Friday, September 30, 2011
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.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
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
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
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
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
Sunday, September 18, 2011
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
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
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
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
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
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
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
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The first day of the month is a theme day for City Daily Photos. September's theme is Perspective.