Behind the Artwork #2 (tilt your head for this one!)

The second piece of art that I wanted to look into was this one, also found in Beverly Place, Katoomba. It has a fairly dark and deep theme, both visually and in the writing accompanying it. It was too long to take a full shot of so I’ve done my best to piece it together.

Much of the writing is readable this way, so having to rotate the image 90 degrees isn’t so bad. There is a third section of the shot that I tried to join onto it but I was way too close at the time, however positioning it upright means you get a good view of the message.

“I’m sorry”

“This is it, this is it, you deserve a better man”

On first viewing it seems like the artist was full of remorse for one reason or another, it would be wise to assume it was to a partner. For this reason I really wanted to look into the artwork and creator. Thankfully the artist provides details on the bottom left hand section of the wall, it can be viewed in the first image just underneath the heart (as if viewing from a standing position) and seen more clearly here.

So it turns out Alex Grilanc is the artist, inspired by a poem written by Phil Wilcox who can be reached via Alex’s Instagram that I have linked below. Alex was based in Sydney however seems to have worked on art nationally and internationally. He has focused a lot of his work around consumerism and this can be seen via his insta channel. The mural above was in fact also created elsewhere, below it can be seen with the poet that inspired it.

Check out his channel for more art and links to associated artists.


 

Artist: Alex Grilanc with words by Phil Wilcox

Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

Insta: @alex_grilanc / @philwilcox

 


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Behind the Artwork

On my recent visit to the Blue Mountains, I shared quite a few photos from Beverly Place, a street locally known for it’s impressive artwork. One of the pictures that caught my eye in particular was this one of a young girl with the Blue Mountains in the background.

In fact, I appreciated the realism in her face that much that I have only just noticed the Blue Mountains backdrop as I upload it again. I love the blue theme running through the image and to make the face so realistic on a brick wall is very impressive to me.

To the right of her face I can see the artist is ADNATE, and he has a website displaying his artwork as well an Instagram. An insight into the artist can be found on his website bio, which reads:

“Adnate is an artist that realises his portraits in spray paint. He has moved past his roots in Street Art, utilising the medium to carry his realist style into the fine art realm.

Heavily influenced by the chiaroscuro of renaissance painters like Caravaggio, Adnate embraces portraiture like the masters of the XXI Century.

Adnate has always held a connection towards indigenous people of their native land, especially with Indigenous Australians.  He paints large scale murals in the main cities around Australia and the world, creating a statement of reclaiming the land that was always theirs.  He endeavours to capture the stories and emotions of each subject he paints, encouraging the audience to feel through their own experience.”

I would really recommend checking out this guys portfolio, his artwork is stunning and this one on display in Katoomba is a great example.


 

Artist: ADNATE

Location: Katoomba (Blue Mountains), New South Wales 

Website: https://www.adnate.com.au/

Insta: @adnate

 


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When you have regrets 

Regret is like fear. It’s stronger. It overrides and smothers any other mental state. Fear can be a good thing, however regret is pretty useless.


I experience regret a lot. What that is depends on where I am or what I was doing at the time. Maybe listening to a song and wishing I said something to a certain person, maybe seeing an image online and wishing I took that opportunity to go when I had the chance.

At these moments it is important to remember there isn’t a similar feeling when we did the right thing. I guess we all feel a sense of accomplishment or content in our lives, but it doesn’t stick to us like regret, eating away at us all day long. Think of how much of your life you don’t regret. When you went for that job or asked that person on a date, when you booked that flight or helped that person in need. It’s harder to think of the times we don’t regret as they don’t play on repeat on our minds. That doesn’t mean the things we don’t regret aren’t there.

I don’t know if this applies to you, the reader, but it does to me. Sometimes I like to blog how I feel and I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that can relate.

 


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The journey started here.

I was looking through my older posts for a ‘throwback’ post, as I have so many posts that I would like to share again that have sunk into the murky depths of daily blogging. It is nice to remind myself how far my blog has come, and what got me here.

I was searching for posts that I shared on this day in 2017, exactly a year ago and at the start of my Australia journey. It turns out I didn’t post at all in the whole month of October, my last post was this one on 31st August. I didn’t post again until my visit to the Blue Mountains outside Sydney in November. The whole of September and October was spent job searching and getting to know the city I temporarily called home.

But this was nice to read. I remember this train journey so well, probably because it wasn’t my usual train journey despite being a familiar route. It was one that had my sister and mother waving to me from the platform and knowing I wouldn’t see them for a long time. I cannot wait to see them again in January, this time they are visiting me and I cannot wait for them to see Sydney for themselves.


When I first thought September would be the most realistic month for me to save enough to travel at the beginning of the year, it seemed so far away. Now, here I am in first class (at the amazing cost of £30), on route to London.


A slight jump as I sit down, realising that the seats recline. And… I don’t have to sit next to anyone! A free glass of white wine recently topped up and a pretty decent duck wrap. I’m not used to first class, I’m looking around to ensure I am not doing anything that will expose me as an economy traveller. So far, so good.

Then, autocorrect proved itself to be the devil as I described what I was having on the journey to my mother.

My mum has a new phone number. I don’t have a new mum.

As soon as you leave the station in Durham the most beautiful view awaits. How many routes around the world are this beautiful?


I’m roughly half way through my journey to London. That of course is hardly a dent in my journey to Sydney. The wine makes this a great start. The next 72 hours are going to be tiring, but worth it. It’s a shame to leave my family however it is a great opportunity now for them to visit me in a place they have never been. That is the best way to look at any goodbye, an opportunity for a new hello. This time, the same hello, just on a new adventure.


 

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Monkey business

Spotted this guy walking on rainbows as he shelters from the rain. But is he collecting the rainbows? I’m not sure what is going on here but I’m sure many interpretations can and have been made.

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I enjoy the colours and their contrast to the dull rain.

I found the artists Instagram, which I have linked below. Here, he comments under the image on his page…

So it turns out the chimp is a rainbow dealer. Not a bad thing to deal I guess…

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Artist: Nitsua on Instagram

Location: Rainbow Beach, QLD, Australia

 


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‘Our dreams can reach further than our voices are heard’

I found this interesting piece on a wall just outside of my hostel at Rainbow Beach, QLD.

 

At first I thought the artist was making me work to find the Instagram page, however it really is pablitosomething.


Although I do agree that our dreams can reach further than our voices can be heard, I feel it is important to work hard enough to make our voices heard as much- and as far- as possible.


Artist: Pablito Something on Instagram

Location: Rainbow Beach, QLD, Australia

Just a tortoise riding a crocodile…

Not something you see everyday, but something I discovered whilst in Townsville as I killed time in the city before heading down the east coast.

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This was so big I wouldn’t have been able to get a close-up shot.

Update- *That was until I looked at this again online and realised this was a pretty big car park and I could have went in, but never mind.*

I thought it would be a nice addition to my Street Art section.

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This is the work of Belgian street artist ROA, unfortunately I haven’t been able to locate an official social media page to link, despite many unofficial channels displaying his artwork online. It appears that the artist likes a degree of anonymity as information is hard to find, but has a strong interest in drawing large animals in a rather dark manner.

Location: Townsville, QLD, Australia.

Artist: ROA

Should I add a Street Art page?

I loved the Elon Musk street art that I shared yesterday, and it has motivated me to ask you lovely readers something that has been on my mind for a while.

Should I add a ‘Street art‘ section to my blog? I regularly add these to my posts whenever I find some on my wanders, and I think it would be nice to add a page at the top of my website alongside my About/Daily Ramblings/Travel Diary sections so anyone with an interest can find all the related blog posts in one place. I love street art and most of the works have the artists name alongside them, so it would be a little publicity for them.

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I think it is cool to discover these hidden around cities and if you are around these areas, find them for yourself.

I would appreciate feedback on this, I personally feel it would go well alongside my photography and I can relate to many of the messages in such pieces of art.

Have a great day and I hope to hear from you soon!

Sam

Artist- @katiemarieshriner on Instagram

This is why you should stick to speed limits…

We had a very close call yesterday as we landed on Fraser Island. We were on a coach driving on the very narrow and winding sand roads through wooded area and as the driver was giving us information, a guy on a dirt bike ploughed into the front of us. 

He was doing about 50kph but the corner was just far enough away for him to see us coming and to brake sharply. This wasn’t enough for him to stop, resulting in a loud thud that could be heard in the coach. I had a front seat view and it was a little nerve racking as we had to reverse to let him and his bike out from underneath us. 

He was fine, I could tell the way his friends caught up to him, looked under the coach and signalled for us to back up. 

So, I took some shots. The coach has a television above the windscreen so passengers at the back can see the view. This was not a view we were expecting…


Now our coach is huge and has a lot of room underneath for a speeding biker. It needs to be for the large quantity of sand on the island. Luckily, the biker was able to get up, spoke to our driver and they both laughed it off, shook hands and went our seperate ways.

If there was ever a reminder of the importance of protective gear and speed limits, this was it. This could have ended very differently.