Sunday, April 27, 2008

Avian Adoration

Oh why oh why does this have to be happening all the way over on the other side of the world. Grrr. The PDX Film Festival kicks off in Portland Oregon on Wednesday 30th April until 4th May. It promises to be a jam-packed 5 days worth of innovative documentary & non-narrative experimental film screenings from all over the globe. The PDX Film Festival is presented by Peripheral Produce, an experimental film distribution label founded in Portland by filmmaker Matt McCormick. If this picture below of a Vladmaster Communal Viewmaster Screening that featured as part of the program a previous year is anything to go by, it looks a real hoot! Lucky Portlanders and their super fun looking festivals. Phooey!

I don't own a viewmaster to look at pretty slides, but I captured the following pretty images of some visitors to my backyard today on my less than retro, yet still click-worthy contraption.

While the other birds were busily devouring the delights on the tree, I particularly liked the bird in the centre of the photo looking up adoringly at the bird above. The bird above appears to be completely unaware of the attention. Or is choosing to ignore it. I guess unrequited love is prevalent amongst all species.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Harold & Maude & Me

Ok, I was tagged by the very talented Aussie artist Esta Sketch a little while back to post 7 random or weird facts about myself. So here they are...

1) I know every single word of dialogue from the film Harold & Maude.
2) I know all the lyrics to each & every song from the film Harold & Maude.
3) I can play an adequate rendition on the xylophone of my favourite song from Harold & Maude.
4) I've been obsessively searching for years for recipes for Oat Straw Tea & Ginger Pie after discovering it in a scene from Harold & Maude.
5) 36 years after the initial release of Harold & Maude, the Holy Grail of unreleased soundtracks was finally released. A limited edition (2500 copies) on vinyl only. I've just become the proud owner of one of those 2500 records.
6) I will be living on 2-minute noodles for the next month.
7) I don't own a record player.

wasn't that riveting...

and now a little excerpt from the Harold & Maude screenplay...

Psychiatrist - That's very interesting, Harold, and I think, very illuminating. There seems to be a definite pattern emerging. And, of course, this pattern, once isolated, can be coped with. Recognize the problem, and you are halfway on the road to its, uh, its solution. Uh, tell me, Harold, what do you do for fun? What activity gives you a different sense of enjoyment from the others? Uh, what do you find fulfilling? What gives you that...special satisfaction?

Harold - I go to funerals.

I won't tag anyone with the '7 random facts' thingy, but if anyone wants to play along please do so. I forget what the rules are. If you don't know already, just make them up. It's more fun that way. I'm sure Maude would agree! Maybe not Harold though.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Raggy Waltz We Dance

It's a Raggy Waltz We Dance is the title of my second art exhibit at Pandemonium Cafe. The owner of the cafe, the lovely Leisa, kindly offered me a second exhibit immediately following the first one I had there. Leisa rocks! Pandemonium Cafe rocks! My very good friend who helped me set up my paintings yesterday rocks! YOU! Oh yes YOU reading this here little blog rock! Everything is rockin' and I'm getting motion sickness so I better go have a lie down...

Here's a photo of one of the 12 paintings currently exhibited called "A helmet would only mess up my hair"

The photo was taken just prior to heading over to Pandos & scooter boy decided to rudely park himself in front of my head for the shot. Cheeky little monkey! I guess he figured there wasn't room enough for two big heads in the photo...

Pandemonium Cafe - 215 Given Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane
It's a Raggy Waltz We Dance exhibit 19th April until 14th June

I now end this shameless self-promotional post with something of far greater importance.

Bloggers Unite is an initiative designed to harness the power of the blogosphere to make the world a better place. By challenging bloggers to blog about a particular social cause on a single day, a single voice can be joined with thousands of others to help make a real positive difference. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations. Bloggers Unite for Human Rights challenges bloggers everywhere to help elevate human rights by drawing attention to the challenges and successes of human rights issues on May 15.

For further information, badge links, and suggested topics to write about on the day click here. I'll be blogging a Human Rights related post on the day as it's an issue that is important to me. I believe it's an issue most other bloggers feel strongly about also, so I'm hoping many of you fine folk will be participating on the day. Even if it's simply to display a Bloggers Unite badge on your blog to help raise awareness. So, get on board bloggers! We CAN make a difference!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

What's on My Walls?

One of my fave blogs Pulp Sushi recently started a very cool weekly feature called Show Me Your Wall, and I've been enjoying checking out what people have displayed in their homes. The lovely Marilyn invited me to participate.

