Special about Melbourne city is the awesome street art, adding to the place’s awesomely arty , urban-vintage style.Comparing to Auckland ( chilled and casual) will be unfair as there are two different vibes here, but both very live-able places i’d say.
(I learnt that Street Art is called Graffiti if it does not hold the consent of the owner of the building.Graffiti is illegal everywhere in Australia)
Now back to the fun part, the photos I took( which i hope is not graffiti) Most were from Union Lane, Hosier Lane and Fitzroy ( an extra-arty suburb).You can find street art pretty much everywhere you go, even on some vans in Dandenong ranges. Wish I took more but Melnourne has so much to do!
Set appropriately in the lush and beautiful Dandenong ranges, on the outskirts of arty Melbourne!
The sculptures, embedded into the rocks and trees are a legacy of William Racket’s friendship with the aboriginal people back in the day, his love of nature and his applaud able artistic talents. Walking through the place gives a great sense of wonder and you can’t help but imagine what a passionate, full life Racketter’s would’ve lived! Coolest legacy Australia!
1.Movie – Dukes of Burgundy – Got me thinking for weeks on weird sexual fetishes – certainly does require a very open mind and putting judgement aside to understand the trust and respect in the relationship of the two ladies.’Human toilet” might require some extra deep understanding though.
2.Documentary – World War 2 (in color on Netflix) – If you are a typical chic like me ( who didn’t grow up playing with guns and toy armies/tanks) you probably avoid war stories like the plague. I can totally not relate but after being audience,for as what seems like a long time,to someone housing an astonishing amount of politics and history knowledge even I got a little intrigued and dived into this! Not bad at all – the visuals on maps, documentaries from libraries and the easy story telling kept me going.Great watch on the most harrowing deed in the world!
3. Documentary – The 5th Eye NZIFF – I was hooked! Interesting documentary covering all the haps around the GCSB act involving our cyber privacy in NZ- all painted in very kiwi colors. This opened up a huge can of intensely interesting topics for me to explore such as “Big Data”, ‘Smart Auckland” , “Internet of things”,” Industry 4.0″ and such.
4.Book – A Short History of the World by Geoffrey Blainey- I am not one for history but I felt like I was missing the whole picture at times, which my yellow brain needs so much! The world’s pretty old and come a long way and kudos to the writer for covering it in 472 pages only and for putting it in layman’s terms. Quite absorbing at times and a great education!
5.Modern Romance – Azi’s take on dating & romance ( well more on dating less on romance because times can’t get any less romantic than these days!)Can there be no limit to hallway time? Must we all head into such mediocre doors in the end? Hilarious and very relatable if you’ve swiped faces on your phone, or about to ;-).
After doodling here and there for years I finally decided to give proper practice a go and ventured out to art classes,drawing meetups and life drawing classes in Auckland.Experimenting started with oil painting, moving to acrylics, water-coloring and hung on drawing/sketching now, purely because this requires lesser tools and patience.
No doubt practice has improved me and helped me discover my preferences. Love love love charcoal and think putty rubber’s the handiest thing ever!Still don’t remember pencil names and I’d take figure drawing over anything!Of course, as would be the case for everyone, mood and muse play a huge role too and getting inspiration from fellow drawers – of course not forgetting Instagram sharers.
Some work so far with about a years on and off practice: