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Top 5: Kraftwerk, Blood Service marketing, Archibald Prize, ice cream & kale chips and no time for a nap

Last week’s ‘stuff to be grateful for and admire’ includes music, marketing, art, food and an appreciation for not having enough time for a nap. Here are last week’s Top 5:

1) Music: Kraftwerk at Vivid Sydney
Kraftwerk are a German electronic music band that formed in 1970. This show had amazing sound and 3D visuals. It was so much fun, I had a sore face from smiling!


2) Marketing follow-up material from the Australia Red Cross Blood Service
I received this material a few weeks after donating blood for the first time in Australia. From a marketing point of view, I love it! It’s brought me right into the story, it’s given me accountability and made me feel a little bit spesh. However, there’s a slight flaw in this because I’m not allowed to give blood in Australia – I’m only allowed to give plasma so with this first ‘trial’ donation, unfortunately I didn’t save three lives. Still, I like this material so I’ll let it slide!

Australian Red Cross Blood Service

3) Art: Archibald Prize
On the 26th of May I went to the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW. The portraits were talented and wonderful, but the portraits that spoke to me the most were those by the kids. Most of them chose to draw or paint one of their parents, siblings or grandparents and their commentaries of why those people are special to them brought tears to my eyes.

Love Face by Vincent Fantauzzo

Love Face by Vincent Fantauzzo (Source: Art Gallery of NSW site)

4) Culinary creations: banana cacao ice cream and kale chips
Word on the street is that kale is totally in. It’s actually been the word on the street for some time now, but I’ve only just attempted kale chips and they are delicious! I mixed torn pieces of kale with coconut oil, garlic and smoked paprika and baked them for about 10 minutes.
Another treat that I made last week was banana cacao ice cream with my flatmate. This stuff is too easy and sooooo tasty. We blended 3 frozen bananas, cacao and a dash of water to make what you see here. Next time I’ll make date caramel sauce to drizzle on top 🙂

5) No time for a nap
Last Saturday I was struck with a strange thought. I’d been out late the night before, got four hours of sleep, went to a boxing class in the park, had brunch with the good people from the class, and then took a walk to buy produce from the markets. I had a few key tasks to tick off the ‘to do’ list before meeting a friend in the city for a gig that evening. Feeling pretty tired, I was hoping to take a nap before the show, but I didn’t have enough time. And that’s when the thought struck me: I had an amazing day with friends, fitness, sunshine and fresh food, and my biggest ‘problem’ of the day was not having enough spare time for a quick snooze. Not having enough time to nap because the day held so many great experiences and people to enjoy them with? Now that’s a thought to be very grateful for indeed.

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Profile on: Roy Lichtenstein, pop artist

This is the fifth in a series of posts about interesting, inspiring and influential people. Today’s profile is on artist Roy Lichtenstein, whose work you’ll most certainly be familiar with.

Roy Lichtenstein
Image from Wikipedia

Who: Roy Lichtenstein, American pop artist
Born: 27th October, 1923
Died: 29th September, 1997 (aged 73)
Claim to fame: Old-fashioned comic strip style pop art

Snapshot of Notable Facts & Achievements:

  • Lichtenstein became interested in art and design as a hobby.
  • In 1939 (his last year of high school), Lichtenstein enrolled in summer classes at the Art Students League of New York then continued from 1940 – 1943 at Ohio State University in Columbus.
  • Lichtenstein did military service in World War II in Europe and returned to Columbus in 1946.
  • Completed his Master of Fine Arts in 1949.
  • Was influenced by Cézanne, Picasso, Mondrian and Vincent van Gogh.
  • His early works are categorised under the post World War II art movement Abstract Expressionism.
  • Lichtenstein taught from 1946 – 1951 at Ohio State University, followed by the Sate University of New York at Oswego from 1957 and Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Jersey from 1960 – 1963.
  • At Douglass College he met other artists that encouraged his interest in cartoon imagery, and in 1961 Lichtenstein adopted the comic strip style that he is now synonymous with.

© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / Courtesy of Art Institute of Chicago

  • Lichtenstein’s Pop paintings mimic commercial printing techniques and imitations of Ben Day dots used in newspaper printing.
  • He applied these techniques to paintings based on small advertisements from 1962 to approximately 1964.
  • In the mid to late 60s Lichtenstein began producing screen prints. His reputation grew.
  • In the next years he added sculpture to his repertoire, including the use of motifs that referenced Art Deco architecture.
  • Earlier this year, the comic painting Sleeping Girl (1964) from the collection of Beatrice and Phillip Gersh established a new Lichtenstein record $44.8 million at Sotheby’s.

There is an exhibition about Roy Lichtenstein at the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs, Northern Territory until the 10th of June 2013.

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