Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Selections :: 9

I've been ignoring the garden part of my garden blog just like I've been ignoring my garden :(

Pesky onion weed and other weeds find there way into open spaces as well as cracks
and crevices - lucky this one is dead - who would have though it could look so 'pretty'
I really need to and want to get out there but I am a bit obsessed about getting things done for the business at the moment and can always find an excuse that the weather is too hot or it's too wet but it is niggling away at me and I know I won't be happy until I get the garden under control again... not to mention move things forward with finishing up some final bits of design, landscaping and planting...

My garden and nature in general is the main source of inspiration for my art and before I continue the nostalgic journey with my European travels and share my Sunday Selections I wanted to show a sneak peek of some nature-inspired art I recently listed for sale in my online store:

Titled 'ethereal leaf' this is a textile art piece I did some time back - if you're interested
in reading more on this I did quite an extensive post here
But now to my Sunday Selections images - a study of ancient ruins in beautiful Roma, Italia...

As I said in my previous post - I love how the history of this ancient city sits within a bustling modern metropolis. The fourth image from the top is a great example, looking through an age-old stone archway to modern buildings beyond... the other images though could lead you to believe there were only ancient ruins to be found...

If you want to join in the fun and share your images head on over to Kim's blog Frogpondsrock.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Selections :: 8

Oh, I'm glad Kim was up early too as I wanted to post this now as I'll be busy for the rest of the day :)

This week's Sunday Selections is a continuation of my photo's from Europe, back when life seemed less complicated and weighed less on my shoulders - ah, the unbearable lightness of being (that was) but I'm slowly putting the pieces of my life back together and looking forward to more of that carefree me again in the not-too-distant future.

For now, these photo's help me connect with that part of myself that got lost along the way... they are very good memories - but far from being stuck in the past I am very much in the moment and have to admit I do daydream into the future... so I can move forward and make those dreams my reality.

Bellagio, Lago di Como, Italia
I don't think I'm the only one to have taken a shot looking down this gorgeous lane-way and down to the lake. If I went to Italy to live I think I would have no choice but to live in the Lake Como region as it just stole my heart, it is one of the most enchanting and visually beautiful places I have visited.

Pisa, Italia
Taken from a back lane-way somewhere in Pisa, I love all the angles, everything is sloping like the tower itself...

... and then on to Rome, beautiful Rome where I walked and walked and walked alone day and night absorbing the magic of this busy ancient and modern city... this is a study of statues and fountains:


This last one almost makes you feel you could be there in the time of Julius Ceasar, walking around in a toga and roman sandles. I have more images of Rome I will share next week, a study on ancient ruins, not hard when they are around just about every corner, like these statues and fountains.

In the meantime, if you would like to join in then head on over to Frogpondsrock and follow the easy-to-use instructions. Enjoy your Sunday and your week - today we are being lashed with oodles and ooldes of glorious rain that has been absent for many weeks now - I can hear my garden singing.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Urban nightmare

Today I'm feeling the effects of solastalgia again. A while back I posted this picture on my other blog:

The point of it being that the circle (in the bottom left) is highlighting a tree-lopper - cutting down a magnificent Araucaria heterophylla (Norfolk Pine) that would have taken anywhere from 30 years + to reach that size. I also said in that post that this beautiful Norfolk in the foreground was ear-marked for removal as well... and well, today is the day it loses its life and I am so incredibly sad and so incredibly angry. I just feel hopeless and helpless and wish I didn't have to be here to witness such ignorance! All in the name of a shiny new house next door! With no regard to how long it took for that tree to grow, for how important it was to the local bird life. It is so devastating to me, just too hard to hear that piercing roar of the chain saw as branch by branch it comes down and also to reveal a scene that is so ugly to me now - I feel it has really de-valued my propery... this is what I now see:

The beginning of the destruction, with lower branches removed
The end of the destruction with a magnificent Norfolk Pine erased from the landscape
Ugly, ugly, ugly rooftops and cluttered back yards... yuk! What would you rather look at? I hate that people can move in and in what seems an instant the landscape changes so dramatically, for the worse. I hate that council allows such destruction and I hate that people think the loss of a tree is nothing compared to the gains of a new dwelling - why couldn't they just work around the tree? It sits on the back boundary anyway...

Oh, honestly, I need to go live on acreage so I don't have to witness the ignorance that is taking place on our doorsteps.

You know, I did contact council back when the first image was taken as I wanted to be pro-active in stopping this absurdity in the future and even though I had one individual (not from my local council) pass on some wonderful information to me so that I could put together a cohesive argument to protect the remaining Norfolk Pines on the headland - I didn't pursue it because I had someone from the local council come and speak to me about my concerns and basically I felt it was an impossible thing to undertake and a complete waste of my time... sad isn't it that we can be made to feel so helpless. The person that came to see me was from the department of council that looks after trees and basically he said that he was all for trees being cut down if they were close to dwellings... how can you argue with that mentality... so I just threw my hands up in the air... and now months later I have to sit by and witness another significant tree disappearing from our landscape.

Sometimes I feel I don't belong to this world...

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Selections :: 7

fiume Arno, Firenze - Italia
fiume Arno, Firenze - Italia
fiume Arno, Firenze - Italia
This week for our continuing Sunday Selections fun, I am sharing three of my favourite photographs from Florence. I just love the colours of the buildings and the way they reflect on the river below - wish I could make the 2 'landscape' images larger but they run off the edge and into my sidebar :(

Florence is beautiful but I don't actually have many more images to share, I think Daniel and I were too caught up in the moment, experiencing the magic, ditching maps and major tourist destinations for just wandering aimlessly down cobblestone lanes...

If you would like to join in the fun and share some of your images, head on over to visit Kim's blog Frogpondsrock and follow the instructions :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wattle Bird design

Do you remember back here where I showed my photograph of the Wattle Bird I photographed in my Bottle Brush and said it may well end up as a repeat pattern for my textile yardage...

Well, here is the finished motif:

To read more about how I got from the photograph to the finished design... go here :) where you will also read that this motif will end up as an eco-friendly greeting card to join ranks with the others in my flora & fauna series. It has also been incorporated into a repeat pattern, as I said I would, which will be revealed once the yardage has been printed - yay! I love seeing progress...

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday Selections :: 6

This week's Sunday Selections are more images from Europe... from Le Luberon region in the south of France...

Archway, Roussilon, South France

Rousillon, South France
The art of France, Bonnieux, South France
Cobbled lane-way, Bonnieux, South France
Village Vista, Bonnieux, South France
Now, I have to say I'm not exactly sure the last three are actually Bonnieux but I'm fairly confident they are, given the order they are in (in my filing system)... the thing is more often than not, as a traveller, I didn't stop to make notes on all the photos I took at the time and so looking back, ones memory is not so precise :)

I can't believe it's been 6 weeks already since I joined in on the Frogponsdrock Sunday Selections... where does the time go? I'm really enjoying it and if you haven't joined in but want to then just pop over to Kim's blog and follow the instructions.