Thursday, 11 December 2008

the way of tea


I was inspired by the beauty of an art shop in Smith St, Collingwood called St Luke's to create this little piece. It's a collage of original woodblock prints mounted on wooden art board with a lovely textured black backing. My photos keep making the black background look blue-ish but it's not, believe me. It's definitely a nice solid black. The woodblock prints have been printed on an olive coloured textured Japanese paper. But then again you can't really tell that from my photos here. Hmmmmm, it seems I'm being a bit challenged with light and photography at the moment......

A big happy birthday to all fellow Sagittarians in the world! I've just discovered a friend's birthday falls on xmas day. Poor N. He says he's used to it as he's had it his whole life (ha ha). No wonder he has a black xmas tree!

I'm not a very cheery Christmassy type of soul I'm afraid. No blog posts here about Christmas baking or homemade decorations (although I applaud all of you who can be bothered). Instead I usually spend this time to be a bit more reflective about the year that's passed and my hopes for the world in the year to come. I'm finding it a bit hard to do this year (the hope bit) as I'm surrounded by seriously ill friends and family and have been feeling a bit bleak lately. A good friend recommended reading Debra Adelaide's The Household Guide to Dying (which, despite the sound of its title is fiction) and so I bought a copy yesterday. And yet the birth/death cycle continues - I know 3 women who are due to have their babies this week. Good luck girls!!!!

6 comments:

  1. The woodblock is lovely. I have a fascination for bowls, and tea pots, as I see you do. I am sorry about the number of people about who are ill. That's hard to struggle with. I am blessed in that none of us are ill - we're all pretty bloody healthy stock. I see so many people struggle with sick kids, or sick parents, and think I am so very lucky in that regard. Even the elders in my family are bloody troopers. I am hoping to just sail through Christmas now. Can't wait for it to be over and start the new year. Bring it!

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  2. Thanks Kate! I am feeling hopeful that 2009 will be ok. 08 has been hard for me and for others and people say that's often the case with leap years. Bring on 09!

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  3. I hear that the book is really good, I have had it recommended to me. I hope that 09 is a better year for you and your friends. I am also looking to close off this year. Keep up your gorgeous work. meg

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  4. Such kind words - thank you Meg!

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your friends! Big hugs to you in this difficult time. Hope the new year brings a lovely new start.

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