Pissarro’s Puzzle

Pissarro’s Puzzle   Camille Pissarro and Sake are on a country road, shielding their eyes from glare of the bright sunlight. The pale yellow gravel of the road reflects the noonday sun. A horse and cart is waiting some distance from the two artists who are studying it intensely. “You…...

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The Regional Arts Officer

Foreword   Sake’s disdain for the abstract narrative in the mainstream arts indicates his devil-may-care contrarianism. He scorns the naive fascism and irrational vanity of the art establishment liberals and peers. Their oversensitivity, their sense of entitlement, their insistence they are always right despite sometimes overwhelming proof to the contrary,…...

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Milking Shed Gossip

Milking Shed Gossip Thunder and I often wandered around early in the morning. Real early. Frosty morning early. We planned to jump ducks at dawn. Thunder nudged me as I nudged a bottle. Morning Mist. Canadian Dew ballooning warmth, warding off evil chill. A milking shed. A light in a…...

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River Gossip

River Gossip   A brisk South-Easterly chills the riverside’s landing. Rick has slipped his boat. It is time for maintenance on Popeye’s hull. A new coat of paint after a brisk scrape down. A pied cormorant hangs out to dry nearby. A drip-dry affair on the old boardwalk pylon. It…...

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The Archangel

The Archangel   “You know the story about the Archangel Gabriel holding his flaming sword while directing traffic at the cross-roads?” Sake has something on his mind and he usually begins telling stories from the outer edges of our atelier’s reality. “Yes, I do because you told me.” I remember…...

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Comptrollers of Art

The Comptrollers of Art   “Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future.” – George Orwell, ‘1984’     Sake is talking conversationally about controlling art: “Who controls the arts in Australia today? Is it the arts media? Maybe art academics…...

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