I’m not into cats, but find this painting by the colonial artist, William Buelow Gould, quite appealing. It’s a recent acquisition by the NGA.
I spent my summer holiday in Lennox Head on the far north NSW coast. Intense rain, a violent sea and gale force winds that had lasted for weeks, drove most to shelter indoors. Beaches were closed and mostly deserted. This solitary woman in orange caught my eye. She was calm, yet defiant. Her grey hair, the same colour as the churning surf and leaden sky, was swept up in a bun. It was as if part of her melded with this natural fury, yet being swathed in her orange shield protected her and gave her distance; gave her control. It was only as she drew closer, that I noticed her advanced years and marvelled at her majesty, mystery and beauty.
“The former facade is left orphaned from the rest of the built environment, large metal pins carefully holding it at arm’s length from the new building. Its windows are not only blank and empty, but out of kilter with those added behind.”
“The Collective Snapshot is a photographic series by Spanish photographer Pep Ventosa which blends “together dozens of snapshots to create an abstraction of the places we’ve been and the things we’ve seen.” He layers multiple pictures from several angles to create one image familiar and foreign at the same time.”