universe and Everything with Christine


  1. Jennie

    Looks and sounds so beautiful Christine.
    Just goes to show what a diverse and stunning country we have at our fingertips / “car keys”😎
    Thank you for sharing, enjoy recording this trip on canvas!

    • Christine Read

      Thanks so much Jenny! Happy New Year to you xx

  2. Alva Geikie

    Dear Christine, Happy New year to you. Great you got to go on holiday. I’m hoping to get away to Walcha for a few days in January. Great to have your son and family home at last.
    Your paintings are still blocking out your writing in your newsletter. Is there any way of fixing it?

    • Christine Read

      Hi Alva,
      So Sorry to hear that. I will have a look at it.


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