Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

26 07 2013

Urban art has a short lifespan and is only on show until the next person claims the wall.  Here is a fleeting glimpse of taggers at work in the now derelict powerstation in Coogee, Western Australia.  It’s an urban artist’s paradise.   Don’t ever believe these pictures are haphazard or purely opportunistic.  This guy had a small sketch book with him that he’d refer to occasionally as he marked out the scale and angles for his piece.

Creative mind at work

Creative mind at work

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

3 06 2013

Charles Darwin University, in the Northern Territory, is the home of the Confucious Institute on the Casuarina Campus in Darwin.  The Chinese Community of Darwin has also worked on a Chinese Garden on the university campus.  It has all the hallmarks of pattern and ‘no pattern’ in a chinese garden.  The elements are wonderful, random or repetitious, light and shadow,  curve and complement, soft and hard.  It was a lovely morning exploring and just sitting and letting the garden reveal itself to me.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

3 03 2013

Find a subject and work into it a bit more – get lost in the details.  This is a fantastic sculpture at a local primary school in Darwin.  It is a giant fish (Barramundi) and is completed with mosaics.  I stopped and took some pics of this Giant Barra’ and was captured by the detail.

The Barramundi is found in Northern Australian waters is highly prized.  Virtually each fish is born male and then becomes female some three to four years later!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

3 02 2013

The Tapestry at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is an outstanding piece of artwork.  It measures 7m wide (22ft) and 2m high (6ft6in) and depicts characters from various sporting and concert events held at the MCG.  There are nearly 200 figures depicted and are placed in chronological order from the left.

Unique Tapestry of events and players at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Unique Tapestry of events and players at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

This unique piece was one of the Victorian Tapestry Workshop‘s most ambitious projects and is an absolute treasure.  It was great to visit the MCG and spend time viewing the tapestry and picking out various people throughout time.  It’s really worth a look.

22 08 2012


I’ve reblogged the post above from Nadia over at AlzBlog.  She gives us a beautiful collection and insight into Islamic architecture, design and calligraphy. I love the flowing and intricate forms of calligraphy and the geometric patterns found in so many decorative arts. These are examples from all over the world and I’ll probably never get to see them in person. Thanks Nadia for sharing a wonderful collection with us – they are very beautiful.  And have a blessed holiday!

Alz Blog

Today is Eid Alfitr (19.08) , a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. “Eid” is an Arabic word meaning “holiday, festival or festivity”, while “Fitr” means “breaking the fast” (Arabic: عيد الفطر). On this day, Muslims gather early in the morning in outdoor locations or mosques to perform the Eid prayer. Later, they visit various family and friends, give gifts and gathering involve cooking and eating.
Women are commonly given special gifts by their loved ones and children are normally given new clothes. They also receive a “Eid-ey-yah from their adult relatives, a small sum of money that the children receive and is used to spend on all their activities throughout the Eid.
On this holiday, Muslims need to give as much charity as is possible. Before the day of Eid, Muslim family gives a determined amount as a donation to the poor, to ensure that the needy can have a holiday meal and participate in the…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

7 07 2012

The Camphor Laurel has a warm and pleasant aroma that works its way into your senses without even asking.  I spent a while watching a block of wood spin ferociously on the lathe and gradually become a candlestick.  Layers of the moist and soft wood were pared and stripped away with different tools and different pressure, until it revealed itself.  A bit like our own journey I suppose.

On the Lathe – Woodturning Association of Western Australia

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Share Your World – 30

3 07 2012

Click here to visit Share Your World – by Cee

Cee is a good friend of mine and she has set up this weekly challenge to “Share Your World” by asking us all to answer some questions about life, the universe and everything.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers! And don’t forget to visit Cee’s blog if you’d like to find out how you can be involved.

1. You are invited to a party that will be attended  by many fascinating people you never met.  Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?

Hmmm, that’s a tricky one.  I think I’d really intend to go and I’d make the effort to go but even right up to pushing the door open and walking in I’ve been known to change my mind and just go home.  It depends on the day.  I did run into a famous cricketer once in a bank and for those of you who already know I’m a cricket fanatic – you know that was a BIG deal for me.  I saw Kim Hughes – former Captain of the Australian Team and King of the sweep shot and had the opportunity to say hello and have a chat but I was frozen to the spot and literally couldn’t speak.  🙂  Seriously, I was.

2. If you were the original designer of one existing corporate logo, which one would you select?

If it was a case of reaping the royalties from its use, I’d have to say Coca Cola.  The whole world knows Coke.

3. If you could be a student of any university in the world right now, where would you enroll?  Irregardless of which university assume they teach what you want to study.

I’d study at Oxford University in England as part of Magdalen college.  I would study a combination of Philosophy, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Anthropology and Comparative Mythology and graduate as a Museum Curator specialising in ancient coins, medallions and personal ornaments.  You can look for me there – I’ll be the one in the hat hanging out in the library or kicking my way through piles of golden leaves in the quad on the way to choir practice.

4. If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single public building or institution, which building would you choose?

Definitely the Louvre in Paris.  I’d love to have time to check out all the wonderful art – Venus de Milo, the Egyptian Antiquities, the sculptures, paintings, glass and pottery!  The Greek and Roman pieces, Persian treasures.  Fantastic!!  And secretly, when no one was around, I’d probably touch them too. Shhhh!!!

Okay, that’s all from me for this week – thanks Cee!!

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