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30 July 2008 20 comments

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice."

Meister Eckhart

From Wisdom Quotes: Quotations to inspire and challenge - by Jone Johnson Lewis

Join the The GRATITUDE Challenge NOW!!!


In order to be able to achieve and maintain happiness we need to, actively, be able to do two things:
Complain and then let go (Dump the baggage, the roadblocks to happiness.)
Openly Express Gratitude (The open expression of gratitude promotes happiness.)After all, everyone has something to be grateful for and/or something to complain about. If you would like to accept the challenge, please follow the appropriate link and do so: "Are You Grateful?", "Complain Complain Complain."Contributors to "Are You Grateful?" & "Complain Complain Complain" are: 1-Attitude, the Ultimate Power 2-Max 3-DianaCA's Metamorphoses 4-Mental Poo 5-My Thoughts 6-Baba Doodlius 7-Wake Up America 8-Life is a Roller Coaster 9-Life and Me 10-pinay mommy's love blog 11-My Happiness Haven 12-And Life Goes On for a Filipino Mom 13-Blessed Sanctuary 14-Expressions And Thoughts 15-Memories by Jenn 16-Reminiscence of My Adventures 17-In the Life of Mne 18-Juliana's Lair 19-Pinay Wahm 20-Lucid Creativity 21-Winged Words 22-Irresistible Fascinations 23-A Little Time 24-See Me For What You Will 25-Greatest Reviews 26-ETC ATBP 27-Gandacious 28-We Are Family 29-Journey to this thing called LIFE 30- 31- 32-BaReFooTeD Me 33-Uncomplicated 34-Points of View 35-Pride & Prejudice 36-Colorful World 37-Nora's Notes 38-A Daily Walk With Bill & Gina 39-Strange but True 40-Everything Under The Sun ( Beth Rebokon ) 41-Kaleidoscope 42-Fil-Oz Blog 43- 44-Comedy Plus 45-Blogging by Sandee 46-Soul Meets World 47-Mae's Memoirs 48-Beyond the Rave Reality 49-Amori, poesie, arte, chat by Hanna 50-Attached at the Hip 51-Carver's Sight or is that Site? 52-Empress Reviews 53-Simple Pleasures In My Heart 54-Lourdes' mia 55-A Grateful Heart 56-Majorsleepyhead 57-Scrappy n Happy in Ohio 58-CHOC MINT GIRL 59-Extraordinary Things 60-ZOOROPAZOO 61-BeNolSatuEm 62-As The World Turns 63-Your Caring Angels 64-Life Is Wonderful To Know Everyday 65-Sugar Magnolias 66-Little Peanut 67-Creative In Me 68-Me and Mine 69-Pea in a Pod 70-the diary of the Pink & Brown Wedding 71-good thoughts, good trades, good life 72-My Blog - all things me 73-Rainbows 74-Little Corner of Mine 75-Me, Myself and I 76-My Planet Purple 77-Amel's Realm 78-A Handful of Surprises 79-A Detour 80-Something Purple 81-Vanity Kit 82-Are You Grateful? 83-A Simple Life 84-BlogTips.Com 85-Balitang Kalye 86-Mariuca 87- Emila Yusof 88-A Total Blog 89-My Life in this Wonderful World 90-MommyAllehs 91-Things That Suck 92-A Mother's Stuff 93-Princess Vien 94-My Inner Thoughts Revealed 95-Roxiticus Desperate Housewives 96-Apples Of The Eyes 97-Nita's Random Thoughts 98-Nita's Corner 99-Thomas Digital Services 100-A Mother's Thoughts101-Meltwater. Torrents. Meanderings. Delta 102-My Perfect Escape 103-Vanidosa. Marie 104-Confessions of a Supermodel Wannabe 105-Lynda's Loft 106-Listening..Learning..Living 107-LadyJava's Lounge 108-The Painted Veil 109-Poeartica 110-Maryannaville 111-the life of a psychotic weirdo 112-CARPE DIEM 113-Turn-u-Off 114-asian mutt international 115-Petty Ramblings of a Petty Queen 116-LIFE IS A ROLLER COASTER 117-AZZY'S BLOG-A-ROONIE! 118-glad to be here 119-WilStop 120-Dare to Blog 121-WebGeek Journal 122-Foster Me Up 123-This is My Life 124-DaveylynneDR 125-Life Realities 126-aNgRiAniWorld Dot Com 127-All That Matters 128-My Inspiration Sharing Land 129-Hidup Biar Sedap 130-Mutiara Hati 131-EM Muhammad 132-I Digress 133-Mapped Memories 134-Working It 135-Startin' A New Life too, 136-Little Secret 137-FEEL FREE to Express Yourself 138-iAM-Mai 139-SOLOFLIGHT 140-BLACKNICKEL 141-NEUROPATCH 142-EMJEI SAYS 143-Big Money List 144-daily information 145-TRCoach 146-LOVE YOUR LIFE! 147- INSTANT MESSAGES 148-MEME ME 149-mEldita's untamed world 150-mEldita's uncensored life 151-i.MEL.dific 152-SNAPSHOT 153-DAILY STOCK PICKS 154-The Pet Haven 155-Pet's Garden Blog 156-Ketuk_angel Weblog 157-laketrees


