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March 27, 2012
Doug Moran Prize

So my 'Aisle 3' painting will go into the Doug Moran prize. With a far more open minded panel of judges this will hopefully be a better fit.

With our Doug Bartlett entry in 2010 we were knocked back by the Archibald  to become a finalist in the Doug Moran which is worth 3 times the prize money at $150,000. That would sure come in handy!! Maldives here we come!!As the good Tony Robbins says the more rejection you get the more success you can expect if you stick with it. That is unless you are one of those poor delusional souls on Australian Idol or similar shows that have no talent in their chosen field.

I am still on crutches unfortuneately as my wound has not healed as well as it should have. This is a real blow as I still can't get any art done. Bloody frustrating. It has been a long 4 weeks and far more hardcore than I could have imagined still feeling a fair bit of discomfort.

 I guess the positive is that I cant wait to get painting again. Bursting with ideas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 18, 2012
On the mend.

On the mend.

 Two and a half weeks since my operation and things are going to plan. Foot is feeling heaps better but still uncomfortable. The cast comes of this week and I go into a brace so at least I can start painting again. Allelui.

 No luck on the Archibald or Wynne prize wich always leaves one feeling disappointed even though as Mike Chavez says "it's a lottery." I though the two entires were very solid. I will send the portrait onto the Doug Moran as we did with our Doug Bartlett portrait two years ago which was then shortlisted as a finalist. The Doug Moran judges seem far more open to broader art experience.

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March 9, 2012
Ankle Reconstruction

Ankle Reconstruction

I have been pretty quiet on the blogs as there is not much to tell when you have been stuck in bed for 9 days. The surgeon was happy with how the operation went and after one night on all sorts of wonderful pain killers was sent home to continue on the wonderful pain killers. After a couple more days then there was the come down which is never fun. Thy cut fractured bone of the ankle and then reconstructed all the ligaments. It was bloody sore for a few days but is now feeling much better. Needless to say there has been no art done and wont be for some weeks.

 The plaster cast from the first week was replaced with a lighter fiberglass one yesterday which feels much better. Looking forward to being able to venture out of bed a little more in the next few days. Another 2-3 weeks in a cast and then into the moon boot for at least a couple of months. At least when I am in the moon boot I will be able to paint again, but will not be able to go back to the docks until I am back to normal.

 The short listed finalists for the Archibal and Wynne prize come out on Thursday the 15th of March which happens to be my birthday...... perhaps a good omen?? One can only hope as it is in the hands of the judges now.

 

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