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mali moir <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 8 Aug 2002 12:44:58 +0000
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Hello all SciArters
I have been listening in for a long time now. I love and look forward to
listening in when I can. I especially liked the recent discussions on
contracts, nice not to be all alone, art being an isolating career it's hard
to know what is rare and what is part of the course. This list is a great
connection for me.I have found working for government dept the easiest and
safest ( but least financial.) I had a story about being ripped off too, I
forfieted the balance of the bill to satisfy my fury by writing a crafty
articulate yet damming letter, I won't do that again. Tho I learnt heaps
because of it, and because I stood up for myself and did the legal
investigating I managed to retrieve my originals!
I am a natural history artist living in Melbourne Australia. I have worked
mainly in botanicals but now spreading over into painting fish and trying
insects. I've worked at the National Herbarium for nearly 10 years now!!!
most of that work was for the Flora of Victoria, I also paint for
exhibition. With a recent financial crisis I have been trying to spread out
further, looking for more commercial work because I can't find quite enough
scientific work. If any Aussies hear of anything going I'd love the
opportunity to quote.
It's a bit hard for me to work out who is Australian on the list, I'd love
to find out who's close by.
Congratulations on your exhibition Geoff.

I noticed a mention of workshops in Geelong. Is this art related? I am close
by and may be interested, can anyone give me details?

I would love to attend those workshops GNSI are having in the US.
Thank you for listening in on my long hello.

best regards
see ya

>From: Robert & Rebecca Thompson <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: Re: Ferdinand Bauer, Flinders Bicentenial Exhibition update
>Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2002 10:35:16 +1200
>Congratulations Geoff! If only it was in September,  I would have made a
>side trip to see the exhibit. I'll be in Melbourne in September for the
>Geelong workshops. Do you have the titles of the books on Bauer and Brown
>that were written by Prof Mabberley?
>Have a great week and send pictures of the exhibit if you can.
>Rebecca across the Tasman
>   ----- Original Message -----
>   From: Geoff Thompson
>   To: [log in to unmask]
>   Sent: Thursday, 8 August 2002 00:43
>   Subject: Ferdinand Bauer, Flinders Bicentenial Exhibition update
>   To anyone interested, the Flinders Bicentenial Exhibition has opened in
>Gladstone and I will be there in a week (to newcommers I live in
>Queensland, Australia). Because Wednesday is a Show Holiday in Brisbane we
>are able to go up a day earlier, settle in and head out to Lady Musgrave
>Island for a day's snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef
> .
>The exhibition of my work, my first solo exhibition, called "The Beauty of
>Bugs" will have opened by now. It's been split and mostly duplicated due to
>some security worries. Etchings and bromides will be displayed at the
>botanic gardens and original scraperboard  and watercolor work will be on
>display at the main Gallery. I am now running two 9.00am to 3.00pm
>workshops for two groups of ten artists. Both sessions are apparently
>booked out with waiting lists, which is pretty amazing. I'm also talking
>and demonstrating to a group of high school art students on the Wednesday
>when we arrive. I'm sure I'll be exhausted at the end of it all but I can't
>wait to see the Bauer originals and actually see my own work all hung in a
>       Last Monday I went to two lectures by Prof. David Mabberley, author
>of several books on Ferdinand Bauer, Robert Brown and plants in general.
>The morning one was on Ferdinand Bauer and probably much the same as the
>Tuesday night one listed in the cut and pasted blurb below. He is an
>excellent speaker and I came away with a much better picture of both men. I
>was interested to hear that since the colour code of over a thousand
>different shades, used by Bauer on this first circumnavigation of
>Australia, has never been found that some scholars speculate that it never
>actually existed on paper and was all remembered in Bauer's head. Truly
>incredible if they are right. I know my own colour memory is pretty
>primitive so being able to paint by numbers years after completing his
>sketches which were covered in clouds of little numbers and only ever being
>known to make two mistakes using his code is astounding.
>       Cheers and enjoy the conference. I hope to be there next year,
>                        Geoff
>   In Brisbane:
>   Monday 5 August 2002 at 7.30 pm
>   Venue: Queensland Museum Theatre, Queensland Museum, Grey Street, South
>   Brisbane
>   Robert Brown, a young Scot trained as a doctor, was Sir Joseph Banks'
>   second choice as naturalist on the Investigator, but his experiences in
>   Australia were the key to his becoming one of the greatest scientists of
>   the nineteenth century. He produced the first major work on Australian
>   plants and made major discoveries including what is now called Brownian
>   Motion. An assessment of his life with particular reference to his work
>   on Queensland plants shows how important he is still for us today.Kindly
>   sponsored by the Australian Systematic Botany Society and Queensland
>   Herbarium
>   For further information please contact Ph: 3896 9326
>   Date:  Tuesday 6 August 2002 at 8 pm
>   Venue: Ithaca RSL Hall, 18 Nash Street, Paddington (Rosalie)
>   The Austrian Ferdinand Bauer was the most experienced member of Robert
>   Brown's scientific team and, before Flinders' voyage, he perfected a
>   remarkable colour-code to record rapidly plant and animal colouration in
>   the field. His training in Austria and his Mediterranean expedition are
>   the background for his breathtaking work in Australia and Timor. An
>   assessment of the artistic and scientific importance of his work will be
>   given and an account of the fate of his drawings presented in the
>   context of his life as a whole.
>   Kindly sponsored by the Austrian Government and the Royal Geographical
>   Society of Queensland.
>     DAVID MABBERLEY is Fonds Professor at the University of Leiden, The
>   Netherlands, and Honorary Research Associate at the Royal Botanic
>   Gardens Sydney. He is Director of the Sir Joseph Banks Archive Project
>   in London and Chairman of the Land Regeneration Foundation (NSW). He was
>   for many years Dean of Wadham College Oxford and has over 200
>   publications, including 13 books, to his name. Most germane to these
>   meetings are his Jupiter Botanicus: Robert Brown of the British Museum,
>   The Plant-book and Ferdinand Bauer: the nature of discovery

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