Miss Penny's Arty Stuff is a blog for artists. I aim to promote the many genres of the arts and share stories of interest and relevancy with an artistic community.

The photo above is of the Belabula River, Carcoar NSW where my family comes from.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Oversized Organics

Check out the wonderful harvests I've had this week.  My hen, Daphne laid the massive egg weighing 90 grams and my little, potted lemon tree produced these stunning lemons, the largest is 10 cms long and weighs 550 grams.

My friend Anne suggested I make Lemon Butter!

This summer I intend to do some more organic gardening as part of my Creative Therapies.  It's so rewarding when the produce is......  well lets face it............ MAJESTIC!

I hope your week has been great too and your productive spirit has had a chance to fly.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Take time to read poetry.

For your pleasure and mine;

On the Night Train 
by Henry Lawson 1922

Have you seen the bush by moonlight, from the train, go running by?
Blackened log and stump and sapling, ghostly trees all dead and dry;
Here a patch of glassy water; there a glimpse of mystic sky?
Have you heard the still voice calling – yet so warm, and yet so cold:
"I'm the Mother-Bush that bore you! Come to me when you are old"?

Did you see the Bush below you sweeping darkly to the Range,
All unchanged and all unchanging, yet so very old and strange!
While you thought in softened anger of the things that did estrange?
(Did you hear the Bush a-calling, when your heart was young and bold:
"I'm the Mother-bush that nursed you; Come to me when you are old"?)

In the cutting or the tunnel, out of sight of stock or shed,
Did you hear the grey Bush calling from the pine-ridge overhead:
"You have seen the seas and cities – all is cold to you, or dead –
All seems done and all seems told, but the grey-light turns to gold!
I'm the Mother-Bush that loves you – come to me now you are old"?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mary Poppins musical sweeps awards

Mary Poppins musical sweeps the Helpmann Awards! Congratulations to the producers and cast.

We have such talent in this country and yet the ABC has just axed Arts Programming. What a terrible shame and a statement about the level of importance the Arts holds in Australia. Imagine a future without public programming about Arts. Are only those people who pay for television to have any Arts Programming? Won't this further divide the audiences into the 'die-hard Arts attendees' and make it even more difficult to engage the 'not-so-interested' group? I believe we don't want to just preach to the converted - we need art to be accessible, this decision isn't helping. Please have your say too.


Building an Audience

More than anything, I'm interested in promoting the Arts. Therefore I recommend the following site for some great tips on building an audience.


The website (provided by the Australia Council) helps you navigate your way around the unique and specific needs of 'Arts' Marketing.

The case studies provide some great examples too.

I thought it was a wonderful resource, I hope you find it useful too.

Omar Edwards

I sometimes tell the story of taking tap class with a cool dude in New York, who brought his puppy to class and had a lolly pop sticking out of his mouth while he muttered bee bop instructions.

Please enjoy Mr Omar Edwards who starred alongside Savion Glover in the Broadway production of 'Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk'.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Hybrid Dance Styles

There's been a bit of talk around about pole dancing especially since Australia played host to the Asia Pacific Championships recently. I thought I'd do some personal research and see just what my position was on this dance style. Well..... I can only say that some of it is fantastic. Generally it's pretty sexy (there can be no denying) and when tastefully and artistically performed I'd have to say, I'm a fan.

I always admire a performer who has clearly spent a great deal of time perfecting their art. I appreciate, strength, beauty, artistry and line, all of which you will see in the clip I've chosen for you from Elena Gibson. I enjoyed the melding of genres and cross cultivation can only be a good thing, expanding the audience for art and entertainment in the process. I found the work relevant and entertaining. Enjoy!