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Queen’s Gardens: Sculptural Surprise

Queen’s Gardens: Sculptural Surprise

The “Part II” of Saturday’s Work Excursions

Education. When I present skills, concepts and new techniques, I also learn. I learned …. a LOT, from my venture To Queen’s Gardens in Perth.

On the job, on going education. Perfect.

Ok.

Yes. There have been days, of ‘not so’ perfect. And I most definitely will not share those with the public. But overall, it is a great gig.


Sculpture Close up…. Sir George Frampton’s “Peter Pan” @ Queen’s Gardens, Perth

Sculpture: Peter Pan

I left the green shaded groves, of the UWA Sunken Gardens. Leaving the calm, zen there.

I drove off, into the city. Clearly following my well researched and diagrammed directions. I had studied this. I knew the route.

Detours.

In the city. Gosh. Who, would have suspected?

Where was my Plan B?

Needless to say, the first attempt to arrive at Queen’s Garden was met with Strike One.

I ended up, very close to my original starting point. Oops.

Do I give up and go home? Do I allow the city, and detours, to be victorious? I sighed. It WAS HOT. 90+ degrees. How bad, did I really want to go?

But, you know, I am Determined.

Someone just recently, made that comment – that I was very determined. I’m not certain if it that was a polite way of just saying, ‘Stubborn.’ I’m thinking it was though!

My “Stubbornness” won out.

I continued on my target goal to the Queen’s Gardens. Finally, 55 minutes later – I arrived! It should have taken 20, tops.

Victory. Ok I met some more road closures, detours. And had to walk from the river to the Gardens. (Bonus, more exercise for me!) The point is, I achieved my destination point.

I had a nice pleasant stroll around.

Relaxing. Taking photos of turtles, black swans, golden breasted waterfowl, massive ivory waterlilies on the deep blue ponds, wooden bridges, and the famous bench from the movie “Notting Hill.”

Queens Garden Perth, Peter Pan statue by Sir George Frampton

Towards the end of my stroll I came closer to the large statue that had caught my eye earlier. It had looked like a Pied Piper of sorts.

Peter Pan statue, Queen's Gardens Perth

I was so immersed in the faces and features, the transcendent expressions the artist brought to life, I didn’t look first at the title or description.

Instead I engaged with the art. Section by section.

I loved the ‘rabbit’ like ears upon some of the figures.

Queens Garden, Perth Peter Pan statue close up details  Sir George Frampton. JM Barrie Peter Pan
close up section of Peter Pan statue… Queen’s Gardens Perth

Once I was finished with taking the photos, then I read.

I discovered the statue was based on JM Barrie’s story of Peter Pan.

The sculptor was Sir George Frampton. This was one of his 6 replicas he cast from his original mould. This sculpture was erected in Queens Garden in June 1929.

The original is in London, the Kensington Gardens.

Apparently with the original statue, Sir George…. acted without authorisation.

Overnight, without prior permission, he erected his Peter Pan statue unbeknownst to anyone.

He did get chastised…. however in his defense he stated that he’d simply wanted the children to be surprised. To awaken and see the ‘Peter Pan’ in the gardens ‘as if the fairies had done so overnight.’

I can just imagine how this explanation went over!

But, I think, he may have had a smidgen of ‘determination’ within himself. I don’t think he was going to allow anything to dissuade him from his goal. He knew what he wanted to accomplish.

And he did so.

Finally…

Artists need to have this quality of Determination.

This almost wilful, stubbornness.

It is this, that enables them to overcome the 1001 odds that are stacked against them.

The challenges of the city proved to be an excellent educational tool. We can choose to give up too soon, or choose to be Determined.

The Cat’s Meow…

The Cat’s Meow…

She couldn’t resist him.

That’s the way it goes around here.

He cried, begged, whined.

The little guy carried on for so long, finally our granddaughter had to do it.

 

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Meow, A Merry Merry Christmas and Joyous Holiday

 

 

He had his Santa hat on.

The only cat I’ve ever had that enjoys dress up.

That loves being carted around, held like a baby. And would do so…. all day long  if possible.

Strange cat indeed.

 

 

 

And as Dr. Seuss wrote in The Cat in the Hat, 

“Look at me.  Look at me now!”

 

 

Merlin is so pleased.

He got his way. 

At last.

He rules.

He commands ALL  attention.

 

He is… the cat’s meow.

 

 

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas,  Joyful Season Salutations

cheers,

Debi  + Merlin

 

 

 

 

Palette Knife Acrylic Abstract… “Scorched Wings of Icarus”

Palette Knife Acrylic Abstract… “Scorched Wings of Icarus”

I prefer the title, “Scorched Wings of Icarus.”

How about you?

 

 

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Scorched Wings of Icarus,      palette knife acrylic abstract

 

Palette Knife Abstract

I know which title is more ‘relatable,’  more ‘informative’  to the reader.

But which one is likely to generate more,  readers’  interest?   

Readers’  Curiosity?

 

 

Scorched Wings of Icarus

How is anyone supposed to figure out what’s actually in the post with a title like that?!

Interesting, but too abstract and open ended, maybe so.

But secretly,  I like this title far better.

 

I know, I know!!   You’re an artist, creative, imaginative. And your mind just works that way.

I can hear you,  say these things.

As well as,  “We want to know what we’re  clicking on, First!”

 

I understand……….

 

 

 

Painting Inspirations:

This abstract was inspired and influenced by a few things, people and articles I’ve been reading recently.

