23 February 2007
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13 February 2007
I saw this little scruff ball dog down the street, I have not really drawn the most striking characterisitc which was his amazing eyebrows, like John Howard's but bigger. He was such a lovely little thing, the kind of dog that when you talk to him, he looks at you with shiny eyes and gives a wag of his tail. I like these kinds of dogs.
12 February 2007
I have so many small notes in my memory of little details of my travels, especially in Japan. This beautifully written passage from a very beatuful book sums up much of my experience "The washcloths were my first exposure to the attention to detail that characterises much of Japan-both visually and socially. I soon came to realise just how much thought lies behind appearances and actions there, and that these details of beauty and nuances of word and deed are both expected and appreciated". The book is called A year in Japan by Kate T Williamson isbn 1-56898-540-1, a collection of beautiful watercolours and notes about her year. The middle image is a drawing from the book - click on the image to see the beautiful detail and read the perfectly balanced passage. The top and bottom photos are of shimenawa, found at temples and over many doorways at new year and various other significant places, essentially they keep bad sprits away, but they are also an integral part of the design and image of sacred places. This shimenawa is also a lucky charm where you can stand underneath and throw a coin up into the straw and hope it gets lodged there. It is luck for marriage. More bizarrely, the shrine listed on this link is the exact same one as the photo I have included here. It is a significant shrine in Japan, located in the complete boondocks of Japan. Its just down the road a bit from the place that sells the latte art coffees.
10 February 2007
Back to the coffee's....the cafe I go to everyday also has some girls who work there. I'm satisfied now as they know my order and say hi......I thought I should also say a big hello to my usual guy and it has worked, he has no choice but to say hi back! The coffees above are not served there, sadly. This is an old photo taken at a cafe in Japan. It is the most beautiful latte art I have ever seen and every time you get a latte, it has a different design. There is a latte art competition, check out the designs. There is the same design featured-the little face. It has to be the same guy right? Btw, he uses a tooth pick to make the designs, so beautifully Japanese.
8 February 2007
Those days were pre-baby, where we could do whatever we wanted. I was looking through some old photos and remembered how exicitng it was to see these famous and beautiful art works at Musee D'orsay in Paris, France. These days are also exciting but it is a different kind of excitement. I like this excitement better as it requires many layers and is longer lasting.