Friday, November 27, 2015

ART AND CELEBRATIONS

Cosmos, 2015, Choi Jeong Hwa, Seoul, South Korea

I have been busy...
Last week saw the opening of APT8, the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art.

We went to the opening party, a festival for thousands.
The performance art is always fun:



Look behind you...


Sol LeWitt Upside Down - Open Modular Cubes (small) expanded 943 times, Haegue Yang, Seoul, South Korea.

Suspended above the Water Mall, this glittering installation was created from over 1,000 Venetian blinds.  As title suggests, Haegue Yang recalls the art of American Conceptual/Minimalist artist Sol LeWitt, known in the 1960s for his 'structures' made from a simplified open cube:

Sol LeWitt
The Triennial runs until next April, and in future posts I will show you some of the most interesting contemporary works.


Our Jacaranda is exceeding all expectations with its three bountiful blossoms.


Last week I had a Christmas lunch with my lovely friend Michelle, of Michelle Ridgway, her delightful blog.  Michelle made me this beautiful pink heart.  Just look at her delicate pink embroidered 'grub' rose - Perfection. 



A beautiful bird card, the bird gift bag, and the sweet fat quarter of Christmas fabric - with birds, of course... thank you my friend.


Michelle's book of Christmas designs is gorgeous -
'A Holly Cottage Christmas' should be essential buying for those who like to stitch.  It is full of patterns for a range of small projects, and the most beautiful Christmas quilt.


We had lunch at the Wild Canary cafe and garden centre, which has another exhibition of outdoor sculpture:





My Woodland tree is looking good, while I continue to add extra features.









And then, there is the pink tree, in another corner...


My annual pansy garden competition with myself, is about to conclude.
The aim is to keep a pansy or two blooming until my birthday.
Which is this weekend.
Each year, the pansies bloom wonderfully through Spring, and then as Summer hits, they die off, sometimes in just two or three days.
We have had a run of scorching hot days, 35 degrees plus, during November.
All that remains is this little gathering in a pot.
They have shrunken in size from the bountiful blooms of September - 
but thank you for staying around, little pink friends.

Stay cool (or warm), whichever applies..

XXXX


31 comments:

  1. Thank you so much - once again - for your informative post.
    So, Happy Birthday to you!
    Although I am very moderate with Xmas decorating, I like your Xmas tree, as it is full of memories and more to be added - like a jewel.

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    1. Thank you Mette. I am enjoying the Tree, and hoping the grandson will also find it appealing - he loves animals.
      My birthday treat was a Symphony concert - and Sibelius!!

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  2. Happy Birthday! Thank you for your cultured and joyful posts. I love art installations but I must admit I've spent much of my life trying to escape dreaded Venetian blinds....

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    1. Thank you Val, yes, the installations are usually fun and interesting. Venetian blinds are not one of my favourite things either, but these are cute little ones, about 18" square, purpose built. An unusual art material!

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  3. The Venetian blind art is truly amazing!
    Love your Woodland tree and your pink tree.
    And I love pansies, but we have to have them in pots and move them on our porch at night or the deer will EAT THEM!!

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    1. Hi Kay, Obviously pansies are tasty - and the deer have good taste! I don't think mine will last much longer. But I have my Christmas trees for company :)

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  4. Wishing you a happy, happy birthday dearest Trish!!!
    I'm sure you've had a wonderful day.
    My very dear friend in Brisbane is a volunteer at the gallery of Modern Art, and I often look on line to see their exhibitions.
    What fun meeting up with your bloggy friend - lovely presents!
    We will be in Melbourne for Chrissy this year, so for the first time in years I won't have my usual pine Christmas tree.
    A lovely post
    Sending big birthday hugs for you my dear
    love
    Shane xox

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    1. Hello Shane - I wonder if I know your friend at GoMA? - we work across both galleries.
      I am all in favour of blogging meet-ups, always a lovely experience :)
      Christmas in Melbourne sounds really nice (as long as the weather is cool not hot!) and thank you for your birthday wishes.
      xox

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  5. I love seeing what interesting things you have been up to. Well done to those sweet pansies and big birthday hugs to you Trish. I so enjoyed our catchup. I really love your Woodland themed Christmas tree....the ornaments are darling xx

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    1. The pansies are still there today - Yay for them, little stalwarts. Thank you for your birthday wishes - I had a great day..er, weekend...
      Hope Little Aussie likes the Woodland tree...xx

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  6. Happy Birthday Patricia, and I wish you many more Happy, Healthy years...

