Friday, October 07, 2005
The Hague and Rembrandt
On Monday and Tuesday we were at the Panorama Mesdag in The Hague to install Across Australia ( pictures of this on another day) . The opening of the exhibition is tonight and the Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands will be opening the exhibition.We went for a walk along Zeestraat.This street is lined with galleries and bookshops and we found these sculptures in one of the squares along it. The Nightwatch sculpture was quite entrancing- I neglected to write the artists names ( who seemed to be Russian) but the sculptures reflected Rembrandt's Nightwatch. There was also a sculpture of Rembrandt contemplating the models for his painting. The sculpture was three people short compared to the painting- but these are still in the process of being made.
My daughter Siena was quite entranced by this sculpture as you can see. I enjoyed the fact that the figures were larger than life ( but not so large that they were overwhelming- because people of those times were of course smaller as well) but still accessible and that you could walk in amongst the sculptures- it was quite a unique experience.
Tomorrow we go to Paris to visit friends, and then fly home via Singapore for a night- and then I have to put the head down and seriously get to work.
Hello Manuele- I am glad you enjoyed using the Husqvarna Viking sewing machine at Val dÁrgent- it has some great features- and I am looking forward to getting back and using mine. I also appear to have bought a roll of polyester film to take home with me and play with. It is not the same as the polyester film I have used previously but is interesting none the less- and the transfer paints worked beautifully on it yesterday when we had a workshop at Dreamline.
I am also intending to participate again in Nanowrimo- November novel writing month- and you can register at the link provided,if the muse strikes and decides that you must write a novel in the month of November ( but first I have to finish the novel I started last year which is all but finished- about 5000 words to go). But i am already musing about The second Novel About Absolutely Nothing With More Annotated Recipes and Design Ideas(gggg). The idea is that you write a novel ( well it is a novella really- the goal is 50,000 words) during the month in November- turn the internal editor off and simply write. It worked for me last time and actually enjoyed the process a great deal , and instead of looping around the internet, spent some of that time writing.