Happy New Year everyone! I’m guessing most of you are back at work after the festive season and wishing you were still on holiday. So here is a little distraction for you, or possibly some inspiration for your next holiday.
It has almost been two weeks since my 100 Day Project finished, so here they are… all 100 days, along with a before and after to show how each day began. 100 days of adding colour to everyday scenes and my working hours. On the last day I felt a great sense of accomplishment, along with a huge wave of relief that it was over! After I signed up for the project I received a couple of big illustration commissions and time became scarce, I also managed to tear a tendon in my drawing arm, so for a while there I felt like I was running a marathon with no sign of the finish line. But I made it! And even though my husband has asked me never to do this again (it really did take over my life for a while!), I have had brief thoughts of other projects I could attempt next… maybe not for 100 days though!
I have been a bit quiet on Instagram this past year, so I’m trying to get back in the habit. This is what I have been up to lately: makin’ maps, frolicking on the Te Ara I Whiti (Lightpath), taking in the view at the top Mt Victoria, looking for fairies at the bottom of these Falls, printing scarves and trying to ignore the cold weather in the Wintergardens.
Usually I only post photos that I have taken on this blog, but today I am making an exception.
The two (not so) tough pooches standing guard in this picture are Yoshi and Kaze, they were photographed by My Dogs Territory. To raise funds for the Animal Welfare League, My Dog’s Territory have been out and about photographing dogs of the inner west for a series of coffee table books. With Drummoyne, Annandale and Glebe completed, photographer Pierre Mardaga is now searching for dogs in the Marrickville municipality. Canines in Camperdown, Dulwich Hill, Enmore, Lewisham, Marrickville, Newtown, Petersham and St Peters are next on the list. We decided to register our two pooches because we loved the idea of having a lasting memento of the inner west, it was also an opportunity to get some great photos of our four-legged best friends whilst supporting an organisation that cares for animals less fortunate than our pampered pets. We love how Pierre captured our pugaliers in their territory. If you live in the Marrickville area and would like to register your dog, you can do so here. To see more pooch pics or find out more about My Dog’s Territory you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Hey Sydneysiders! This is your last chance to see the wonderfully serene, Sydney Buddha. Zhang Huan’s 5 metre tall, 20 tonne installation is at Carriageworks for a few more days, the exhibition closes this Sunday, March 22nd. Installed in January as part of the Sydney Festival, I had hoped to return and photograph the giant incense sculpture and it’s aluminium cast in the evening, when the shadows would be less harsh and also to see how the delicate ash figure had degraded over time but once again the days have gotten away from me.
“The piece conveys the collective memory, soul, thoughts and prayers, and collapse of mankind. It implies a collective ineffectiveness, arising from taking action when none should be taken, upsetting the natural order of things. As time passes, and humidity in the air changes, the ash crumbles to the ground naturally, I believe that in the moment that the Buddha collapses, innumerable groups of souls will be flying back to the east.” Zhang Huan
If you haven’t seen the Sydney Buddha yet it really is worth a look and better yet, entry is free!
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