Sunday, July 02, 2006

Small child running around enjoying the Sidney Nolan room at the Art Gallery

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The snake charmer

Etienne Dinet, 1889, oil on canvas. Art Gallery of NSW, purchased 1890.

OK, another from the Art Gallery's collection. This has always been one my favourites, but on looking at it yesterday, I reckon it might be numero uno, trumping even the Queen of Sheba (see below). What do I love about it? Most of all the faces, and the light. Incredible. Posted by Picasa

The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon

Edward John Poynter, 1890, oil on canvas. Art Gallery of NSW, purchased 1892.

This has always been our favourite paining at the Art Gallery. It's so huge and imposing and full of colour and vibrancy and splendour and detail. We took the kids yesterday to see it for the first time, and I think they liked it too.

("When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relation to the name of the LORD, she cam to test him with hard questions." Read the full story here.) Posted by Picasa

Art Gallery of NSW

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3am conversation with almost 4 year old ...

"Daddy!" [calling across hallway from one bedroom to another.]

[Daddy walks in.]

"Yes darling."

"I had a scary dream."

"Well why don't you pray and ask God to take away the scary dreams?"

"OK. Dear God, please don't let me have any more scary dreams. Amen."

"Good night darling."

"Nigh-night daddy."

[10 minutes later]


[Daddy walks in.]

"Yes darling."

"I had more scary dreams."

"Did you darling?"

"Didn't God hear me?"

"Darling, God always heres us when we pray to him."

"Is heaven near Australia?"

"Yes, heaven's near everywhere."

"Is heaven near Perth?"

"Yes darling. Good night."