Tuesday, November 14, 2017

SILVER FERNS AND OTHER SHINY THINGS

Joachim Matthias Wendt [1830-1917]:  Silver Emu Egg Inkstand c. 1870
Hello
A few weeks ago we attended a function at a nearby regional Art Gallery.
On display was their new acquisition, something from Australia's Colonial history.. 
A Silver Inkstand built around the egg of an emu, a large, flightless Australian bird.

Born in Germany, and apprenticed to a watchmaker, Wendt become an accomplished silversmith.  He migrated to Adelaide in 1854 and set up a business which continues to this day.  He received many important commissions and specialised in pieces such as this, extravagant naturalistic creations featuring Australian flora and fauna.

Kangaroos and emus can be seen both within the egg and on the stand below, beneath silvery Australian tree-ferns.  
On top of the egg is one of our old favourites, the sulphur crested cockatoo:


Here are a few more examples of this genre, found on Google:





Emus often feature, as do the silvery fern trees.
I have always loved these old pieces, and they can be seen in most State Galleries around Australia.


We are enjoying a few days of unseasonal cool weather -
and I love it.


Thinking of snow...


and the odd maple leaf....


The agapanthus are doing fine, thank you.
This is the first time I have seen one which has branched off in this way -
so unusual..


and there has been a good flush of roses, thanks to recent rains.


If you are a crafty person, do you have a few UFO's (unfinished objects) about the house?

I commenced this red bird quilt about ten years ago, finished most of the blocks, put it aside and forgot it.

Found it during a burst of decluttering, put aside a few hours and have most of it joined, and a couple more blocks nearly finished.  Borders, wadding and binding, and it will become somebody's Christmas gift.


I have been singing with my new Ladies Choir, doing some performances for Aged Care homes and community groups.
It is so rewarding, and enjoyable to sing some good Christmas carols too.


Take care...

XXXX






Sunday, November 5, 2017

SUMMER, CHRISTMAS AND ART


Hello
Happy November from the Red Cardinal nest



Our young Jacaranda tree is excelling this year with more fronds of purple bells than I can count. 



Little Aussie has been here, so naturally we started on Christmas.
He is my direct Genetic Descendant when it comes to festive decor...


As we discovered last year, he prefers a circular Nativity arrangement..


and adores constructing the Christmas Village with Choir..


His Town Planning also runs to a circular layout ..



Bought a new tree this year, and donated the old one to Vinnies..

This one is 7' tall - as Mr C says, 'she has so much stuff she needs a bigger tree!'   ...   Ahem...




Aussie's first question:  'Are we doing the Woodland theme again'.
Well of course we are, if that's what you would like...

He was up the ladder and had a ball with this tree business..



We have been to the movies -
'Loving Vincent', which I loved so much I was quite tearful at the end.
And I rarely cry at movies..



This visually exquisite film was animated in Poland by 100 artists, painted after the style of Van Gogh himself.



The story is fascinating, an investigation after his untimely death, as each of the well-known characters from his paintings tell their version of his last hours.



All through the film, his instantly recognizable paintings appear and come to life, blending into the over-painted filmed scenes.
I found it totally absorbing and thrilling - moments such as when his purple iris suddenly bloom before us, were quite wonderful.
If you love art, you must see this.











And now a few paintings from 'Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images',
 exclusive to Brisbane, now at GoMA.  It is fascinating. Don't miss it!


Gerhard Richter 'Abstract Painting' 780-4) 1992


Gerhard Richter 'Baghdad (914-13) 2010


Gerhard Richter 'Townscape Paris'  (175)1968

Little felt house from Quebec..



Guess we might be popping over the bridge to Quebec from Ottawa this Christmas...



Last night we went to what can only be described as a Civic Function:


There was a lot of purple light....

Be good

XXXX










Tuesday, October 24, 2017

RAIN AND SYDNEY - AND A SURPRISE IN THE ART WORLD


Hello
It's been raining here for over a week.
Both storms and showers, and all very welcome.

The garden is greening up, just when the dreaded 'D' word (drought) was beginning to be mentioned...


Agapanthus are coming into bud..


and the poor lorikeets are drenched in the morning..


We flew off to Sydney for the weekend,


 to visit our son and daughter-in-law in their sweet new house.

We dined Italian...



with dessert at Papa's:



I went walking and found a yard sale...


My love of green depression glass took over...
and I managed to carry it home safely on the plane.

The float bowl is quite large, and heavy, but needs must...

Albert Namatjira - Google image
Thank you for all your interest in my previous post about the Australian Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira.

A few days later, on 13th October, there was a surprise breakthrough after a long and difficult legal struggle over control of his legacy and copyright.

Albert Namatjira - Google image
A deal was reached via the involvement of well-known Australian philanthropist Dick Smith, and control of Namatjira's works has been transferred to his descendants for the first time.

Albert Namatjira - Google Image
This is wonderful news both for the family, and the Australian public.
It will mean that his beautiful landscapes will now be more widely circulated and known to a new generation.  There will be new documentaries and books about the artist as well as Gallery catalogues.  It will be so interesting to see how it all proceeds from now forward.



Keep dry, or warm, whatever your season

XXXX