Well hello again everyone...hope you are all well and settling into 2016. That sounds like such a big number...wow.
I would have to say that over the last 3 weeks I have certainly had my fair share of my "15 minutes of fame", as Andy Warhol once described it. It all started when a local journalist, Michele Tydd, contacted me in December and asked if anyone had ever written a story about my dual career of being both an artist and a postman. I had had a few little mentions in the local rag and in the Australia Post newsletter, but Michele, with her newshound intuition, thought that we could probably go a bit further afield...so on January 17th, lo and behold, Michele's very well-written story came out in the Sunday Telegraph! For those who haven't yet seen it, here's the link... http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/the-artist-who-always-delivers-postman-carries-makeshift-artists-studio-on-his-motorcycle/news-story/7de1142d0aeef90c777f524ada95fdcd
Well within a matter of days Channel 9's Today program contacted me and said they were keen to have me live on the show, so here's the link to this, my very first TV appearance! http://www.9jumpin.com.au/show/today/today-takeaway/2016/january/the-postie-with-a-dream/ . I would have to say the Channel 9 staff were all super friendly and professional, from the guy on the front gate right through to the presenters, and I immediately felt at home.
Next was a story on Channel 7 Today Tonight (hasn't been shown yet) followed by a little feature on the Sunrise Show called "The Story of My Life", compiled and edited by the lovely Edwina Bartholomew, who really was a delight to work with. You can see that one here https://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/30802738/story-of-my-life-richard-claremont/?cmp=st
Then today a call from the Illawarra Mercury wanting to do a writeup as well. It's all been a lot of fun and I am truly grateful for everyone's time in coming down and filming me (you wouldn't believe how much tape ends up on the cutting room floor...like 90%!) but I really am looking forward to everything settling down a bit so I can get back to the business of doing what I do best...making art!
Art-wise this month I have been continuing my Remembered Landscapes series...charting my memories as a little tacker driving into the country with my parents and visiting my grandmother in Bathurst...looking out the window, counting telegraph poles and asking that age old question...ARE WE THERE YET??