Wednesday, 27 January 2016

rave about Grayson Perry

Whilst in Sydney a couple of weekends ago, we visited the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay.
I'd read a review of British artist Grayson Perry's work and was intrigued.

Although the exhibition included his ceramic decorated vessels, sketchbooks photographs and paintings, it was his tapestries that made me gasp.

The sheer size and intricacy of detail was amazing. Here's one end of this piece..

..and here's Paul at the other end.

Social commentaries, stories and the artist's perspective on such things was very strong in all his pieces.

Glorious of suburban middle class life.

No visit to a gallery is complete without a reflective cup of coffee.
It doesn't hurt when the view is this good as well.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

road trip

On the road again for family visiting in Armidale.
Taking the scenic route as there are extra adventures along the road.

Testing the coffee and sandwiches at Grantham. 8/10

Some interesting paraphenalia in the cafe.

We took the Gatton/Clifton road to traverse the Great Divide. It is much less severe than the Gap, but little traffic and lovely views.
After seeing ths signs for Darling Downs Zoo for years, it was time for the visit.
A surprising number of beguiling animals.

This meetcat refused to smile for the camera.

Rhesus monkeys (and capuchins, but they move too fast for a photo.

These unfriendly ostriches.

Famous white lions

The slow road led us to the Suttons apple cidery/ cafe for a late lunch. Hm what to have?

After that replenishment, we just had a fierce storm and 210 kms to drive to get there.
We let at 0900; arriving at 1815 Qld time. I think the diversions were worth it.