On Behalf Of…

Benjamin, who as far as I recall, is about 5-and-a-half years of age and with the assistance and supervision of his grandmother "Gem" follows various WP blogs including mine. He is very aware of who Greta Thunberg is and what she stands for. "Gem" emailed me yesterday about an excellent blog-post she and Benjamin had... Continue Reading →

BW03: Wonder by Tina Schell

This is a reblog, in its entirety, of "Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Wonder" by Tina Schell of Travels and Trifles. Tina posted this wonderful discussion about black and white photography on her blog 08 July, 2018.

Faded Fantasy

When wandering around Dunedin on 21 May 2018, I came across this rather faded looking mural on a wall facing the Scenic Circle Southern Cross Hotel carpark, just off High Street. It didn't make much sense to me and I found it a puzzling artwork. I did a search and found it was painted in... Continue Reading →

Whale Rider

On Monday when we were in Dunedin I asked Nigel to take me to the Otago Art Society Annual Exhibition. As always there was a wonderful variety of art on display but this was my favourite. This is a watercolour by Doug Hart simply called Whale Rider. ** Click on the photo to enlarge **... Continue Reading →

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

I found this lovely oil painting on display at Dunedin Public Art Gallery when I visited on Monday 21 May 2018. The girl is blowing on a dandelion seed-head in time-honoured fashion to determine whether she is loved or not. The painter is Carlo Eduardo Perugini and he was born in Naples but moved to... Continue Reading →

Alice in Singapore Wonderland

This Alice resides in Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. She appeared in my Reader this morning, posted by Joanne Koo on her blog Pot Gardening. Joanne tells me that Alice was bought from Chelsea Flower Show two years ago.

Street Art | Chasing Waterfalls

"Chasing Waterfalls" completed in January 2017 at 80 Bond Street, Dunedin, New Zealand. Its way down the end of a rough looking alley. Fantastic mural. "Quick collaboration piece" by Emmanuel Jarus and Caratoes according to the Dunedin Street Art website.

Street Art | Girls Throwing Pink Paint

Girl mischief. Offense and defense. Pink paint. I love this panoramic mural tucked away in a little side alley at 106 Bond Street, Dunedin, New Zealand. The artist, Be free, is a Melbourne artist that has been working on the streets since 2010.

COLOUR ON CURT CORNERS, PART 1, FANTASTIC FLUTTERINGS

After setting up my first ever blog (about exploring colour) and makng my first post I set out to explore other blogs and found this delightful urban mural in Paris and accompanying poem, the first “find” in my journey of exploration and discovery into colour. It made me very happy. Thank you deuxiemepeau

Damien B. Donnelly

IMG_8273On dull days
when the sun
absconds from sky,
when grey grinds
gloom into gutters
and mothers utter
‘stay inside’,
children’s minds
flutter to unfold
like umbrellas opening;
colours cascading
over concrete clutter
like candy to calm
a calamity.

In the midst
of the mundane
and the murky,
inspiration catches
on the canvas of creation
like wings willing
to cut through clouds
and gain the grace
of the sun.

Children’s minds,
so magnificent,
hold matter so magical
that ordinary moments
can become such
extraordinary miracles.

All words and photograph by Damien B. Donnelly

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