Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Lucy Goes POP!

Oh how I love fd's Flickr Toys! (yeah yeah, I know it's been around for ages & I'm a little slow off the mark only having recently discovered it). However, on the off chance that there may be ONE other person on this planet who isn't yet familiar with fd's Flickr Toys I thought I'd mention it. Just for YOU! On the off chance that YOU may just so happen to be reading this post. Anyways, fd's Flickr Toys is a fun & free online photo editing program which allows anyone (you don't need to be a Flickr member) to access a large variety of nifty tools/toys to play with. Click here, choose your toy, upload your photo/s & click create. & voila! You've created a masterpiece! My favourite toy is the "Warholizer" & the image below is the result of a photo I took of a small Lucy (character from Peanuts) figurine I uploaded. There's also a "Hockneyizer" if you favour the style of David Hockney over Warhol.

And there's nothing I like better than discovering more time-wasting activities to justify the cobwebs & accumulating dust covering my vacuum cleaner...

Lucy: Do you think my eyes are beautiful Charlie Brown?

Charlie Brown: Yes they look just like little round dots of india ink.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Beyond at QPAC

BEYOND: The Art of Terry Summers is the current exhibition on at the Tony Gould Gallery, QPAC. On display are eight installations of impressively constructed large-scale cardboard sculptures, most of which were created while Terry Summers was the artist in residence at QPAC in 2006/2007. The use of waste cardboard for his sculptural work was initially sparked by Summer's protest against deforestation in 1994 & he has continued to use it since. The beautiful sculptures are a wonderful example of an artist recycling & reusing in creative ways. Ways in which have gained Brisbane artist Summers widespread recognition & acclaim for his innovative environmentally friendly art. This magical & inspirational exhibition runs until 18th April. Here are a couple of photos I took while visiting a few days ago.

BEYOND: The Art of Terry Summers - Duet, 2007

BEYOND: The Art of Terry Summers - Summit Meeting, 2006

Anyone now feeling all inspired to reduce, reuse & recycle in their creative pursuits, yet not so keen to go fossicking around dumpster bins, then a visit to Reverse Garbage may be a preferable & more fun-filled alternative. Reverse Garbage is a non-profit co-op located in West End, Brisbane (only a hop, skip & a few jumps away from QPAC!). Reverse Garbage collects industrial & commercial discards, off-cuts & over-runs for re-sale to artists, crafters & the general community for creative & practical uses. The Reverse Garbage warehouse is a treasure-trove filled with bargain priced eco-friendly & fabulous finds.

Friday, February 22, 2008

You Make My Day!

Woohoo! The wonderful Karen from A' Musements awarded me with the "You Make My Day" blog award. My little blog is oh-so-happy about this & excitedly started doing cartwheels but I had to be a party-pooper & put a stop to this because all of it's life preserving cords were getting twisted & tangled. If you've not yet checked out Karen's blog, please immediately do so now. Now! Karen is an awesome artist from Oregon who creates lovely things & her blog is beautiful. Oh & she's also a very funny & super fabulous chick! Ok, now my duty as an award recipient is to bestow this award to 5 blogs that make my day. I have so many favourite blogs it's very difficult to narrow it down to only 5. Ugh! Here in Australia blogging doesn't appear to be as popular as it is elsewhere in the world. Yet! So I thought I'd take this opportunity to pass this award onto 5 Aussie blogs that make my day.

So, this award goes to the following blogs. 5 blogs that I hope you'll love as much as I do. Enjoy!

Esta Sketch
Magic Jelly
Meet Me At Mikes
Mix Tape Zine
Sound & Fury

Now it's your turn to pass on the award...

"You Make My Day" works like this:

1. Write a post with links to 5 blogs that make me think and/or make my day.
2. Acknowledge the post of the award giver.
3. Display the "You Make My Day Award" logo with a link to the post that I wrote. A' Musements
4. (Optional) Tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs with the news.

The "You Make My Day Award" may also work like this if it's a preferable option (& please note that this isn't a regular rule option that comes with the award, but a Hey Harriet add-on option).

1. Award winners may simply choose to bask in the glow of my love for your blogs & leave it at that.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Colour Me There!

I'm really excited right now because my artwork is currently on display at the wonderful Pandemonium Cafe in Paddington. My exhibition is called: Retroverts (series 1) Colour Me There! It's the first time that I've displayed my art in public (besides the photos I've previously included here on my blog) so I'm a little nervous. I'm more chuffed about it than nervous though, so all good. Pando's is a much loved & popular 70s style retro themed cafe in Brisbane. So the exposure will be great & my paintings certainly do look very happy hangin' out on the lime green wall amongst all the ultra cool retro decor. Displayed (& available for sale!) are twelve (acrylic on 8 x 8 inch stretched canvases) colourful & kitsch/retro inspired paintings. The "Doggone Beat" painting from a few posts ago is also included. Anyways, if you live in Brisbane & would like to check out my little paintings, that would be ever so awesome. If you need a little more incentive, Pando's Cafe has a lovely vibe, oh-so-yummy food & exceptional coffee!

