We went to London last week to see my friend Nom Kinnear King’s solo exhibition. Gene and I helped Nom put her show up, so we were the lucky ones that got to see the work before everyone else did..
Nom’s work is pretty magical and she’s a prolific artist. While some of her works are gentle, others can be quiet dark.
I think I love most about it is not one piece ever seems to be a direct translation or representation of anything – they are all a sum of different things. The past, present, future, auto biographical and biographical, fiction and non – fiction, dreams and nightmares. Each work has many layers.
We moved into our apartment yesterday – we have 99 stairs to climb!
It has a very nice kitchen that is painted red. The ‘lounge’ room area is large so I will be able to draw while I look for a studio to paint in. I have only been to one art exhibition this whole week, it was in an amazing old building in Wedding. The exhibition was by two girls who went to other exhibitions and stole the beer bottles. (Here in Germany, you can return your glass/plastic/cans to most supermarkets -there’s a recycle machine- in exchange for money.) With that money they bought the beer for their opening. The beer was the art as were the flyers of the shows they went to and took the beer bottles from.
We have visited some amazing places, such as the Berliner Dom and Mauer Park. Mauer ( wall ) Park is a large flea market on Sundays, which runs along the wall walk, there is a lot of junk to see/ buy, food to eat and music to hear.
The public transport system here is amazing, it is reliable and the longest I have had to wait for a train is 10 minutes. It costs roughly around the same amount as Melbourne (maybe a few dollars cheaper).
Everyone seems to own a dog, a bike, a baby!
I think we’re settling in ok – I really need some German lessons, the course I did in Melbourne was too long ago and I have unfortunately forgotten most of it. I am looking to enroll somewhere soon.
As soon as we got off the plane we put our things in the guest house and began exploring – and haven’t stopped. We have already gotten approved for two apartments and have chosen one – so we shall be moving soon. It’s in a very old building that is cute and quiet.
I haven’t seen much art yet.
We have seen many palaces, cathedrals, etc.
It’s surreal being in a place that you have heard about all of your life – this is the first time I have left Australia!
The day was overwhelming, I was so shy walking down the ‘aisle’. Thank you to all of our friends and family for celebrating with us. We spent the honeymoon in Apollo Bay – with temperatures in the mid 40s – my word!
This painting is the result of a year of studying and exploring self portraiture. I made lots of studies of this work with drawings, little paintings, water colours and then took this on. I’m pretty proud of it. It’s nicknamed as the “bath” painting.
Here are a few of the preparatory studies I did of this image before painting it: