On Saturday, I had a trip to Bondi beach to see a sculpture exhibition (which I failed to find!). Bondi beach has never appealed to me before, because over the years it has had a reputation for being overused and litterstrewn. But when I arrived, it was beautifully clean so there has obviously been a big push to keep it pristine. I had a lovely peaceful afternoon, watching the various school activities being conducted by the surf lifeguard team. Some of it was obviously water safety, but other games were in progress. One game involved boys lying in a line, facing away from a line of rubber hoses, (one less than the boys left in the game). The life guard said, "head up, head down, go" and the boys bobbed their heads, leapt up and ran to grab a hose. Far too energetic for me.
|Surf school games|
|Water safety lesson|
|Bondi beach - it was much brighter than it looks|
|I've not seen this sign in the UK|
We found a 50 metre pool yesterday and had a lovely swim. It is the first time I have swum in such a long pool, and it was not as different as I expected. I had expected to find it very tiring to swim with fewer turns but I must be fitter than I thought, as it just felt as if I were flowing along easily. Mind you, the lane was very wide, and there was only me and Jim swimming in it. 900m for me, 1200 for him.
Jim and I have not managed to find a campervan to take us up to Brisbane/Cairns, so we booked an overnight train for Wednesday to take us to Brisbane. Only $69 each. Then Jim has found us a B&B for 4 nights, so I can work my round all the museums.
Yesterday I took my large sketchbook out, and sat to draw the Sydney Opera House in charcoal. I only managed 3 sketches, before the rain came in (didn't it just!) but I was quite pleased with how I represented the shapes and curves. When we first came to Sydney a couple of days ago, I saw the opera house in fog, and thought then, "it needs to be drawn in pastels". I've now decided that what interested me visually at that stage, was not the opera house, it was the atmospheric effect, and it was the atmosphere that demanded pastels. Working in charcoal, in better light, it was the shapes that caught my attention, and the charcoal media was excellent to represent the sweeping curves. I'm starting to get better at selecting the relevant media to obtain the required effect.
|Rain approaching opera house and artist!|
This morning I looked up my university results - they are due on line at 5pm today. So by 9am, I wondered if they might, just might, be on-line. I am a very happy bunny - Historical Issues in Art & Design 89%; Private Lives, Public Issues 71%; Studio Textiles - Pattern & Meaning 83%; and Visual Inquiry - Reconsidering Traditions 79%. I was absolutely delighted. And I am quite sure that had I remained in the UK this year, my marks would not have been so high. I certainly needed to raise my game when I got here, and work hard I did. So from the marks, it looks as if I succeeded in raising my game. Thank you Curtin University. YIPPEE!!!