Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Botanical.. different country, same story..

The main reason for visiting the Art Gallery WA was to see The Botanical: Beauty and Peril exhibition. 'Exploring the abundant beauty of the botanical world and the threats that assail it.' Presenting a vivid, involving and sometimes disturbing journey through the diverse representation by Australian artists of the glorious kingdom of plants.'  It was a beautifully presented exhibition and it was excellent to see so many school groups at the gallery hopefully enjoying :) the excursion into the diversity of art.. Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..

Monday, August 19, 2019

All the way to the top!

We have a brand new mural in Perth city and it is ...BIG! Mega big. Painted by Melbourne based artist Matt Adnate, see more of his incredible work here, on the wall of Accor's ninth Art Series Hotels. The view looking up Hay Street on a grey day below. At 25 storeys high it is the biggest mural in the Southern Hemisphere 'eclipsing Adnate’s 20-storey housing complex mural in Melbourne’s Collingwood' and just seven storeys shorter than the world's tallest mural in Toronto which measures 32 storeys..

Scheduled to open its doors to guests in October, the Adnate, named after the artist, will be Perth’s first Art Series hotel dedicated to street art. It's not surprising that this mural can be spotted from so may places around the city. I think this might be the venue for an future overnight stay in the city opportunity :) Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..

Sunday, August 18, 2019

"A painting is a poem without words"..

There was a specific exhibition that we went to see at the Art Gallery WA on that wet and wild Thursday last week, will show on Tuesday. Along the way the three paintings here were such a delight.. had to share :) I am ever in awe of the talent it takes to create such works. The morning light rising through the eucalyptus trees above by Brendon Darby and below by Lance Chad is exquisite. The first and third paintings on loan from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection, as was the exhibition we went to see. Harvest Gold last pic is genius in charcoal. Hope you enjoyed seeing them also, happy Sunday, take care and stay safe.. 


Saturday, August 17, 2019

'It's hard to frown when ukulele music is goin' down'..

Or 'baby it's cold outside' :) Last night as the storm raged outside we gathered for an impromptu dinner at Hillarys Boat Harbour and were wonderfully entertained by the WA Nukes, a 'recreational ukulele group made up from all walks of life.' When the weather permits they play alfresco but when as wild as it was last night they play in the Over Board Cafe. On arriving I thought the group consisted of a few 'up-in-front' players but looking around nearly every second person in the room was strummin' and a'singin'. It's true what they say 'there's not much you can do with a ukulele that doesn't sound happy' 😊 Have a super weekend, take care and stay safe..


Friday, August 16, 2019

'To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow'..

If it happens to be in the middle of the city all the better! The Urban Orchard in the Perth Cultural Centre is looking particularly bountiful and lush at the moment, all that nurturing rain 💚 Once a neglected area on the rooftop of a car park look at it now. The planter boxes are 'made from recycled waste, the plants are managed organically and are harvested and planted seasonally. This is the embodiment of sustainable community gardening and is a valuable resource for all'.  It's lovely walking through the garden to the city beyond. That's the Art Gallery of WA in the background.. rainy days in the city often equate to a gallery visit :) Happy Friday, take care and stay safe.. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Bountiful Bunbury..

 Next stop on the road trip Bunbury, 175km south west of Perth. Oh how it has changed since we were last here, it has tripled in size. I climbed the Marlston Hill Lookout tower to get the ocean views above.. overcoming fears everyday :) How about the chequered lighthouse in first shot! Bunbury did not disappoint as far as heritage architecture goes either, even one or two, maybe more Art Deco buildings 💙 but my favourite was the pink convent below, blessed in 1897 and still looking gorgeous today.. now home to the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery.. perfect! There was lots of fabulous street art also, but that's for another day. Definitely worth the drive. Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Walking on water..

We arrived in Busselton, a three hour drive south west of Perth just after sunup. Such a long time since we were down this way the main purpose of our visit was to re-visit the Busselton Jetty. Stretching almost 2km out to sea, you may have to embiggen to see the Underwater Observatory waaay out there at the end of the jetty, the Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty, see aerial shot here in the Southern Hemisphere. It was a lovely way to rack up a huge number of steps, but if not inclined to walk you can catch the jetty train, which I would love to have seen but we were too early..

We were what a shame also too early for both the underwater observatory and the underwater helmet walk 😉  A working jetty since 1865 it has survived 'neglect, fire, cyclones and government indifference, thanks to the passionate and dedicated work of the community'. There are some gorgeous old black & white photos of the jetty over the years, scroll down here. The architecture in Busselton itself was a little disappointing so we decided to head to our next destination an hour away to explore and have lunch. More tomorrow. Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. the jetty itself was so worth the trip..

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