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Month: March 2012 (page 1 of 3)

Self Portrait with the Model

Pollen Street, Thames

Pollen Street, Thames

On the way to the Coromandel, we stopped in Thames. A world away from Auckland and the present. My sense of disbelief only heightened when I saw myself reduced to a stick figure and in unfamiliar company …

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

Titirangi Festival of Music 2012

Flags, Clouds, Lopdell House

Flags, Clouds, Lopdell House

Flags are up, dramatic clouds in the sky, fragments of music are drifting over to Lopdell House — the Titirangi Festival of Music 2012 takes hold of the village.

“Old favourites such as The Hardware Cafe Jazz Club and singer songwriter performances blend with new concerts and venues. TFM is thrilled to present a fabulous collection of events, worthy of the famously unique, artistic and bohemian tastes of Titirangi. Once one of the super city’s secrets, but not so anymore.”

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Jocelyn Aydon and the One Night Stand Band

Jocelyn Aydon and the One Night Stand Band

The Audience

The Audience

Coiled Rope

Red in the Centre

Red in the Centre

Seen at the Wynyard Quarter.

Six Sandwiches Till Marmageddon

MMMMM for Marmageddon?

MMMMM for Marmageddon?

At Douglas + Bec on the Urbis Design Day, the catering was in the hands of Cool Food. When I approached the table I witnessed the last Marmite sandwiches disappearing as if they were going out of fashion – which of course they are. Newspapers reported about the impending “Marmageddon“, a shortage of the iconic Kiwi spread Marmite (due to the Christchurch earthquake the only production facility is out of action).

I said I “witnessed” the disappearing act – it would have been cruel to partake of the delicacy as an unappreciative outsider, not having acquired the taste in more than 40 years. I was more than compensated by delicious beef sandwiches and yummy chocolate brownies …

Steve Woodward, Sculptor

Steve Woodward

Steve Woodward

Last weekend over 200 artists in the West opened their doors to connect with the public during the West Artists’ Open Studio Weekend. I grabbed the opportunity to visit Steve Woodward whose work featured on this blog on a number of occasions (Stand Turn Spin, Waituarangi Bridge, Step Touch Stone, Whau Pod). Once I had found his studio (in amongst a cluster of warehouses), it was interesting to hear about his work and how he developed his craft working for Italian and French sculptors.

Steve is an internationally recognized artist, with work in public and private collections here and in Australia, Canada, China, France, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand.

A picture by Nguyễn văn Tuấn of Kuri Topiary roaming the Botanic Gardens is here.

Steve Woodward, 10 Portage Road, New Lynn, ph +64 9 849 6501.

Guarding the Studio: Kuri Topiary (2007)

Guarding the Studio: Kuri Topiary (2007)

Sculptures and Sculptor

Sculptures and Sculptor

Two Parachutists

Two Parachutists

Digital Oenology

Half Full or Half Empty?

Half Full or Half Empty?

I trust that there is an iPhone app to determine whether the glass is half full or half empty, and no doubt this is being used here.

At Douglas + Bec on the Urbis Design Day. (Wine by Jules Taylor)

Green Car

Teza's Green Car outside Essenze, Parnell

Teza's Green Car outside Essenze, Parnell

There are several vehicles in Auckland which sport such a green finish — I showed a van here. This is the Teza car standing outside Essenze in Parnell, where they provided refreshments on yesterday’s Urbis Design Day.

Teza make iced teas, and my sample of Feijoa and Limeblossom was fabulous.

Lawnmower Practice

Lawnmower Practice

Passing by the Library

Onehunga Library

Onehunga Library

The plate glass at the Onehunga Library has rather ornate decorations. I could not resist a shot as I walked past, mixing both sides of the window – and getting an apprehensive look from the students working inside.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

Joyful Dancing (Wolf Habichhorst)

Joyful Dancing (Wolf Habichhorst)

Joyful Dancing (Wolf Habichhorst)

This sculpture by Wolf Habichhorst at the Harbourview Sculpture Trail is undoubtedly inspired by the forms of the cabbage tree (cordyline sp), one of them visible in the image above, and numerous others in the photo below. Made from patinated copper, aluminium, and solar lights (I have not been there at night, so did not notice any lights).

The Harbourview Sculpture Trail will come to an end on Sunday, 25 March. More images of the trail.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Art and Nature

Art and Nature

Shouting at Me

Black Backed Gull

Black Backed Gull

Just walking along the beach at Piha, this black backed gull tries to tell us something. Forcefully.

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