Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I spotted someone who had just bought a roll of Christmas paper in the Library yesterday.
The newsagents were busy wrapping things in green paper when I popped in last night.
And I sold my first two Lundby advent calenders for the year this week.
To make up for any anxiety this may cause in my readers (and myself!), here's a fabulous video I lifted from The Lark:
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
You may remember it from back here.)
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I figured the only way to catch up is to follow Loobylu's lead:
* Using In Design for the first time.
* Finishing answering the questions sent to me by The Collectors and finally getting them out of the way (It's rather handy having a blog: a lot of the answers consisted of a "see here" followed by a link)
* Lovely people coming up to me to introduce themselves and tell me the read (and enjoy) my blog. It happened again this morning at the petrol station and quite made my day.
* Getting through my very first Storytime. And getting nice feedback from both the other staff and the parents. It helped that I got to read one of my favorite books (with actions)
* Meeting a little girl with a patch over her eye and telling her how I used to have one just like it when I was little (except not as cool and colourful as hers) and making her smile.
* The arrival of my first Book Depository order (I couldn't resist, with an added 10% off their already low prices)
* Having the day after tomorrow off. It's a holy day of obligation: the first day of The Lifeline Bookfair.
* Two weeks' holiday from night classes. So I can catch up on everything. Hopefully.
*Waking up in the middle of the night on Monday to find myself in the bedroom doorway. It took a couple of seconds to realise that a massive thunderstorm was pretty much directly overhead and the rolling thunder had caused the windows to rattle and the bed to shake. And my removed-from-New-Zealand-but-still-a-well-trained-Kiwi-body to have catapulted across the room and into the doorway as soon as I felt it. Even if it was asleep.
* Two night's broken sleep due to thunder and lightning.
* Dust rain.
* Finding myself tongue-tied when people say they read my blog. It always takes me by surprise. Which is odd as I check my stats regularly and know about how many of you there are.
* That I don't think my Tutor likes the direction I'm heading in with The Big Very Important (Scary) Final Brief. After a period of hand wringing and worrying I've decided I don't actually care very much.
* Miss Daisy getting her first parking ticket. The only other time I got a parking ticket I made page three of the paper*. This time wasn't quite so exciting...
* The price of parking in Civic (I had to take my car in yesterday as I had stuff to take to Craft ACT and needed a speedy relocation between there and the Library for an evening shift): $12. Which actually seems a bargain compared to the $78 the previous day had cost me.
* Having to learn a song in the twenty minutes before Storytime started so I could sing it in front of a crowd of small people and their parents...
* Having a job application due in tomorrow and only having the time to get to it (as usual) at 6am the morning it's due in.
(*No I was not naked at the time)
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
2. Feeding a friends' cats and eating the chocolate they (the friends, not the cats) left out for me.
3. Attending a talk at National Archives where Senator Kate Lundy discussed the international origins of the Griffin Canberra Plan.
4. Then across to National Gallery for The Big Draw. Many of you will have heard me say having my Knitta Please piece was the nearest I was ever going to get to having my work hanging in The National Gallery (even if it was just outside the doors).
I was wrong. Here's a very blurry photograph the Official Photographer took with my camera of me adding to the I am wall (she took other photos with her own camera and has promised to email them to me. I'll upload them as soon as I get them!):
(The sign says Look Mum! I'm hanging in the National Gallery of Australia!! )
Here's a sketch I did over lunch in the Members' Lounge:
And the sketches I did of the chap I nicknamed The Writhing Man at the Swing High, Swing Low drawing station (only my second ever life drawing experience...) (Blind contour drawing)(Details)
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Is the ability to justify the wearing of not only my recent "free" Doc Martens but also the original pair I saved up for in the late 1980s (which, yes, made the trip across The Ditch with me all those years ago and are still perfectly wearable)
(I wonder if this has anything to do with my choice of music in the car to and from work?)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I finally remembered to download today's camera contents and came up with variations on the following: 7:45am: nest trials with cogs. Taken in the bathroom where the light is particularly good first thing in the morning.9:58am: very cool Where the Wild Things Are graffiti spotted on the side of the (still empty) ex-Starbucks (or perhaps it's viral marketing for the film?)9:59 am: Close up thereof (just because)...1:52 pm A photo I took of our exhibition last week which was out of focus so I wanted to re shoot.1:59 pm: Ditto...
Fancy sharing A day on your camera? (no cheating, mind...)
2. Full time art student
I went to the information evening tonight for the Diploma/ Advanced Diploma of Visual Art and Design Practice. I could do it part time (2 days a week for two years and no ability to exit at the end of the first year with a qualification). Or I could find a way to clear 18 weeks of my calendar next year, bite the bullet financially, become a full time student and exit with a Diploma.
It's very tempting to use TSS math and compare the cost of the course and living expenses for 18 weeks to the cost of a cruise. Which would make it a bargain!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Today I helped trial the use of a notebook computer with a stick modem: a jolly good idea (I think) as often the questions we're asked necessitate a trip back to the main counter and the computer there.
As I pushed my notebook computer on its trolley round the stacks I couldn't help hum the theme to Jaws under my breath. I also came up with the idea for this cartoon and am very pleased the end result is so true to what I pictured in my mind...
(Luckily everyone I used as guinea pigs were very positive about the experience. Maybe I should hire a dog costume for a day and see how the reactions compare?)
Sunday, September 13, 2009
It reappeared on the semester two programme (on November 7th) but I decided I couldn't wait that long, especially if the ANU version is in 2D and I could see it right now in 3D.
For a price (of course).So last night, after I finished work, V and I went to the movies. And I spent a happy (almost) two hours admiring things miniature (and knitted):
Now if I could only find time to pull out my mini knitting...
Friday, September 11, 2009
* The arrival of my 2010 diary insert
* Finally getting my tax stuff into the Accountant (and the news of a refund)
* The big fat September issue of US Vogue landing in my post box
* Dead-looking things springing back to life (including my other dead camera and the return of the eBay purchase with the purple screen of death from free repairs at Canon. No excuse to buy a new camera then...)
* Getting excited about the Canberra Theatre Subscription Season launch for 2010 (which is still a few weeks away, but feeling tantalisingly close.)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Finally, here's my favorite photo of the day (and already being used as my desktop wallpaper). It vaguely reminds me of a Rosalie Gascoine piece I saw when I went to see Reinventions: sculpture + assemblage at The NGA and some old Dutch paintings I've seen.(Pity I forgot to find out who's work it is...)
Monday, September 07, 2009
A good thing, really, as I spent some time last week lurking in a camera shop taking trial photos with a $750 Leica C-Lux 3 (based on this recommendation), a Panasonic FX38 (which I was reliably informed was the exact same camera as the Leica just rebranded and $250 cheaper) and the Canon Powershot G10 (which has 1 cm macro shooting. As a miniaturist this makes me tempted to ignore the $800 price tag and buy one immediately. 1 cm! Just the thought makes me feel like hyperventilating.)
Anyway... Where was I? Oh yes, playing with bark in class tonight.
Admiring the texture:Checking to see if I could draw on it (I'd left my ink at home so a Fine liner and Sharpie has to suffice):Weaving it:Soaking it:Researching it:Plaiting it...Chewing on it (not shown. Also not shown: the Tutor's alarm when he noticed what I was doing. I figured I was pretty safe as I'd just read in one of my books that that's how you make brushes out of it...)
And, finally, experimenting with combining it with some printer bits:(*Stumped for a title? Branching out? Barking mad?)