Archive for the ‘The Arts’ Category

La Belle au bois dormant…

July 17, 2013

My inspiration for ‘once upon a time….” themed charity event this Spring – La Belle au bois dormant (“The beauty sleeping in the wood”) by Charles Perrault, 1697

sleepingbeauty

Life Drawing….

December 12, 2012

LifeDrawing003Artwork by Tom Grevera [www.tomgrevera.com]

A few months ago I attended my first life drawing class at the Old Ipswich Courthouse, a beautiful historical building now home to the Ipswich Art Society. It was inspired by a ladies day out earlier this year visiting the Matisse exhibition at GoMA. It was delightful, I loved the work inspired by his travels to the middle east and orient, rich colours, garments, fruits and the exotic contours of his subjects eyes. We had a break for morning tea before spending some lovely time in the drawing room where a lovely young lady serenaded us with classical pieces on the violin – I was in heaven! I brought along my little love heart tin box with walnuts for a snack and enjoyed them with a nice tart cranberry juice whilst the other ladies had some lovely teas and espresso with Italian shortbread. The four of us discussed all sorts – art, fashion, photography, our dreams and goals for this year and beyond. One of the ladies suggested that we have another outing to the Life Drawing class in Ipswich and whilst we couldn’t quite make the diaries match together, I eventually made it along taking my sister-in-law who is herself an amazing artist and mother of three young boys. For her it was a lovely way to reconnect with her love of drawing, take some time out and the two of us enjoyed a lovely evening. I found it such a relaxing way to spend a couple of hours and as my little drawing debut unfolded, my appreciation for Matisse and his work that I had viewed earlier this year certainly deepened to a new level.

Life Drawing classes are on certain Wednesday evenings and open to the public.

One of my favourite things!

November 27, 2012

On a beautiful day, full of sunshine and warmth, one of my most favourite things in the world is spending time at the seaside, swimming in the ocean and taking walks along the beach.  Nothing compares to the exhilaration of running into the sea and being engulfed by waves, hearing the laughter and squeals of kids of all ages playing in nature’s water park playground.

Joy abounds, children build castles of sand, families recline together and couples stroll hand in hand. It’s a place to forget everything and feel completely happy and carefree. We had a lovely morning at Burleigh Heads on Sunday, swimming and playing in the waves, it’s one of our favourite spots. As I was swimming I couldn’t help seeing flashes of Heavenly Creatures,  the recent Vogue shoot (November edition) celebrating the golden jubilee of the Australian Ballet Company. I was absolutely enraptured by strength and beauty of the dancers perfectly juxtaposed against the raw beauty of ocean and sand. For me the behind the scenes video far surpassed the stills. The music and editing was  simply enchanting…..enjoi!

Objects and Momentos

July 17, 2011

I was honoured to be included in the art project of local artist Donna Davis, Objects & Momentos. Donna’s vision for the project was to create opportunities for connection in our community. The project explored the lives of local residents through the personal momentos of  the participants and the stories behind them. Being a minimalist, when Donna first asked me to bring her a collection of items with personal significance to me I really had no idea what to give her. It was actually a good process for me to work through and reminded me of how grateful I am for the precious people whose lives are connected to many of the pieces. It was also a hoot to see my bicycle in a little glass jar. The exhibition is currently touring Queensland.

Ipswich Objects & Lace Exhibition, July 2011

Artwork by Donna Davis

Photography by LeAnne Vincent

Style Guide: Fabulous coats can be an outfit in themselves. I loved this coat, I wore it nearly every day one winter, warm, rich golden brown boho looks fabulous with hosiery & heels. I always get comments when I wear these stockings, I picked up a stack brand new at a Russian yard sale, do the Slavs know how to make hosiery! Lastly the shoes that started my love affair with heels – worn to death but I still can’t part with them. The warm, rich colours work well together in this photograph which is what caught the photographers eye. Shaun, is looking very cool in his vintage WW2 bomber jacket and stonewash jeans [he is getting a pop quiz on my personal history (wink)] .