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The Linkback Project

29 July 2008 4 comments

The Linkback Project

This is a simple procedure. You might have seen it done elsewhere on a few scarce weblogs. What is different, is that when we reach a certain point on the list, we start yet another one. Instead of one master list and its done, we will repeat the process over and over again, with new folks jumping on board. These backlinks combined with the social networking friends status will affect all areas of search engine algorithims. -=This List Will Stop At 100, then the next phase will start=-
To participate is simple:
—>Copy The Post & List below into a blog post of yours.—>Add Your Link to the list at the bottom.—>Comment On the original post at LBP so that I can update the list with your link.—>Make sure the list links and names are in place on your weblog post.—>Digg, Stumble, Tag, and Reddit all of us, spread the word, get more on board.—>Be sure to send them back to The Linkback Project for the updated list.

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and the winner is...

28 July 2008 28 comments

5. Petra Voegtle

congratulations Petra...
YOU are the winner of 4,000 ECs

Thanks to everyone for leaving your comments on my last post...
I have listed everyone who participated and your name and numbers were entered into the random draw..
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1. Diane 2. Deborah 3. Frantic Home Cook 4. RennyBA 5. Petra Voegtle 6. Lynda 7. Amy 8. Guttu 9. Jailbird 10. John 11. Felix Noir 12. Sherry 13. BlueWorkhorse 14. Torasham 15. Karen(karooch from scraps of mind 16. Laurie b 17. Ankit Gupta 18. Speedy 19. Mariuca 20. Sassy Mama Bear 21. Sharron "Shez" Marshall 22. Cooper 23. Dr. Jarret Morrow 24. JMom 25. Jafabrit's Art 26. Lisa 27. Gurushabad 28. Brandi 29. Ivan 30. removed (spam) 31. Mekhismom 32. Jodith 33. ClinkscalesArts

It has been a busy week for me with a family re-union (relatives of 'The Barker Boys') and presentation of one of my works (see photos)

Lambert Barker's son Jack Barker with the work "The Last Train Home"

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I was also working on the portrait of Alexander and Kelly..I have painted over Alexander's face (3 times) as it wasn't quite not much progress there..

In instituting this annual prize, the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation wishes to encourage excellence in drawing and draughtsmanship.
Value: $20,000 (acquisitive)
Medium: Unique work on paper or other suitable support in any medium or combination of media. This includes those media and materials traditionally associated with the practice of drawing (pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, etc.) and those which are part of contemporary drawing practice, including pastel, watercolour, collage etc.
Other information: Applicants must have been born in Australia or hold Australian citizenship, and have been a resident in Australia for a period of 12 months prior to the closing date. Works are to be completed during the 12 months preceding the closing date.
Dobell Prize application form 2008 (PDF)

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Controversial or not?

19 July 2008 40 comments

The Biennale of Sydney

is an international festival of contemporary art, held every two years in Sydney, Australia. It is the largest and best-attended contemporary visual arts event in the country. Since 1973, the Biennale of Sydney has presented 15 critically acclaimed, popular and large-scale exhibitions featuring the work of over 1300 International and Australian artists.
The 16th Biennale of Sydney is taking place from 18 June to 7 September 2008 with leading international curator and writer Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev as Artistic Director.

Confronting but some take dead horse in their stride

Controversial art festival the Biennale of Sydney, which sparked complaints to the RSPCA and a visit from police, opened today with mixed responses from visitors.
Leon Ferrari's piece Western Christian Civilisation and Maurizio Cattelan's work titled Novecento, a stuffed horse suspended from the ceiling by leather slings, at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Revolutions: Forms That Turn
IF, DURING their Youth Week perambulations, any of the church leaders made a pit stop to see the Biennale - themed Revolutions: Forms That Turn - at the Museum of Contemporary Art, would they be peeved at Leon Ferrari's famous 1965 sculpture of Christ crucified on a US fighter jet?

