Guessing by the number of times I've come across couples, both local and international, having pre wedding photos taken around Perth it's clear that it is now a 'bit of a thing'. Gawd, don't know about you, but once, at the actual wedding was enough for me.. I know right, so romantic 😉 As the sun went down on Cottesloe Beach last week I couldn't help wondering if the couple here realised, as they stepped down onto the beach
with a thousand others that Sculpture by the Sea was happening :) I wish them all the happiness. There are many beautiful spots around Perth that are perfect, have a peek here, you will recognize a few I'm sure. Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Whether young or old(er) I can't imagine many who haven't heard of the Beatles.. link just in-case you might be the only person in the world who hasn't :) Probably the biggest musical and to some degree fashion influencers of the 1960/70's. The mural here painted by Australian artist Fieldey during the Kaleidoscope Festival in November last year. Couldn't get Paul McCartney full on, damn car, anyone would think it was a car park or something.. he was my favourite too 😉 Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. thanks Miriam for the heads up!
Monday, March 18, 2019
We did head to Cottesloe on Friday evening to get some sunset pics of Sculpture by the Sea before it finishes today.. I'm happy to say along with most of Perth! While Aimee tried to catch a sculpture shot without anyone in it :) above, I hoped to capture the wonderful atmosphere of families enjoying a warm autumn evening on one of Perth's prettiest beaches. See for yourself here (really worth the one and a half minutes) how beautiful the sculptures look on Cottesloe Beach, possibly for the last time if they can't get the funding they need, the biggest percentage of which is private funding, that would be so sad for Perth and for everyone around the world who enjoys seeing the sculptures..
The pic below made me smile, I wonder how many of the romantic photos taken of the couple below were complete with aqua-man photo bomber.. I took a few and he was there in every one 😊 Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Last month we visited my multi-medium artist and maker of hats niece Jessica when she had a short stay in the relatively new State Government and teaching facility the Fiona Stanley Hospital south of the river. After a few initial problems the hospital officially opened in October 2014. Named after Australian epidemiologist Fiona Stanley the hospital has won awards for it's design. The exterior is excellent for reflections, couldn't decide which to use so here we have both :) Hope you are having a good weekend, take care and stay safe..
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Are there any shop/stores that you cannot resist popping into if you are in the area? For me it is Petticoat Lane in Subiaco, it's possible you have been in here with me before :) Temptation abounds between these four walls. The lamp below, no not the nubile young lady in front, the Art Deco lamp behind, isn't she gorgeous! I saw a quote recently that goes 'don't run from temptation, look it in the eye and defeat it'.. je préfère 'don't run from temptation, look it in the eye and buy it' :) I'll leave it in the hands of fate, if she is still there the next time I pop in, she is coming home with me 😊 Happy Saturday, take care and stay safe.. P.s. I think that is the owner above.. minimalism must be a curse to nostalgia shop owners!
Friday, March 15, 2019
The free motorbike parking spot here is two minutes from the park I showed yesterday, so I'm guessing that at least twice a day that spot might not be so serene 😉 Parking here on Mounts Bay road it's only a ten minute walk into the city.. a bit of exercise before work and no parking fees sounds like a good deal. I wish I had had a closer look to see if there were surveillance cameras, let's hope so! I believe Melbourne is the only Australian capital city to allow motorcycle parking on the footpath, although maybe not for long. What are the motorbike parking facilities in your city/town like? Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Many people drive past John Oldham Park without even realizing it's there.. with busy Mounts Bay Road along one side and the Mitchell Freeway on the other it's easy to speed past this gem a stone's throw from the city. Designed by John Oldham, a pioneer of landscape architecture in Australia, the park was named after him in 2000 after he passed in 1999. Bridges, waterfalls, children's playground, paths under the shade of the lush foliage make the park popular with walkers, cyclists and families.. and a certain Perth blogger whenever she gets the chance 😉 Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
It's no surprise that a walk through Trinity Arcade is my preferred way to get to St Georges Terrace. The Art Deco design is gorgeous and, if there happens to be an attractive couple walking hand in hand through the arcade at the same time, complimenting the decor :) all the better. Could be anywhere in Europe instead of the world's most isolated city oui 💛 Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
I'm wondering if by now you will recognize the quirky character here as the work of my favourite artiste français Tankateo. Discovered in Coventry Village in Morley. After studying in the South of France Tankateo came to Perth in 2010 and stayed.. people who come to Perth often do. France's loss is without doubt Perth's gain 💙 Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..
Monday, March 11, 2019
The two birds on the top of my wish list to snap are the Tawny Frogmouth and the Splendid Fairy Wren. In February last year I was was thrilled to get close up to the Tawny Frogmouth here, and although there are many beautiful images of the Splendid Fairy Wren out there, the two shots here are the sum total of my success.. so far! Below, eight years ago.. there was no time to focus just a quick click and it was off.. the shot above three weeks ago. When the male is looking for a mate in the breeding season, his feathers turn iridescent blue, the colour above is straight out of the camera.. bit of a show off isn't he :) What's on top of your wish list to snap a pic of? Happy new week, take care and stay safe..
