Quiet backroads of The Hawkesbury

“Six Short Stories”

Yesterday we went to Windsor to see Greg Hansell’s ‘open studio’, where a fabulous selection of his work was on display.

His studio, I should point out, is a classic representation of the subjects in many of Greg’s paintings – in other words, an old cow shed with a loft. Made from the basic materials of its time, it demonstrates the longevity associated with care & constant use, offering a combination of shed, retreat, studio & summerhouse. Built of corrugated iron & tree in the form of vertical split log siding, it takes you back to the early days of Windsor & is obviously much loved & used by its owner.

Inside there is a wonderful collection of Greg’s paintings; mostly in pastel, but some oils & a couple of etchings. Landscapes & old farm buildings predominate but there is a departure from his usual subject in the form of a painting of one of New South Wales Government Railways’ (NSWGR to special people of the more senior variety) Garratt locomotives, which is guaranteed to get your blood racing! These open studio days are really not to be missed & if you have, then you’ll just need to wait until next year. Keep your eyes open!

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