Saturday, August 27, 2016

AUSTRALIAN ARID LANDS BOTANICAL GARDENS



The other day I took a drive, with a friend, to the Australian Arid Lands Botanical Gardens in Port Augusta, South Australia. It was an early start, leaving Adelaide at around 6.30am, but so worth the bleary-eyes. The sun was out and the sky was as blue as blue, as you can see from the pictures, a super Winter's day. I go a bit mad taking photos of Australian natives, I do miss living in the country sometimes. I used to live on 5 acres, with gorgeous native gardens and huge eucalyptus trees. I love how on a tree there are so many stages of growth, from the closed pods to spent flowers, mother nature does it every time, she's resilient, strong and giving. 

The pictures below are wattle, flowering gum, Hakea, paper daisies and a couple of Eremophilas. 




























Thursday, May 26, 2016

WANDERINGS IN AUCKLAND



Hi there dear reader, I hope this blog post finds you well. It's amazing I am writing another blog post, two in one week is unheard of for me, it must be the fact that I don't have a television to distract me. I quite like not having one where I am staying, I listen to music, read and have lots of the much needed catch up sleep I have been missing out on.

Today I spent the day in Auckland, I ventured over to the Art Gallery, Fingers Gallery and the Museum. My absolute favourite part of the day hands down was the 3 hours I spent in the Museum. I am drawn to the decorative arts and traditional crafts practices and needed my fix, I wasn't disappointed. This museum is filled with so much rich Maori and pacific islander artefacts its overwhelming (in a good way). I took a plethora of photos and only wish I had packed my camera today, unfortunately I only had my phone, so please excuse the quality of the images below, they are a little rough. 

This time away is proving to be the medicine I needed to inspire new work, just taking the time out and allowing my focus to be distracted by my surroundings has made it so much easier to formulate new ideas and step outside an old way of thinking. So here's some of the things that distracted me today. 





Combs




Neckpiece - Morobe, Papua New Guinea
Orchard stems, cuscus claws




Armour - Dirana Village Irian Jaya




'Civaonovono' Breast plate - Fiji
Whales tooth



Detail of breast plate above




Whales tooth breast plate - Fiji




Child's feather headdress - Papua New Guinea




Carved comb




Neckpiece - Papua New Guinea




Neckpiece - Solomon Islands




Waistband - Solomon Islands




Beaded loin cloth - Manus Island Papua New Guinea




Bilum Bag - Guap Island, Papua New Guinea




Detail from above




Bilum Bag - West Sepik Coast, Papua New Guinea




Detail from above




Ear ornaments - Solomon Islands




Neckpiece - Solomon Islands




Neckpiece - New Guinea







Leg Rattle (detail) - Hawaii




Tuluma, Fishing box - Maori Tokelau community




Combs




Detail of carving




Carved Kauri Gum




Scrimshaw




Scrimshaw, Whales Tooth








Shell Trumpet - Maori



Sunday, May 22, 2016

TIME AND TIDE WAIT FOR NO HUMAN BEING


It certainly has been a while since I have written anything on this blog and I thought it about time that I did. I am currently in the land of the long white cloud doing something for myself, which I have to say has been a long time coming.

Why do we wait until...?

I think I have been doing that my entire life, waiting until I finish that job, until I can get my health in check, until that someone asks me out, until I've helped everyone else out, until the bloody cows come home! This year I have been trying out something new, finding the guts to just do those things I have dreamt of doing, jumping in and seeing what happens. Mind you, work still gets in the way, it's hard for it not to when you run your own business. It does become all consuming, I have let it be this way for so long that it takes a real conscious effort to turn off at the end of each day. 

I'm not sure if you are aware of this dear reader, but we are not going to be here forever. Just thought I'd mention that in case you had forgotten. I do sometimes, I get carried away with all the bullshit, the constant worry about finances, the drudgery of day to day life, when it shouldn't be drudgery at all. I'm learning to have faith in 'the someone or something helping me along in my life' that they have my back and it will all work out in the end.

So I choose to live my small life, one day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time if need be. With all it's shortcomings and wonderful bits, everyday is not going to smell like roses, if you think that, you're delusional, but I certainly want to find some joy and spend time doing the things that make me grin and be around the people that I love.

Today I took a trip to Waiheke Island, the photos below are from Onetangi Beach, the sun hung around for a while and on the ferry ride back it disappeared; metaphors anyone....