Monday, December 27, 2010

White teapot

The cafe at the Art Gallery of NSW serves tea in little white teapots.
Watercolour captures the charm of such objects better than most mediums I think.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sydney style?

This newly rennovated Westfield shopping center sits amongst Sydney's charming old brick buildings. I suppose someone thought white glass with swirls was stylish? More probably, style was not a prerequisite but rather the abiity to get as many upmarket stores as possible into the dark rabbit warrens inside.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Merry Christmas


In Hamburg I saw a very amusing verson of Meistersinger and drew while I watched. The pics are on

Here is Johan Botha singing Stolzing in Meistersinger, 2008.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Modern Michelangelo

A modern Michelangelo at work in a small Italian-themed shopping area in Ettalong Beach.
The difference between this Michelangelo and the one that painted 600 years ago is the light box (the black box under the plank our Michelangelo is standing on) which he is using to shine the image onto the ceiling.
The image is probably a copy of one painted by the 1510 Michelangelo. The light box didn't work very well in the bright summer light.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Patonga sunrise

Early morning in Patonga on the Central Coast. I took this photo then went back to bed ...
A little while later, my wall turned into a mural....
So I got up and looked out the window.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Otago Harbour

This view was painted from a hill but Otago Harbour looked just like this from the air as I flew out.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

'My' Dunedin

Dunedin is one of my favorite places. The views are stunning. This is Dunedin from the Otago Penninsula.
Dunedin's building have integrity. Most have been little changed since they were built, whenever that may have been. This one is in the city center.
The Robbie Burns statue opposite the town hall is a perfect viewing platform for seagulls.
The teeth sculpture at the mouth of the Otago Penninsula is a new addition since I was here a year ago.
When the cloud lifts, this is the view. The teeth stand to the right.
The only blot on the landscape is the new stadium a building that divided the city when it was approved in a clock and dagger manner. Lets hope it succeeds now it is being built because the citizens have become so indebted that they are having to close library services and such like in order to support the stadium. It is being built on reclaimed land, so it might just disappear under the waves as the seas rise.
Goodbye Dunedin. I look forward to seeing you again before too long.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

What have they done to our chocolate?

In Germany I bought a (surprisingly cheap) block of Milka chocolate and I had to throw most of it away. It tasted like chemical mush. I forgot to look if it was made in China but it was so cheap I wouldn't be at all surprised.
There is a Cadbury's factory in Dunedin and when Cadbury was bought out by Kraft in 2009 the workers were afraid the factory would be closed. It stayed open, but they must have changed the chocolate recipe as it has become inedible. It tastes more like soap than chocolate.
Yuck, yuck.
Thank heavens for Lindt and Whittackers (in NZ).