It is Australia Day on Tuesday.
Long-term readers of the blog might remember this early portrait of Her Majesty in her wattle dress and brooch, worn during her first visit to Australia in the 1950s.
A small copy of the portrait appeared on an inspiration board at the lovely exhibition of gowns by Australian designer Collette Dinnigan, currently showing at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
The Irish Lass and I had a very nice time, drooling over the delicate and delicious garments. I will show a tiny sample:
The inspiration boards were amazing - these are just shots of small sections..
Collette Dinnigan was the first Australian to launch a ready-to-wear collection in Paris, in 1995.
Of course, no visit to Sydney is complete without calling in to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, where beckoned current blockbuster: 'The Greats: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland'
|Sir Henry Raeburn 'The Skating Minister' (attrib.)|
It was just like meeting an old friend to see this famous work, beautifully and delicately painted. And much smaller than I had imagined.
(As people say when they meet the Mona Lisa).
|Sandro Botticelli 'The Virgin adoring the sleeping Christ child' c. 1485.|
Beyond beautiful, a fabulous Botticelli. What more can I say?
|Diego Velazquez 'An Old Woman Cooking Eggs' 1618|
Spanish master Velazquez, only 18 or 19 when he made this tour de force of realism. Fabulous portraiture and incredible little still-life scenes.
John Constable - I forgot to note the title, but it is one of his wonderful large detailed landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area around his home. I have a great affection for Constable, and once led Mr C on a crazy journey driving in circles around this area attempting to get down near the river and Flatford Mill, which can be seen in this work. We eventually made it, in the pouring rain, and I blissfully walked around taking photos and feeling part of Constable's world.
A tiny detail - a gypsy woman and child..
The River Stour and Flatford Mill.
And a few photos of the area, as seen by the Red Cardinals in 2009:
But I digress...
I did enjoy this large work by Frederic Edwin Church, a leader of the Hudson River School: 'Niagara Falls, from the American side', if only because we saw it with our dear daughter, who lives not so very far away from here.
Fabulous handling of the thundering water and mist, and almost better than reality!
Somehow this white-washed bird made it home with me...
and a dark green glass vase, a thrift find (hello Newtown and Alexandria)
Fish plate is enjoying Queensland - I rescued it for $5
A little bunch of silk blooms found in Katoomba and a pink rose effort by the Red Cardinal Garden of Extreme Neglect...
At least cactus don't complain if you go away for a couple of weeks...
And before I go, since when was the Pantone Colour of the Year two colours?
2016 is the answer, Rose Quartz and Serenity are the colours.
Of course, Rose Quartz alone would be quite sufficient in my world...
I should be right on trend for The Wedding later in the year.
Have a great week.