Farewelling Hill End and Murray's cottage

Kath Fries, Mistletoe in the afternoon sunlit studio, 2013 

Kath Fries, Mistletoe in the afternoon sunlit studio, 2013

Kath Fries, Old melted glass bottle on studio window ledge with afternoon sunlight, 2013

Kath Fries, Transient floor shadows - beeswax window installation (mid-morning), 2013

Kath Fries, Decaying curtains at Haefligers cottage, 2013

Kath Fries, Beeswax window installation with transient floor shadows (afternoon), 2013

My four weeks at Hill End have come to an end, it passed more quickly than I expected. The transience of time is a theme that resonates through my artwork and is also apparent in my life - I've clocked up another birthday while I've been away. The ways that time is experienced seems somewhat different in Hill End than it does in the city, there have been moments when I've felt I could easily slip over an invisible boundary into yesteryear. Despite the years ticking along, in Hill End the bigger picture doesn't really change too much “…spring comes overnight, with an explosion of pure fresh glory that scatters over the frosty garden bright patterns of flowers and the glittering air sparkles and wafts and incense of hyacinths; the trees’ spidery network of twigs breaths out mists of tender green, or dissolves into triumphant clouds of scented blossom loud with bees.” Much the same as sixty years ago, spring bursts into people's lives in Hill End with an annual regularity that is loudly welcomed and applauded. “…The landscape about us is a book we know by heart, but the little figures that move about on it are actors in a play that offers daily surprising situations and a drama we never tire of. Indeed there is quite a bit of life in the old town yet.” Donald Friend, Hillendiana, 1956

Hillendiana, book cover, Donal Friend 1956

Hill End coffee!

Bald Hill track, Hill End, 2013

Down the Bridle track to the Turon River, 2013

Kissing Point lookout (evening), Hill End, 2013

Kissing Point lookout (morning), Hill End, 2013

Red dirt track - foggy morning, Hill End, 2013

Slumped fence, Hill End, 2013

A big horse and a small cottage, Hill End, 2013

Translucent blossoms in Murray's cottage garden, Hill End, 2013

I would like to thank the local artists at Hill End who have all been so welcoming and friendly during my residency, my fellow artist-in-residence Helen Earl,  Hill End artist-in-residence program www.hillendart.com.au, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) www.bathurstart.com.au and National Parks NSW.