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Illusion

Walking in a park, I saw this wall of trompe l’oeil on the side of a public convenience block and just had to photograph it.  The illusion, the trick of the eye was something special which I appreciated more after I saw my photograph.  It was painted by local Sherwood (Brisbane) artists with the name Half Dozen Group of Artists Inc.

One of my favourite pastimes is to change my screensaver image.  I do it on my PC and iPad regularly.  Silly obsession, I know, but it gives me a smile when I log on each day.  I take my own photographs wherever I might be, and have a supply of snapshots and artwork amassed from family and friends over the years.  Some work well, some don’t.  “Framing and focus” was the old adage.

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Searching

There is a children’s picture book entitled “The Stripey Street Cat” by Peter Warrington and Rachel Williams which is a photographic series of stencilled street art images of a stray cat.  They tell the story of Stripey who is looking for a lost friend, meeting various other Newtown (Sydney) cats along the way.

An illustration I use regularly which attracts attention for all the wrong reasons is this one of Snoopy typing away in the middle of the night with a cigarette in his mouth.  I’m anti-smoking but there’s something naughty about making an icon like Snoopy do such a thing.  The artist is unknown but I think he’d have a good sense of humour.

Gretchen Bernet-Ward

Snoopy Author
Serious

 

Kelburn Castle Scotland

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Fairytale

This photograph intrigued me for two reasons.  First, I thought perhaps the laird is a children’s storybook lover, and second, perhaps National Trust Scotland has relaxed their heritage rules.  The illustrations certainly capture the essence of fairytales, well-worked and colourful.  No doubt this eye-catching display attracts the attention of the viewing public.  For better or worse!

Now, for those who like the facts, here they are:

The Graffiti Project
Most people know Kelburn for its innovative street art projects, or perhaps it is better described as ‘castle art project’, which brought together four leading graffiti artists from Brazil. The artists were asked to transform the rendered exterior of the castle’s south walls and tower into a gigantic work of art, blending Scottish architecture with vibrant and colourful urban art on a giant scale. The Kelburn Castle ‘canvas’ has been named one of the Top 10 examples of street art in the world.

There are lots of other attractions at Kelburn Estate, well worth a visit!

Gretchen Bernet-Ward

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Magical https://www.kelburnestate.com/