Aerial Photographs of Beijing by Trey Ratcliff

the forbidden city from a DJI Quadcopter

I have been browsing the web for quadcopters and the aerial photography that can be taken with them and came across the story of Trey Ratcliff in Beijing. He was using his ‘New DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmuse H3-3d 3-axis Gimbal and Gopro Hero 3+ Black Edition‘ quadcopter to photograph the Forbidden City in China and was detained by Chinese authorities. They released him and confiscated his equipment but luckily for us he had already been filming Beijing for 5 days. Here’s some of what the photographer captured..Continue Reading

Having Thick Skin Always Helps

thinking monkey

I’m not sure if this post is going anywhere, but I was just thinking about how many extra layers of skin I have had to grow over the years to be able to deal with life. As an artist you have to be able to deal with criticism or you should never let anyone see your work, ever. As a business owner you have to be able to deal with rude customers. As a blogger publishing opinions online you have to deal with those who don’t like your opinions. As a person you have to deal with LIFE. Continue Reading

Edwin Kenjiro Gardiner Interiors

edwin gardiner exhibition

Edwin Kenjiro Gardiner will be showing at The Q Exhibition Space in Queanbeyan, Australia. It’s two separate exhibitions by the artist. ‘Price of Oil’ looks at more environmental and political issues while ‘Presence and Absence’ looks at human spaces and interiors. So the politics may make you mad, but the welcoming interiors will give you a space to think and relax. Lets look at some of Edwin’s interiors..Continue Reading

10 Sketchy Police Sketches

wanted police sketches

Things are probably easier now with computer software but I couldn’t think of a more challenging job than a police sketch artist. Some of the ‘artists’ below should think about finding less challenging careers as this one doesn’t seem to be working out for them. Something not involving portrait sketches or anything at all to do with art would be more appropriate ;-) Continue Reading

Most Expensive Car Sold at Auction

ferarri sold at auction

A super rare 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta has sold at Bonhams for $38,115,000, making it the most expensive car to ever sell at auction. The previous record for a car sold at auction which was also sold at bonhams was the $30 million dollar 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 R F1 Racer which sold last year. Just 39 of these Ferraris were produced and car collectors worldwide drool over the model. It’s a beast on the race track, with this particular vehicle taking second place in the 1962 Tour de France, and they say it’s also a tame street car which can be used for grocery shopping. If I could afford to spend nearly $40 million on a car I don’t think I would be doing my own grocery shopping. Continue Reading

New World Trade Center Logo

new world trade center logo

What do you think of the new World Trade Center logo? The design firm Landor Associates came up with the new logo as part of a $3.5 million dollar branding package. If I was the owner of the new NYC WTC I would be hoping that I still had $3,499,995 on credit with the design agency because $5 is what I would pay for that thing on one of the popular freelancing websites! To me it looks like a pixelated skull but I’m told the five bars are meant to represent the 5 buildings to be built. Lets see what else can be found in the new WTC logo..Continue Reading

Chris Langlois Landscapes at Olsen Irwin

seascape painting by chris langlois

Weather Systems by Chris Langlois opens at the Olsen Irwin gallery in Sydney on the 20th of this month. I like his large realist works of the sea and clouds, they’re minimalist and make you ponder, just as the sea itself does. But I like his smaller, much looser landscape sketches much more. They’re so much more free and alive. I know which works would have been more fun to paint! Continue Reading

I Ran Away to Sydney

sydney harbour photograph

Being the professional that I am, I just abandoned the blog for a few days while I wandered the streets of Sydney. I used to do it a lot more often during my pre-mortgage days and my pre-crap-earnings days, but now I’m forced to make this one little muddied puddle as interesting as I can. So I really appreciate the rare moments where I do escape, even if it’s just down to Sydney which is about an hour and a half drive. I caught up with some friends and never went into one single art gallery, which is usually the only reason I go to Sydney. I’m now feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world again! Here’s some holiday snaps..Continue Reading

Adult Coloring Book by Ryan Hunter

colouring book for grown ups

I know this has recently gone viral as half of the people on my facebook friends list have probably shared it over the past few days, but for the 3 of you out there who haven’t seen the Coloring Book for Grown Ups, here it is. It’s an adult activity book with a variety of challenges and tasks to complete which could either make you laugh or cry, depending how your life has turned out. It is currently the best selling comedy book on Amazon.Continue Reading

Famous Singers Who Paint

singers who paint

I was just thinking in the bathtub (which is where I solve the problems of the world) about music and painting. I was listening to random songs on the iPod and the songs were so ridiculously varied, from System of a Down to Beethoven and everything in between. Much like paintings, I love a really wide variety of works, from Bruegel to Hirst. But in both music and painting my absolute favorite works are those where the maker seems to be about to lose control. They’re emotionally intense, filled with extremes, and they’re begging you to react to them. They could be screaming with rage, quietly crying or on a spiritual high.. none of them are relaxed and comfortable though. I’m not sure where I’m going with this, but here’s some famous singers who also paint ;-) Continue Reading