One Thing I Hate About Parenting

My 5 year old son has this annoying habit of changing into a new set of clothes for each daily event.

Wake up – put on comfy, home clothes.
Going to the shops – put on nice going-out clothes.
Playing in the backyard and sandpit – put on old, muck-about clothes.
Bike ride in the evening – put on warm gear for the park.
Night time – new set of comfy, home clothes.

All that is actually ok. The real problem is that he leaves the discarded clothes on the floor. In a big heap.

At which, I politely point out : STOP LEAVING YOUR CLOTHES ON THE FLOOR!

And he replies, “WHY? You leave YOUR clothes on the floor!”

The Beginning of an Art Collection

Back in my high school years, I was a keen art student overflowing with many artistic dreams. Of course, most of them were quite unrealistic – but a few have stayed with me.

1) To have an art exhibition. In October 2007, I had an opportunity of a lifetime. I collaborated with some friends and we put on our very first group art exhibition. It was such an excellent and exciting experience. And a dream come true!

2) To start an art collection. I love it when a picture takes my breath away – when colours, shapes, and textures inspire every molecule in my body, and I’m left basking in an afterglow of enchantment. To have my home full of these incredible images! To build a collection!

So here I am, at the brink of a new dream.

I now own my first piece of original art! Eeeek!

I am soooo so so so thrilled, inspired and I’m buzzing with excitement! I want to shout out to the world, I want share it with others, I want to buy gifts of art for my friends!

Dreamtime Sisters by Colleen Wallace Nungari

Dreamtime Sisters
by Colleen Wallace Nungari

“The painting depicts the dancing Dreamtime Sisters. Ancestral spirit figures known to the Eastern Arrernte people of Central Australia as Irrernte – arenye. The spirits look after their country and guide their families.”

It arrived from Central Art Aboriginal Art Store, a site specialising in authentic contemporary and traditional Aboriginal paintings.

I was really impressed with their level of professionalism – the painting came nicely rolled up, with a biography of the artist, a photograph of the artist (with the painting), and a Certificate of Authenticity – proving that it is an one-off, totally unique original, not just a print.

Dreamtime Sisters by Colleen Wallace Nungari

My particular work is certainly from the more affordable end of the spectrum …but I still love it! I’ve been told it’s a good place to start an art collection!

I’m holding it in my hand and I can’t believe it’s mine. It’s so stunning. So unexpected. So original. It speaks of a 100,000-year-ancient-yet-still-living culture and an expression that I can’t even begin to understand, but I am truly spellbound.

Here are links to some other particularly amazing Indigenous paintings I found on the Central Art Store.

Sand Dune Country by Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa

Sand Dune Country by Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa

Mina-Mina 2005 by Dorothy Napangardi

Mina-Mina 2005 by Dorothy Napangardi

Awelye & Bush Melon by Minnie Pwerle

Awelye & Bush Melon by Minnie Pwerle

Womens Ceremony by Nanyuma Napangarti

Womens Ceremony by Nanyuma Napangarti

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Abie Loy Kemarre

Central Art is holding a competition to win an Abie Loy Kemarre painting valued at AUD$3,000. Entry is free. You just need to signup to the Central Art mailing list, and fill in a simple form. Competition closes 30 May 2008.

Lomo Loving

FotoLomo Exhibition Perth

I went to a Lomography exhibition the other evening. And oooh how I love lomos! They are definitely the coolest, quirkiest and craziest kind of photography around. Ah, they always make me giggle and smile.

Lomography started out in the 1990s, when some students got hold of a small Russian camera, the Lomo Kompakt Automat. They went around taking hundreds of snapshots, in crazy, bizarre, random, super-strange situations, angles and positions.

Then they developed them with the cheapest kind of processing they could find, and displayed them as a wall of vibrant images and spontaneous expression – launching a new style of underground artistic photography.

Lomos are characterised by vibrant, high contrast colours and often miscellaneous and eccentric ideas. I think they look so cool!

FotoLomo Exhibition Perth

Mirror

I couldn’t find anyone to go with me at such late notice, so I was a lone visitor that night.

I did try to make small talk with a few people though. I accidentally thumped a chick with my handbag TWICE, I nearly tripped over a dog (who was strutting around the crowded gallery space), I saw a guy who looked like Michael J. Fox, and I almost bought a lomo print of a spooky streetscape.

I must admit, the first thing I thought was “How do I create the lomographic style in Photoshop?”

And I spent most of my time closely examining all the lomos and planning the series of Photoshop steps and layers I would need to create it. How geeky of me.

String of Diamonds

Spiderweb Raindrops

We have a very large spider living on our front porch.

Every night it will spin an impressive web the size of a family-sized pizza next to the porch light. And every night, it is spectacular and perfect in every way – shape, symmetry, detail. However… there always is one small problem with it.

The spider plants one of its web’s anchor points onto our car’s side mirror. So every morning as my husband drives to work, the web breaks and the spider has to do it all over again the next evening.

It also means that on the weekends – when my husband doesn’t go to work – we have the pleasure of checking out the work of a true master craftsman.

This morning, even though it was a bit damaged from last night’s feast, the web was particularly pretty after the rain.