As follows:

 

David Kanigan Miracle. All of It. 

This photograph  with the blazing scarlet sun and the excerpt from Franz Kafka speaking of  ‘flying too close.’

Yes.  They were definitely  influencers.

David Kanigan seems to always come up with some thing,  new or intriguing, or uplifting or just plain humorous for his readers.

Check out his website,  I love his writing –  he writes really well.

Anyway. Go look through his posts.

Be uplifted. Laugh. Smile. Cry. Be humbled. Breathe in Life.

 

 

 

Aquileana  at La Audacia de Aquiles   an  impressive website focusing on Mythology.  Making it modern, entertaining, easy to read,  and Fun!

I’ve been reading her articles for quite some time and always, look forward to the extremely comprehensive and educated efforts she puts forth.

Referenced, with photographs, art works, historical sources, collaborations,etc.,   my  5 Star website to go to for mythology info.

I’ve been especially interested most recently in The Titans.

Who they were, there origins, and who came before them.

Aquileana’s site provides revealing glimpses into the mythical lives of the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, The Titans, Olympians, The Muses, The Furies and more.  All, richly described in intimate and living color.

 

A revealing  read,      Icarus’ Fall….    

 

 

Matthew Snowden, palette knife  Artist

The knife can be a blessing or … not.

Beginners often go in too heavy handed.

However that is certainly not the case with Snowden.

He uses the palette knife with sensitivity. Delicacy.

And a Bold Decisiveness where and when it it called for. I most definitely enjoyed his paintings, the slathering on of paint, the sure and swift marks made with the knife.

So strong. So beautiful.

 

 

 

And the last influence.

I needed a brief respite.

As I’m still  plugging away at my rather large post describing/explaining the Zen art “Enso.”

 

I almost, want to bin it.

But no I won’t, too much is invested now.

You’ll see it, then probably wish you hadn’t,  its way too long!

 

 

 

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Enso moon: silver

Enso moon: silver

A glimpse is all.

The sliver of enso.

A silvered moonlit night.

Clouds swirl round and round, the pretty moon.

 

 

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Enso in silvered blues …  a close up Detail, from my Enso painting

 

So perfect for the Halloween night.

 

 

Enso Moon

 

 

This is only a very, quick brief look.

A teaser for “Tell All” in the next upcoming post  – The Intriguing Circle in Art – Enso. 

I’ll be providing a much more detailed and far lengthier post,  explaining and describing The Enso.

With a lot more fun images!

 

So fun,  so Zen,  so Wabi Sabi.     

 

 

Haunting Magic of Nature

Haunting Magic of Nature

Nature.  The allure of those hushed and quiet spaces.

Spaces  So quiet,  yet filled to overflowing.

 

And when you leave them,

as you do –

they will always,

haunt your memories.

 

Those spaces never,  really leave you.

 

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Colors of Nature,  The Quiet Space impressionist watercolor

 

Impressionist Watercolor

A simple scene.

Pared down to a minimalist design.

 

 

Using the least amount of paints and brushstrokes possible.

Yet, striving to make each one of those,  imperative.

Required.

 

 

No more.  No less.

It is a hard task to restrain the compulsion we all seem to have ….. that calls incessantly for “More.”

 

 

But if you can do it, then the viewers’  can also see what you saw and felt:

 

That haunting magic Nature speaks through color –

in the quiet,  filled spaces. 

 

 

 

 

Make It Count

The key with this painting, was to make every thing I did, each step moment by moment…. count.

To be fully present.

From the selection of brush, paper, paints, music played, techniques used, brush stroke direction and number.

 

I made each mark relevant,  as the clock ticked.

 

 

 

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The Lily Pond

The Lily Pond

The lily pond.

I was, in a way, inspired by Monet.  But, No…..

Monet never created nor painted quite like this. Showing the dark and the shadowed side of nature.

His lilies, lily ponds, his fields, his canvases were more Dreamscapes. Filled with the sunnier, brighter side of day.

 

It is admittedly, the approach I too generally follow.

 

That’s not the path this subject wanted to follow.

It  spoke of a different message altogether.

I sighed, and went along with it.

 

Artists really are   “co creators”   for the subjects themselves,   reveal how they want to be portrayed.

 

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Lily Pond

 

 

 

Silence splatters down

like rain

 

tear stains of scarlet

upon the quiet

 

little lily pads

now stained

 

remaining silent

they listen

 

listening

and waiting

 

 

 

until

silence’s echoes

are washed away

 

 

 

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Deep Pure Purple and Blue

 

 

 

 

 

… the flowers talking

… the flowers talking

“And lastly, since I have you all here in one place, I have something to share with you.

Along the garden ways just now…I too heard the flowers speak.

They told me that our family garden has all but turned to sand. I want you to know I’ve watered and nurtured this square of earth for nearly twenty years, and waited on my knees each spring for these gentle bulbs to rise, reborn.

But want does not bring such breath to life.

Only love does.

The plain, old-fashioned kind.”

 

 

quote by Joshua Braff, flowers speak, iris macro photography, pearl white petals, canon camera 100mm macro lens, debiriley.com
Flowers Speak, along the garden….

 

 

Written by:   Joshua Braff,  in the Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green.

The excerpt was found on page 172.

 

 

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iris petal

 

 

Love 

Iris 

Garden Path Flowers 

Faces of flowers 

Inspiration