Saturday, July 24, 2010

A Favourite Painting

This is by an artist whose work I like very much, Shane Cotton.  It is called View, and was painted in 1995.


Friday, July 16, 2010

White Heron

Sun-bronzed and
denim-trendy,
the young and beautiful
swirl and settle
around the bar;
they are a flock of high-price birds,
predatory, voracious,
sharp as claws.
Their polished bills
spark and glisten in the light.

They clatter loudly,
and laugh at the edge
of harshness.


(This poem was written after a visit to the White Heron Travelodge in Christchurch, New Zealand. )

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fantastic Photographs

Steve McCurry is in my opinion one of the most interesting and talented photographers in the world.  His work is usually described as photojournalism, because he can't seem to take a photo without displaying the life, culture and condition of the people and places involved.  His eye for colours is superb, and those colours are always brilliant and intense.  This one was taken in India.

There are some heart-rending shots of the Gulf oil disaster on Steve's blog.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Great Cartoon

This was the cartoon on the editorial page in yesterday's New Zealand Herald.  It is by the fantastically talented and clever Rod Emmerson, and I hope he will not mind my paying homage to his ideas by posting it here.  It is on the Herald's website, which is free, so I hope I'm not breaking any copyright rules.
see Emmerson's cartoon Tuesday 13 July 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Beautiful Trees # 5

I love trees, especially trees which stand on their own and reveal their beautiful shapes.  This is a fantastic New Zealand Pohutukawa tree, in Cornwallis Park, Auckland.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Rob Gonsalves

A new discovery for me:

I had never met this painter's work until today, when a friend who knows that I like what he calls "wierd and interesting stuff" sent me a link to it.  And I do like these slightly surreal, somewhat Escher-esque but very well-behaved paintings.  I could live with one on my wall.
The top one is named "Tributaries", the second "De Basm".  They both have a good deal more texture than is apparent here.
























Ok, I guess everyone else has been enjoying his stuff for years. *sigh*

Thursday, July 1, 2010