Saturday, October 17, 2015

Street Art 2015

So, I've been enjoying a very warm Spring here in Sydney with the exception of the past few days (and today)....I've had the most annoying cough, sore throat, and ..... lack of voice.  I'm so hoarse I can't speak above a whisper.
Okay, enough whining. (Honestly, if it's still a problem on Wednesday, I really will need to consult  a physician)
Missing voice aside, it didn't keep me from going to a art exhibit at aMBUSH Gallery at the Living Mall on Friday evening.  

In the exhibit this year there were 92 admissions from 21 countries.
Here are a few of the pieces that I really liked.
This is my favourite (and now my phone's new locked screen wallpaper!)

Others that I like (not in any order):

 The winners were from Poland and couldn't be present to receive the award, but they did submit a video.  They were "in disguise".  Here's a quick photo I snapped while it was playing.

 It must be a SERIOUS crime in Poland to "deface" public structures with spray paint.  While I don't really know much about "street art", I do know what I like when I see it.  Texture, subject, contrast, and color really capture my attention.
Okay, so the winning piece is pictured below:

The photo doesn't do it justice.  It really is a wonderful piece of work.  The base appears to be textured, reused wood.  It's a multi-media work with reused and thin rusted metal, and a motor plate.  And includes for what seems (to me) the typical dark and deathly theme of the skeleton.

I should read up on why pervasive themes in street art include the dark and deathly....I can only relate it to the theme of "softness" represented by the breezy landscapes and milky well fed and well covered ladies of the victorian impressionistic era.

There also seems to be quite the encouragement of street art here in Australia.  Last Summer (Oct-Nov 2014), I spent several weeks in Melbourne, where the city commissioned and actually encouraged street artists to decorate the alley ways along the CBD.  The artwork was and continues to be incredible (I'll have to dig up a couple of the photos I took).

And in early winter this year, I had the pleasure of walking through the "Street Art Walk" in Katoomba, NSW where an outdoor gallery is dedicated to ongoing 6 month exhibits and commissions for Street Art.

So, there you have it.  Everything I know and think about this art form. 

Cheers and have lovely day!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Garigal National Park - New South Wales, Australia

Yes, it's been a LONG...Long time since I posted last...but wanted to share a few photos here from my last excursion here in NSW, Australia....

This was a recent walk in the bush...proper bush walking as Summer approaches here 2015....

This is Bruce.  He leads many of the Saturday walks I attend.

A look before went walked down the ridge to the bottom.

Near the dock.  Lots of oysters clinging along the rocks.


The ridge in the distance...our destination.

The woman in the centre is my good friend, Alison.  She's a vet...the others are a few attendees.  In this photo....I told Alison that I found her thought bubble (can anyone guess what I'm talking about?)

This was the view opposite the picture of Alison.  We were atop the ridge...and looking down on the photos I posted above.

However, this is a SPECTACULAR view, don't you think?

So, just to give you an idea....I walk with this group which usually varies by attendees (exception Alison and Bruce) week to week....we always have fun and typically end with lunch at a pub.  Of my time here, I look forward to the time I spend laughing with Alison about a variety of things (mostly to do with Bruce) and giving Bruce a hard time about making fun of his misconceptions of me (he constantly brings up Gomer Pyle...which I have told him numerous times is VERY OFFENSIVE)

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Spear Lily

Rebecca Daniels @2015
Oil on Hardboard

Following is the inspiration photo I took on a walk Saturday with a few friends.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Blue Mountains - Leura Cascades to Katumba

Today was another new walking adventure.  I went to the Blue Mountains. 

What a terrific walk. I started in Leura and walked through town.  At the end of a road (and after reviewing the GPS on my phone), I took a chance and entered what "looked" like it might be a bushwalking path. I walked along a pretty wide path, which miraculously opened up near Leura Cascades. 

From there, I started walking along the Prince Henry CliffWalk towards Echo Point.

Below is a shot taken along the walk at a lookout point. This is looking down at Bridal Veil Falls.  When I go back, I'm going to make sure I have the time to walk along from Leura Cascades in the other direction so that I can walk down to the bottom and across back towards Karumba along the bottom of the bluffs in the bush!  There are several falls like this that I'm sure are even more impressive looking up! 

You can't really tell in the photo above, but those falls are well over 200 feet tall!  (If you look closely, you can see a couple people at the base!)

Above is the classic shot of 3 Sisters!  It was absolutely incredible!  (But the area where this is - very congested!)

Above is a captivating photo of the views across the expanse

Above is a shot of me at "Copelands Lookout".  

More beautiful views.

The base of the first level of Katumba Falls.

Another shot of 3 Sisters off in the distance.

Overview of the hike!  I clocked it with my phone.  I walked a little over 10 miles.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

This is one of the oddest birds here in Australia. They are quite prevalent. I chuckle every time I see them, because I think, "They come with their own straw".
Australia tends to consider them pesky. Probably like we consider the goose.
You can read a bit about them here:
And here's a really stunning picture of them. You can see they are indeed a cross between a turkey vulture...and a straw!…/I0000GEDJrh75UAw

Monday, March 30, 2015

Trekking Malabar to Botany Bay

Now that I've settled in Sydney and a couple projects have "settled" down, I've made a point to venture out and explore this giant island...starting with the outskirts of Sydney.

Usually, I have a day of chores and a day of adventure.

Saturday this past weekend was market day....

Heading all warnings (especially after quite the sunburn recently)...I slathered myself in sunscreen and shielded my face with a hat.

And Sunday.  Trekking.  I took the train and then a bus to Malabar Bay.  Here's the overview:

I mostly jogged from Malabar to Little Bay. I say mostly because there were places where it was thick with bush or sand that I walked through....I have to admit that I was a bit nervous.  Knowing that Australia is home to the DEADLIEST snakes in all the world doesn't help...especially when you aren't sure where they might be...and you see the few occasional signs warning of "snake sightings". 

Having said all that, it's easy to get distracted by the views.  Of which there are a breath taking many...

This is the photo after leaving the bus and jogging a bit past the beach.

By this view, I had forgotten all my worry of snakes.  

There is just no way to capture the beauty and awe of a good view:

Little Bay:

After that, I ran across a couple golf courses (which hugged the craggy beach line.)  Pebble Beach doesn't even compare to the beauty, but not being a golfer, I just jogged along.  I was happy that they allowed walkers and joggers on the course.  I didn't take any pictures of that part of the trek.  It was a golf course.  Can't say much more (of course, not being a golfer).

From there, I quit jogging and started walking...cutting over towards La Perouse through the suburb until I hit Botany Bay National Park.

I walked down along a trail and finally hit the beach.  There were lots of folks camping along the beach.  Can you imagine unzipping your tent and capturing this view?

So, if you look at the shot above and off in the distance, you will see the rocky shoreline.  It's like a fun craggy rocky walk. With shoes off, I climbed around until I was under the bridge for a walk over to Bare Island.

The below picture looks a bit surreal. 

Below, a bride was having her photos taken in the wind in front of Macquarie Watchtower:

And I ended the walk in front of the La Perouse Museum, which was closed...Then I was off to a well deserved dinner.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Free Dingo

Just another fun image from my neighborhood.

I mean, really, who wouldn't want a free dingo.