Caselberg Trust ‘Down the Bay Retreat’ Residency

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Rebecca Cameron

Caselberg Trust 'Down the Bay Retreat' Resident 2012

The easy welcome of the house and the expansiveness of the boat shed studio provided the base for a happy and productive week for me.

I set out to explore the immediate area by drawing: making studies of cliffs and chitons; and rubbings of seaweed tangles and weathered wood. But it was a large (2m square) drawing started on my second day that got me most excited, and I worked on this outside as soon as there was a dry moment through the week. I used charcoal, chalk and yellow ochre from the eroding cliffs, working with the paper folded up on a drawing board or laid out on a grave slab.  Moving out from the garden of Caselberg House to the cemetery I was struck by the patches of bright sea and sky seen through the darks of bare branches and slanting macrocarpas, giving a sense of the shape of the headland I was on. It was challenging working on this scale and I learnt a lot from my struggle to resolve the composition!

The week went by all too fast, but the distraction-free time has given me a real momentum for the start of the final semester of my degree programme. I intend to carry on exploring-through-drawing back in my own area of suburban Dunedin.

Rebecca Cameron – ‘Down the Bay Retreat’ Resident 6 -13th August 2012.

Rebecca Cameron

Caselberg Trust 'Down the Bay Retreat' Resident 2012

Rebecca Cameron

Caselberg Trust 'Down the Bay Retreat' Resident 2012

Caselberg Trust 'Down the Bay Retreat' Resident 2012

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