Tuesday, September 20, 2011

perhaps a day off!


this is where i need to be right now....
stepping into this pool of delicious water...



instead I am trying to solve computer issues ...all i can say is thank the heavens for the new addition to the family ...my laptop...and the fact that I am scheduled for a workshop at the Apple store today and will be able to go ask all important questions and leave the ailing desk-top at home doing its thing.

I have a week to get organised for the project on the other side of the little globe we call home. No weekends of late...its all been a mad dash to the take off date... so... maybe today I should squeeze in a weekend-type break and come back and see if things can get sorted after I rewire my own crammed brain.





These images are from where I used to live a few years ago... in the NSW coastal city of the Great Ocean Baths...otherwise known as Newcastle.

Nowhere was more restorative than time spent here during every kind of weather, time of day, mood... swimming, musing, walking, reading a book... taking shots from every angle...




even the steps i liked....




from every angle...




















all this sensual and poetic material ...  plus a sense of history, people stories over time, the views and moods .... I took it all back to the  studio,





I was so inspired by these baths on the rocks beside the ocean that i painted and drew and took photographs all the time for the 8 years i lived there.

most of my abstract works had elements in them from the ocean or baths.... I miss that immersion in water... the feeling of cleansing and discarding, of letting things wash away.































... pages of journals and endless paintings that went off on all kinds of tangents. These are just some of the ones I've posted on this blog in the past. It was quite interesting trawling back and remembering.

Mmmm...  this small reverie was quite relaxing... 

I hope to get to the other side of my computer glitches soon... in the meantime ...for give me for not visitng... diary is just a tad overloaded at the moment! 

Last week I was busy getting my   spring e-newsletter  finished... and managed to send it out on the weekend... You can click here to read that... it brought home what a ridiculously packed time its been the past few months1 Good times though and wonderful people coming along.

ciao,
S x

11 comments:

r.bohnenkamp said...

Sophie, I'm fascinated by your photos and new paintings.
wow, great!
best, Ralf

Carole said...

Very interesting indeed. The pool stairs were just asking to have their photos taken and to be painted!

I hope you get a day off to step into some refreshing water. Soon, you and your Mac will be best of friends.

Mary Zeran said...

Sophie, I love the rusticness of the steps. The photos are fab. I was just thinking about the restorative qualities of water last night/ this morning. Nothing like submerging yourself into that liquid cool world. YUM!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Our lives are a world apart but these photos of your water and swim area have had a huge impact on me this morning. I had the day planned with laundry etc but now I have my suit on and I'm off to floating for awhile...the laundry will wait! Thank you!

annamaria said...

Totally refreshing- love your sources of inspiration-
And definitely enjoy the new Mac!!!

Sophie Munns said...

Lovely to hear from you all...

I'm on the hop now ... so simply sending my greetings...and to say how much just reflecting on those images of that water palace got me going yesterday when energy was flagging... enjoyed all yur comments....
yes... laundry can wait!
S xx to all1

DeMosae said...

I especially like that last painting, Sophie, it's quite architectural. Heading over to your website now to see if there's more.

Velma said...

these baths, the photos were relaxing, i felt like i had the whole place to myself early in the morning and i could swim and swim and swim. good luck as you juggle and prepare.

Sophie Munns said...

Hey M...
will fill you in more on that 'architectural' phase...
see you soon,
S

Velma,
the guy helping me at my computer class today knew those baths well... when I flicked on my blog he said ... "hey I used to live there"..and so a long conversation ensued.
Swim and swim... one day I'll go back and do that... glad you found it s refreshing ... the power of suggestion!
hope all is well over there .
S

em said...

ah, what would we do without turquoise? your work always makes me so happy! good luck with the new laptop, i'm sure it will be great!

le bord doré des nuages said...

ces photos sont de vrais tableaux ,
magnifiques. belle journée à toi.