Spring has well and truly sprung here in Sydney. Things are starting to thaw out slowly in my head and limbs after a long winter! It started with a slow trickle- I realised I didn’t have to don a heavy coat in the mornings anymore to walk Chilli and the sun has started to burst in the windows with more gusto. This trickle will soon louden to a rush that I’m sure will carry me in a current quicker then I would have liked to Summer, Christmas and the conclusion of another year. Last week was a special one not only because it was the first week of Spring. I got to catch up with some dear friends and family, see some sights in and out of Sydney and spend quality time with Grace who is going over to China with her grandfather at the end of this week.
My mate Sam and I made a pilgrimage down to our Nation’s capital to catch the J.M.W Turner exhibition before it closes up this week on Sunday 15th. We did it all in one day, which was a bit of an undertaking especially considering I can’t drive a stick so certainly couldn’t help out driving Sam’s trusty hilux ute. Several Maccas hashbrown stops & photo taking stops and we made it. It was well worth it- Turner’s paintings are luminous, broiling, heaving things painted in pursuit of the sublime, which in aesthetic theory is understood as some elusive element of greatness in art, music and literature. Turner’s works have the power to draw you in- squinting to make out the finer details of figures and movements- and then expel you back out again, like the ocean, to reconsider his whole composition, how the multitude of oil paint strokes make the ships in the harbour shimmer, or the Venetian turrets gleam.
Sam is a painter himself. He works with large oil canvases in an abstract expressionist style and recently has started branching into some more landscape style painting. He was looking at Turner’s skies and clouds, his brush strokes and use of blissful pastel colour combinations. I was looking at his people, the way three or four crude marks could suddenly form the face of an adoring mother or squalling infant. The ease with which the emotion is rendered. Sam is planning a solo art show for later in the year, I’ll keep you posted on that. His paintings in this post are from an earlier exhibition at Janet Clayton Gallery in Waterloo. You can follow him on insty (@samholtart) or read a bio on him here.
The next day Grace and I ventured over to the north side of Sydney to visit our friend Davina who is home from NZ for a short break from skiing. Davina is a very busy girl training for something really exciting and you can follow her journey here. We had lunch at the Boathouse, Palm Beach and I was expecting it to be super posh and la-dee-dah. But it was the most perfect, chillaxed spot to have a mid week lunch. We want to go back soon and do the walk up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse which you can see from the Boathouse back deck- more info about that here if you are interested.
On our drive back Dav took us on the scenic route around all the beautiful Northen Beaches viewpoints- at one point you can see all the way up to the central coast! After we dropped Dav off I jumped into the sea pool at Dee Why. Grace said I was crazy but the water was actually warm (ish) and the car heater afterwards was even warmer 😀
In amongst all of this I also squeezed in (in no particular order):
- Late afternoon sun and a strolls in beautiful Centennial Park.
- Working at the Apple Spiral Stall for Real Food Projects at Dress Up Attack kids fest in Marrickville.
- Delicious dinner at Hartsyard, Enmore Road.
- A bit of spring cleaning, clothes chucking & spring cleansing.
- Getting really behind in all of my uni work.
- Watching Julia Child make croissants and hollandaise and cracking up laughing doing impressions of her (bless!)
- Making said hollandaise and consuming on top of Eggs Benedict for a lazy sunday brunch- scrumptious.
You can see why I called this post covering ground 🙂 This week is shaping up very differently with a multitude of deadlines and tasks and plenty of prep to be done for Gracie before she jets off to China.
Til next time kiddos!