Posts Tagged ‘colour’

My Latest Obsession

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

I have found something much healthier than cake and chocolate to become obsessed about lately – leaves. I can’t get over how magical Autumn leaves can be – the colours, textures, sounds, movements they make as they tumble through the air. I have spent a lot of the past few weeks staring out of my window as bursts of wind carry hundreds of flakes of yellow, orange, red and muted green, flashing through the air.

Autumn Leaves

My front yard is full of pretty leaves.

In the morning when I go for my run, I find sections of footpath that haven’t yet been cleaned up by the road sweepers and that are covered in a bed of leaves. My inner child squeals with delight (ok, it’s not my inner child, it’s just me) and I stomp and jump and skip through them. I love it when the breeze picks up as I pass beneath a group of trees and the leaves start fall around me. It’s a magical fairy land and I look around half expecting to see a prancing deer.

Autumn leaves

So many different colours.

It makes me feel sorry for us poor Australians and our lack of autumn and our fairly ordinary seasonal changes. I think we do summer quite well and Europe could learn a thing or two from us about sunshine and heat, but we really miss out in Autumn and Spring. It is becoming a bit too cold for my liking though, but they forecast potential “neige fondu” (wet snow or gross, awful sleet) for next week which is building up my excitement for a potential white christmas. Surely I can’t spend three Christmases in Europe without building a snowman once? This year I will be in Sheffield for Christmas so COME ON, ENGLAND! Show me how cold and gloomy you can get!

Leaves

My leaf collection from yesterday – sadly I had to put them in the bin as they wrinkled up and died (more)…

Colours, Colours, Colours

Friday, May 25th, 2012

I had a wonderful, visually provocative experience today when I went to the current exhibition at the Grand Palais. Each year an artist is invited to create a piece within the amazing, huge, open space inside the Grand Palais. For those of you who have visited Paris, you may know that this space is reserved for exhibitions and salons and usually isn’t easy to get into, and with its huge glass ceiling it is one of those places you fantasise about what it is like inside. So here was my chance.

I had been inside once before for a book salon and so knew the space was amazing. This time it was breath taking. Artist, Daniel Buren has been invited this year to create a work and he has filled the expansive area with large coloured circles that are suspended above you. You walk through this maze of colour and as the sun flows in through the glass room, the floor is covered in discs of blue, green, yellow and orange. It was just BEAUTIFUL.

Everyone needs to get on a plane and come to Paris now, just to experience this. Or just look at some of my photos.

Daniel Buren exhibition

Daniel Buren exhibition

Daniel Buren exhibition

Daniel Buren exhibition

Daniel Buren exhibition

Fun Times Count Down #3

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Yesterday was one of those days in Paris where the beauty of every street corner, every tree, every canal, every cloud, every everything is multiplied by a thousand plus one. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, and there were little fluffy white clouds everywhere. Birds were singing and I’m fairly certain I saw Bambi prancing down the street. Mary Poppins would have been pleased.

Riding a bike through this general scene of gloriousness put me in the perfect mood to tackle French crowds at the Paul Klee exhibition. I knew it was going to be busy and I knew there would be too many people trying to look at a picture and then read the little text stuck on the wall next to it. As Ben and I had already attempted to get into the exhibition last Friday with no success, I booked a ticket in advance to avoid waiting in line. It was a great idea and I don’t know why I don’t always do it. I could get in straight away and give looks of pity to those waiting to buy tickets. Les pauvres.

Cité de la Musique

Paul Klee exhibition

Of course no matter how many tickets you buy in advance, there will always be far too many people inside the actual exhibition space and those people you cannot avoid. The exhibition was about Paul Klee (a Swiss artist who worked in the late 19th/early 20th centuries) who I had previously only know (and admired) for his paintings. It turns out both he and his family were highly musical and a large amount of his paintings are inspired or even derive from musical theory and practise.  The exhibition was located within the music museum of Paris and hence the focus was more on how music affected his work than what I have previously seen in other exhibitions. The exhibition wasn’t particularly well laid out and the information provided jumped all over the place and didn’t seem to fit with the images associated in that section. However, Klee’s work was as interesting to see as usual and I was very interested to learn about how music and Klee’s studies into colour theory influenced his choice of colours, patterns and layouts in his paintings. Some of my favourite Klee paintings are made up of series of squares of varying colours, which I had previously taken for granted as just being pretty things. In this exhibition I learnt that Klee developed a mathematical system connected to his favourite classical music to work out what colours would be used next to other colours within the painting. Very interesting indeed.

There was a video which showed some of Klee’s work and then the music that influenced the work was played over the top. Instantly the image changed in meaning and became a significantly more powerful piece.

Generally the exhibition was interesting but I’m not certain why it has become the hit exhibition to see in Paris this month. It seems to be the thing to do for those over the age of 60, plus, as it is school holidays, the gallery was full of children. Yes, yes, I think it is good that kids go and see art and that they’re not stuck in front of their Nintendo Wiis, however I do think they need to be told NOT to run around like maniacs through the gallery. I also think old people need to be told not to talk so loudly, not to stand in the middle of thoroughfares and to watch where they are going so that they don’t walk into you all the time.

So that was my fun activity for the day. I enjoy walking through galleries although I prefer it when I am the only person there. The real highlight was riding to and from the Cité de la Musique along Canal Saint Martin. It was good to be in Paris.

Autumn Colours

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Paris is well and truly in the midst of Autumn. The trees along the Seine are looking beautiful. It amazes me how colourful Autumn can be – in Australia everything just goes from brown to slightly browner.

Paris is Autumn

Colour.