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Ashfield Park

Today I went with The Sydney Sketchers to Ashfield Park. We are going to try to do suburbs of Sydney going from A – Z sketching in a suburb starting with that letter of the alphabet that we are up to. This being the first meetup for the year, we start with A for Ashfield. We went to Ashfield park, where there are numerous monuments, statues, special trees and buildings. I concentrated a bit on the Mary Poppins statue in the Childrens playground area, but also did a strange ride that was there as well as some deap palm fronds which I found to be a good subject.

Here are the results

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12 Days of Christmas

Not sure I like the new format on WP, but here are my 12 days of Christmas art for this year. Hope you like


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Culture Club

If any of my former fellow students of 20th Century Literature are still following my post, The below link is for a series of lectures happening in the next two weeks at Sydney Opera House. A good range of topics are covered, and if you truly have an interest in 20th Century Literature, you will no doubt love these lectures.



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I Believe in Evolution

This essay seeks to highlight that the interests, concerns and experiences of the writers of the twentieth century, are still current to us today.

I believe in evolution of thought, of literature, and of truth. I also believe in the evolution of art and music as forms of communication but that is for another essay.

The question what is truth is a difficult one. In George Orwell’s 1984, truth was whatever Big Brother would have you believe.

There may be facts, and these will be established by looking at all perspectives. This is why policemen take a number of statements; from the victim, from the suspect, and various witness statements including experts who have been educated and can shed light on specific aspects.In a court of law, How can we state that we will tell the whole truth, “so help me God”. At best, we can promise to tell the truth as we know it. As far as we believe, we will tell it as it is, but our opinion of what is true may be swayed by others perspectives.

What is true to one, may not be true to another. I am reminded by an old story

There are four men standing in front of an elephant. They have been blind from birth and have never before seen an elephant. Each man is asked to describe the animal using only his hands as his ‘eyes’.

Man #1 touches the elephant’s trunk and says, “The elephant is this rough, bumpy feeling animal that is long and skinny, and quite flexible.”
Man #2 touches the elephant’s tusk and says, “An elephant has a very smooth and hard exterior, with a slight curve to its shell.”
Man #3 touches its body and says, “Wow, the elephant is a very large animal. Its skin has a leathery texture, and its shape is rather rotund.”
The last man touches the elephant’s ear and says, “Ah, the elephant is a very flat and flimsy animal. It appears to flap and move around quite a lot, which is probably its way of escaping danger.” (healing leaf)

This highlights the different perspectives of truth. If we put all four men’s stories together, then we get a more accurate picture than only looking at one perspective.

In Heart of Darkness, we see the truth from various perspectives as well. From Kurtz, we find that the Congo and its inhabitants are people to be exploited. The natives of the Congo look upon Kurtz as a king… a god even, where the facts are, he is a mortal man. Kurtz’s fiancee would view him as a hero, faithful to the end, whereas The truth is, he was not. The one who held the truth was Marlow, but I believe also that his perspective may have been biased. 

In the poets of WWI and All Quiet on the Western Front we have many perspectives of war. For the most part, one thing is in agreement, war is destructive. War has no value except to harness a hatred, fuel bias and discrimination, and feed the greed of the leaders. The monster of war is hungry, and it feeds on the blood of man. With Churchill imploring young men to war, supported by the poem The Soldier by Rupert Brooke, many thousands of men and boys lost their lives to feed the war machine who’s hunger would not be sated



Another perspective was found of war in WWI with soldiers, keeping diaries, in which they wrote thoughts and poems. Some were poets before the war, some found their inspiration in the trenches From these we see that war was not so gallant. The battlefield proved that it was the cause of the destruction of man. Men lost lives, limbs, minds and mates where the poppies grew.

Literature is a living evolving entity. It evolves with people. In the 19th Century, I believe one was more concerned with the niceties of life. The smell of roses, of love, care and kindness. World War I certainly changed the perception of the world for all. People were no longer content, they were restless. With the war brought a new wave of expression. Men were not able to “Buck up” or “keep a stiff upper lip”. The lip trembled with rage until it could not keep closed and shouted out it’s anger. No longer was unpleasantness glossed over, hidden in the shadows, but people began to admit that things weren’t so ‘rosy’.

Virginia Woolf – Roger Eliot Fry accessed http://artprints.leeds.gov.uk/art/110410/virginia-woolf


With the wave of emotion came writers who were able to express what people were feeling.. The Modernist writers began to write what they thought, and what they felt. Virginia Woolf wrote in a style which included internalised dialogue, talking to herself, evidenced in Mark on the Wall and Monday or Tuesday. Fiction writers were writing what is considered to be thinly veiled autobiographies; Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce for example. The written media allowed writers to vocalise their indignation at the leaders of society and indeed society in general. Virginia Woolf was able to champion the causes of women while EM Forster explored relationships in his works. He sought to express and explain love to society through his writing. After the persecution of Oscar Wilde, Forster hid his own sexuality, but in writing The Other Boat he was essentially asking “What is wrong with the love I feel?”

George Orwell. Photograph Public Domain

Orwell spoke of the ruination of the English language through misuse and abuse. Orwell spoke of the evolution of language in Politics and the English Language. He saw that people had become lazy in its use and so it was to the detriment of the language that it was changing. He blamed politics and the hierarchy for this movement away from the natural meaning of words. He saw the use of ‘dying metaphors, verbal false limbs, pretentious diction and meaningless words as decaying the quality of the English language. Orwell implored us to say what we mean.

