My main purpose in going to Hahndorf was to visit Hans Heysen's home and artist studio "The Cedars". I had a favourite Uncle who whilst doing his teacher training had taken Australian Art as part of one of his courses. He had the most beautiful text book with colour plates of iconic Australian Artists and one page I loved featured a painting by Hans Heysen. I think maybe that's why I love those huge ghostly gum trees that were his trademark but he also did extremely beautiful florals. My favourite though over time became "Sewing" which was a portrait of his wife Sally at her sewing machine. Funny that.
Paula the lady who took us on our tour was just lovely and so knowledgeable about the artist and his home. It was the best $10 we have spent. Gary is not really into art but throughly enjoyed the tour and was blown away by the talent of this man and the living museum his family have maintained just as it was when he lived and worked there. The house is full of original works by the artist and some beautiful examples of his very talented daughter a renowned portrait artist in her own right Nora Heysen. Over at the gift shop there was a wonderful exhibition of Nora's work from the age of 14yrs to well into her 90's. Extraordinary!
The house got it's name because of the mammoth cedars at the front of the house. You can see them towering over the rooftop.
When Heysen went into the Flinders Ranges to sketch and paint he would take a purpose built camper so he could set up camp deep into the bush.....we won't complain that our camper is a bit primitive. This one is a doozey. So cool back then.
Ever wonder where the Mighty Murray River enters the Southern Ocean????? Right past my head where you see the waves breaking. This is the Mouth of the Murray River.....I thought it was exciting anyway although it was so damn freezing and as my husband likes to have a person in a photo I'm it! Sometimes it looks like I have been on holidays on my own....."stand over there and I'll take a photo dear" says he. So that's why you see so many piccies of me. Can you tell I am freezing?
I wish everyone a lovely weekend and I shall leave you with some of the trees Hans Heysen loved to paint....not real good examples but the best I could find. I f you ever find yourself in Hahndorf do yourself a favour and visit "The Cedars" I doubt you will be disappointed.