Saturday, November 26, 2011

Day Tripper

Today was a lazy old day. My brother Joff needed to buy some new shoes, so I convinced him to come into the gallery and have a play since we were already in town. Since I'm there every day looking at the art anyway, I didn't feel bad that we only bothered with the fun kids stuff.

We had fun adding stickers to the Obliteration Room by Yayoi Kusama.

And we had fun discovering that most of the props actually worked.

Then it was time to head downstairs to see we miss you magic land! by Pip & Pop. I've been watching these guys work extremely hard for weeks now and it was amazing to see the finished product at the opening today. Not even the crazy old lady who wouldn't stop talking at me could ruin it (they always seem to find me).

This made me think Hitchcock. If he ate a kilo of sugar and a care bear.

Glitter, and sugar, and little animals, and origami rainbows. I think I'm going to be spending a lot of time down here.

I love the detail. All that coloured sugar is awesome!

On the way back to the city we ducked into the state library to see Stephen Wiltshire doing a live drawing of Brisbane. All from memory. Considering that I sometimes get lost walking to the train.. and I've lived here for nearly 20 years.. I found it super impressive.

Friday, November 25, 2011

White Palms

Photo Friday. Rugged

Round Our Way

So apparently it’s Thanksgiving. That amazing day where you wear cozy sweaters, eat turkey, and (for reasons I still don’t understand) sweet potato with marshmallows. It’s snowing outside and there’s a warm golden hue to everything inside. I’m not sure if this is correct. Like most things, my understanding of this event comes from movies. I don’t like turkey, but everything else about this seems amazing. I am a winter person. I am a snuggle up and eat comfort food person. I am a person who is living in the wrong city. And lets not forget that Thanksgiving seems to be nicely positioned in that wonderful line up of celebrations that starts with Halloween and ends with New Years Eve (again, I’m making assumptions based on movies).

Although when I think about my family, I really don’t think Thanksgiving would work. I mean, we like cooking and eating and laughing. But we’re not so great with the sentimentality. There’s no way that we could go around the table and say what we were thankful for while still keeping a straight face. My Mum would probably start out by saying that she was thankful for her wonderful children (word!), then the rest of us wouldn’t be able to take it seriously. We would go around the table saying things like ‘I am thankful for the day off work’, ‘I am thankful for beer’, and ‘I am thankful to be the brother without the receding hairline’.

A friend of mine suggested we have an Autumn Soiree, because autumn colours are pretty, dammit! And it’s only fair that we get to drink warm apple cider and eat pumpkin pie just like those northern hemisphere people. I think it’s a fantastic idea and I’ve already started planning for next year.

So as I sit here with the air conditioning blasting and being unable to have that much-needed cup of tea because it’s just too damn hot, I’ll be thinking of all of you who are sitting by the fire dunking your sweet potato marshmallows in hot chocolate.

My brother just walked in the door and handed me a beer. See? We’re that kind of family. For that I am thankful.

Beeeeeeeer! Thank you, dear brother.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Handbags and Gladrags

Check out what I scored from Laura of Kit & Nancy!
I'm on the hunt for some film. I hope eBay will be kind to me.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Keep This Party Going

For the last week or so I've been working on my glam raptor skeleton. It has a long way and lots of glitter to go, but it's getting there.

It's also given my a great idea for the next collection of artworks. I won't say too much yet, because all my ideas seem ridiculously stupid until they've come to fruition. But I'm very excited.

I also have a massive article to write (which is proving impossible at the moment due to the fact that the 's' key on my laptop is only cooperating about half the time... writing the word impossible is also fun). Once I get it typed up I'll post it here. I'll warn you now.. it's quite ranty and not full of fun and glitter.. but it's something that has been on my mind for a while and needs to be written.

In the meantime, I'll be making more of a glittery mess and thinking about David Bowie.