Controversy hangs around Biennale poster
Police called to the Biennale of Sydney for a second time after a complaint about a poster.
Warning: chicken beheading within

THE Biennale of Sydney has amended the warning sign outside a controversial exhibition by the Australian artist Mike Parr following a request on Tuesday from police.


Essentially documentary in nature, this is an exhibition of funny, carnal, sometimes sad photographs.

Blood On The Streets (2006), by Australian photographer David Griggs.

I will be taking a break from blogging 20th July to 27th July..

Leave a comment on my last post to enter the random draw
Winner will receive 4,000 ECs
Winner to be announced 28th July
Have a great week everyone !!

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Entrecard and SezWho

17 July 2008 26 comments

Announcing Entrecard's partnership with SezWho!

"In all my research and my studies, in all the conversations I’ve had with bloggers who’ve made it, I have learned a single most-important lesson. It is the secret, the KEY to a blog’s success. It is the secret of Comments.
Commenting is the second most important thing for you to do after writing quality posts. Here’s a saying to live by, and you can quote me: “Comment or get out of the Blogosphere” -for it is on other blogs that you plant a first impression and the seeds of a reputation. It is precisely through your comments that you interest others to visit your blog. How do you reach a blogger’s heart and the heart of their audience? Comment on their blog, and do it well."

Extract written by Graham @ Entrecard
Read the full post [here]

My favourite quotes..that I keep in mind when commenting..

"Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profundity.
Kindness in giving creates love.


"Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy.
Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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Goodbye Olive

14 July 2008 15 comments

108-yearold Aussie blogger makes final post

Olive Riley
1899 - 2008

World's 'oldest blogger' makes final post
THE Australian woman renowned as the world's oldest internet blogger has made her final post, aged 108.
Olive Riley, of Woy Woy on NSW's central coast, died in a nursing home just on Saturday morning.
She will be mourned by family and an international readership in the thousands. [More]

My condolences go out to Mike Rubbo and Olive's family.

Olive's musing live on at All About Olive

Feisty Finale - a tribute to Olive at Rinkly Rimes

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Spam spam go away !!!

11 July 2008 22 comments



on a lighter note...
I have decided to add Kelly to the never ending portrait of Alexander...still a long way to go....
I'm hoping to finish by the end of August....
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The Magic Lamp of Luck

10 July 2008 6 comments


The mighty Genie King and the beautiful Genie Princess from the magical Land of Faraway are back! Upon escaping the clutches of their Evil Master after being held captive for 1000 years, the magical genies have been busy flying on their Magical Flying Carpet, granting wishes and spreading love throughout the blogosphere.

And now, the genies are back with a special gift for everyone! Behold the sacred, Magic Lamp of Luck! With this magic lamp, your blog will enjoy much good luck and fortune, warding off all things evil lurking around in the blogosphere. We would like to share this magic lamp with you so please pass on the Magic Lamp of Luck to those in need of some good luck. Remember, do not be greedy or unkind, evil or vengeful and good luck & fortune will always be with you! Join us on another exciting magical adventure as we spread goodwill and good luck to one and all!

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News - Art, Celebrities and Favourites

8 July 2008 3 comments

Important Australian Art

Heath Ledger - Latest related coverage

Dark Knight actors Christian Bale and Aaron Eckhart pay tribute to Heath Ledger's final performance.

Kidman's baby name mystery solved

Nicole Kidman's father has revealed he suggested naming his granddaughter Sunday, having been inspired by artist Sidney Nolan's muse Sunday Reed.
Reed was a well-known figure in Australia's art scene during the early 20th century, and spent the 1930s in a three-way love triangle with her arts patron husband, John, and painter Nolan.
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This will make your smile

Dance like Matt

This youtube star knows how to shake it - but do you?

Watch it again!

What's a painting worth?
Quentin McDermott tells how Australia's booming art market is open to manipulation – and artists and buyers to exploitation.

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Gymnastics on the street

A cheeky French youtube video parodying Romanian gymnasts with a funny display of gymnastics on buses and trains

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Top 10 Favourite Australian Artists

7 July 2008 18 comments

Paul Newton

Kylie Minogue
Oil on canvas

Paul Newton is an Australian artist who has twice won the Packing Room award at the Archibald Prize.
He won in 1996 with a portrait of announcer John Laws, and again in 2001 with a portrait of characters Roy Slaven and HG Nelson, which also won the people's choice award.

