I wanted to do a paper cut out. I figured that I would follow a proven design to get the idea. So my first attempt was a copy of the work done by Heather Moore (in CT). Her flower cut outs are immaculate. The flowers (between an A5 and A4 size) took about 6 hours. It was really quite meditative work which was unexpected. Next I tried a quick design of my own. The intention was something that could be done in an hour. The cityscape is an A4 size. The design is much less complex and the lack of organic lines made it go a lot faster. Looking forward to some more of this.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
A street parallel to Queen that contains some very posh shops and hotels. Also some good and straightforward stuff – like the Red Bean Steamed Bun that I purchased from a Chinese Food street vendor. yum yum yummeee. It’s something that I have been craving for a while now and this one was fresh and hot and just sweet enough and just the right amount of oozy red filling. Also the Trade Aid shop on this road is a good stop. Lots of crafty, arty, pretty things from poorer countries.
Friday, December 11, 2009
I’m still making my mind up on where graffiti and street art fits in the world. There is great skill and talent required to complete these works, but like all art – sometimes it’s just ugly. What I am not enjoying is tagging. That seems to be an ego-centric malicious act in most instances.
These are not new but they seem to be more prolific as Christmas rolls along. When the ad is clever or well designed then I appreciate it. When it’s spraying your logo randomly, that is really quite unimpressive.
Greenlane, Auckland. ‘At Christmas it’s not the thought that counts … it’s the cash!’
Mount Eden, Auckland
15minutes from Auckland CBD is Mission Bay. Has a lovely long promenade, a big grassy section and a pretty beach.
Frozen yoghurts were delicious. Also a selection of decadent ice cream options available at the gelato shop.
There are lots of restaurants to pick from, we stuck with old fashioned fish and chips from this spot.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
We headed out to La Cigale Market in Parnell. This has fruit and veg produce from local growers as well as deli type produce. We bought oyster mushrooms and pumpkin gnocchi for supper. Also went home with some red peppers, mangoes, broad beans, smoked salmon, smoke garlic and sea salt.