I think that Orwell pleaded in vain. Politicians and leaders in the community still use these literary and verbal techniques as a way to exclude the average person in society. In essence, what the politicians are saying by using these techniques is “Oh, its too difficult for you to understand. Leave it to us. Trust us, we know what we are talking about.” Those who are not complacent or who don’t blindly accept what is being told, now have at our fingertips. the opportunity to do our own research, to become educated, and to question the status quo. We now all have access to improve our minds and have been given the ability to think critically and make opinions that are more informed than ever before.

The earths population is a transient one. Since WWII we have seen people travelling to escape the tyranny of bad government, to escape war, poverty and extreme hardship in order to find a better life for themselves and their children. With the movement of people, comes the movement of culture and language. The world has become a global community. The integration of cultures within a society has an influence on the language. Dry-Foot Bwoy by Louise Bennett being a perfect example. Her essay Jamaican Language explains how Jamaican language is thought to be a corruption of the English. She explains that if this is the case, then English is a corruption of Norman French, or Latin, or any other language that English has been derived from.

The English language  and literature has evolved to incorporate and express thoughts, feelings, rich culture from around the world to become what it is today.At present, we can see that graphic novels have become an accepted literary form, whereas fifty years ago, these were seen as comic books for superheroes and children’s entertainment. We see the use of acronyms as part of our conversational English and written communication. We see emoticons as a means to express what we are feeling when words can not say enough.

What does the future hold? Science fiction writers have predicted that in future there will be no need for language; that we will be able to communicate by thought transference. Unless everyone has a graphic mind, that is one that can express images, we still have a need for words. As long as people have differing perspectives of truth, we will still need to express our own perspective. God pray that we do not become so reliant on Big Brother that ‘his’ truth is the only one that matters.


2+2 = Art is writers own


Healing Leaf,. ‘How Would You Describe An Elephant?’. N.p., 2011. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

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My First Graduation Night


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Share Your World – 2014 Week 46

On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep? 

A powerpoint, or electric socket. I have sleep apnoea and require a CPAP machine to sleep. Other than that, I can sleep on a rock.

Music or silence while working?

Depends on what I am doing. If I am painting, I like music…something more orchestral or instrumental, or choral… choir singing hymns. If its too modern or loud I lose my concentration. When I am working on the computer (writing) I like silence. When I am photographing, I get into the spirit of the occasion, I generally take photos on the street, so subject ot all kinds of sounds. When I am doing inventory control…stocktaking, I am subject to whatever horrible music is over the PA system in the shopping centre or store I am working in. I never knew there was such bad music in the world.

If you were to move and your home came fully furnished with everything you ever wanted, list at least three things from your old house you wish to retain?

My own easel and paint kit, my camera, and thats about it really. I live simply.

What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?

Least favorite would be bus. I am a big person who sometimes requires a walking stick. I find the bus doors and aisles on non- disability friendly buses too narrow, the steps too steep, and people in Sydney sometimes too rude to let a disabled man sit down. I find small dinghy boats difficult to get in and out of, but I do have fun travelling in them once I am in. A friend has offered to take me kayaking, but I doubt they make a kayak big enough to hold me. he he. (I am Santa Shaped).bus

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Would I be so boring in again mentioning my incredible boyfriend. I am forever grateful for him. Oh alright… I will be a bit more diverse… I am grateful for toilets. I came across a display by a group called Engineers without borders yesterday. They had an art installation to hightlight the need for sanitation and toilets in many countries that still do not have them. Funds raised by this installation through donations go to sanitation and clean water supplies to some villages in Cambodia.IMG_1291 IMG_1292 IMG_1294

to donate… ewb.org.au

I am looking forward to attending more of the functions and events within Corroboree Sydney 2014 over these next 11 days.IMG_1311 IMG_1313 IMG_1356 IMG_1421 IMG_1436 IMG_1447

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Village Bizarre

Last night I attended the Village Bizarre at The Rocks in Sydney. Here are some of the photos that I took. Some of the sites were truly Bizarre. I couldn’t find a website address in the brochure however I found this on the back of it #VillageBizarre with the symbol for Facebook twitter and a camera icon (not sure what that one is sorry)… I am a social media newbie.

The Bizarre is on each Friday night until December 19. have fun.

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Bent Art

The Blue Mountains hosts a number of LGBTQI events during the June long weekend as part of pinkFEST including:

  • the very popular dance at Blackheath on Saturday night
  • the Three Sisters Costume Ball on the Sunday night.

The Blue Mountains have wonderful cafes and restaurants and all the gorgeous natural beauty that abounds in the area.

Why not tell your friends and make it a queer weekend in the Mountains in June 2014.

the committee


The Bent Art Exhibition opens on Friday night and  I have 2 works exhibited.

Would be wonderful if those in Sydney could support.

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Let’s Go Fishing

Let's Go Fishing

I started this on Friday and got to finish it today. I enjoyed trying to do precision work with Oil Pastels. Challenging but satisfying once it was done. Apologies for duplications for those who follow both of my blogs.

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17/11/2013 · 5:23 pm

New Blog “Dave Z’Art Sales”

I have created the Dave Z’Art Sales blog so that people who admire my artwork and photography have an opportunity to purchase it.

It will be shipped flat packed, not rolled, with adequate packaging, at your expense. I intend only to use Australia Post, however arrangements may be made by you for a courier service.

Pickup from my home (or my favorite cafe) in Sydney can be arranged and cash used to pay for your goods.

I take Paypal for any purchases.

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