He has works in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, and is a portrait artist for Parliament House. He has painted Prime Ministers and Governor General William Deane. Other portraits by him have been Archibald Prize finalists including paintings of model Kate Fischer in 1997; model Maggie Tabberer in 1999; rugby player David Campese in 2000 (which was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery). He has also won portrait competitions in Philadelphia and The Portrait Society of America's 2003 International Portrait Competition in Washington DC.

In 1999, a portrait he did of Bryce Courtenay was hung in the Salon des Refuses, Archibald. A portrait of John Doyle he did was also hung in the Salon des Refuses in 1995.
In 2003, an image painted on Ian Thorpe's jeans by Paul Newton was used as a pin for the Jeans for Genes Day and the jeans were later auctioned for $26,000
He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney and a Diploma of Art from the Julian Ashton Art school in Sydney.
He painted a portrait of Tara Moss for the 2005 Archibald, which received a highly commended at the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Awards in Bega.

Welcome to the website of portrait artist Paul Newton.

Jiawei Shen

Portrait of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (2005)(Detail)
Birth name 沈嘉蔚 (Pinyin: Shĕn Jiā wèi)
Born September 16, 1948
Shen Jiawei (born 1948) is an internationally recognised Chinese-Australian painter.
Shen Jiawei was born in Shanghai and emigrated to Australia in 1989. He was largely self-taught and became popular with the Chinese government for his 'revolutionary' images of workers and soldiers. His best known work from that period, “Standing Guard for Our Great Motherland” (1974) was subsequently shown in the Guggenheim Museum, both in New York and Bilbao, in the China: 5000 Years exhibition, 1998.
In 1995 he won the Mary McKillop Art Award and received a medal from Pope John Paul II. Shen is now one of Australia’s leading portrait artists known for the academic and literary qualities of his works.
Shen is also a painter of large-scale history pictures represented in major public collections including the National Art Gallery of China and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution, in Beijing. His more playful works examine political and cross-cultural issues through appropriation. “Absolute Truth” (2000) shows Gorbachov and the Pope conversing in the Sistine Chapel and in “Wise Men from the East” (2002) the Magi in Leonardo da Vinci's unfinished Adoration of the Magi are Chinese sages.
Recent portraits include Melbourne's Lord Mayor, John So in a possum skin cloak (2003), the Hon. Tom Hughes AO QC and the portrait of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (2005) which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.
His wife Lan Wang is an artist and sculptor and his daughter Sidney is currently studying at the University of New South Wales.

Esther Erlich

Born in Melbourne in 1955, and holder of diplomas in Fine Art and Education, high-profile Esther Erlich is best known for her gritty style of portraiture. In 1998 she won the prestigious Doug Moran Portrait Prize. Erlich has been a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award seven times and in the Archibald Prize in 2000 and 2002, and 2005. Erlich's style is raw, vital and spontaneous, yet also displays the skill and gloss of a well-seasoned artist of fifteen years standing. It is the brilliant combination of striking, even haunting portrait-like features with the light, grace and somewhat abstract fluidity of her more decorative style, that makes her work so inspiring. Be it in the muted haze of a retreating figure, the subtle turn of an outstretched ankle, or the provocative expression of her subject, one cannot help but recognise themselves. Erlich brings us face to face with our own reality, but softens the blow with a hint of froth and bubble. Cleverly, she manages to hold our attention with the intense stare of her subject, whilst seducing us with the sometimes frivolous but eternal search for beauty. Erlich is represented in both public and private collections nationally and abroad, including the CAE, Victoria, Performing Arts Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, ALP Building, A.C.T., and the National Library, Canberra.

William Dobell
" My best work was always done and still is I think when I'm experimenting. If I stop experimenting I feel it just becomes a drudgery. That's why I take so long and my sitters get tired waiting for commissioned portraits. If they commission me they have to wait years sometimes because I discard so many."

