Nothing lifts my spirits (yes, I've had one of those days) like a whole heap of New Yorker cartoons. ...and nothing lifts my spirits quite as high as when those cartoons happen to be cat themed. Which is your favourite?
So this is a drawing I did a few weeks ago: Masked (Penguin) Ball. I haven't really got much to say about this print as I think it speaks for itself.
However, I have been thinking about the sort of masked ball or fancy dress party I would like to go to and I have decided on these two themes:
1) A James Bond fancy dress party.
Can you imagine? Fine, fine John Barry/ Shirley Bassey e.t.c. music playing all night long and heaps of opportunities to be over the top silly. All. Night. Non. Stop! I suppose everyone would either come as Blofeld or James himself circa Sean Connery. I'd like to think someone would have the chutzpah to come as Jaws (Moonraker) or Christopher Walken (A View to a Kill). I wouldn't mind going as Solitaire in Live and Let Die (v.snazzy long haired Jane Seymour in '70s New Orleans/ New York Bond). I quite like Tiffany Case in Diamonds are Forever (favourite all time Bond film my friends - give it a watch - it is magic!). Then again, I think I'd like to come as Sean circa You Only Live Twice as in wet suit clad and arriving in a toy helicopter thingy. Or perhaps I'd come as Odd Job (Goldfinger baddy). Although, I wouldn't mind actually being Goldfinger, come to think of it, as I could go around all night saying "Goodbye Mr. Bond" in my best heavily accented German/ English. I'm just rambling now...pardon.
2) *Ahem* The other party I was thinking of would be a Beatles party and you'd have to dress as your favourite era of Beatle.
I think I'd come as John Lennon circa Hamburg with a quiff and a leather jacket and smoking a rolled up cigarette or perhaps a white suited Lennon with long hair and a middle part à la Abbey Road (favourite album after all). Then again, would it be permissible to come as George Martin? Hmmm...that's possibly a bit tricky...
Happy Monday folks! I've had a fab weekend. Saturday was absolutely glorious here in Sydney! I managed to get in the sort of epic walk you reminisce about for years later with family and friends. Well, that's possibly a slight exaggeration, but it was pretty good. I also managed to finally get to see this doco: Bill Cunningham New York.
The 82 year old Bill Cunningham has been photographing New York street style for years. He was out and about long before The Sartorialist was even a twinkle in his mother's eye. For over 40 years his decoupage of street styles have been a fixture at The New York Times and other publications such as the now defunct Details Magazine. He is quite a character although he is obviously well loved and respected by the serious fashion crowd in Europe and North America as there are cameos by Anna Wintour, Anna Piaggi and Tom Wolfe to name but a few.
It's fun weekend viewing and is as much about New York as anything else which can never be a bad thing!
This is something I drew this weekend. It's a party of nine having a breakfast of champions. I named this drawing that because, well...it looked like they were tucking into something good, and also because I have recently finished the Kurt Vonnegut novel of the same name.
At the risk of having every hard core Kurt Vonnegut fan on the internet bearing down upon my humble blog with righteous indignation, I've got to say that I didn't really enjoy it all that much. I am a Kurt Vonnegut fan though, so I was a little disappointed. The book is sort of biblically written in little chapters and verses that never really met (for me) and there was none of the magical wackiness and bizarre surrealism of my favourites of his like Slaughterhouse Five and The Sirens of Titan. For the record, Vonnegut himself graded Breakfast of Champions as a C, Slaughterhouse Five an A+ and The Sirens of Titan as an A.
Speaking of which, have you read The Sirens of Titan? You really ought to if you like having your mind rearranged by simple prose. It is so, so incredibly wild! It is sci-fi, humour, terror, Greek tragedy and thriller all rolled into one. Some people say it falls short of his best and others say it is his best. I say the latter. Hmmm...I may have to re-read it sometime soon!
Nature + Outdoors via Kate Flood's pinterest. It's spectacularly good for the head to get out into nature I find. These images make me want Autumn to hurry up so I can go walkng in The Blue Mountains! Well, it is mid-March = not long now for crisp Autumnal days!