ART, ARCHITECTURE & CURIOSITIES
Left - Moona Right - Mullberry Hill
Native to the area, a 300 year old Moona Tree on a friend's property at Sorrento. They stand the test of time.
Nearby at Baxter, the former home of writer Joan Lindsay, this is well worth a visit, now owned by the National Trust. Designed by Harold Desbrowe Annear, it is a charming time capsule, inside and out.
Ben Quilty Exhibition
Recently at the Brisbane MOMA a dual exhibition of Ben Quilty and his much admired late friend, Margaret Olley, both artists are exceptional in very different ways.
Ben applies paint as if it is plaster and the result is a 3D tour de force. He won the Archibald painting her, far right.
Margaret's style was quite different, inspired by the impressionists.
South of France - Rock History
Legendary hideaway for the Rolling Stones in 1970 as tax exiles. Now owned by a Russian oligarch. Extremely private, it can only be viewed from the bay, so Simon took this photo from a solar powered boat.
Paris & Rome
Old & New Curves
We managed to get away recently for a short trip to Europe.
The latest offering by legendary American architect, Frank Gehry in Paris, a new glass clad gallery in the Louis Vuitton Gardens.
On the right, the magnificent Colosseum in Rome, freshly cleaned and now back lit in the evening and the incomparable Pantheon with its famous open air oculus.
Both are covered in the on line course on Roman Architecture at Yale University which is highly recommended.
Notre Dame Cathedral April 2019 - Shocking news
During renovations, a catastrophic fire engulfed the roof & main spire which has collapsed.
It will be restored by the resilient Parisians.
< Musee d'Orsay Video Fire Video >SurreyIn England, we were thrilled to spend a week at Goddards, a well known Arts & Crafts house in Surrey, near Guildford.
It was very special to soak up the somewhat quirky design by Sir Edwin Lutyens as the guests of our Australian friends.CambridgeAs a guest at Emmanuel College, Cambridge it was great to see one of the few Wren buildings there, a delightful chapel, executed shortly after St Pauls Cathedral, 1697. (right)
Oxford - a feast of architectural treasures
Frankfurt - 60 storey bank with a crown referencing the royal heritage of the city, designed by New York architects.
Back in Oz. The Upper Murray, Corryong.
The Waters family settled here in 1854
. Above a recent painting by a talented Polish artist.
Sir Arthur Streeton's 1930
masterpiece, a much lighter but similar viewpoint -The Murray and the Mountain
Celestial Bodies -
Eclipse of the Moon 28 July 2018. The photo was taken about 15 min into the eclipse by SW using a 200mm telephoto lens with a UV filter.
I'm not sure what the second blue image is but it disappeared when the filter was taken off the lens. A strange optical effect.
Boeing B17G, the famous flying fortress from WW2. This is the only flying example left in Europe - Duxford
Local left field landscape idea.
Corten sculpture - poor Skippy.
Gardens - Emmanuel College, Cambridge
A place for quiet reflectionHobart
- The Roy Grounds house at Mona
. Perched on a hillside overlooking the Derwent.Below
- Modern angular celebration of Corten in this amazing complex.Sailing
Barwon Heads Feb 2020
Thrills and spills in 40 km/hr winds.
Simon on a 1975 restored Surfcat, a generous gift from cousin, Nigel Trinca. Still flying a hull like 40 years ago!
The estuary at Barwon Heads is a haven for water sports. There are often high winds but sheltered conditions allow smooth sailing.