Painting Title: Helena Rubinstein 1957
Approx 97 x 99cm

William Dobell was born in 1899 in Cooks Hill, Newcastle NSW, into a working class family of six children. His father was a builder. In 1916 he was apprenticed to Newcastle architect, Wallace L. Porter. In 1924 Dobell moved to Sydney to work as a draftsman for an architectural metalwork and terracotta manufacturer. In 1925 he enrolled in evening classes at Julian Ashton's School where he was influenced by George Lambert. In 1929 Dobell was awarded the Society of Artists' Travelling Scholarship and travelled to England to study at the Slade School under Wilson Steer, Henry Tonks and William Orpen.
In 1930 Dobell won first prize for figure painting at Slade and also travelled to Poland. In 1931 Dobell travelled again to Belgium and Paris. In 1931 he returned to Australia, from England, bringing with him satirical character studies and small London genre paintings. In 1939 he began as a part-time teacher at East Sydney Technical College. In 1941 Dobell was drafted into the Civil Construction Corps of the Allied Works Council as a camouflage painters, he subsequently became the unofficial war artist for the Allied Works Council. In 1944 Dobell had his first Solo exhibition including public collection loans at the inauguration of the David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney. Dobell's 1943 work of Joshua Smith "Portrait of an artist" which was awarded the Archibald was contested in 1944 by two unsuccessful artists who brought a lawsuit against Dobell and the Gallery's Board of Trustees in the Supreme Court. The award was upheld but the ordeal left Dobell an emotional wreck and he retreated in 1945 to his sister's home at Wangi Wangi on Lake Macquarie, where he began to paint landscapes. Dobell did not like fame and it nearly destroyed him. In 1948 Dobell entered "Margaret Olley" in the Archibald and won, he also won the Wynne prize for "Storm approaching Wangi".

Read more at Andrew's Art Archive

Judy Cassab

Portrait of Margo Lewers
(1920-08-15) (age 87)
Vienna, Austria
Judy Cassab CBE AO (born Judy Kaszab on 15 August 1920) is an Australian painter. She has twice won the Archibald Prize.
Born in Vienna, Austria in 1920 to Hungarian parents, her husband was put in a forced labour camp by the Nazis in World War 2, and returned to Hungary in 1944.
She moved to Sydney in 1950.
She won the Archibald Prize in two years, the only woman to have done this:
1960 for Stan Rapotec
1967 for Margo Lewers.
She has held more than fifty solo exhibitions in Australia, as well as others in Paris and London.

Bill Leak
"If I think of all the people I admire throughout human history, the one thing they all have in common is obsession. If you weren't obsessed with something, be it painting, music, literature, science, or even tennis or boxing, you wouldn't bother with it, would you? At best, you'd dabble in it."

Portrait of Nicholas Whitlam
by Bill Leak, 2003

Bill Leak (born 1956) is the daily editorial cartoonist on The Australian newspaper. He also paints portraits.
Bill's credits include 1997 and 2002 Walkley awards.
He has entered the Archibald Prize at least 13 times, and was hung 11 times. These included portraits of Donald Bradman in 1989, Malcolm Turnbull in 1994, Graham Richardson in 1995, Tex Perkins in 1997, Gough Whitlam in 1998, Sir Les Patterson in 2000 and Robert Hughes in 2001. He won the Packing Room prize twice (for Tex Perkins and Sir Les Patterson) and also won the people's choice award for Malcolm Turnbull. In addition two paintings of him by other artists have also won the people's choice award: a painting by Josonia Palaitis in 1995, and one by Esther Erlich in 2000.
He was interviewed in the 2005 Peter Berner documentary about the Archibald Prize called Loaded Brush.
More recently he has run into trouble by portraying the then leader of the opposition (now Prime Minister of Australia) Kevin Rudd, as Tintin (accompanied by Snowy). This has been resolved by promising to not profit from any sales of cartoons from this series.

Jeffrey Smart
"I like living in the 20th century.. to me the world has never been more beautiful. I am trying to paint the real world I live in, as beautifully as I can with my own eyes."

Morning, Yarragon siding 1982-84
Jeffrey Smart (born 1921 in Adelaide), is an expatriate Australian painter, who is known for his modernist depictions of urban landscapes.
His first goal was to become an architect; however, he went on to become an art teacher after studying at Adelaide Teacher's College and the South Australian School of Art and Crafts. Smart taught art in schools for the South Australian Education Department from 1942 - 1947.
He later studied in Paris with Fernand Léger as well as at La Grande Chaumière. He began exhibiting frequently in 1957. In 1965 he moved to Italy and bought the house where he still resides, Posticcia Nuova, near Arezzo in 1971. His autobiography, "Not Quite Straight" was published in 1996. A major retrospective of his works travelled around Australian art galleries from 1999.

Kate Turner
"I consider my painting to be Post Modern Feminist Statements/Symbols."

