Hello, so in this week in my downtime I spent the week researching for a new kitten for my birthday as Sean wanted to get me one but was unsure if it was too soon until I ask. He didn't want to come and meet the kittens as he would have wanted to take them all home.
In my working hours as well as getting ready for the Dog Day out in Mawson Lakes which is on the 21st of september. I spent most of this week working on some more coffee cups for the exhibition in March.
I also had a meeting with Gallery One on the Friday. I can announce that I have booked the exhibition. Opening night will be Friday the 6th of March and the exhibition will run for 3 weeks and close on Friday the 27th of March. Now the planning and fundraising begins! If you know of any grants or any parties that might be interested in partnering, sponsoring or assisting with the exhibition please let me know. Also need someone to make a deep frame for my large pieces, at a very affordable price!
On the FridayI went out to parafield gardens to meet a black kitten that I found on gumtree that just see to say come and find me. I met with him and his foster mum and well obviously as you can see in image '673. Little Panther' he is now ours. He is a beautifully affectionate kitten and he is mostly black except for his little white marking on his neck, that we call his cravat and he has another small blotch of white down below his belly, that I call his budgie smugglers. Padme is not too happy that he is here, but she is getting used to him sort of. They both like to eat each other's food, the other day she was just sitting there watching him eat her food, what is with that?
On the Saturday, Sean and I went to the Adelaide Zoo for my birthday and so he could take photos of the animals for his photography class. It was a very enjoyable day. I attempted to take the crane photo with the meerkats and giraffes as a background but the wind blew one of the cranes into the meerkat enclosure. So as I am kind of fond of my fingers I decided to refold a crane and take a better photo. I really love the shot I ended up with in the petting zoo with the textured post and the alpacas in the background.
On the Sunday was the State Titles for GKR SA. I went along and helped set up and then I walked over to the Art Gallery of SA for a Japanese Calligraphy class with Hiroko Watanabe. In which we learned about Hiroko's Calligraphy and she taught us to paint the kanji for wind - Kaze. We then painted the first stroke of the character and Hiroko went around and completed the Character based on the initial stroke. This was a very interesting exercise and a very enjoyable class. I wish there was somewhere I could learn japanese calligraphy on a regular basis.
During the class Hiroko spoke about when writing Kanji the Shinto-Buddhist concept of nothingness is very important. In western Graphic design we talk about negative space, but in Japanese it is more about the potential of something, that all things flow from nothing to something and from something to nothing. I found this very interesting, Hiroko said that as she spent more and more time learning calligraphy she realised that if you can make the white space beautiful you succeed. She also spoke about how students who learn calligraphy usually give up before that are good at it and can truly enjoy it. I think that this is true with so many disciplines, I feel similar frustrations while teaching my karate students.
After the calligraphy class I went back to the Karate Tournament, had a beautiful cup of coffee from Gianni the owner of Cirelli Coffee. Thank you to Gianni, his dad and his Barista for setting up their coffee cart and donating some of their takings to the Relay for Life team.
The cranes featured in this week were decorated by people at SALA on Show.
Until next week may all your cups be delicious and all your cranes fly free. Make sure you register your email if you found a little bit of luck (a crane) or would like to attend the exhibition in March 2015. Register here.