Being on maternity leave gives me some time for little craft projects. This wall art was created after a trip to Bunnings. I took a variety of Taubmans paint swatches and played around with a layout. I had so much fun assembling it that I am sure I will do another one soon.
The idea comes from a blog that I really like.
It is called 'A beautiful mess'.
Durex Naked Box Competition
Today while I was doing some Easter craft with my daughter I took this shot of colourful water balloons before we turned them into Easter eggs. Tonight while browsing the internet I came across the Durex Naked Box competition and thought what a great match. So I submitted my design and called it 'Durex No Strings Attached'.If you want to submit your own design you can do it here.
Today I went to see the Picasso exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW.
I am not the biggest fan of his surrealist work, but I did not want to miss the greatest Picasso display ever to have visited Australia. Only once I got there I realized I was wearing the fan outfit: a black and white striped T-Shirt, how embarrassing. The exhibition was packed and it was hard to get a good and close view of some of his most famous works without a running commentary of really smart people. But I was not there for the famous surrealist works anyway. What made the biggest impression on me were the pencil sketches, scribbles and drawings because they are so very personal. Each stroke can be identified and it is like watching Picasso sketch in person. I also like his sculptures, again the works of his early years are my favourite pieces.
I tried to find my top five Picasso artworks of the Sydney exhibition. I did not make it to five but here are the three paintings, that made my day:
1. The Bathers (1918)
2. Jacqueline with Crossed Hands (1954)
3. Sacre Coeur (1909/10)
I loved 'The Bathers' because it seems to be such an Australian scenery. This painting brings up happy memories for me and the colours and movements seems soothing like a lazy afternoon by the beach.
The exhibition will be on till the 25th of March and features around 150 artworks from the Musée National Picasso in Paris.
Oh how I love this: Moleskine the legendary notebook is publishing a new series of illustrated notebooks of contemporary architects. It must be like reading a secret diary, the drawings, sketches, scribbles and notes look so personal. What a great insight into the mindset of these architects. The first four books of the series called 'Inspiration and Process in Architecture' have been published in December 2011 and feature Zaha Hadid, Bolles+Wilson, Alberto Kalach and Giancarlo de Carlo (what a great name).
You can win one of the booklets here.
If you are not a lucky winner you can order the books online at the Moleskine shop from their website.
Art Month Sydney
The contemporary Sydney art festival is on for the third time this year and I have never even heard of it before, so its time to check it out. I had a look at their website and my two favourites are the 'Art at Night' events and the paper art events including the paper cutting session with Gregory and Watts this Saturday. The Art Month will run till the 25th of March and offers a diversity of events, talks, exhibitions and workshops.
Rocking the tattoo world
Are you fed up with boring temporary tattoos that your kids seem to love that much? Then have a look at this website. I love their designs, they are fun, cool and stylish. Each tattoo comes as a set of two and costs $5 plus shipping cost of $2 outside the US. Just in time for Easter they have 'The Easter Carton' is great for little and big kids.
'Live is too short to wear ugly temporary tattoos.'
The drought is over
Due to the record summer of rain Warragamba Dam near Sydney will reach full capacity, the first time in 14 years. No more water restrictions in place, you can water your lawn (not that it needs it) and wash your car again.
Bye bye beach - BMA merges
BMA at Bondi Beach does not exist anymore. While it was hard to say Good bye to the beach, I am enjoying the new office space. BMA has merged with JPRA. The new practice is called MPR Design Group.
Check out the website www.mprdg.com
My favourite part about Easter is dying the eggs. I usually get the dye shipped in from Germany. Browsing the net tonight, I found this idea on how to create a very special easter egg.There is quite a bit of work involved but it is worth it I think. Check out the instruction here.
Whoever happens to be in Los Angeles at the moment should pop into the ACME Gallery. Dutch photographer Iwan Baan is exhibiting images of his latest publication "Brasilia - Chandigargh - Living with Modernity". Baan is amazing when it comes to architectural photography, his client include Koolhaas, Herzog de Meuron, Hadid, Holl, Ito...the list seems endless. He is great in capturing the interaction between architecture and its inhabitants.
While you are there just go across the road and have a look at the new Renzo Piano addition to LACMA. When I was there in 2009 it had not been finished, so I am not sure how good or bad it is, let me know.