Fast train to Shanghai

We are choofing away on the train again.  Really fast. 304 k’s an hour at the moment, Beijing to Shanghai.  A five hour trip.  I remember doing this trip with our boys in a four berth apartment, traveling overnight.  I think you can still do this, but the fast train is so convenient.  And itsContinue reading “Fast train to Shanghai”

First class, Hong Kong to Beijing

Crickety crack,crickety crack.  The window is black and shiny, reflecting cups and kettle and nuts and dried fruit and our beds and our recumbent bodies, resting in this cocoon that is shooting over the earth, relentlessly, rocking and jagging towards Beijing.  We are 24 hours in this train, from Hung Hom station in Hong KongContinue reading “First class, Hong Kong to Beijing”

Venice and the Biennale

I walked down the street today, pensive in the soft autumn air, it was such beautiful light and I felt like I had forgotten to look at the hills and the trees for ages.  A friend of our’s died recently, a gentle, quiet and sincere man who had chosen excellence for all the things heContinue reading “Venice and the Biennale”

Seeds of Hope, ‘Harvest’ by Shona Nunan

While we were Artists in Residence in Hong Kong at the Yew Chung International School, Shona created the bronze sculpture, ‘Harvest’, in an edition of eight. The sale of all eight works will go to the charity to help build schools for underprivileged children in China. If you would like to know more about this,Continue reading “Seeds of Hope, ‘Harvest’ by Shona Nunan”

A Bohemian Collective at San Rocco in Benabbio, Bagni di Lucca

This area is really interesting culturally.  There are people starting to gather here with their marvellous gifts, proffering events that are supporting contemporary musicians and singers and acrobatic performances and visual artists and writers who are all possibly great.  Bagni di Lucca is attracting not just artists but also sponsors and patrons and lovers ofContinue reading “A Bohemian Collective at San Rocco in Benabbio, Bagni di Lucca”

Italy, beautiful for its own sake.

It’s summer.  It’s hot, hot, hot.  And every day we are reminded of why we love to be here, of what we miss when we go away.  Its riding on the vespa down tiny country roads, through the vineyards and olive groves and avenues of Linden trees and into the mountains through golden green gladesContinue reading “Italy, beautiful for its own sake.”

Capital M Beijing

Beijing is monumental.  Masculine, strong and tough, some of the finest buildings in the world are here.  Just arriving at Beijing airport is an amazing experience. Designed by Foster and Partners, the airport is massive and looks like it has just lifted itself gently from the earth, the roof line soft and undulating, but in its underworld,Continue reading “Capital M Beijing”

A visit to Melbourne

Melbourne has become such a hip city.  It makes one of the best coffees in the world.  It has great social areas, tons of cool cafes, fantastic restaurants with really on the edge cuisine, music everywhere, lots of city squares and nature throughout, in the grand old parklands.  It has its share of violence onContinue reading “A visit to Melbourne”

A visit to Castlemaine, Australia

We are back in Australia to see our families.  Arrival this time was spectacular, water in the dams and the grass green, an enormous blessing after so many years of drought and devastation.  The wonderful thing about arriving back here is the sky.  An enormous luminous sky that spans your vision two thirds, the earthContinue reading “A visit to Castlemaine, Australia”

Finding our way in a material world

It has been quite a challenge finding all our art materials while we have been here at the Yew Chung School.  The first two weeks of the residency were spent tromping the streets of Mongkok and Wanchai in diabolical human traffic, feeling flayed alive at the end of every day, too tired to cook andContinue reading “Finding our way in a material world”