Art Gallery Experience

I had a fantastic time visiting the Art Gallery of NSW, it was my first time there. I had fun learning about the Australian paintings from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. I loved the painting called “Still glides the stream and shall for ever glide” by Arthur Streeton. It was like the painting invited me in. With my imagination I could see myself sitting on the hill over looking the valley.

Still glides the stream, and shall for ever glide
1890
Arthur Streeton

The scenery that is before me is in the late afternoon on a summer’s day. There is a beautiful greenery and a lagoon blue river that flows througtout the whole painting. I can see this because of the way that its dark and overcast in the lower front of the painting. The painting is still bright with the sun as it seems to be going down over the hills in the background at the top of the painting.

Streeton made the river stand out by making it the main focus of the painting as it winds down into the valley and how it looks so peaceful and relaxing. There are cows getting herded across the river to get to the fresh grass on the other side, In the background there is a small town you can tell this for you can see a church tower. The church tower stands out to me becasue of how tall it is and how it is centured within the middle of the painting. If you focus long enough you can see the magpies swooping something in the long grass. I’ve enjoyed looking at this painting for it makes you look at the finer details in the picture because it makes you feel like you’re really there.

Streeton painted this painting with a lot of details. The colours make it look as if the sun is going down and the tones that he has used on the painting makes it look as though the river would just flow on forever. Even after the sun goes down this instills in me the feelings of peacefulness and also makes me relaxed into thinking things are ok as if life still goes on around you.

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Dame Mary Gilmore 1865 to 1962

Dame Mary Gilmore was born on 16th August 1865 in Goulburn NSW. She grow up in the country of NSW near Wagga Wagga. At the age of 16 she sat her teaching exam and became a school teacher at Wagga Wagga Public School.

Gilmore involved herself in the Burgeoning Labor movement and there she met William Lane and in 1893 she moved to South America with 200 other people that followed Lane where they tried to start a new colony called New Australia but it was unsuccessful. Gilmore and her husband William with their son Billy moved back to Sydney in 1902.

Gilmore was an Australian writer who wrote both prose and poetry. In 1908 to 1931 she found work as an editor for the Australian workers doing a women’s section in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Bulletin.

In 1910 she published her first book of poetry and for half a century she was the most popular poet in Australia. Gilmore involved herself in the Australian Workers Union. She was the first women member to help with white and aboriginal Australians for better working conditions and for children’s welfare.

In 1937 she was made a Dame by King George VI. She was the first person to be given this award for services in literature. From that day we know her as Dame Mary Gilmore. In WWII she was a morale booster “no foe shall gather our harvest”. In 1954 at the age of 89 she published her last book of verse. In her latest years she enjoyed her growing status as a national literary icon and in 1962 she died on the 3rd December at the age of 97 and she was given a state funeral by the state of NSW.

Due to the great societal contributions made by Dame Mary Gilmore, she was granted the prestigious honour of being placed on the 10 dollar note in 1993. Gilmore was also admitted the privilege of having a city in the state of Canberra due to her massive significance within the Australian community.

Charles Harpur

Charles Harpur’s poem ‘Mid-Summer Noon In The Australian Forest, this poem describes the bushland in the town of Windsor, NSW. In this text the author goes into detail about how the bush is calming, peaceful and a quiet place. Harpur shows this through explaining that there were no birds flying in the sky, no grasshoppers singing and how there weren’t any ants scavenging around for food on the ground.

In this poem Harpur finds a tree where it is shady and cool, it’s an area to rest underneath while the big branches on the tree provide protection from the beaming sun rays and gives the man a place to rest. Out of nowhere he starts to hear a slight humming noise from the bushes around him, so he tries to see what it is and with excitement he discovers it is a beetle type creature.

Harpur realises the creature is a Dragon-Hornet as it flies towards him with all its beauty, grace and bright beautiful patterns. Harpur became fascinated when the beetle started fluttering its wings because as this happened due to the sun rays, the beetle seemed as if it had fire surrounding it and this was quite the extraordinary spectacle to Harpur himself. This poem was at times difficult to read due to the old English style of writing but once you adapt and get used to the language, you can understand and imagine that you are there with Charles Harpur in the Australian bush due to his strong use descriptive language.

First Day

When I was a girl I was mentally abused by a teacher at my high school.

Now I’m 50, things were tricky.

I decided to go back to school,

It was my first day, I woke up calm and sane.

As I got out of the car and walked up the path.

I felt like I couldn’t raise my hand

Until my teacher read with emotion

My teacher is wise

Heather Broomham