A day on the town

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I decided to go into the city on Saturday and take advantage of the spring weather to walk along Circular Quay and visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. I ate an expensive bowl of chowder on the waterfront (with suspicious looking peas and corn in it that looked for all the world like frozen peas and corn) and a glass of rosé to remind me of France, and a bit of a headache later on ditto.

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Fun people-watching. We don’t generally tip here in Australia so I didn’t tip the waiter for my expensive bowl of soup with frozen vegetables. Walked along to the Opera House hoping to see John Olsen’s mural which I love, but it is covered by curtains during the day to protect it from sunlight, so I went to the Art Gallery instead. Looked around for a short stint- very exciting. I picked up a book of John Olsen’s work ($120) then after carrying it about for a few moments put it back down again and decided to borrow it from the library.

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On the way home bought a book about pigments...fascinating stuff. Like the history of spices. Did you know that once upon a time there was a pigment called “mummy”- made out of ground down Egyptian mummies???!!! How crass are we???!!!! Is there nothing we won’t use for our own ends??... Apparently it was a purplish-brown colour.


I ran across a few Aboriginal fellows on Circular Quay dancing and playing didgeridoo to a backing soundtrack, and selling paintings. I asked if I could take a few photos...would love to have a crack at a portrait.

The Opera House has unexpected faces...
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Sydney has unexpected jumbles of buildings...


Tomorrow I may visit a few real galleries to find out about how one sells through such venues. I expect to be thrown out on my ear, but you have to start with the questions. I’ll take a few paintings too.

Wish me luck!!!!!