Happy new year


A happy new year to you!



Rona Green, Wylie and Kev, 2019, hand coloured linocut, 27 x 53 cm


If you are looking for reading or listening or watching tips to start off the new year here’s a few for you:



Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle by Clare Hunter is an intriguing overview about peoples from all over who have used sewing and embroidery as a form of communication.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris is a collection of ridiculously funny autobiographical essays by this most humorous fellow.

Birdland is a book of exquisite photographs by Australian photographer Leila Jeffreys.


[1210] portraits of photog leila jeffreys and her art.

Leila Jeffreys



The Modern Art Notes Podcast is hosted by Tyler Green who has thoughtful and intelligent chats with artists, curators, historians and authors.

Invisibilia on NPR is a showcase of strange science-y stories.

Dolly Parton’s America is a 9 part series that takes the listener on a journey into the ‘Dollyverse’.


Dolly and Popeye

Dolly Parton and Popeye



The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a 2019 web TV series about the world of Thra, that’s a prequel to the film The Dark Crystal made in 1982, and both are wonderful to watch.

I adore comedian Gilbert Gottfried, and the documentary Gilbert: a Gilbert Gottfried story is an interesting insight into his life. He also hosts the delightfully vulgar yet highly informative and entertaining Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast alongside Frank Santopadre.

Lucian Freud: Painted Life is a BBC documentary on the life and work of the artist with contributions from friends, fellow artists and family members, and includes footage of Freud painting in his studio.


Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud



Peruse the Print Council of Australia blog to read interviews about all things works on paper.

Explore the interactive site for the 2014 MoMA exhibition Kiki Smith: Prints, Books & Things.

Check out the website of amazing artist Lubaina Himid.


Lubaina Hibid

Lubaina Himid


Hope you enjoy 2020.


10 Comments on “Happy new year”

  1. csscott says:

    Thank-you Rona, i love a good read,will check out.


  2. susan harris says:

    Hi again Rona

    I just assumed you would have listened to the Grayson Perry Reith Lectures but here is a link to the first one anyway-very very entertaining!!!

    xoxSue Harris https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03969vt


  3. susan harris says:

    Hello Rona

    A very happy New Year to you too

    Thank you so much for all those intoductions-wonderful

    I’d like to give one to you. The Hilary Mantel Reith Lectures from 2014 which is a fair way back but absolutely wonderful if you liked her books and/ or the BBC series . She is very entertaining and very funny. It gave me a new insight. They are available as podcasts from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08wp3g3 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08vy0y6 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08v08m5 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08tcbrp

    Her third book on Thomas Cromwell will be released in March this year

    I bought Leila Jeffries book a couple of years ago at the Nat. Gallery Canberra. Being a birdwatcher and lover, It is wonderful!!


    • Rona Green says:

      Hi Sue, thank you so much for sharing those links, I shall enjoy having a listen. Lots of rosellas and king parrots in our garden at the moment, such stunners. All the best to you.

  4. Bob Weeks says:

    And a Happy 2020 to you as well Rona! Years ago I wanted on your mailing list & you sent me pins, etc of your art, really generous of you as I was living at a Salvation Army in NYC. (Still have them). Here’s hoping you get to exhibit in the USA one day!

  5. Setken says:

    Happy New Year

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