Howdy Bloggers, Lisa here with a late Scrapping Clearly update.
I've been away, to glorious Sydney, with my soul sister and partner in arty adventures, Peg.
Last week we took a few days out from work and family and
prioritized ourselves for some quality catch up, and down time.
When is the last time you took time out to do something just for you?
To spend time doing something you love, with someone you love - who's not your other half.
Oh our City of Sydney, "How I miss the tug boats with their fantastic water displays, yeah!"
* quote from Peter Garrett - Midnight Oil.
I once lived in the big smoke, so returning to my old home suburb of Ultimo was not only a sentimental trip down memory lane, but the perfect place to be based, being so close to everything. Perfect choice Peg.
We started our full day of adventure by taking a walk through Angel Place.
This attraction is very close to Martin Place for those keen to find it. It's a small alleyway filled with hanging bird cages. There is a birdsong soundtrack playing over a speaker which sets the tone perfectly for this quirky pit stop on our journey to Circular Quay.
Oh Sydney Harbour, what a magic space you are.
The obligatory selfie bridge shot and then onto the amazing Parkers Art Supply shop.
Woooowzers, this place! Nestled in the heart of the Rocks district, it is absolutely bursting at the seams with the most incredible array of beautiful art mediums, substrates, brushes, etc... Art Supply Central people, check out my Instagram here for the walk through of just a few aisles. I could live here.
Cambridge street is where you will find Parkers.
Our next pit stop was the Museum of Contemporary Art or the MCA.
I always love to check out contemporary pieces,
it keeps one inspired and challenges one's perception of Art.
Quick photo with our extra adventurer today,
My daughter, Miss 19, decided to join us and spend the day checking out some art.
Heart love to her, she is a gem to have around at anytime.
Another view of the bridge from the MCA terrace cafe.
Our next pit stop, and the reason for our trip, was to head over to the Art Gallery of NSW and check out the Dutch Masters Exhibition, particularly the Rembrandt and Vermeer pieces (very few).
But first a little back therapy for my colleague, to align and recharge the body,
as it's a bit of a hike through the city, and we were both feeling our age.
The exhibition itself was interesting and a valued lesson in light and dark.
More photos from my Instagram here
There must have been something on my lens here.
I'm pretty sure that teal smear isn't supposed to be in this Rembrandt self portrait painting below.
While we were there, we took a look at Robert Mapplethorpe adding another exhibition to our arty adventure. Id love to show you more here, but this photographic exhibition didn't photograph at all well, plus the x rated subject matter isn't really for this forum. Definitely google his work if you're interested, or check this out here from my Instagram feed, to view a few pieces.
The gallery retail store is a goldmine of amazing finds.
Make sure you check it out!
This baby below is now in my hands (Thanks Peg).
So after a meal with our day guest a,nd a couple of hours relaxing and recharging in awesome Ultimo, we ventured back out into the evening and headed into the city to the Speigel Tent in Hyde park to check out a show on for the Sydney Festival.
And what an incredible show it was.
here's a quick you tube preview of the show.
No photos and videos of this show, as requested by the performers, so a selfie instead.
If you're in town, and this show is still on, I can't recommend it enough.
Again, thank you Peg, for choosing such a wonderful performance to add to our adventure.
Our little piece of Ultimo heaven. Air BnB is the way to go.
Big thanks to Martin for sharing his lovely terrace with us.
Homeward bound and ready to do it all again soon.
I realize that with this post you are not getting a regular Mixed Media update, but sometimes one just needs to recharge and have some down time so that creative inspiration is able to flow again.
I hope you have enjoyed my photos from our 1st adventure of 2018........... More to follow !
Thanks to you Peg, for making this trip memorable.