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Monday, April 21, 2014

Public Art....

Although one of the most expensive car parks in the CBD because of its close proximity to the city centre up until a few weeks ago this was a drab and cheerless space.. now awash with colour and creative energy on every side it almost takes your breath away.. still not parking here though :) but will visit and admire often! We were lucky enough to watch Belgian artist ROA and Phlegm from the UK at work before leaving for Sydney.. while away Perth's Stormie Mills finished his piece, Sydney's Beastman collaborated with Adelaide's Vans The Omega to create a vibrant wall opposite Perth's Last Chance Studios and another collaboration between The Yok and Sheryo. How about New York artist Gaia, that's his work bottom right hand corner.. so impressive. There are those who will never think of street art as other than graffiti but after watching these unbelievably huge scale works taking shape I am in awe of the talent at work here in Perth over the last two weeks. Would love it if you could take a minute to embiggen and check out the detail. Hope the sun is shining on your Easter weekend, take care.....

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Three years on..!

Could this be the start of a more daring, edgier PDP :) Here I am heading into the 4th year (can't quite believe it myself) of blogging with a 'no photo's allowed' image. I stumbled on this lush scenario in the city most unexpectedly, whipped out the camera and took half a dozen shots before being told it was a no-no! Here's the thing, you don't know where and what it is, Perthites please don't give me away :), but to me it absolutely defines the elaborate architecture that evolved during the heady prosperous days of the gold rush in Perth and deserves to be seen.. the painted detail on the stairway paneling is très belle don't you think? I hope you have enjoyed seeing more of Perth as much as I've enjoyed showing it! Have a happy and safe Easter, take care...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy days...!

Ma belle petite granddaughter's mama is like moi in that she prefers to be behind the camera rather than in front.. Aimee has no such qualms, here she is in a state of total bliss, an aunty at last. Bravo Courtney and Dave, happy times ahead, looking forward to sharing many of them with you...

It rained a lot while we were there, I'm not complaining the Sydney Harbour Bridge is fabulous in any weather, it always makes me happy when Jim or Julie post a different aspect of my favourite bridge, it's quite something to see. The MS Oosterdam was docked for the day, so big.. so many tourists! Happy Easter weekend.. personally I don't know if I'm coming or going, holidays on top of holidays are confusing :) One more shot.. sweet dreams beautiful girl. btw she weighed 2.9kgs, a tiny bundle of joy! Take care and stay safe...p.s. bear with me, catching up slowly :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Safely home!

Hallelujah :) For someone who feels that flying at 35,000 feet above sea level en masse is not a perfectly normal situation this was not what I wanted to see looking out from the airport terminal window (terminal.. seriously!) even less so from inside the plane.. oh la! and without any knockout medication :)

We shuddered and shook our way through three levels of turbulence before I dared to breath again.

Landing at Perth airport was bittersweet, happy to be home safely while already missing the newest member of the family ma belle petite granddaughter (hopefully show you a pic tomorrow).. I foresee many trips to Sydney in the future so I had better 'wo-man up' and get over the fear, any hints :) Easter weekend ahead, looking forward to catching up with all your news.. happy Good Friday, take care and stay safe...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

PUBLIC.form - six levels of fabulous!

Walking down Murray St. into the city will be more of an 'experience' than just getting from A to B from now on. Check out the progress on the murals above since I first snapped them a few days ago here. The detail is phenomenal and they aren't fini yet! Such a privilege to be able to watch  renowned artists from around the world and our very own home talent work together on this project to create a more vibrant Perth.  Belgian artist ROA at work below with roller and spray can. Embiggen and see the detail.

Yes, it is big..and awesome :) lucky crane operator, what a cool gig!

Sheffield artist Phlegm at work below is more than living up to his reputation as 'street artist extraordinaire'. Check out some of his other work around the world on Pinterest here.

How hard can it be to manoeuvre a cherry picker.. I could do that :)

Our very own Stormie Mills.. I say 'our very own' but I think his reputation is such that he belongs to the world these days, made a start.. the decaying state of the wall adds so much to this rather 'dark' piece n'est pas! When I get back from Sydney the nine day project will be over.. the murals complete, looking forward very much to showing them to you. By the time you read this I'll be on my way, so take care and stay safe until I return a fully fledged 'GiGi', what do you think of that as a possible name for my new status?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's never too late..!

This one's for all you book lovers out there, the ever succinct and always entertaining chalk board outside Kaleido Books & Gifts on the city station concourse.. the above words of wisdom when I passed by on the weekend, if you scroll down their facebook page above there are more gems to be found. Below one for the nerds and I mean that in the nicest possible way The Big Bang Theory being a favourite. If sci-fi, fantasy and comics are your 'thing' Stefen's Books has you 'covered' :) I'm happy to say that the quirky, independent bookstores are alive and kicking here in Perth. Off to the the city today to see how the many street artists here in Perth for PUBLIC.form are progressing before I head off to Sydney on Thursday..oh yeh, did I mention it's official, I'm a grandma, can't wait to get my hands on that 2.9kg bundle of joy :) Happy Wednesday, take care...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spot the redhead..!

It hardly seems possible that a year has passed since Aimee first participated in the Keep the Flame Alive flash dance. I almost missed this joyful event to raise funds for the Children's Leukemia & Cancer Research Foundation.. at the top end of St. George's Terrace glancing at my watch I realized I had exactly three minutes to get down and over to Forrest Place before it started.. I ran, hair flying all the way, thank goodness I was wearing sneakers :) I chose the shot above because it shows the General Post Office  c1923 and the Commonwealth Bank building c1933 both by John Smith Murdoch in the Beaux-Arts style both très impressive n'est-ce pas! Hope that your week has started well, take care... p.s. did you spot the redhead.. bit harder in the top shot :) p.p.s. isn't it fabulous to see so many jubilant young people.

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