Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This is the end result of my first experiment:
More photos of the class to follow when I get them sorted...
First stop was Savers, where the price delusion disease seems to be hitting particularly hard: a vintage linen tea towel (slightly stained)? $5.99. An art book? $39.99. Two old willow tins? $34.99.
I did buy a pair of jeans to replace a pair that died last week ($6.99) and a book ($9.99).
After a slap up lunch of fresh bread, hummus and cherry tomatoes (followed by bread and jam for afters) we went back to Federation Square and ACMI to see Setting the Scene: film design from Metropolis to Australia. Which was fabulous. Here are a few more surreptitious photos for you:Another model, this time the staircase from The Name of the Rose.The sitting room from Australia, which I'd planned to see on Friday night except I was sitting in the back of a car driving to Melbourne, not in a theatre at ANU...
Speaking of theatres, our final stop of the day was the deliciously deco Sun theatre in Yarraville where Kerry had freebies to see Dean Spanley.We had the La Scala theatre completely and utterly to ourselves and took great delight in sprawling on the large leather sofas, sipping our wine (in glasses this time!) while watching the movie and doing lots of usually forbidden things. Like texting boyfriends (Kerry), standing up randomly in the middle of the movie (me) and talking very loudly whenever we felt like it (both of us) It was great!We ended the weekend back at Kerry's in a very suitable manner: watching Poirot on TV.
Afterwards we caught up with her friends over drinksupstairs in the courtyard where the viewwassuperb.
Melbourne bar rules are most odd. It would seem you're permitted to steal the glasses as long as you're not actually wearing them... (Or maybe they have something against Cinderella?)By the time we finally left Federation Square and wandered off to find some cheap food, dusk was falling and the lane ways were emptying out.Thus saving us the potential to blow our (non existent) budgetsOf course, I had to take a couple of ubiquitous lane way graffiti photos:before we finally settled into The Pancake Parlour to devour the $25 gift voucher Kerry had tucked away in her wallet for just such an occasion.After which we waddled home for Earth HourBefore collapsing into bed.
Monday, March 30, 2009
I rang friend Kerry, who I was staying with. She ordered an ear flap hat, as the only ones she'd seen retail were acrylic and since she's a good Kiwi girl she knows sheep's the shit. She even offered to pay for the wool. Since the wool is part of a $5 bag of Bendi I picked up at Salvos Mitchell, I declined the offer. It seemed churlish to demand 95 cents from her...
I did learn a very important lesson on Friday night: either cut the (unused) second colour when it gets dark in the car or stop knitting:There was a bit of tinking once we arrived at the motel in Wodonga before the knitting was set aside for the chance to play with J's toy computer...Kerry was very happy with her hat, if a little shocked that it was finished so quickly. I was just happy that it turned out exactly as I'd imagined and that I'd remembered how to do crocheted edging after not doing it for something like 25 years...(Note matching wrist warmers, knitted between Wodonga and Melbourne, and jar of lovely homemade jam!)
Ear flap ties were requested, with tassels. I obliged, courtesy of Kerry's new crochet hooks:
And a wee video I had to take of the rolling eye windows:
Not only was it a wonderfully evocative model but there were buttons to push which did things like ring the gate bell, make the garage door open and shut, the dog move up and down the driveway and the fish fountain start playing.
Damned shame I haven't managed to actually see the movie yet. There was a DVD copy in the ACMI shop but I was strong and reminded myself this was a trip on a tight budget: a tight budget that didn't include $39 DVDs, no matter how much I wanted to see them...
Friday, March 27, 2009
I think the new camera and I will get along famously if this is what we managed on our first night out. I'm just not sure how well my geriatric laptop (which has been with me 5 years today) is going to cope with all these massive files...
Thursday, March 26, 2009
No, not the Kaleidoscope House but my "new" Canon IXUS 500. 5 mega pixels! 3 minutes of video! (Err... far more than I was really wanting to pay but it's the last generation that takes CF cards and I "need" a higher res camera for class next term)
The only problem is (apart from the fact my coffers are emptying rather too fast at the moment) that I now officially have a collection of IXUS cameras: my original IXUS 1 (which makes the cost of this one look like a total bargain), the IXUS 2 I bought off eBay last year, and now my IXUS 5...
Hey! Do you think CMAG might be interested for a future Cabinets of Curiosities exhibition ("My three cameras")?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
And the Flickr set w/extra duck. You'll never look at the art classics quite the same way again.
As one commenter said:
You're the one
You make Art History
So much fun"
Speaking of duckies and fun, I couldn't finish this post without this classic video:
Monday, March 23, 2009
Here's my "Joy/ pleasure". (It obviously worked because every time the teacher looked at it he burst out laughing. I told him off.)
I had the sudden idea to take the collage I did on Saturday night and play with it a bit further.
First I penciled in the basics: the rocket and the figure inside it, inserting my head which I copied from the photo in the collage instead of the original one. Then I blocked out the main colour parts in bright, primary, happy colours (utilising the texture of the board behind it in the drawing):
"Fear/ anxiety" started with Self portrait #3 above as I thought it would work quite well with the theme. I penciled it in large, covering the whole left side of the page (giving myself a nose-job in the process): Since the whole "block it/ fix it/ add detail/ repeat" experiment worked so well with the first picture I tried it again here:(once again using the texture of the board backing to create a sort of scumbled effect.)
Layer two with details:I wanted a chaotic, jarring background but also some cohesion in the piece so I used the teal of my eyes (since there was no "hazel" pastel in the box) and the red I was going to use on the lips. Which I know from class last week are two colours that provide simultaneous contrast (ie: if you put them next to each other the edges tend to jump around)
And on to layer three:where, once I added the lipstick, the stripy shirt and the yellow zigzags, I suddenly realised I'd transported myself back to the worst of the early 80s. I may have, in fact, just drawn Little Nell...
(*art speak for pencils, pens, charcoal, crayons, pastels etc)
And the message? It links to this pagewhich, as I was creating it, caused a sudden flashback to my most favourite comic of all time: Groo the Wanderer. (Anyone else read this?)
In every issue of Groo there was a secret message. My memory gets a bit hazy here: either there was one secret message and several others that said "This is not the secret message", or possibly the actual secret message read as above. (It was a long time ago!)
Whichever is correct, I suddenly had the urge to supplement my actual secret message withseveral"Not"messages...