Thursday, April 29, 2010

Zipper plate

This zipper plate was made by making a mould with a zipper pressed into it. The name on the zipper, Luigi, is intelligible through the glaze.


The National Art School is housed on an old prison, a very old prison right in the center of Sydney. It is peaceful despite the location as the thick walls are great insulation.
The ceramics workshop is a congenial place to work.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Art and Music

This is a painting by Rupprecht Geiger called 402/64. Geiger was one of Germany's foremost abstract artists and painted mainly in red. (His obituary in 1996 was titled 'A life for the colour red.')

I am writing an essay about 'meaningful and compelling' relationships between art and music. The painting I have chosen is 402/64. The music is Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and my essay is turning out to be much more interesting than expected .... as essays should be of course.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bathing: then and now

There are 60 years between these photos. One baby is the grandmother of the other baby ...

The colour version...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Patonga Inlet

Patonga Inlet had an autumnal feel early this morning as the sun rose over a flat calm sea.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010


This was painted in 2006 ... and remains one of my favorite images. I have it on my camera and it always seems to survive my purges of old images.

Monday, April 05, 2010

What's allowed and what's not

Graphite sketch on A1 paper, transposed from the sketch done at the AGNSW ... with added bronze figure. It relates to an essay I am writing comparing the fuss caused by a French painting in 1850 with that caused by an Oz photo in 2008. One fuss was about politics and the other about nudity ... which says something about France and Oz respectively I suppose.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Immovable figures

The model for life drawing didn't turn up this week so off we went to the AGNSW to draw the sculptures. Sculptures can hold the pose soooo long ....

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Music in Hamilton

Hamilton (NZ) appears rather flat and featureless to those passing by in a bus. Then this unique music store pops into view. It is right oppostite the Hamilton bus station.