Dip. Art. Ed.
Post Grad. Illustration
Kate has taught Visual Art in various NSW high schools over 14 yrs. Exhibitions have been at Von Bertough's Gallery
Buchanan Gallery
Lake MacQuarie Council
Kate's works also have been exhibited at Gumleaf,Traders of the Lost Art, Weston Art Show,Raymond Terrace Art Show, Earthquirks,
Menken Historical Society, Morpeth Gallery, the Mater Calvery Hospice.

Eric Smith

Self Portrait
(born 1919) is an award winning Australian artist. Smith has won many of Australia's major art prizes multiple times including the Archibald Prize for portraiture three times; the Wynne Prize twice; the Sulman Prize three times; and the Blake Prize for Religious Art six times.
Smith was born and raised in Brunswick, Melbourne. At the age of 17 Smith undertook the study of Commercial Art and Painting at the Brunswick Technical School and joined the Victorian Artists Society. In 1940 Smith joined the Australian Army for the remainder of the Second World War. Upon the end of the war, Smith returned to Melbourne and pursued his artistic ambitions. In 1945, a self portrait painted on an army canvass was runner up for the Archibald Prize. In 1956 Smith had his work shown in the Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, during the "Direction" exhibition. The success of this exhibition led to Smith's work being included in the 1963 exhibition of Australian art shown at the Tate Gallery in London. Whilst in London in 1963, Smith gained further international recognition after winning the Helena Rubenstein Art Award.
Smith's winning 1981 portraiture of the Archibald Prize caused a controversy amongst the art world. In 1975 John Bloomfield winning entry was disqualified due to his portraiture of Tim Burstall being painted from a photograph. It is a condition of entry that all portraits be painted from life rather than interpretations of photographs. Bloomfield asserted that Smith's portraiture of Rudy Komon resembled a photograph taken of the subject in 1974 and hence in breach of the competitions requirements. Bloomfield threatened legal action to prevent the prize being awarded to Smith. The controversy subsided when gallery director /art dealer Komon came to the defense of Smith and said he had sat for Smith many times over the previous twenty-one years.

Charles Billich

Born Sep 6, 1934
Charles Billich (born 1934, in Lovran, Istria, Croatia) was named Artist of the 1996 Summer Olympics. He is the recipient of the 2000 Sport Artist of the Year Award presented annually by the American Sport Art Museum and Archives.
He was named Designated Artist 2001 Centenary Nobel Peace Prize.
Inspired by his work entitled The Beijing Cityscape, the official image for the successful Beijing bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games, Charles Billich conceived a sensational series of images based on the Bing Ma Yong Terracotta warriors. So well received has this work been that Bing Ma Yong images are represented on a collection of 16 postage stamps currently in circulation in China, adding to the cultural worth of this collection.
Charles Billich Gallery

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Irina Baronova

1 July 2008 50 comments

Baby ballerina

Irina Baronova
1919 - 2008

Drawing of Irina Baronova - © Kim Barker (2006)

Peaceful end for last baby ballerina

IRINA BARONOVA, one of the 20th century's leading ballerinas, has died at her home at Byron Bay.

Baby ballerina
To a generation of ballet lovers, the name Irina Baronova was synonymous with perfection. As one of the legendary baby ballerinas of the Ballet Russes, she was internationally famous by the age of 13.

Baby ballerina's swansong
The Australian Ballet's Brisbane opening night performance of Giselle on Tuesday next week will be dedicated to Baronova.

Irina Baronova - last of the famed baby ballerinas of Balanchine
Chris Pasles, Los Angeles Times
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Irina Baronova, the last of the three baby ballerinas whose international careers were launched by choreographer George Balanchine, has died.
She was 89.

My Mum is sitting directly behind Miss Baronova -
Miss Baronova was the Patron of my Sister's Baby Ballerinas' Studio

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As we grow up


As we grow up,
we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down...
probably will.
You will have your heart broken
probably more than once
and it's harder every time.
You'll break hearts too,
so remember how it felt when yours was broken.
You'll fight with your best friend.
You'll blame a new love for things an old one did.
You'll cry because time is passing too fast
and you'll eventually lose someone you love.
So take too many pictures,
laugh too much,
and love like you have never been hurt
because every sixty seconds you spend upset
is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.

Author: Unknown

photo: A Barker

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About The Author
Kim Barker is a Visual Artist (Diploma in Art and Graduate Diploma in Education). She is also a fully trained Reading Recovery Teacher. She has taught RAD (Royal Academy of Dancing) and Cecchetti Ballet Syllabii. Kim also manages the Top Artist' Directory and PoeARTica as well as her blog laketrees She lives with her family on the Eastern Central Coast of Australia. Follow Kim at laketrees on Twitter for updates and news