Friday, September 30, 2011

MOMA Courtyard 11

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MOMA Courtyard 1

Figurengruppe (Group of Figures) by Katharina Fritsch.

Sum of Days MOMA

Weaving through the translucent white fabric of Sum of Days.


Today I stayed in the Midtown area partly because I was unsure when jet lag would "hit" - which it did but fortunately not until I returned to the hotel weary from a day's walking in the Big Apple - and partly because there is so much to see in this neighbourhood.

The Museum of Modern Art is an easy walk from where I am staying. The installation Sum of Days by Brazilian artist Carlito Carvalhosa is a network of fabric that creates amazing spaces and interesting pathways to walk between whilst listening to ambient sounds that have been recorded by microphones dotted throughout the work. Each day's recordings are combined with those from the previous day creating a layering of time and of everyday experiences - Sum of Days.

International Center of Photography

I started out the day at Times Square this time sitting down to have coffee as I took in all that was happening around me. A short walk away I came to the International Center of Photography. It was a moving experience to see the current exhibition  Remembering 9/11 .  

Thursday, September 29, 2011

M & M in Times Square

The advertising in Times Square is amazing. Be prepared to have your senses totally engaged.

Times Square NYC


My first foray into New York's street. Times Square is just up from where I am staying and to get some bearings of the directions in the city as well as a late evening meal I walked to this iconic New York landmark. I was not prepared for the impact on my senses as I stepped out from 44th Street West into Times Square. What a buzz.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ziggy's Barber Salon

The last few weeks have been more than just a little busy as I prepared for a long planned visit to the US. I look forward to sharing my journey that includes a special focus on art in the Boston area as well as travelling through the countryside in fall - something I have always wanted to do. It was an exhausting weekend getting ready, packing and re-packing but at long last the journey has started. This time I decided to overnight in Sydney and despite being tired could not resist a photo of this interesting salon in my favourite Sydney spot, Surry Hills. Perhaps next time rather than passing by I will step in and try out a new style!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Henry Street Fremantle

Renovated in a Mediterranean style, this building caught my eye while on the way to Saturday's Artists for Peace exhibition.

Monday, September 26, 2011

High Street Fremantle

I really do enjoy having time to wander in Fremantle and especially to take in the view from the Round House. In one direction the Indian Ocean, Bathers Beach and the Fremantle Port and in the other this view along High Street looking towards the popular Villa Roma restaurant and the Bar Orient.  

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunset from Bathers Beach Fremantle

After the opening of Artists for Peace in Fremantle, there was time for a Saturday evening stroll along High Street to the Round House and watch the sun setting over the Indian Ocean

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Artists for Peace 2011

One by Joanne Capelle at the Artists for Peace Exhibition which opened at the Moores Building in Henry Street Fremantle this evening. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

In the Pink

A wonderful week of family celebrations on the engagement of our son Anthony to Dannielle.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fremantle Arts Centre

Tuesday nights is Life Drawing with artist Ian de Souza in Fremantle. Coming home this evening I drove past the Fremantle Arts Centre. The Centre was built in 1864 and has an interesting and colourful past: Convict Establishment Fremantle Lunatic Asylum and Invalid Depot, a Poor House known as the Women’s Home and Fremantle Technical School. Today it's a fascinating place to visit to see artworks, exhibitions or a courtyard concert in a beautifully restored heritage setting. One of my favourite Freo places.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Spring Has Sprung

The brightly decorated window at George's cafe and restaurant on George Street, East Fremantle caught my eye as I was passing by today.  

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Way It Was

At Charlies Estate Wines Swan Valley.

Houghtons Wines in the Swan Valley

Today it's blustery and rainy in Perth and on Friday when I was in the Swan Valley the spring weather was not much different. Nevertheless a Swan Valley Winery Tour was a relaxing way to take in the sights of this area about a half hour drive from Perth and to enjoy our local wines, brewed beers and of course where there are wines and tourists there has to be chocolate. Yum!

There is much history in the settlement of the Swan Valley as well as in the development of the area for vineyards that makes for an interesting day visit. This photo is of the extensive grounds at Houghtons Wines were we enjoyed one of our many wine tastings and a delicious ploughman's lunch.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Freddie Mercury Story

Next Friday night Thomas Crane is starring in The Great Pretender at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco but last night he was wooing the dinner crowd at Friends Restaurant in Perth. What a fabulous and talented performer! And having won tickets for next week's show, I'll be off to see him again for what promises to be another great night out.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


During a fleeting visit to Melbourne, Art After Dark was an excellent way to enjoy the atmosphere of the NGV and catch up with current exhibitions in this case Vienna: Art and Design with works by Klimt, Schiele, Hoffman and Loos.   

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Old Nedlands Baths

The jetty now leads to a popular cafe and function centre but in a previous life these buildings were known as the Nedlands Baths. In primary school days the Nedlands Baths were part of my old stamping ground where I learnt to swim in water often teeming with jelly fish. Such a contrast with the experience of today's aquatic centres.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Watch Out for Kangaroos, Bobtails and Snakes.

The message to motorists is to be on the look out for wildlife when driving through Whiteman Park, about 4000 hectares of bushland 22 kms from Perth.  It also gives some indication of the diversity of fauna that exists in this interesting park known for its biodiversity and family attractions. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Along the Coast This Evening

Driving home this evening I could not resist taking a short detour along the coast at City Beach. A chance to unwind and gather my thoughts. There is not much that can beat being at the beach as the sun slowly sinks below the horizon at the end of a wonderful day.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

UWA Reflection Pond

On Friday evening, after a meal nearby  there was time to wander through the grounds of the University of Western Australia. No matter how many times I visit, I continue to enjoy the University's Reflection Pond and the Clock Tower mirrored here.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bookshelf Treasures

I enjoy reading books and especially keep an eye out for old children's books or anything for that matter that has an interesting cover, illustrations or stirs special childhood memories. With a little bit of imagination, so much enchantment, adventures and pleasure can be found wrapped up in a hundred or so pages.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Only the Finest Australian Wines Served Here!

Dinner at a friend's home over the weekend meant that only the finest Australian wine is on offer. Did we bring along any? Of course. A bottle of our own Red Gully wine from the vineyard at Nannup. A pretty good drop if I do say so myself. As we were welcomed by our host the small gnome tucked away in the corner near the front door caught my attention. I must admit to having a curious liking of gnomes. But if you really want to see gnomes on show in Western Australia, the place to go is Gnomesville in the Ferguson Valley were 3000 gnomes have migrated from across Australia and overseas. I have one or two in my own garden. But 3000? Never! 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

From the Garden

Each Saturday I get together with a group of four or five friends to draw, paint, sketch or whatever is taking our interest at the time. At the moment we are planning to make artwork from photos tranferred via photocopies onto boards. Then the creative fun begins! This project is still in the making, so I may post some photos of our progess a little later on.

Yesterday was a cloud filled day in Perth with the odd light shower of rain. While I was sitting drawing, this Bird of Paradise caught my eye. A welcomed contrast to the grey sky of the early days of Spring. 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Carpark Sunset

On the way home last night, I stopped to get some fruit and veg for dinner and could not resist this carpark shot of the evening sunset against the day's rain bearing clouds. Our spring weather has been variable this week a reminder the seasons are changing and that sunny and warmer days are not that far away. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Walking High

Driving from Perth westward along Hay Street I spotted this worker up high. I don't manage heights at all well so it was interesting to spend a few minuts watching the ease with which this worker and their buddy moved about the crane above the busy Subiaco street.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Perspective and Sand

The first day of the month is a theme day for City Daily Photos. September's theme is Perspective.