A creative journal attesting to the profound personal impact of that first painting lesson beneath the big old mulberry tree ... stubby 3 year-old toes squelching into rotten purple fruit; pink tongue curled out with the effort of forging a wet, sticky, paint masterpiece. African storm clouds billowing just above.
As the saying goes, "A picture speaks a thousand words", and with this in mind, I don't think I need to mention that WAAPA graduate Jess Tran is incredibly talented ... her beautiful black and white photos speak for themselves. More of Jess' work can be viewed at her online flickr account. Have a peak and be inspired!
Flower Market Outside the Madeleine Church, 1890,by Jozef Pankiewicz
Flower Market in a French Town by Alfred Glendening
A Flower Market Along the Seine by Georges Stein
Thought I'd share some of the images I've found whilst researching for a painting that I'm about to start, with the subject matter being .... you guessed it; a flower market! I adore the Impressionist style and how the artists of this period captured light and 'mood' so effectively.
Antoine Blanchard's painting is my personal favourite, but I am also intrigued with the story surrounding Marche aux Fleurs by Edouard Leon Cortes ... apparently the painting was left on a pile of donations at Easton, Marylands Goodwill store, at which point one of the staff decided to do some 'digging' as to the origin of the artwork, which resulted in the piece ending up at Sotheby's and selling at auction for $40,600! Whoever had that painting pinned down as 'trash' must be kicking themselves!
These lovely vintage tea cups are available to hire through the "Vintage Touch" website.
This tea party is a riot of pattern and colour and a celebration of some very yummy looking cupcakes! Image courtesy of Country Living.
A very posh tea party in very green surrounds ... Image taken from the "Lisa Dawn" website.
A garden tea party is so much better than one had indoors; and spring is the perfect time for it ... all the gorgeous flowers and birds and everything bursting with the promise of new life! Images courtesy of Country Living.
One of the best blogs for everything 'tea' is "The Tea Room". I absolutely love the gorgeous images of the tea cup candles (courtesy of American Bridal) and the stunning little teapot filled with pink flowers (courtesy of Southern Accents).
Mmmm, no tea party is complete without yummy cheese and cucumber sandwiches! Images courtesy of Country Living.
Image above and below, courtesy of "At Home With Kim Vallee".
No prizes for guessing that a tonne of gossip is taking place over that cup of tea! Image courtesy of "Two Ladies in Waiting".
You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.
Only in the awareness of the present,
can your hands feel the pleasant warmth of the cup.
Only in the present, can you savour the aroma,
taste the sweetness,
appreciate the delicacy.
If you are ruminating about the past,
or worrying about the future,
you will completely miss the experience of enjoying the cup of tea.
You will look down at the cup,
and the tea will be gone.
Life is like that.
If you are not fully present,
you will look around and it will be gone.
You will have missed the feel,
the delicacy and beauty of life.
It will seem to be speeding past you.
The past is finished. Learn from it and let it go.
The future is not even here yet.
Plan for it,
but do not waste your time worrying about it.
Worrying is worthless.
When you stop ruminating about what has already happened,
when you stop worrying about what might never happen,
then you will be in the present moment.
Then you will begin to experience joy in life.
- Thich Nhat Hanh : Vietnamese Buddhist monk and philosopher writes about enjoying a good cup of tea
More than an umbrella was needed in Perth today as hail the size of golf balls pelted angrily down to wreak havoc on the helpless city below ... Here's to sunshine and lollipops and all things bright and happy tomorrow morning! x
Image courtesy of Jetkat Design via Animal Head Vintage
What girl doesn't love a great pair of heels?!! This selection featuring: Chanel, Prada, Louis Viutton, Jimmy Choo, Guiseppe Zanotti, Manolo Blahnik, Badgeley Mischka, Christian Louboutin, Casadei, Magrit, GINA, Elie Tahari, as well as Stuart Weitzman .... is to DIE for!! I'll leave it to those truly "shoe mad" ladies out there to match each pair with it's designer!
Of course, if we're talking shoes, then a reference to Sex and the City surely has to be included in the conversation ....
"Sex and the City changed New York. New York's become a big shoe store now, unfortunately." - Chris Noth
Hello! Here's a bit about me: I am a 21 year old artist/designer living in Perth, Western Australia (born in Zimbabwe), who has a penchant for collecting old treasures/antiques and anything beautiful that makes my heart sing! I studied Costume and Theatre Design for a year at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) before setting out to complete a Bachelor of Business ... my dream is to combine these artistic and Business skills and own a shop that sells the trinkets and treasures I so love to hoard! This blog is an 'online journal' of the many things that inspire me, as well as a record of some of my own artistic endeavours. Enjoy!