David Hockney Is Back in LA…

… and he’s working.

In a recent Harper’s Bazaar news piece he discusses his upcoming exhibition, titled “The Arrival of Spring”, set to open in New York’s Pace Galley on September 5, consisting of works created on the iPad.

Yes, iPad.

The author of the article, William Boyd, writes that the show consists of a series of iPad prints, “some very large, of his favourite spots around Bridlington and, more significantly, a collection of charcoal drawings, showing the eponymous arrival of spring in the wood, lanes, and byways of East Yorkshire.”

Hockney is a self-professed technophile: “I do think the iPad is a new art form. Much better than a lithograph.” He goes on to express his thoughts about the absence of drawing classes in art schools: “It’s criminal. Drawing teaches people to look.”

I’m not sure how I feel about the iPad as a visual medium. Is it ok for an established artist like Hockney to exhibit such works, but not the other way round? Similarly, if photographer Annie Lebovitz exhibited a series of Instagram photos in a gallery, would that be ok?

And, is it true that art schools teach drawing any more? Thoughts?

From the September issue of US Harper's Bazaar

From the September issue of US Harper’s Bazaar

Spirited Street Art ~ Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Along a quiet stretch of N 10th Street in Williamsburg, between Roebling St and Union Ave, stands a bottle company.

Over a week ago, I noticed street artists painting different works along the factory’s side wall.

I’m always inspired by the dedication of streets artists given the impermanence of their medium. It was only a couple of days ago that I’d spotted the blemish of blue graffiti disrupting the red background on the work below. The next day, it was painted over and looked new again. (You might notice the damage to the left of the left wing)

Street artist, Gilf!, who painted the work above, coordinated a group of artists to paint these quirky works.

“I would like to affect major social and environmental change… Life is too short and the world too delicate to ignore the serious challenges we face as a global society,” she said earlier this year.*

Gilf! went to art school, focused on interior design, but turned to street art in 2008 as response to “being completely outraged by what was happening in the world.”

“I’m motived by all the apathetic, uninspired people. I want them to care. That’s why my work is on the street, approachable, and easy to understand.”

About the collection of works on N 10th street, she told Brooklyn Street Art recently: “It’s so rewarding to know that we’re positively influencing the community by doing what we love.”

Above: art by Veng (RWK).

Icy and Sot, from Iran, contributed the “Dream” work, above -an international dose of whimsy to an eclectic collection.

Above: art by Joe lurato

Below: art by Sophia Maldonado (enlarge the photo to see its details)

I mentioned in a previous post  that Howard Truman’s quote speaks to how I describe Williamsburg, personified:

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

This outdoor art exhibition, and the artists behind the works, is a grand example of that.

Above: art by Cake.

It’s my hope that this community spirit will be strong enough survive the neighborhood’s rapid ascent.

banner image includes art by LNY (left) and Joe Iuarto (right)

*It’s all Gilf | Rag & Bone Official Blog.

Love for New Beginnings

This post is symbolic of a fresh start.

A Rockrose Grows in Laguna Beach, CA

I am moving in a new direction with my career; a foray into the bountiful world of travel writing and travel photography. My love for media: magazines, books, the Internet, and (travel) shows is unwavering – as well as indulging in them, I hope to be writing for them soon.

I’m signed up with Matador Network so over the next couple of months I’ll be doing a whole lot of learning, reading, writing, and snapping. One of the requirements was to create a blog for coursework submissions; if you’d like to critically comment on my words, here’s your chance!

Breathing Travel | Documenting the journey (or http://marinac.matadoru.com/ )

I’ll continue blogging from here with updates; it’s where the ‘push’ happened after all.

I cannot wait for the journey ahead.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did… so throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain

At Griffith Observatory, LA, CA

Bolt of Inspiration Series, Part Three (Water)

I love being near the water. Whether it is on the shores of a beach, on a balcony with a sliver of an ocean view, or sitting on a bank by New York’s Hudson River – being by the water always makes me feel calm and content.

Water is an important symbol in Taoism. The Taoists believe that water is the most essential element of life – it affects our ability to hear and listen; to have instinct, hope, foresight, and determination.

The turtle is a Tao power animal for water. Representative of longevity, endurance and genetic strength, the Green Sea Turtle from Hawaii starts off this inspiration series.

