Friday 30 August 2013
Thursday 29 August 2013
OLEG DOU you blow my mind. I was looking at reference for painting class today and came upon the work of this Russian digital artist. I just want to stare and stare, sometimes the perfection is just too sweet. This is a series called TEARS We cry when we experience pain, sadness or happiness 2008.
Wednesday 28 August 2013
I had a heavy case of misty eye yesterday when I came home to the MESSY STUDIO doors hung in their frame. Oh it has been a long, long 10 months of scraping together pennies and endless hours of planning and moving and fixing but I have loved every gut wrenching minute of it. Imagine building a whole house!!! Now you know why those poor people on GRAND DESIGNS are usually at it for 2 years and look like they have been kicked all over by tap dancing donkeys. The trough is on it's shelf and the powder coated letters and symbol arrived yesterday, so hopefully will have them installed after the doors are finished. Just haven't made the REFRESH RENOVATE REDECORATE deadline though, sad face.
Tuesday 27 August 2013
I am delighted to be in the latest issue of iJUSI MAGAZINE
The Tattoo Issue, #28. The contributors are awesome:
Karo Akpokiere - Maaike Bakker - Berserker (Shane de Lange Alexander Sudheim) - Brandt Botes - Conrad Botes - Robin Cook - Zama Dlamini - Rikus Ferreira - Byron Graper - Hannes Greyling - Dean Henning - Wilhelm Krüger
Travis Lyle - Michael Macgarry - Muti - Ninjabreadboy - Natalie Peckham
Scott Robertson - Nathan Roodt - Vian Roos - Marcel Roussouw - Flo Schneuwly
Tanya Shunmugam - Skullboy - Marilize Smith - Alexander Sudheim
Fred Swart - Simon Villet - Brode Vosloo - Garth Walker - Lorcan White
Hougaard Winterbach - Andy Wyeth
The brief was that the drawing had to be created as it would for a real tattoo.
Make sure you read it cover to cover. p.s it has adult content
Monday 26 August 2013
We need at gate between the MESSY STUDIO courtyard and the rest of the wee patch of back garden as our darling Juno has never outgrown the chewing stage of puppydom and nothing wooden is safe. I want a old fashion garden gate, just galvanised preferably already rusty, so stopped in a LAVENDER & TROUT, after a lovely morning at the HIGHLAND GAMES, to take pics for reference. This gate was already sold and the other is one of the actual gates to the farm. We are going to have one made to fit the space that we have. Most of the best examples are Australian and in the Federation style which is a Baroque form of architecture prevalent in Australia, overlapping and influenced by the Edwardian period in England.
Have attached some of my favourites mostly from Gumtree.au and ebay.au.
Friday 23 August 2013
Thursday 22 August 2013
Going to plant these beauties soon, when I first spied a glorious tangle of them at EARTHMOTHER ORGANIC, I thought they were ginger. I couldn't believe the delicious smell and zany bright buttercup orange revealed by the breaks between the nodes. It is fresh, organic, raw tumeric! Tumeric has amazing healing properties, am busy researching how best to apply it to home health, medicinal and beauty.
Wednesday 21 August 2013
Tuesday 20 August 2013
Monday 19 August 2013
There is a fantastic exhibition, HOMOSAPIEN, at the KZNSA, do take some time if you haven't already to go and have a look. There is a beautiful selection of work - sculptures, etchings and oil paintings. I was especially taken by the work of Sandra Hanekom, they look like collages but are incredibly detailed oil paintings. So inspired!
Friday 16 August 2013
Thursday 15 August 2013
Wednesday 14 August 2013
Tuesday 13 August 2013
I should have taken this photo yesterday afternoon but ran out of time, so had to shoot into the sun this morning. This is the background mosaic panel which will be behind the cement trough. We are having some letters and a symbol lazer cut, electroplated and powder coated in black, attached on raised pins.
Below is the design. The words are AQUA VITAE, ''water of vitality", which I hope will herald all kinds of creativity flowing out of the MESSY STUDIO. The symbol is the 'Carmague Cross' or cross of the cowherds, the emblem of the church of Saints Maries-des-la-mer (Mary's of the Sea), South of France. An anchor, cross and heart make up the emblem symbolising hope, faith & charity.
Grouting still needs to be cleaned. The other pics are of the door frame and doors which have been sealed with undercoat, can't wait for them to be installed.
Monday 12 August 2013
There is a lovely little shop, ALLES, new to our neck of the woods, full of my favourite kind of lost and found stuff. My absolute best piece was this old rusty duck egg blue metal SA Post Office sorting bin. I covet it passionately but have really run out of room and for the moment it is NFS, thank goodness!