Here's a photo of "Doo-Wop-Biddy-Diddy" - one of the twelve paintings from the exhibition.

I've also submitted "Doo-Wop-Biddy-Diddy" to Illustration Friday this week because I thought the topic for this week, "theory" was perfect for her. I was concerned about her pursuing her dreams of being a doo-wop singer. Or any kind of singer actually, due to the fact that she has no mouth. A distinct disadvantage for one who wishes to sing. So I'm hopeful doo-wop girl will find comfort & inspiration in this week's IF topic, because, in theory, anything is possible! Therefore I believe one should always follow their dreams. Regardless of how silly they may seem to others.

Retroverts (series 1) Colour Me There! - 17 Feb - 19 April.
Pandemonium Cafe, 215 Given Terrace, Paddington, QLD.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Salute to Sparky

Charles "Sparky" Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, sadly passed away on this day in the year 2000. I'm truly baffled as to why this day isn't commemorated as one of the United Nations special observances. Sigh. The UN have declared 2008 as the International Year of the Potato. Ok, sure, I respect the positive role that the potato can play in providing food security & eradicating poverty & I like potatoes as much as the next person, but geez...c'mon Mr UN Secretary-General, what about Peanuts? Is there not room in 365 days of celebrating the attributes of the humble potato to indulge in one little day of Peanuts? Today should be officially proclaimed & observed as International Day of Peanuts. A day to heighten & promote public awareness of the greatness that is Peanuts (to include a Public Holiday to commemorate such an important observance is highly recommended). February 12th should indeed be a day to pay tribute to Mr Schulz, respectively acknowledging & highlighting the contribution he made towards creating a better world. Yes, an invitation to all nations & people to honour the memory of the man who gave birth to Charlie Brown. The man who created a perfectly imperfect character, allowing us to embrace our faults & celebrate our inadequacies. Yay! Charles M. Schulz lives on through his work as a global ambassador of unique & subtle humour...& li'l folk neurosis. You're the Greatest, Charles Schulz.

You so NEED The Complete Peanuts in your life if you're a Peanuts fan. This series of books published by Fantagraphics contains every strip Schulz ever created. Every 6 months a new book is released & each edition contains 2 years of strips. A total of 25 volumes will be printed. Volume 9 is scheduled for release in May & it will include an introduction by filmmaker John "Pope of Trash" Waters! Can't wait to read THAT intro!

Well, I'm not waiting for a response from the United Nations so I'll get the ball rolling on this one. So...

Happy International Day of Peanuts!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Gung Hay Fat Choi

Happy Chinese New Year! It's the year of the rat. I'm not exactly sure what that means. According to the Chinese zodiac I'm a monkey. I'm not exactly sure what that means either. However, I much prefer to be associated with a monkey than with a rat. So I'm a happy monkey. Fortitude Valley's Chinatown is looking lovely with all the decorations for the new year celebrations. I took many photos of the bright red swinging lanterns & other colourful & festive eye candy, but my favourite photo turned out to be this bleakly coloured & simple image. It's of one of the zodiac tiles set amongst the pavers in the ground circling the water fountain feature in the Chinatown mall. I can't begin to imagine how many people have walked across this little tile over the years. It's looking rather scuffed, scratched & dirty. Yet, it's an appropriate look for a rat somehow...

"You can't be friends with a squirrel. A squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit" - Sarah Jessica Parker

Some famous rat people: Charlotte Bronte, Toni Collette, Cameron Diaz, Mata Hari, Monet, Doris Day, Sean Penn, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mozart & Shakespeare. Hmm...quite a fine & clever collection of rats here. I'm now thinking that being a rat isn't such a bad thing to be at all.

Oooh must now dash...I've a box of divine little Chinese egg tarts calling out to me. & a good monkey must never neglect their sweet beloved baby egg tarts.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Art Found Wanting

"Thou art weighed in the balances, & art found be hanged" is Natalie Sunderland's debut solo exhibition currently enriching the walls at the Green Oven Cafe. There's a total of fourteen exquisite oil paintings of intricate detail & vivid colours, all on canvas & varying in sizes. Dramatic in their intensity, encompassing spiritual themes & lush rich textures, all resulting in truly mesmerising compositions. Nat's an amazingly gifted & talented artist. A self-taught emerging artist on the scene with no formal arts training to boot! Awe-inspiring! Nat's also my friend & I'm proud as punch that she has finally taken the plunge to bravely put herself out there & share her beautiful art with the public. If you live in Brisbane head on over to the Green Oven to check out this absorbing & sublime exhibition.

Here's a sneak peak at one of the walls...

The photo below is of one of my favourite paintings from the exhibit. It was inspired by a 1960s Barsony (aka "black lady") lamp. It's a large scale (approx 100cm x 100cm) stylish & fun piece with a sassy retro groove. Tres chic!

"Barsony Lady" (medium: oil on canvas) Natalie Sunderland © 2008

Exhibition dates - 3rd February to 29th March (Go! Go! Go!)
Green Oven Cafe - 28 Samford Road, Alderley Ph: 3352 7225