Taoists believe that in water we find our dreams. I hope these images will inspire you to do just that – dream.


“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu

Green Sea Turtle, Hawaii ~ Photograph by Lorenzo Menendez

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“The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one’s self to be acquainted with it.”  Lord Chesterfield

Ice Canyon, Greenland ~ Photograph by James Balog

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“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sights of the shore.” Andre Gide

Thermal Pool, Yellowstone National Park ~ Photograph by Karen Cameron

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“I don’t worry about the storms, I am learning to sail my own ship.” Louisa May Alcott

Cormorant Fisherman, China ~ Photograph by Chris McLennan

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“The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.” Xun Zi

Sanur Beach, Bali ~ Photograph by Tan Kiki Rustandar

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“Some roads aren’t meant to be traveled alone.” Proverb

Beluga Whales, North Russia ~ © Dafna Ben Nun

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“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” Benjamin Disraeli

Isle of Pines, New Caledonia ~ All rights reserved by :@Dee (flickr)

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” Jawaharial Nehru

Pantanal Birds, Brazil ~ Photograph by Mike Bueno

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“Spend the afternoon.  You can’t take it with you.” Annie Dillard

Autumn Reflection, Washington ~ Photograph by Ray Chong

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“Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” Wayne Dyer

Central Java, Indonesia ~ Photograph by Wandy Gaotama

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“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” Mary Anne Radmacher Hershey

Moonshine over the Atlantic Ocean in Atlantic City, NJ

If you’d like to see the others:

Bolt of Inspiration Series, Part Two.

When a Bolt of Inspiration is Required, Part One.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn: Outdoor Art Gallery

On any casual stroll around Williamsburg, I always notice pops of street art. And by art, I mean posters, stencil drawings, stickers, logos, and murals as opposed to erratic graffiti that may be perceived as vandalism. Whether it is around a street corner; on a wall of scaffolding that may have presented itself as a blank canvas to an aspiring artist trying to make a political statement; or, right at your feet, on the sidewalk – there’s always a new find that demands a second look.

Despite a recent surge in popularity amongst the Manhattan set as the ‘it’ place to be (especially for Sunday brunch), Williamsburg has experienced exponential growth since the 1990s and continues to be a key influencer on the art community. Its proximity to the City, only a stop away on the L subway, with the added advantage of large loft spaces, lower rent prices and an alternative to Lower Manhattan’s art scene had proven attractive enough for artists, who migrated across the Williamsburg Bridge and revived an otherwise ailing neighborhood some twenty years ago. The area is still home to studios and galleries, and street artists.

That said, I am still in awe of the restraint of Williamsburg’s street art, in that it isn’t overly done, compared with other places in the world such as Berlin, London and even Melbourne, Australia. Until then, I expect to be surprised with stumbling upon the unexpected.

More street art can be found on my previous blog entry: Williamsburg’s Street Art.

Here are some recent finds. Enjoy.

This message is painted on a set of unhinged doors, leaning against scaffolding

Today's new find: a sidewalk stencil

Matryoshka dolls

The garage of a martial arts studio

Martial Arts Studio: Coming Soon

Bird, unexpected


Art on a Mattress

Spraypainted colour

Not a bus stop...

A current favourite

Tiki Stencil

The Essence of La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia really needs to be seen to be believed. Whilst photographs do it some justice (even my amateur snaps), its essence is truly felt when one is standing in the thick of it all. From the intricacy of its stonework (those detailed facades!), to its Gothic inspired stained glass windows that leave the interior of the church awash in a myriad of colours as the afternoon sun streams through, to the feeling of vertigo that sets in once you’ve descended (by foot) from the top of one of those high bell towers to the base of its spiral staircase. These are the moments that leave you in wonderment… and in need for a sit down from the over-stimulation of it all.

Spiral Staircase

The grandeur of Gaudi’s vision is easy to spot from any high point in Barcelona – whether from Montjuic or from the rooftop of Casa Mila, another one of his landmarks, where the church is perfectly framed by one of the building’s undulating arches. As if watching over the city, La Sagrada Familia does not impose. Rather, it stands emblematic of Barcelona – the city and its beauty.

Overarched by the Casa Mila, La Sagrada Familia stands tall in the background

As fantastical and exquisite as La Sagrada Familia may seem to one person, there have been the obligatory naysayers… and renowned artists at that.

