Marvellous Melbourne!

The proprietor of the fine art rat cafe (John Clinock) has requested some more street art images from Melbourne. So here goes. Once again I am sorry that the works are unattributed. Perhaps you recognise some of the sticker art. Posting these reminds me of my colleague Nigel @ Little bits of Sheffield. He knows the work and the territory of particular artists and dreams up some pretty apt titles too. No mean feat!

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert

Philippa Robert

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert

Philippa Robert

Melbourne moments

Melbourne is famous for its laneways. Some have central rows of seating under umbrellas, some are flanked by small dark cafes. Many flaunt colourful street art. In Fitzroy there is a particular cobble-stoned lane used a lot in films, usually in scenes of dark deeds. In daylight things look different.

Philippa Robert

While that was benign (it reminded me of Patricia Piccinini’s work) others looked downright scary:

Philippa Robert

I am AFRAID I’m unable to give credit to the artists!

three virtual friendships

An exciting week in which the virtual intersected happily with the actual three times!

It started on Monday when I received a lovely package of art from my friend PC at little bits of sheffield and steelcitystatic. Wonderful images of street art around Sheffield (and from the Peak district). Many seen on-screen, now held in hand! How amazing that seems, and a touch of handwriting too. Thank you for your generous gift PC.

And then this morning, an invitation from Kelly Medford. Kelly has asked a number for friends to join her to paint in Rome in October 2013.  As a virtual friend, I got a huge kick out of this! Have you seen Kelly’s blog? She is currently undertaking 120 consecutive days of painting in Italy and creating some wonderful pieces under this pressure. All 6×8″ and done with gear that she packs on a bicycle!

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Here we are closing the studio on Sunday arvo. Free for other things!
So, it was off to town today to see some art. First stop, the National Wine Centre to see the Kangaroo Island Fine Art show on the theme of “Coast and Seagrass Meadows.” The lovely Fleur Peters from Kangaroo Island Fine Art Gallery remembered me from our last meeting in Kingscote in May when I was with my brother (the islander). As we spoke a little more and I mentioned some info from facebook, a big happy wave of recognition passed over Fleur’s face. She then said “Now I know who you are!” She knew my online persona more than my offline one!

So, three nice surprises in one week! How refreshing life can be.

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

I see now that this person is actually taking in refreshment of a different sort. Perhaps the time had come.

How about you. Have you had similar happy intersections of the virtual and the real?

Yarn-bombers hit Brighton

We are on the map! And even better, we have stayed there for about three weeks. After some early rustlings on Jetty Road posts, there has been a big showing on the Kitty Whyte memorial sculpture.

Kitty Whyte was a local teacher of children’s swimming classes. She saved a drowning woman in 1919, but in 1926 immediately after a swimming class she dived off the jetty and was taken by a shark.

Philippa Robert

Apparently Brighton was named as one of the healthiest seaside towns about 100 years ago. Perhaps it still is. Think about the good burghers pictured last week exercising, air quality (the smog blows out to sea in summer) and the local art!

Philippa Robert

But why oh why did Justin Bieber turn up in  the list of Tags? Can anyone answer that?

Puh-lease?