Sunday, March 10, 2019
It was an overcast, drizzly kind of day in Perth yesterday.. by no means cold, 23C as I type this at 7pm, one of those humid autumn days. Reflections of Kings Park in the window of Aspects of Kings Park can brighten up the greyest of days. A glimpse of the War Memorial overlooking the Swan River centre stage. However you are spending your Sunday, take care and stay safe.. 🌺
Saturday, March 9, 2019
A little easier this time to get Aimee interacting with art.. above with the early morning light reflections bouncing off the multi-faceted stainless steel of 'Counterpoints' by WA artist Penelope Forlano. The artist's statement 'Counterpoints echoes ancient water droplet and flaked stone spearhead forms. It evokes the eye and the framed view, connecting here with there. The fleeting reflections and material longevity reinforce the temporal and formal counterpoints'. I was taking a quick shot when I heard a voice behind 'what a lovely shot' click, click .. you can see by the shadows there was a group behind all taking pics, hilarious.. Aimee didn't think so 😉
Below, created in corten steel 'Celest' by NSW sculptor David Ball.
I really like this one although on reading the artist's statement 'Celeste is a stargate. It's elevated form lures the viewer to gaze at the sky in a different way, through the tension and contrast of the frail architecture that surrounds them' I wish I had taken the shot from another angle, perhaps looking through the centre to the sky.. one for the return evening visit..
'Draw Houses Make Houses' below created in mild steel by Chinese artist Hu Quanchun is an intricate and clever piece of construction. The artist's statement 'Originally an intervention of a proposed demolition site in Hunan, this work aims to preserve the memory of the current shanty town through the eyes of the local primary school students. The students drew these houses and the local college students helped to produce the sculpture'. Pretty amazing right!
There were so many I missed but we will go back next weekend before the exhibtion ends to take some evening shots.. hope you have enjoyed the few I've shown here. happy weekend, take care and stay safe..
Friday, March 8, 2019
The last time Aimee
was persuaded to 'photo bombed' WA artist Denise Pepper's work was here (will have to scroll down a bit). Her piece for this year's Sculpture by the Sea 'SEQUINtial Reflections' was positioned on a slope making it slightly challenging to get more than the top of her red locks into frame :) Created in aluminum, stainless steel and steel fixings SEQUINtial Reflections 'follows on from last year's photo bomb and continues the opportunity to explore our fascination for what is shiny and glitters'.. A fascination for all that glitters is just one of the many things Aimee had in common with her Nan 💛
'Women in Bronze' above by Melbourne artist Sonya Payes looks amazing sitting on the pristine white sand of Cottesloe beach with the Indian Ocean glinting in the background. The Artist's statement 'This work invites the viewer to explore an internal self-reflection, extending themes of regeneration in an anthropocene world where humanity has become the dominant influence on climate and the environment'.
Below created in corten steel 'Shifting Horizons' by Perth based artist April Pine..definitely one to come back and take in the setting sun. The artist's statement 'A series of Corten figures individual in density. Their presence is reduced to line work as a means of mapping and engaging with the horizon. Stoic in posture the works are reflective and considered as watchful guardians'..
Hopefully you aren't all 'art'ed out' yet.. a few more to come :) Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..
Thursday, March 7, 2019
I always look forward to seeing what Iraq/WA sculptor Ayad Alqaragholli has created for Sculpture by the Sea. 'Marsh Boat' above and below in bronze, concrete and stainless steel plate was a real draw-card. The artist's statement 'This work is symbolic of how the WA coast evokes many memories of the mashoof reed boats that have navigated the Mesopotamian Marshes of my southern Iraq homeland for years.It represents both the joy of the Iraq people and my new life in Australia'. The joy of his work makes me happy..
The astoundingly intricate sculpture 'Vintage Bush Truck' below was woven using palm fronds, bamboo, grapevine and palm branch by WA artist and master weaver Janine McAullay Bott. The artist's statement 'An old truck left discarded in the bush. Still hangs on the character of its vintage style of days gone by. It speaks of early bush tracks and weathered truckies staring down lonely roads. A ghost of itself. A fond memory to many, like grapes which have aged boldly like a fine wine'. One of the most relatable statements in the exhibition 💛
The smooth curves of 'Rolling the Earth' above, created in stainless steel and bronze casting by South Korean sculptor Tae-Geun Yang were popular with art students. The artist's statement 'Reckless development projects are ravaging our planet, posing a grave threat to all living creatures. How can we create an environment in which bears can live and play in peace'. That's a problem that should concern us all. Back tomorrow with more :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Here we go! I usually show the sculptures in the order that we see them as we step onto the beach, this time starting from the last piece at the end of the groyne. Above, 'Entwined' a sculpture in stainless steel and bronze created by Victorian sculptor Ben Fasham. The artist's statement 'Inspired by the family group, I see the two curved elements encompassing and nurturing the central ball reflecting the relationship between the parents and the child. Showing the family entwined together'. I love both the sculpture and what it represents 💙
Above.. 'Cairn' created in steel, coloured and mirrored perspex by Italian/WA sculptor Alessandra Rossi. The artist's statement 'The abstraction and simplification of form contains the light and colours of the landscape in which it is placed, exposing the hidden and the imaginary in a balancing act between fragility and impermanence'. Must get back in the evening to take this as the sun is going down..
I can never resist a lighthouse! 'The Vague but Slightly Illuminated Eye of Perception'.. brilliant title, created in hebel, steel, bronze,solar light by NSW artist Stephen Harrison. The artist's statement 'Broken and dying the lamentable lighthouse, silent sentinels of the world. For my Uncle Ian'. If like moi you didn't know.. this is hebel..
Below the curves of 'Time and Motion' created in copper, corten steel by WA sculptor Ron Gomboc. The artist's statement 'Like every journey, time and motion each have beginnings. Our existence revolves around the anxiety and uncertainty of expectations and the unknown'. So many more to
edit come.. happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..