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There are many artists in the Leura/Katoomba/Wentworth Falls surrounds and those we have met  are terrific...thought you would like to know as several have studios you can visit or make an appointment to visit.  Last week (19April) we met Jane Canfield at her studio on Craigend St. in Leura. (Studio is opened to the public the last Sunday of each month).

We love her oils on canvas and often the theme is a mountain village, train stations, fishing villages or beaches. There is a geometric design to Jane's work -- sharp roof lines, steps, train tracks, windows on a fishing cottage, the occasional triangle of a lamp post -- and always a brash & bold colour standing out upon a subtle background. It's her use of  texture that is so pleasing and on her bigger works the layering is quite dramatic.  (Jane has won a number of awards in the past 18 months.)

From Leura Mall, a 10-minute walk delivers you to Jane's tiny studio in the lovely garden of her mom's guesthouse, Argyll House. Call for an appointment if you are in Leura on a weekday or not on the last Sunday of the month,  0409 69 2780

Wednesday(April 7) Leura was definitely in a holiday mood -- groups of international student and otherwise travellers filled the streets along side parents & kids (Australian school break) enjoying another perfect sunny day.  At times, we want solitude; other times we love being in the middle of what seems like a party -- laughter, voices, walking along a crowded mall -- the human party. And this was Leura at her best -- as though all her invited guests had shown up and she, too was enjoying the party.

From the Gourmet Deli, we broke our 'dieting will' and chose a blood orange ice cream -- our only defense, "low calories".  The blood orange was fantastic, yummy! Stopped in at Megalong Books, the favorite independent  in the Blue Mountains looking for a very dated novel -- 1930's. The staff is amazing -- they actually read! Couldn't recall the author's name and voila, they recognized the title and identified the author.

We walked down to Canfield Studio http://www.canfield.com.au/ on Craigend Street. (see map http://www.leurabluemountainsguide.com/blue-mountains-maps.html)  Artist Jane Canfield opens by appointment and also the last Sunday of the month. This amazing young artist . . . well, we'll save this part of our 'perfect autumn day in Leura' for another post . . .