If you're remotely interested in what I have hanging on my walls then click here. Thanks heaps Marilyn!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

60 Watt Fish Luminaire

I wasn't planning on participating in Illustration Friday this week because I'm desperately trying to finish a set of paintings in time for an exhibit starting next weekend. Even though I've had sufficient time to prepare for it, I ALWAYS leave things until the last minute. However, when the Illustration Friday topic landed in my inbox I couldn't resist playing. The topic this week being FAIL. A topic very close to my heart, and I thought it would be a fun distraction. Oh joyful procrastination. Yay! So I briefly abandoned my paint brushes & picked up my sharpie & coloured pencils & did a little doodle.

Inspired by this rather silly joke that never fails to amuse me...

"How many surrealist artists does it take to change a light bulb?"
Answer: A fish

Ensure electricity supply is switched off before inserting the bulb. Failure to do say may cause the little fishy to fry.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

ARRrrr! Windy! Woof!

A few recent arrivals that I've purchased from Etsy that are makin' me happy!

Pirate Robot is one of five of my cute fridge magnets from Chicalookate. Kate is a super sweet seller with a wonderful store filled with awesome photos, fridge stylings & more! My fridge is all the more swanky looking now. If only the inside of it looked as appealing...

Oh & while on the subject of robots, there's a fun sounding project happening right now that anyone can participate in called THE ROBOT CHALLENGE. Click here for all the information. I discovered the project via High Desert Diva's blog, so be sure to click here to check out the little robot she cleverly created for the project. He's a real cutie!

An adorable Windy Day print from AshleyG. I'm a big fan of the style of Ashley G and her prints are of exceptional quality. Can't wait to get this little sweetie framed & hanging up on my wall.

My dog Sophie was in need of a new collar, so here she is modelling the one I purchased for her from FidosFashionCollars. They have a large range of gorgeous handmade collars for even the most fussiest of pooches. Actually, Sophie doesn't really care what hangs around her neck, just so long as a leash can be attached to it for trips to the park she's happy! I'd also like to mention that Sophie is not as tubby as she appears in this photo. It's merely the odd angle she's sitting. Truly.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Festival de Photo

The second Queensland Festival of Photography kicked off this month and will continue running throughout April. So far I've attended two of the exhibits, Jacky Redgate: Visions From Her Bed at the IMA, and Memoirs: Selection of Photographs from the Daryl Hewson Collection at the SLQ's Studio Gallery. The Jacky Redgate exhibit was personal, beautiful, pristine and haunting. Themes of memory and recollection have always featured prominently in Jacky's work, with many of the works in this exhibit inspired by images she imagined while hospitalised as a young child. Daryl Hewson's collection is said to be the most comprehensive archive of photography in Queensland. The standout piece for me was a photo of Nick Cave taken in 1991 by Peter Milne. Nick was smiling in the photo. A rarity, as I've not seen many photos of Nick Cave smiling. The festival consists of over twenty participating galleries and venues showcasing an expansive and diverse range of contemporary photography, so there's sure to be something to please every photographic enthusiast.

For the full program of events click here

Taking photos was not permitted at the exhibitions but I took a photo outside the SLQ of this little beastie I found basking in the sun at Southbank.

"I am the lizard king. I can do anything. So if you don't stop blocking my sun, invading my personal space & leave me in peace, I may eat you"

Cripes. Grouchy little beastie.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Streets of my Town

Artforce is a public art project that encourages residents to show pride in their local community by transforming Brisbane's TSBs (traffic signal boxes) from bland blue to colourful works of art. Artforce is open to emerging artists, professionals & community groups who have an original idea that reflects the immediate environment, the character or history of the suburbs, community pride or exhibits creativity. The project has been operating for many years now and has enhanced the look of Brisbane's roads, providing a high profile art presence in Brisbane. The unique and wonderful designs are viewed with great interest by residents and tourists alike and celebrates the diverse communities, talent and imagination that shines so brightly in Brisvegas.

Artforce is free to participate in and if your original design submitted is approved you'll be supplied with an Artforce Pack containing all the materials you need to get going. There's even an opportunity to win between $200 and $1000 as part of the Artforce Awards held every year in November. The 2007 winning entrant was Libby Harward with her adorable "Miss Murray Cod Pink Bubbles" and it can be found on the corner of Albert & Roma Street, City.

Artforce is an initiative of Brisbane City Council and is managed by Queensland Urban Ecology.

"Round and round, up and down,
through the streets of your town"

- Grant McLennan (The Go-Betweens)