I spent the day on Saturday with my extended Australian family, Maria (Amanda’s mother-in-law) and Linda (Amanda’s sister-in-law’s mother-in-law). I think I will call us the Outlaws. Anyway, we met at the Gallery of New South Wales for lunch. They have a beautiful restaurant with glass walls that overlooks the Botanical Gardens and the harbor. It is one of my favorite spots for lunch in Sydney as the food, wine, and views are spectacular. After lunch, we made our way down to the incredible, Sydney Moderns exhibition. We ended up spending the entire day there and only realized it upon exiting the gallery. Now that is a great exhibit! One of my many favorites in the exhibition were the still life paintings by Margaret Preston called Banksia, 1927 from the National Gallery of Art and The Brown Pot, 1940. The flowers depicted were like nothing I had ever seen!
Another find in the exhibit was the De Mestre Colour Harmonising Disc. Roy de Maistre was an Australian artist and musician recognized not only for his use of pure abstractionism, but for his early experiments with color theory and its relationship to music harmony. The tool has two disks, major and minor, that aid a designer in choosing pleasing color schemes. I had to have one and luckily, the museum had reproduced them for sale in the gift shop.
The following evening, I had dinner with my daughter, Amanda, and her friend Nicole at a lovely restaurant called Chiswick in the area called Woollahra. Again, the food, the atmosphere, and the company were fabulous. It is my birthday this week and both Amanda and Nicole surprised me with the most gorgeous bouquets of native Australian flowers. How serendipitous that these bouquets included Banksia. They were a riot of color! Though it is spring here in Australia, all I could think of is what a gorgeous color scheme these would make for an autumn wedding back home. Amanda took her entire wedding palette from a bouquet of fresh flowers. Nothing beats Mother Nature when it comes to color. The next day, I pulled out my new harmonizing disc and went to work using the colors in my bouquets and the flower paintings to create some autumn color palettes. Which one do you like best?
Speaking of Autumn, here is another lovely infographic from our friends at Simply Bridal.