Monthly Archives: July 2011

Rediscovered the joys of an iPhone macro lens. I can’t believe how close up you can get with those things. Check out the ice shots I got from clearing out our freezer.

Had coffee and drawing time at La Paloma this week. That place is so good – the people are friendly, music is happy, the churros scrumptious, and coffee is yummy. Working on a new project, it will be cool to see what comes of it.


Yesterday was gorgeous out. No extra layers required! I walked to the tiny, cosy library down the street, and took lots of Polaroids on the way. I am loving that camera. Must create a Polaroid fund, to buy lots of film.

Later that evening, Nuwan and I went to Carbon Black Gallery, to check out Dawn Tan‘s solo exhibition. They were big watercolour drawings of food. I was inspired. Her drawings made me realize three things about art and its function:

1. Art gives people something to relate to. There was a drawing of pho and three colour drink somewhere in there, and Nuwan and I went ‘Hey, we ate that last weekend!’ Art is there to talk about, to discuss and bring the mind to new places.

2. Art also gives people an insight into your own life. Whenever you make art, you are in the process of being more of who you are. Your art describes you, and what you are about.

3. Art sometimes requires a big effort. Looking at Dawn’s huge drawings, and what she had accomplished with her exhibition, I know it wasn’t easy. She drew and painted every day for 8 weeks! From experience, I know it isn’t always passion pushing you –  you have to put in the slog and discipline in order to grow. Just like anything else.

I’ve been a little stressed lately. But whatever. There are still things so easily within my reach that make me feel excited about living. Here are a few:

1. Got my Instax 210, and it’s time for new experiments and fun instant photos.
2. Walking, outside, even though it’s grey and drizzly. Rain means clean skies and clear air.
3. Coffee, as usual. I can have that anytime! Sooo easy.
4. Got myself the nicest wool scarf, it is toasty. It makes me feel invincible! Against the cold and outdoors!
5. Writing in a lined notebook again. Something very nice and orderly about that.

Things to look forward to: Melbourne Open House this weekend (taking the Instax along, of course), a run after my ankle has chilled out for a bit. An Old Town hazelnut coffee, I just got some.

It’s chilly this morning. These are some of the awesome accessories I found at Camberwell Market yesterday. My favourites are probably the bubble bracelet and the poodle pendant, because the ears move. I also found some claddagh earrings, which were cool because I’m always in love with the design, but rather useless, because as earrings, the symbolism is lost.

Anyway. I love taking pictures of the things I see, then looking back on them at the end of the day. So good.

So I broke part of my tooth yesterday, and that was freaky. I had to get it fixed at a dentist’s today. I was relieved to get an appointment, and even more so when the problem was taken care of so efficiently, and painlessly. But let me say this: brushing and flossing > than breaking your teeth. Now I’m feeling super cautious about my sweets!

The dentistry was cool. It was in the awesomely pretty Block Arcade on Collins Street, on the Mezzanine level. In the first picture, there it is in that top window.

After all that, I felt like some comforting. So, after a light lunch, I had a mocha (through a straw) from Pearson and Murphy’s and sat in the sunshine at RMIT’s Alumni Courtyard. That was very good.

The anesthesia-induced numbness is leaving my face now. I’m going to slowly readjust my diet and oral hygiene regime. This experience was a good reminder how important my health is! Everything else re-prioritizes until it gets better.