Art in the pink, the hope that it brings Wings painted from, the smallest of things The joy of the colour, the mess of it all A pleasure to view, this artist's call Not quite abstract, the painting surreal Based in fact, then allowed to congeal Into pastel riot, of colour and lines Into a many makes whole, artwork refined What underlies, there's tissue paper petals The subject mixed up, then left to settle What was the intent, forethought soft light To please the eye, or just to feel right So busy so active, yet here is still life Outlines overshot, not cut like a knife In the blur there is movement, on a canvas full But the subject is lifeless, the message - killed When you look deeper, what do you see Something different to me, most certainly I see part of you, I see part of me I see a gift, a sadness, in humanity Did this idea form, in the artist's mind Develop and grow, the mind to bind An irresistible force, the desire to create A bane and pleasure, that will never wait
This poem is a response to a dVerse ~ Poets Pub challenge
Choose a place to still your body and a restless mind. Sit. Start by observing all that is going on around you. Hear the background noises. Examine the occupants, textures and colours of the physical surroundings. Feel the movement and temperature of the air. Take your time. Acknowledge and appreciate these things. Once you have paid them their due. Let them go.
Look into your mind. Question the constant restlessness of your thinking. How important is it for this moment? Work your way through your thoughts, shedding all that are not essential to your being here and now. Settle any disturbing waves of turbulence to a calm pool within.
Breathe, slow and deep. Find your own rhythm.
Place yourself exclusively in this moment and space. Stay for as much time as you need. Peacefully, refresh and reset.
If you couldn’t get into the NGV Triennial between lockdowns and all the other life stuff that interferes with what you really want to be doing, here is a small photographic essay of my experience. Being at the NGV again was such a treat. The visitors were well supported and everyone looked very cool and very relaxed. As usual, the curation was excellent. The artworks were impressive and engaging. It almost felt normal.
We started in the back garden where, as DJ, our daughter’s partner was doing a great job getting everyone into a chilled art space frame of mind. Seated under a shady Pin Oak was the perfect setting for the groove and the company. In fact, it was so chilled and relaxed I even risked my first light beer in a very, very long time. It was appropriately refreshing and I didn’t get my usual alcohol headache. Very pleasing.
Note: The photos are pretty grainy and may be a bit out of focus at times. I was using an old Nikon A300 point and shoot. It isn’t a very capable camera, but I had fun with it nonetheless.
Victoria’s marine emblem.
David Hockney on iPad copied from the NGV Mag cover photo Nov/Dec 2016
Call it naive.
This is Kiera walking by Julian Opie
Her gait is casual, her strides equidistant, her steps flow, one into the other
When Kiera walks she holds her back straight, her body tall
Kiera’s deportment is posture perfect, her carriage graceful
Kiera’s head sits proudly above her shoulders
Kiera holds her head high and steady
Kiera is confident, possibly aloof, purposefully advancing, focussing ahead, apparently disinterested in those of us observing her
As she rolls her shoulders with each forward step a small patch of white skin momentarily flashes above her breast
Kiera’s slender arms sway back and forth in alternating, measured unison
Each hand a pendulum weight that arcs in balancing synchrony with the opposing leg
Kiera’s hips sway as her pelvis thrusts gently forward with every rocking pace
Her thighs emerge from under her short skirt accentuating a lithe, long body as she catwalks endlessly, captive within the static frame
Kiera walks eternally by as a lateral projection, her curved buttocks accentuate the femininity of her stride
Kiera is an elegant image of the fluid mechanics of young adult human ambulation
The artist, Julian Opie, created Kiera
Julian is a master reductionist of the human form
This gallery contains 30 photos.
Earlier this year I facilitated a group of 20 Strathbogie Tableland artists gathered to identify common goals. The preeminent subject discussed was the creative potential that could be harnessed by working together in a communal space. With the purpose of … Continue reading