Monday, April 24, 2017

Architecture observed

I have virtually no academic knowledge of architecture.  So I was fascinated by a TED talk that I heard on the plane en route to Cyprus.
It was by Moshe Safdie... passionate about urban planning that allows for light and space to penetrate apartment buildings, and how to make cities more permeable. His ideas were put forward at Habitat 67.
I gather that he has supporters and detractors but for lay people like me, I recommend the talk.

https://www.ted.com/talks/moshe_safdie_how_to_reinvent_the_apartment_building

Walking around the waterfront of Limassol yesterday I was reminded of his passion for buildings that allow for passages of light and life to permeate them.




Travelling in Cyprus

Here is am in Cyprus.
Staying at Limassol in the old quarter. There are many beautiful sights to see on this island.
It is spring, so everything is bright and fresh.
I am staying in the old quarter which is interesting.... rather given ever to the tourists who have not arrived yet. So it is like being backstage at a theatrical production watching the preparations for the arrival of the visitors. 

Yesterday I went to the Troodos Mountains and saw some breathtakingly beautiful religious mosaics and paintings in the churches and monasteries there.



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Toaster in charcoal

I love the aesthetics of this toaster.
Charcoal rub back on heavy cartridge paper (Snowdown 300 gsm)
70cm x 50cm.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

More pastel on paper

Here are some more attempts at widening the repertoire of pastel on paper.



Saturday, February 11, 2017

Pastel on paper

So I found some pastel paper in a folder in my studio and I had a pink day. 
I had not used pastel on paper for ages.
It was such a hot day on Thursday - I think that looking back after a few day, I can see that the heat has insinuated itself in these,




Friday, January 13, 2017

Sister Corita's Summer of Love AND Don't Be Too Polite

What a treat to go to the Ian Potter Gallery at Melbourne University to see two exhibitions.
The first, Sister Corita's Summer of Love consists of the work of Sister Corita Kent, and activist nun based in Los Angeles who, in the 1960s and 1970s  created wonderful screen prints with messages of love, faith and protest.  As well as a large number of her prints, there is an excellent video upstairs showing her work in peaceful demonstrations and parades.



The second wonderful surprise was an exhibition of graphic works from Melbourne based printmaking collectives 1990s to 2001

work by Carol Wilson 1998

Carol Porter 1995

and Carol Porter again

and Lindsay Mason &Julie Shiels 1990

Friday, January 6, 2017

Hellenic Museum Melbourne

Spent a wonderful morning at the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne. It has priceless treasures from the Benali Museum in Greece. I highly recommend a visit!