White Bulls

Unlike sheep, bulls and cows seemed not to fear me or my camera at all. In fact, they appeared to be very curious, so curious that I backed off a little and hoped that the fence was sufficient protection. I assume they were bulls.  One of my country friends might tell me otherwise.

These beautiful creatures were also in the Oberon – Bathurst area of NSW. I can’t wait to return to the country again. City life has its positives but I think we all need to escape as often as we can to enjoy nature and its beauty….and most of all, peace and quiet.

 

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Cees Black and White Photos 

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Some of my friends might remember this song…and Tommy Steele. I couldn’t resist adding it:)

 Tommy Steele singing Little White Bull. 1959

GEOMETRIC FRIDAY #3

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A simple railway construction, taken with my iPhone at Wentworth Falls, in the Blue Mountains. I tried to make it even more simple…but, instead, it became more complicated. I tried to keep out all orange…but It crept in. I tried to do only one image…it multiplied.

Welcome to Geometric Friday#3. Thank you for your visits, contributions and comments. I wonder if you have as much trouble as I do with self discipline ? It is a bit like chocolate for me…I try to eat none… but I won’t say how much I have had today! I wonder if there is a link? Of course there is:)

 

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Geometric Friday #2

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Thank you to everyone who contributed by sharing images and commenting last week. It was very encouraging – I always did feel excited about this new meme, but I must admit I was a little nervous about the new commitment.

Last week I started from a photograph of an abandoned building and reduced it to geometric shapes and added some primary colour (in the tradition of Mondrian). This week I have used a photograph of a building in the country town of Oberon, NSW. I left it much the way it was, except adjusting obliques to verticals and horizontals and ending up with a monochrome image. I did this so that the shapes and lines were dominant …rather than any added strong colour. Finally I cropped it to a square…and played around with filters and layers.

The building is Malachi Gilmore Hall, designed by Italian architect Virgil Cizzio, in 1937. It is a fine example of Art Deco. Many country towns still have buildings of this style, as does Sydney, where I live. They are often cinemas or old pubs.

The Malachi Gilmore Hall is now listed on the State Heritage Register. It was originally built as a dance hall cinema but today it houses a craft shop. I bought my grandson a very colourful beanie there:) Another thing I loved about Oberon was the cake shop, where they sold good, old – fashioned cream buns! Cream buns are an old favourite in Australia, a fruit bun filled with fresh cream and a little jam. I wonder if they are favourites all around the world? Certainly England,  I would think!

You can find out more about this building at Sydney Art Deco Heritage and the town of Oberon and in the document Thematic History of Oberon Shire by Philippa Gemmell-Smith.

Next week I might do as some of the early Cubists did and start with geometric shapes and see what happens. You are free to use whatever method you like.

 

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Linking to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Black and White Photos

 

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Snow Fields

Snow fields at Perisher Valley, South Eastern Australia

I didn’t ski on our recent trip to the snow fields, but I did take many of pictures. My son, grandson and husband did, however, go tobogganing.

When I look at these images it makes me think of the Flemish painter Breugel the Elder – lots of snow, lots of people, lots of activity. But there the comparison stops….he was certainly a master of painting, which I am most certainly not!

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Winter by Pieter Bruegel.1565

 

 

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GEOMETRIC FRIDAY #1


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I might be crazy, but I have been tempted to host a second  meme…usually thinking about it in those small hours of the night when all sorts of strange ideas come to mind. I say I might be crazy, because already I am stretched for time…but… I love making art and I love memes. I will try to keep it simple. I intend to do only one image as my contribution each week, unlike Mandarin Orange Monday when I always allow myself to be carried away and do many images – I have to admit, many more than I end up posting. So this will be a test for me.. can I be disciplined enough to do one pic only a week? So what is the meme?

GEOMETRIC FRIDAY

THE RULES? Simply keep it geometric, using circles, squares, rectangles, triangles  and ovals – lines and or shapes .You can mix them into  one artwork, or simply keep to all angular or all curved shapes. They can be black and white, monochrome, or multicoloured.   It can be any kind of ART- Digital Art, Painting, Mixed Media, Drawing, Sculpture, Fibre Art, etc. And most importantly, it must be your own original work.   For the time being, mine will be Digital..but soon I will be painting too. My easel is sitting there ready to be used in the sunroom (my studio is too dark for painting). At the moment the easel displays my grandson’s paintings. Soon we will have to share! My contribution this week will be my new Geometric Friday logo – showing you the processes I used to make it.

Artists who might inspire you?

Cubist artists e.g. Picasso, Braque, Gris

Juan Gris

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Pablo Picasso

De Stijl artists, designers and architects e.g. Mondrian, Van Doesburg and Reitveld.

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Piet Mondrian

Gerrit Rietveld

 

The Bauhaus – Both the building itself and the designer/artists

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The Bauhaus by Walter Gropius

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Farnsworth House by Mies Van der Rohe

Of course there are lots of other artists, designers and architects influenced by these works even today. You can be one of them:)

My pics for Geometric Friday #1 show how I arrived at the GF logo. I used Photoshop and mostly used Transform (perspective) tool and colour Fill.

 

 

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Winter Snow

It would probably surprise some to know that we do actually have some snow in Australia in winter. It is not all red, dry plains of the outback and eucalyptus bush. South Eastern Australia has snowfalls every winter, although apparently the amount of snow each year is slowly diminishing.

CEE’s Fun Foto Challenge has a different theme each week. This week it is Water/Winter.

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Crazy Dress

Every month I start something for Conny’s Mix it Monthly – sometimes it only gets as far as  folder of images to use. This time I actually finished..and it still early in the month.

Mix it Monthly theme for August is Crazy Dress. I dressed myself (digitally) in a summer crazy dress for the freezing temperatures of the Snowy Mountains. I tried very hard to keep to the colour scheme Piarom gave us. I did have to go through and take out all the orange bits that crept in. The final image I think I succeeded…if you don’t look to closely!

 

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Summer Dress – Happy Dress:)

 

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Old string bag which I found at my parents’ house.

 

Crazy Dress – Crazy Woman!

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Mix it Monthly August Colour Scheme

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