I have run my New Year's Eve plans past the party cat (see above) and he's given them the (non-opposable) thumbs up, so *phew* I'm relieved about that! I hope everyone has a terrific time tonight and a super 2013! See you in the New Year!
I think I've often admired the work of American artist David Stone-Martin, but I haven't known his name or the full extent of his influence on postwar graphic design and illustration. He is most closely associated with the illustrations he did for jazz records. As he illustrated over 400 album covers, I think that if you have any jazz records lying about you will find that the cover is more than likely to be by David Stone-Martin. Although he is most well known for his album covers, he also designed and illustrated posters, books, advertisements for film, television and the theatre and magazine covers. There is a very nice bio of him here.
He reminds me quite a bit of one of my favourite illustrators/ cartoonists Ronald Searle and perhaps that's because they both came up in the postwar era.
I love the colours he uses! How nice it would be to have these as enormous posters in your house!
Here are a few iPhone photos I've taken whilst out and about. In a gigantic effort of will, I have only included one cat photo as I don't want to distress all the non-cat fanciers out there (see me after class fellow cat lovers). Below the photos you can read an explanation of what and where the shots were taken.
From top to bottom, left to right: 1) Evening sky over Rushcutter's Bay oval (I couldn't get the bats in!) 2) Fun pink neon in a noodle restaurant, Oxford street 3) Lily pads in Centennial Park 4) Taylor the resident cat who sits beside the never ending set of stairs from Woolloomoolloo to Potts Point 5) Retro Italian advertisement in Crown Street, Surrey Hills 6) Gum blossoms in the Potts Point park whose name escapes me 7) A wild underwater Louis Vuitton window display in the Rocks 8) & 9) Twinkly dresses in Oxford street 10) Tiny ferry chugging past Clarke Island in the harbour 11) Enormous cruiser docked at Circular Quay 12) The Opera House as seen through the Bridge 13) A ladybird rambles on along a rusty fence in Woollahra.
Apparently it is the 150 year anniversary of the London Underground. To celebrate, the London Transport Museum is having an exhibition of posters designed for what was/is the world's first underground railway. The posters span the period from 1908 to the present day. I thought they were very stylish!
Whoopsie! Bit of a blog break there folks! I'm sorry about that, but I shall endeavour to rectify it immediately by explaining (in part) what I've been up to. Well, I'm on holiday at the moment (*crowd cheers in the background*) which has been pretty darn good so far. Below is a diagram explaining the goings on (or future goings on) at the house of Matou.
1. I've been catching up with friends! I think there's nothing nicer than having dinner with friends knowing that you don't have to wake up at the crack of dawn the next day and decide what to wear.
2. Drawing. Yes, there'll be plenty of that.
3. Swimming! I shall endeavour to experiment with the local beaches and pools.
4. Reading - for some reason I find getting stuck into a book a bit difficult when I'm at work. Now's my opportunity to sink my teeth into a few I've been meaning to read and also re-visit a couple of my all time faves like Dr. Bloodmoney!
5. As season 6 of Mad Men won't be ready for another 6 or so months *sniffle*, I have been valiantly trying to find a series nearly as good to distract me in the meantime. So far I've tried Wallander *yawn* and Homeland - yeah right *scowl*! Wallander was lovely to look at and very well acted, but I found the story line about the brilliant but troubled detective with family strife a bit hodey hum to say the least. Homeland I was initially quite keen on but when it got to our heroine having a fling/ affair with the main antagonist/person of interest (or is he???) I thought to myself "Come on! As if!" ...and I haven't watched it since...
6. I have been trying to avoid shops and particularly the piped Christmas carols/ muzak. There's only one thing worse in my opinion than dreary Christmas music and that's dreary Christmas music sung by Phil Collins. Sorry about that.
7. Night walking! It sounds exotic, doesn't it? Actually, it's a strategy to get my favourite activity in even though it's getting quite warm/ hot here in Sydney. Rather than walk whilst the sun is about, I've decided to walk when it isn't about at all. It makes sense really.
So, that's about it so far, but I shall keep you abreast of anything exceptionally out of the ordinary should it occur.