If the spirit of the ancestor is happy and peaceful then they will look after the living. So best to feed them lots of grain.
Some lovely earthenware sculptures from the National Gallery of Victoria.
Shape, line and color in their purest forms.
Looking and hiding.
‘The most pleasurable thing in the world for me is to see something and then translate how I see it.’
“If I had my time over again I would paint still life.”
From a vigorous, athletic boy to a reclusive painter.
Iona House was surrounded by our busy dairy and potato farm.
Iona House in all its glorious Kodak Instamatic colour
In the black and white days of the Iona House at 2060 Main Drain Road, Iona, family and possessions were falling gently into place.
I contacted architect John Davidson last week and he kindly corresponded with me about the “Carlowrie” house at Iona.
As the grand-daughter of a Koo-We-Rup East Iona pioneer, my mother Hayden Ritson (Kavanagh) inherited all sorts of land around Iona. In the late 1950s, my parents decided to build a brand new house in the modern style. It would be right next door to the Iona Post Office. They called it “Carlowrie” after theContinue reading “Iona House Beginnings”
My great-grandparents, Owen Kavanagh and Catherine Featherstone, were early pioneers of Iona.
I’ve always had a uneasy relationship with Australian land.
Lina Bryans met a lovely architect Alex Jelinek in the 1950s and found a really large house at 39 Erin Street, Richmond.
Upon his first visit to New York City, early 20th century novelist O. Henry commented; “It’ll be a great place, if they ever finish it.”
In the both universal and sheepish pursuit of metropolitan voyeurism, windows seem to garner the bulk of attention.
I only spent three days in East Hampton, Long Island but it didn’t take long to be struck by the strangeness of it all.
Philip Johnson was a celebrity architect.
I really like Philip Johnson’s Wiley House in New Canaan.
I think one of the reasons I’m such an architecture junkie is because I’m always trying to understand the polarising nature of the profession.
What I like about Philip Johnson’s Glass House is how humble it seems.
Mussolini got me thinking about the whole glass house concept.
What a perfect satire from the wonderful Chaplin.
The Casa del Fascio on the beautiful Lake Como was to be a temple to Fascism.
While Mussolini was getting on with his unique way of leading, in 1926 a group of seven young architects in Milan were introducing Rational Architecture.
Back to Mussolini and his aphorisms.
I remember first coming across the building known as Colosseo Quadrato (Square Colosseum) in Rome in the 1990s.
In Eudoxia, which spreads both upwards and down, with winding alleys, steps, dead ends, hovels, a carpet is preserved in which you can observe the city’s true form.
In Maurilia, the traveler is invited to visit the city and, at the same time, to examine some old postcards that show it as it used to be:
The city of Sophronia is made up of two half cities.
Looking back at these photomontages I made 20 years ago I’m reminded of European landscapes.
Sunny times in Melbourne, Australia.
Robert Prenzel produced a lot of ecclesiastical woodcarvings. When many of his private clients abandoned him during and after the war he became the odd job man of Toorak and South Yarra. But the churches continued to support him. He said My Roman Catholic friends were always loyal to me. I wanted to get to Trinity CollegeContinue reading “Churchly Prenzel”
I’ve really enjoyed reading the National Gallery of Victoria publication about wood carver Robert Prenzel.
Another man good with wood was Robert Prenzel (1866-1941).
I’d like to see architect John Wardle design a chair. He is good with wood.
Architect Richard Neutra designed a collection of houses in LA in 1942
A pretty little dairy stool. A milking stool. Proudly aged.