Friday, December 30, 2011

Orange ya glad? (not really)

I picked up my new canvases today and they're all ready to paint on. I also went to the paint shop to get three colours mixed up, because I want to use the colours that are in a Wonka Bar from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). I got the yellow right but everything else is wrong and I'm annoyed. I though the brown would be darker and the orange a little pinker. That Wonka orange is so hard to match! It's sort of red but pink but orange and what's more it changes depending on what screen you view the movie on. WOE IS ME. Anyway all this confusion led me to purchasing the above platform shoes too which just so happen to be the exact colour of the orange in the paint tin which struck me as mockingly weird. I will have to go back to the hardware store tomorrow and match the colours again. Meanwhile tonight I think I'll watch a comfort movie 'Almost Famous'.

Thursday, December 29, 2011


#3 post for tonight, wow, sorry! This painting is by my friend and artist Gonzalo Ceballos who I went to Uni with. I really like his work so I'm glad that in February we are going to be in a group show together at a new Artist Run Space my friend is setting up, called Knight Street in Footscray. The text above the figures in the painting says "It doesn't matter what you do because it's going to happen anyway" and the red headed girl on the right is supposed to be me. I wish I was doing what I'm doing in the painting.


This week, at Rookie...

Uptight (Everything's Alright)

These are some things I picked up at Savers today. I used to be a real Savers fiend and actually come to think of it, I still am, I just don't have as much room to put stuff anymore. 'Craft Digest' is the latest edition to my 70s Handicraft book collection and it's a real good one, it even has a section dedicated to home made cosmetics. It is as scary, if not scarier - than it sounds. Then I found that amazing citrus top to add to my citrus clothes collection (Now with two items of clothes), and this amazing Niagara falls souvenir ash tray to add to my ash tray collection. Ash trays are something really easy to collect because I find they really easily get overlooked in Op Shops and stuff so they're always cheap and not many people go out of their way to find them. I don't even smoke so they serve for me as keepers for little trinkets and just nice things to clutter my surfaces with.

In this short blogging hiatus I awarded myself I've been listening to lots of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin on my new Ipod dock thing that I got for Christmas which looks pretty out of place next to my 1970s clock radio, lava lamp and Niagara falls trinket holder. This phase began when the movie 'Ray' was on channel 10 late at night on Christmas Eve. I was desperate for a Christmas movie but maybe they're not trendy or something so instead I had to watch Ray do his thang. The movie was okay but I turned it off half way and delved into full blown research about Ray Charles on the internet which was more satisfying than the movie and got really excited and fascinated thus the obsession began. It's all soul in my room at the moment which is probably why I don't feel like leaving. "I choose to sing the blues"

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Rup pa pum pum

I was going to post a whole bunch of Christmas stuff in this post like 'A Very Brady Christmas' which is a totally terrifying 1988 TV movie with the entire original Brady Bunch cast "all grown up" and that original episode of the Brady Bunch where Carol Brady loses her voice and can't sing in church for Christmas, and Cindy asks Santa for her Mum's voice to come back and it does and then she sings in church and it's a Christmas miracle, and the Muppet Christmas Carol and The Beach Boys Christmas Album and that duet of 'Little Drummer Boy' with Bing Crosby and David Bowie... but I think the lovely Judy Garland in Meet Me In St. Louis just sums it all up. Merry Christmas to my wonderful readers. Love Minna.

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Vibes/"We are ugly but we have the music"

The Vibes are totally spacey and unsubstantiated but I suppose that's how I feel at the moment. For me the Christmas period breeds conflicting feelings of loneliness and a need to be alone. I'm floating in the space that can't be breached between two north poles of two magnets. At risk of sounding positively tortured I'll move on - I have been watching some films on my list of films to watch over the holidays and reading lots of Ms. Edna St.Vincent Millay's poetry. These images are inspiration and imagination and include stills from films 'Juliet of the Spirits' (Giulietta degli spiriti), 'Fellini - Satyricon' and 'Grey Gardens' . The two black and whites are of Edna herself.

I also made a playlist that you can download here: It's admittedly not my best compilation, most songs are coming from the same angle and I think whilst I am writing this I might actually be asleep. Is this the 60s? the 70s? Is this a dream?

1. Cry Like A Baby - Aretha Franklin
2. Tangerine - First Aid Kit (I did an illustration for this band's interview on Rookie. They're amazing)
3. I'll Be Yours - Hildegarde
4. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams - Nico
5. Death Of A Ladies' Man - Leonard Cohen
6. Song To Woody - Bob Dylan
7. You Turn Me On I'm A Radio - Joni Mitchell
8. Way Over Yonder - Carole King
9. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go - Bob Dylan
10. Chelsea Hotel #2 (Live) - Leonard Cohen


This week's Rookie diary post. 'CASTLES IN THE SKY'

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A cosy dinner partwo

I finally got my act together and made a new series for The Ardorous! You can view the rest of the collages via this link

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

5 weddings and no funeral (yet)

On the weekend was my Aunty's wedding and last night I hung out with my absolute best friends and watched the atrocious film 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'. Understandably tonight in my delirium I have weddings on the brain. As I lie here in my bed with my laptop on my knees, listening to the frogs croaking in puddles outside and writing this - I find it incredibly hard to imagine myself getting married. It just seems like such a foreign concept to me, something so far away and almost imaginary. It may be because I've never felt the strength of feeling for another that it would take to make this vow. It may be because I am still too young. If I ever miraculously find myself standing up there opposite some poor misguided fool in front of my very few friends and family saying: "I do" I'll be wearing red and laughing in disbelief.

I wore this amazing sequined, drop waisted Alannah Hill dress to my Aunty's wedding. I was going for Midnight in Paris/1920s vibes.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Michael from Mountains

Today was a real Joni Mitchell sort of day. For the most part I was lying on my stomach with my feet in the air on my friends bed. It was great to just laze about and giggle and unquestionably state why people do the things they do. "You don't like weak women you get bored so quick, and you don't like strong women cos they're hip to your tricks"

Thursday, December 15, 2011


This weeks Rookie Diary post. The Angst!

The Vibes/"You don't belong in this century, do you?"

The only way I can explain the vibes, is through describing a particular episode of the Brady Bunch. In this episode 'Never Too Young' from Season 5 the Brady family are going to a 'Roaring Twenties' Party. There is an intense scene where they dance the Charleston dressed immaculately in 1920s clothing in their painfully 1970s living room. Watching this in 2011 evoked some seriously weird time displacement complexes that I already suffer from. I like the idea of time periods existing in two places at once, or an ambiguity/uncertainty about their authenticity.

Images from, stills from the films 'Daisies' and 'Fruits of Paradise' by Vera Chytilova, stills from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Google Image Search