July 18, 2012
June 25, 2012
Share the view outside your window!
June 20, 2012
June 19, 2012
Twas a late sleepy dark chilly crisp clean glorious morning… 3 sleeps to go. Can anyone guess what’s coming up?
May 23, 2012
The dates are set lock it in your diary come online and book, or send me an email. 10-13 May 2013 Our outback photography retreat is popular so get in quick!
May 21, 2012
May 17, 2012
We have been waiting and preparing with much anticipation for the annual photography retreat with Danielle Lancaster. Some were so keen to attend they arrived a day early, others took a plane to the wrong destination. All shall be around the campfire to share the tale this evening! Watch this space for the daily sharing of amazing images…..
April 2, 2012
February 26, 2012
No it’s not Nepal, Cambodia or the Greek Isles, I’ve just spent the last 12 months being a part of the Rural Industries Research Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Awards process in Queensland. (It does go national) I am thrilled to say I am a finalist headed for a big interview process in Brisbane next month. This journey of self-reflection has really nailed down for me exactly why I have a fire in my belly about anything rural and remote and what am I going to do with it?
So a little on my background… I’m a woman (for starters), a wife, a mother, a farmer, a teacher , an artist and an advocate for our bush way of life. For many years I have put my hand up for anything that had a farming or arts touch to it. But what really keeps that fire burning, is the people, without us, there is no agriculture. Sounds pretty simple, if not, stupid, I know, but when we are confronted with all the pressures of contemporary agriculture…..environment, global food security, financial pressures of feeding and educating another generation… blah blah blah…. the people part of agriculture is something I am not willing to forget. Let me share this journey with you if I may be so bold as to ask for a moment or 2 of your precious time???
So my pitch for the Awards is a project I call “Creative Cowboys.” Come one, come all! I’m offering an opportunity for fun and laughter and a reason to connect with the person standing next to you. I plan to offer all-inclusive arts based activities for people living in farming communities – yes even those who can’t even draw a stick figure! The aim is to offer some respite for farmers, a no man’s land where we you may chat to the stranger next to you about not very much at all, and that’s the whole point. Bushies are a resilient mob, a humble mob, a sometimes quiet and unassuming mob. We are faced with many challenges, and this is what brings the enormous rewards and our determination to stay. We problem solve, more often than not, without the assistance of others. But without the people, there is no agriculture. So I aim to offer a little respite, a shady tent at a field day or rodeo, if you like, where friends, neighbours and strangers can come together and have some fun, a little calm before the next storm. Because if you are a bushie, you know what I’m talking about…. there will be a next time, not so far in the future, when we will need to band together for survival.
Whether I am successful in my bid for the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award bursary for this project is not the end of this journey. I’ve already reached my destination. The process of simply applying for the awards has enabled me to realise what my skills are and how I can make a difference. I am clear about my role in this glorious life I lead in the bush. Are you?
December 19, 2011
After a decade running outback tours, Liz Cuming combines her connection with the outback and love of painting to offer a 4 day painting retreat at Bunginderry Artist Camp. Download an information pack here.
Here’s what Jane had to say about Liz….
I went with Liz and two other artists to Grindell’s Hut and then to Arkaroola, Maree, William Creek, Coober Pedy and Alice Springs in May last year. We worked independently as artists. It was a wonderful experience and I think of it often. I knew Liz had given up doing longer trips so I was delighted to hear from her that she was now going to do a workshop in Bunginderry. I am also looking forward to learning her techniques in applying paint in an abstract form. Her art works are marvellous and I have seen her using paint in a way I would not have thought of. I am NOT an experienced painter and do more line drawings but look forward to combining the two.
I have never been to an Australian Cattle/Sheep station so am really looking forward not only to experiencing Western Queensland but to being in an unknown environment. I wonder what other activities you offer at Bunginderry, though I know it is primarily an artist’s camp?
Liz is such a giving person with a warm and generous nature. She is great fun and goes above and beyond the call of duty. I know all participants will have a very rewarding experience.