Happiness as Anarchy #130: Pretty taps

Buenos Aires has all the architecture of a city once rich, but she is now in decline. Thus buildings are still impressive but they’re tired and run down. The apartment I’m staying in would have once been stunning, but sadly no longer. It’s currently a share house (the other residents are four boys in their… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #130: Pretty taps

Happiness as Anarchy #126: One month holiday

Five weeks off work would make anyone happy, and I’m no exception. An adventure across the Pacific awaits with tango shoes and a foreign language. Sleeping in, dancing late, discovering a new city with its food, culture and songs, meeting people, having time to think, create, wonder and wander. See you Friday, Buenos Aires!  

Happiness as Anarchy #77: Time-travel Images

I came across this gorgeous little watercolour by Lily Allport at the Becoming Modern exhibition at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery on the weekend. It was painted in 1931 and is called “French Nurses”. No doubt the nurses are doing embroidery, but they have exactly the same posture as someone looking at a smartphone. Is the… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #77: Time-travel Images

Happiness as Anarchy #68: Robust conversation

I caught up with my arts tribe tonight at an impromptu birthday gathering. I’ve missed them, and as happens so often, didn’t realise just how much until they were all there again. We talked of art and life, big things and small, with a wine and a few laughs, but what really stands out is… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #68: Robust conversation

Happiness as Anarchy #65: Mysterious Doors

Where does the mysterious, illuminated door lead? Does it open? What lies on the other side? Can you step back through and return if you choose? Who has walked through the door before you? What mysterious adventures await on the other side? Why does it shine so brightly? There is only one way to find… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #65: Mysterious Doors

Happiness as Anarchy #62: Colander Bird

The rare and beautiful colander bird is found in a small area north of Bendigo. It lives in low grasslands near the North Central Catchment Management Authority building in Huntly, where it feeds on small pieces of discarded metal from passing traffic. Identifiable by its unique colander-like head and star-shaped markings, the colander bird is particularly… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #62: Colander Bird

Happiness as Anarchy #57: Fun art

I love being able to touch the art. I adore the different textures of things – marble, stone, brass, glass, sand, fabric, water, tile, wood. In the forecourt at Mona there is a big trampoline which has not only interesting things to feel, but you’re allowed to jump on it! For texture there’s the familiar… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #57: Fun art

Happiness as Anarchy #56: Travelling by boat

Travelling by boat is a real joy for a girl from land-locked central Victoria. Moving on the water has a different feeling from rolling wheels on solid roads. It was chilly on the deck of the ferry to Mona as we pushed up the Derwent this morning – there’s snow on Kunanyi / Mount Wellington –… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #56: Travelling by boat

Happiness as Anarchy #40: Open Access Art Collections

One of the wonderful things about technology and the internet is the opening up of previously restricted collections in art galleries, museums and libraries. Increasingly these institutions are digitising their collections and making them available to the public online. Can’t get to New York to visit the Met? Browse over 40,000 artworks online from their collection… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #40: Open Access Art Collections

Happiness as Anarchy #38: Textile Art

Texture is a marvellous thing in the world of visual art, particularly 2D. This evening I went to Anna Farago’s exhibition at the Post Office Gallery in central Ballarat. It’s an interesting collection of quilting, photography, and embroidery. The lines are great, as are the colours – subdued, like the Australian bush that she dyed much… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #38: Textile Art