24 July 2013

NGV - A Day Out At Monet's Garden Exhibit

Claude Monet the artist is in town. Well, his work actually. The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is holding an exhibit of Monet's work till the 8th September 2013.

If you are into art and particular his art work, you do not have much time left. As of the 23th July, over 200,000 visitors have viewed the exhibit.

Monet was one of several founders of the Impressionism movement, though some do say that he is the ‘father of French Impressionism’. The exhibit show works from his early life where the colours of his work are bright, more towards blue and green to his later life, where he paint works viewed from his cataract affect eyes.

Seems his earlier works did not sell, but it was his later impressionist work, especially those of his garden at Giverny that he built, sold well. The story of his life with his family, his determination to be an artist and to paint as he sees the world was interesting.

One of Monet style was working on "series" paintings, in which a subject was depicted in varying light and weather conditions. He focuses on a subject matter painted from different points of view and at different times of the day.

Because it is an exhibition, photo taking was not permitted. Hence I am unable to post any here. However, above is picture of Monet outside his house at Giverny.

On entry into the NGV, the first exhibit seen is a 2000-year-old statue, PixCell-Red Deer by Kohei Nawa, from its collection. There is also a water exhibit at the Federation Court.

Below photo show the world's largest stained glass ceiling in the NGV's Great Hall. You'll see in the hall, people queuing up to the Monet's Garden Exhibition ticket booth.

The following are some views of the Grimwade Garden, located at the back of the NGV building. It is a good place to get away from the crowd and to take in the peace of the place.

Photos of an interactive activity room, on the right of the water exhibit at the Federation Court. You get to actually draw and colour on the walls.

07 July 2013

Warrandyte Market - One Saturday Morning

Looking for something different to do during the weekend? Well, we did one weekend.

It's either finding something exciting to do or stay home and do house chores. House chores! How exciting can that be? OK then. We decided to check out the Warrandyte Market.

We heard about the market from friends in the area. It has around 120+ stalls of homemade, home grown goods ranging from fruits, vegetables, gourmet food like pies and all kinds of bread, gifts and plants to some hand spun knitted jumpers. Look out for the traditional Turkish mouth-watering handmade pastry with your choice of filling. Hot and delicious.

It's an outdoor market set along the banks of the Yarra River, held on the Stiggants Reserve in Warrandyte. It is held on the first Saturday of the month, from 9.00 am - 1.00 pm except for the month of January.

Well, this Saturday morning was a good sunny day to enjoy the delights of the market. I was pleasantly surprise at the size of the crowd and the stalls were a treat for Margaret who loves to browse every one of them.

Get a cuppa of your favourite coffee to kick-start the day. If not coffee, maybe a take-away glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Seep at your drinks as you work your way down the stalls along the path.

Do you have a green-thumb? If so, there are plants that may interest you ranging from native shrubs to citrus trees. There are a couple of honey stalls for those who are sweet and locally grown fruit and vegetables for those looking for fresh produces.

All stallholders are friendly and willing to help or answer any questions you have about their products, even if it's just out of your curiosity. You are not obliged to buy anything though I'm sure they will be most happy if you do.

The following are some of the entertainers; musicians and singers, as you wind your way among the stalls along the path of the market.

The market is also animal friendly but to be more accurate; dog friendly as they are the only ones seen apart from the wildlife birds that fly around the market. The photos shown here are only three of the many breed of dogs I've seen, large and small. This observation is reinforced by the fact that there was a dog food stall, a dog accessory stall and a dog bed stall in the market.

The view of the Yarra River that runs along the market are enjoyed by some people much more so than the market itself. Sitting at its bank, it felt very peaceful indeed. I think the true beauty of the Warrandyte Market is the fact that it is set in such beautiful surrounds. Look out for the cockatoos.

02 July 2013

Victors Crown - Darlene Zschech - Lyrics

Matthew 27:28-29 (NLT)
28They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. 29They made a crown of long, sharp thorns and put it on his head, and they placed a stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery, yelling, "Hail! King of the Jews!"

2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NLT)
7I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8And now the prize awaits me--the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his glorious return.

James 1:12 (NLT)
12God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Video by Freda Yoder

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