For Picasso, Gaudi’s famous church, the Sagrada Familia, was something of a joke – more to Salvador Dali’s taste, he once commented, than his. In the living room in La Californie there used to be an enormous panettone that mice had reduced to a ruin: ‘Gaudi’s model,’ he would say.*

George Orwell thought it to be one of the ugliest buildings he had ever seen and was said to have “wondered why the Anarchists hadn’t wrecked it in the Civil War”.**

The decorative canopy of La Sagrada Familia's interior

The church “could be finished some time in the first third of the 21st century”, states La Sagrada Família website. The final result will be a variation of the artist’s vision. Though the aforementioned Anarchists had spared the building during the Civil War, in 1936 they had set fire to the crypt and destroyed the models, plans, drawings and photos in Gaudi’s former workshop. Construction goes on based on reconstructed plans and there’s comfort in the thought that perhaps Gaudi continues to watch over the building’s progress from within. After all, he was buried in the Carmen Chapel in the crypt of La Sagrada Família in 1926, where his remains still lie today.

*Taken from ‘Gaudi. A Biography.’ by Gijs Van Hensbergen ** ‘Barcelona’s 25 Best’ by Fodor’s

Amazing photos can be found within the blogs below:

Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia | Amy Davies

La Sagrada Familia photoblog by Angelo Samarawickrema.

The Nativity Facade

When a Bolt of Inspiration is Required

On some days it is difficult to write. Not unlike today, a dark and chilly start is enough to quash my concentration and dampen my spirit. Yes, the extreme seasonal temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere still get to me, and on those days, I long to be teleported to Sydney for some summer sun. Or to a Caribbean beach. Or to Fiji for a swim in the crystal clear waters. Since teleportation is hardly possible at this point in time, what do I do?

Well, it isn’t magic but I look to travel quotes and destination photographs for inspiration.

I have been collecting quotes for some time. I love how they can set the tone of my day (at the very least, the morning) by imparting a bit of wisdom in as little as a sentence.

Same goes for a photograph. A picture is worth a thousand words, and a great image can hit me like a ray of sunshine and transport me to a different place with its visual beauty. I learn a little bit more about a part of the world that I may have never seen, known about, or paid attention to before.

It is my hope that a bunch of quotes and photos will inspire me right through New York’s temperamental Fall and Winter. Otherwise, I’ll just have to book a trip somewhere warm and exotic. Or relocate to warmer pastures.

Until then, here are some of my favourite travel quotes and photographs, shared by a number of talented artists in the blogoshere. If you have any favourites to share, please send them along.

*You can also see more imagery and quotes in the second part:

Bolt of Inspiration Series, Part Two.


“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” St Augustine

Australia - Sydney: home is where the heart is ~ All rights reserved by shaza85

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“Half the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness.” Ray Bradbury

Africa - Etosha National Park, Okondeka Fountain ~ Louis © rights reserved

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“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” Seneca

Iceland - Aurora Borealis ~ Photograph by James Appleton

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“Legends say that the hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration… Like a hummingbird we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy in everyday…” Papyrus

California, Escondid0 - A hummingbird's delicate beauty ~ Photograph by Scott Randall

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“The journey is my home.” Muriel Rukeyser

Egypt - The Great Sphinx ~ Photograph by Kaushik Sarkar

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“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” Moslih Eddin Saadi

Ethiopia - Bale Mountains ~ Mikael Lypinski Photography

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“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” Babs Hoffman

Manhattan - The view from the Brooklyn Bridge ~ Photograph by Marina Chetner

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

South America ~ A llama watching over Maccu Picchu in Peru ~ © lwephoto.com

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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust

Alaska - Polar Bears in Kaktovik ~ Photograph by Mario Davalos

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“Life is short and the world is wide.” Simon Raven

Hawaii - Waikiki Dreaming ~ Photograph by Ana Fass

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“I should like to spend the whole of my life traveling abroad, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterwards at home.” William Hazlitt

India - Markets, Goa ~ Photograph by Anubhav Tiwari

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“The rewards of the journey far outweigh the risk of leaving the harbor.” Unknown

Malta - The Azure Window in Gozo ~ Photograph by Ted Attard

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“They change their climate, not their soul, who rush across the sea.” Horace

Photograph by Boza Ivanovic

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