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”

Art Residency at Yew Chung International School

Wow!  Time is racing away.  The weather is warm and muggy and gone are the days when chilly winds raced through our studios and Mike would tie down his paintings so they wouldn’t be blown around.  He would seek refuge in my space which is more closed off to the weather.  The studios are locatedContinue reading “Art Residency at Yew Chung International School”

‘Happy’ in Sai Kung, Hong Kong

It’s Sunday.  Michael and I have endeavored to do nothing all day, just lunch in Sai Kung.  The weather is warmer, 23 degrees, the birds are effusive, chattering and tweeting endlessly, flitting here and there, busy with nest making.  Its hard to do nothing in Hong Kong. There are so many options to do things,Continue reading “‘Happy’ in Sai Kung, Hong Kong”

Hong Kong

We’ve been in Hong Kong a month already.  Everyday walking with thousands of people, stepping into the continuous stream of people walking the subways, onto trains, up escalators, down escalators, onto minibuses, endless endless people, keeping rhythmic pace, shoulder to shoulder.  We have never done that before, been part of the workforce, everyday.  We resistedContinue reading “Hong Kong”

Passage from Bagni di Lucca to Hong Kong

2011 and we have been offered a three month artist residency with a school in HK and Beijing.  Bagni di Lucca is cold and damp and any winter anywhere can get long and dreary. So en-route to HK we have four weeks to indulge ourselves on a Thai island.  Last year we spent five daysContinue reading “Passage from Bagni di Lucca to Hong Kong”

Goodbye 2010

The house is full.  It has been New Year and Christmas and all the days before and in between.  Eating and eating and drinking.  Young people and friends everywhere, lounging on couches, watching movies, barbequeing, dancing and partying, everyone looking after each other, and a constant sense of a crowd…. It was wonderful to goContinue reading “Goodbye 2010”

Snow In Bagni di Lucca

  Today it is snowing and snowing and snowing.  We drove off for Lucca this morning to do some Christmas food shopping, but had to return home half way there, the road was so quickly built up with snow.   We were drifting all over the place till we got stuck behind two trucks who couldn’tContinue reading “Snow In Bagni di Lucca”