    Oh what wonderful times you have - I have to admit to a bit of envy - I can't wait to move back to a city so I can attend a few more cultural activities. Meanwhile, I suppose I should be grateful that I live within walking distance of Spotlight, here in Newcastle :)

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    1. Thank you Sarah Liz - more healthy years would be excellent :)
      You can walk to Spotlight!!!! That is convenience indeed, for such a good sewist.
      I do love the cultural outings, although they are getting very expensive and we have reduced the number of concerts. Next year we will try some of the community events which are not so hard on the purse!

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  7. Happy birthday. I love the AP Triennial - it's always so interesting.
    I love your pink tree too.

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    1. Thank you Summer, Glad you like the Triennial. Maybe you will come in when I am doing a tour one day? Pink tree says Hi!

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  8. Happy Birthday. How nice to have lunch with such a talented and generous friend. Your place is looking quite ready for the holiday season. Enjoyed the photos from the museum and look forward to more. You give us such a great opportunity to see art that might not show up in our own area

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    1. Thank you Darla - Michelle is gifted similarly to you - so artistic! I think the house is sufficiently decorated now - not as much as I did in the past, but I don't have quite the energy these days. It is fun, and an artistic outlet for me :)

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  9. Happy birthday, Patricia! I loved seeing your Christmas decorations, they look so pretty. I liked the photos from the museum too, such interesting exhibits. I like those laser-like things in the first photo. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a good week.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. The Cosmos piece is largely made from recycled things - including little bits of crotchet! It is very festive and happy. Enjoy your week too. I suspect the snow will come soon..

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  10. Happy Belated Birthday, Tricia! You need to celebrate more than a single day!

    I will get my dose of summer and pretty flowers by stopping here at the Red Cardinal, and you continue to enlighten me with different forms of art and museums, I've not had the pleasure of visiting.

    How cool that you've met up with and had lunch with one a blogging buddy! I know I too would enjoy Michelle's book. Love your Christmas trees! You have some darling ornaments.

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    1. Ha, I do celebrate over a few days. It was a weekend event...always a child! Summer is really starting to hit here, and the flowers are disappearing on a daily basis :( Soon it will be cactus and dry leaves only! Christmas is always fun around here, and a decorating event...

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  11. I love pansies too. They do much better in the shade but I never thought about whether they find heat difficult too before I read your blog.

    (NB I think I posted a comment on pansies once before here, so maybe you can guess how much I like them. )

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    1. Hi Jenny, glad to know another pansy fancier...yes, they are pretty tough, but eventually our sizzling Summer is the death knell for pansies :)

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  12. I love pansies too. They do much better in the shade but I never thought about whether they find heat difficult too before I read your blog.

    (NB I think I posted a comment on pansies once before here, so maybe you can guess how much I like them. )

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  13. Oh, your woodland tree is so pretty, Patricia. And your pink tree is lovely. You know, I've always wanted to decorate a tree in PINK. I love that pink heart that your blog friend gave you. I have only met one blog friend so far, and she lived in the same town as I did and owned a vintage shop. It was fun talking with her about blogging. Your jacaranda is beautiful. It kind of looks like our hydrangeas here.

    Enjoy the Christmas season!

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Glad you like the woodland tree Sheri. I was given another duck today, so he will fit in there too. You must try a pink tree some time - it is wonderfully liberating. Mine is quite small about 30" high, but quite big enough to indulge my pink lovliness.
      Your blog friend sounds nice - and how special to own a vintage shop. I have enjoyed all my blog friend meetings. xx

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  14. Such a lovely share my dear! How sweet are you pansies! Sending you big birthday wishes from Southern California! xoxo

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    1. Thank you Tamera, it has been a lovely birthday, surrounded by family and friends. Hello to Southern California! xxx

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  15. Happy birthday sweet Gal! What cool artwork! Thanks for sharing.

    It's so weird to think of it being hot summer for you this time of year. So different then here. I LOVE your tree. I love woodland (Northwoods) ;) kinds of decorations for my house too & for the area I live.

    I'll be mailing out your Christmas card this week (actually 2 - I couldn't make up my mind - LOL). Hopefully they won't take too long. Yay for the holidays & a lovely new friend.
    Blessings to you! XO

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    1. Thank you Carrie B. Yes, I know it confuses people that we have Summer here at Christmas time, especially as we like to decorate with snow scenes! Two cards? Double gladness...
      Blessings back...xo

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  16. I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Patricia! Well done you for keeping your pansies blooming. The pink heart is beautiful, and so is your Christmas tree.

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    1. Thank you Kristie. I think I am down to 3 pansies now, nearly done... Little Aussie came last night, and he adores the Christmas tree - we had such fun playing with the animals, hiding the snowman etc. The joy of grandies!

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