Mildura Weekly : Friday August 1 Vol 8 No 39
26 RIVERLAND MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014 Wendy’s drawing out her talent... • From Page 14 She went to the library, chose the WRONG book – it did have a similar title – and began completing the exer- cises it recommended. Wendy recalls that for her, the exercises were incred- ibly clear – so instructive that she did not actually finish the book. Her first drawings were quite amazing, and as is ob- vious from the portrait she completed of her daughter and son-in-law soon after, that she is a quick learner! Wendy was raised in Melbourne and trained as a science teacher. Wanting to teach in the country, she moved to Red Cliffs in 1985 with her husband Damian. Damian, also a teacher, took up a post at Irymple Technical School (as it was known then) while Wendy worked at Red Cliffs Second- ary School. Children soon came along, and Wendy spent the next decade at home caring for Joel, now 28, and living in Melbourne, and Bianca, 25, now living in Mannheim, Germany. Wendy returned to teach- ing, this time at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, where she worked for 16 years in hor- ticulture and conservation land management. For the past five years Wendy has worked at Austra- lian Inland Botanic Gardens as an educator/ administra- tor. She takes school groups for classes in plants, animals, and environmental science and conservation programs and also has groups each week, completing projects to learn job and life skills. Specialist school students attend twice a week, and for Wendy it is very rewarding to see how her students grow and progress throughout the duration of the programs. Wendy sewed and knitted for her children when they were young, but she admits that she never knew she had an artistic bent. The family, she ex- plained, was much more likely to be playing sport, or off camping. “A couple of years ago I went to the art shop for some supplies and mentioned that I might do some drawing one day. It was suggested that I borrow a renowned book, ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’ from the library,” she said. “Drawing sounded good tome,asIfeltthatIonly needed a few pencils rather than a lot of equipment. I had some spare time, so I went to the library, chose the book I thought had rec- ommended – but found out later that it was one with a similar title – and began do- ing the suggested exercises. “I completed some of the exercises, simply doing what the book told me to do. It was like one day I could not draw and the next day I could! “Nobody is more aston- ished than I am.” Wendy arrived at the page on portraiture and decided, that despite likenesses being notoriously hard to achieve, that she would “have a go,” and she clearly remembers being amazed how quickly she was able to make her drawings look like the sub- ject. “Although the book was the catalyst, I did not even bother to finish it. I just wanted to get out there and start projects! Perhaps I could always draw but never had the opportunity. If I had not been so successful imme- diately, would I have contin- ued – who knows?” she said. Her first project was drawing a portrait of her daughter, Bianca, and Bi- anca’s husband Nico, from a photo. And, she remembers her delight in being able to accurately capture the intri- cate pattern on Nico’s wool beanie. “I did not even know that the type of art that I liked was realism. Now, I realise that I like to draw things as they are, rather than depict them in an abstract style. “A whole new world has opened to me – there are so many ways of producing art that I can’t wait to try. I have kept going and kept trying to improve because it is such an enjoyable and rewarding ex- perience. “With gardening, I have always been able to com- bine plants to make a beau- tiful picture– perhaps I have always been able to think spatially, it is just now I am applying those thinking pro- cesses to art. I am definitely using a part of my brain which has not been used for 55 years!” Wendy occasionally attends the Magenta Art Group. It meets at the Botan- ic Gardens regularly, and she has benefitted greatly from members’ support, instruc- tion and encouragement. She still works three days a week at the gardens, and volunteers there as well. Al- ways busy, she is also on the speaking tour, extolling the virtues of the gardens to ser- vice clubs and groups. Wendy is also involved with the local school chap- laincy committee, and plays competitive sport most weekends. She has her own garden/ landscape consultancy busi- ness, and with Damian she also enjoys travelling in their new caravan and reads as much as she can. But now, any spare time these days is spent with her new love – creating beautiful pieces of art. Wendy is happy to cre- ate art for anyone wanting a piece of art for their home or a portrait of a loved one and welcomes commissions. When asked what sort of drawings could she could do she immediately replied: “Portraits, animals, any- thing.” Anything really says it all! Wendy can be contacted on wendyaibg@bigpond. com. Overland Pub ‘one for the road’ • From Page 23 Phil is following up with previous hoteliers and their staff on their memo- ries and past experiences. “I know more about the history now,” he said. “Previ- ous owners and staff all tell you about paranormal instances – they have heard different things themselves.” In the latter half of the 1800s, as prospectors travelled to NSWand Vic- toria in search of gold, SA’s pastoral- ists had wool to ship to market, and as travel between colonies became more frequent, more paddlesteamers made their way along the River Murray and a police station, general store, post and telegraph office were built near the ho- tel. By 1866 there was a mail coach ser- vice from Overland Corner to Blanchet- own, Freeling and from there, a rail ser- vice to to Adelaide, creating the need for a blacksmith’s shop, wheelwright’s, fodder store and stables. Sadly, few remnants of those remain. The Overland Corner Hotel was de-licenced in 1989, but continued as a general store and post office for many years, and the original equipment can be seen within the post office room of the hotel, with an old red pillar mail box outside. The fossilised limestone hotel building and grounds were bought by the Natural Trust of South Australia in 1965, and it was restored as closely as possible to its original glory, and today is a museum as well as a hotel. The only major structural change from the original building is that the thatch roof was replaced with corrugated iron in 1870. These days the Overland Corner Hotel once again serves up fine meals and drinks – indoors and out – using local produce whenever possible. They have even added an Overland Corner Gold beer to their range. The hotel hosts regular live events on the outdoor stage – taking advan- tage of the huge beer garden, although timing of events has to fit weather con- ditions, as the hotel dining room only seats 28. But don’t think you won’t encoun- ter a crowd – the Overland Corner Ho- tel served 256 meals on Mother’s Day, and 220 lunches on one alone over Easter. The hotel is open Tuesday to Sun- day from 11am until late, with lunch available each day, and dinner from Thursday to Saturday. Evening meals are also available by booking for a minimum of 10 people on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The Overland Corner Hotel is defi- nitely worth a visit...who knows, you might even see something interesting, and unexpected! 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