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You have entered the random thinking space of Morgan Bell. These are my musings, things about my life written either off the top of my head or in a completely calculated fashion. This is where i flesh out writing ideas and discuss my life and my opinions.

Author bio: Bell’s short story "It Had To Be Done" was first published in the Newcastle Writers Group Anthology 2012, and her short story "Midnight Daisy" was published by YWCA Newcastle in 2013 as part of the She: True Stories project, with live readings on ABC 1233 in February 2014 and Newcastle Writers Festival in April 2014. Bell contributed a short story to the 2014 Hunter Speculative Fiction Anthology called “The Switch” which is based on Germanic folklore. It is due to be published in May 2014 alongside award-winning authors such as Margo Lanagan and Kirstyn McDermott. In March 2014 Bell's short story "Don't Pay The Ferryman", an anti-travel piece, was shortlisted for the Hunter Writer's Centre Travel Writing Prize 2014. Sniggerless Boundulations is Bell's debut collection of fifteen stories, touching on themes fear, time, aging, anxiety, and jealousy. The work is experimental in form and length, including flash fiction and vignettes, and is an examination of the horrors of life.

Could we paint ourselves out of a paper bag?

March 6th 2008 11:55
This coming weekend is the 5th annual John Glover Art Prize in Tasmania, Australia.

In a State better known for wood-chipping and pulping its natural landscape for paper it is refreshing to see visual artists being awarded $30,000 in prize money for creating landscape paintings of the Tasmanian environment.

Last years winner Raymond Arnold is a local Tasmanian artist whos entry "Western Mountain Ecology - the relationship between things rather than things themselves". Arnolds work was unconventional for a landscape as it presented a quiet corner of a timber yard in the west of Tasmania on a wet day, the focus of the painting being large solid stacks of reclaimed Huon pine.

2007 winner Raymond Arnold

Fellow Tasmanian David Keeling won the 2006 Glover Prize for a landscape of a nature walk area of Narawntapu National Park in northern Tasmania which examined the melancholy and beauty of the light and shadows in the natural environment.

2006 winner David Keelings

Stephen Lees, an artist fron South Arm in southern Tasmania was awarded the 2005 Glover Prize for his work "Wishbone Ridge" which depicts from an elevated perspective the inhospitable, parched and unforgiving landscape of a windblated sandstone ridge with trees clinging for survival - a contrast to the lush green pastures of tourists brochures.

2005 winner Stephen Lees

The winner of the inaugural Glover Prize for a Tasmanian Landscape Painting in 2004 was Michael McWilliams with his painting "Bandicoot on a Log" set in Ben Lomond from Fingal Valley. McWilliams showed a native bandicoot in the foreground and a fox (an introduced pest) in the background of a clear felled forest as a comment on mans destruction of the natural environment.

2004 winner Michael McWilliams

Tasmania has a unique an diverse natural environment which is sadly being undermined by the forrestry industry. The annual John Glover Art Prize is held at the Falls Park Pavillion in Evandale, Tasmania and draws attention to the value of the natural environment. This weekend from Friday 7th until Tuesday 11th March the painting of 43 finalists will be showcased including entries from all four previous winners in the running for the 2008 prize. Over half of the entries have been submitted by Tasmanians with other works coming from NSW, VIC, WA, SA, and even one from Romania, but all featuring the Tasmanian environment as a theme.

The Tasmanian environment has inspired artists for centuries. John Glover himself was a English landscape artist, the contemporary of Turner and Constable in the English Romantic era of landscape art history, who emigrated to Australia aged 63 during colonisation. John Glover (1767-1849) is widely regarded as the father of Australian landscape painting and the most important landscape painter working outside of Europe in the 1830s. He was the first professional artist to come to Australia and the first landscape painter to really capture the colour, the light, the contours of the Australian bush. He is widely recognised in the art community as the finest Australian landscape painter of the early colonial period.

Artists who enter works in the John Glover Prize often participate in other prestigious landscape art competitions held in Australia including the Wynn Prize and the Fleurieu Art Prize. The Wynn Prize is worth $20,000 and is held by the Art Gallery of NSW (famous for the Archibald Prize for portraits). The Fleurieu Art Prize is worth $50,000 and is held in Port Adelaide SA, it is regarded as the richest prize in landscape art in Australia.

I hope that all artist who are inspired by the environment in Tasmania take the opportunity to enter these competitions. Not just for a chance at the substantial prize money, but also to document the concerns and deterioration of the bush that once inspired John Glover. Glover's Australian paintings have proved to be important historical documents presenting images of an unspoiled Tasmanian bush, of traditional Tasmanian Indigenous culture and of the life of the settlers of the 1830s. The visual arts are a vital part of recording our culture.

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Comment by jon

March 7th 2008 00:08
Hi -- I've sent you an email already but sometimes they don't get through to free email accounts. Would you like a domain for this blog? If so send an email to charles -at- (change the -at- into a @)and he will be able to set one up for you.

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Comment by katyzzz

March 7th 2008 03:20
It seems so, this is very well done,


katyzzz mspaintart

Comment by Lilla

March 7th 2008 11:20
Hello Morgan,

I have had the pleasure of a Stephen Lee's exhibition and think that he is pretty good ... naturally I love the Wishbone Ridge, so much his style. However I have to say that out of this lot I really like this Bandicoot, too ...

Great post, look forward to more quirky art facts.

Lilla ...

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