Solbit Sees Thunder Spirits

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Dear Nicalai,

I have to tell you about our wonderful day with Jamie, Wuna, and Reina, friends of Nona and Papa.  They took us to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in downtown Sydney. I actually had a great time at the museum.  No kidding.

Jamie is the dad.  Wuna is the mom, and Reina, 11 years old, is their daughter, and they all like art.  Me, too!  I really liked being with them, especially Reina.  She’s smart and already knows a lot about art.  She couldn’t wait to get to the art gallery.  She showed us the Asian Art first, but we saw other art too.  That’s when I saw “The Thunder Spirits.”  That’s the name of an aboriginal painting that I especially liked.


The Thunder Spirits (Birimbira) by Munggurrawuy Yunupingu

After walking through several rooms in the gallery, Papa and Wuna took a rest.  You can do that in a museum.  Nona calls it “pacing yourself.”  You just rest when you need to and then move on.


Papa & Wuna taking a rest at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

We all said, “Wow!” when we turned a corner and saw this impressionist painting of a woman named Margaret.  See how the artist left out a lot of details and just used big bold paint strokes, but my eyes somehow fill in the details anyway.  Amazing!


Margaret Olley by Ben Quilty

Nona had to have a photo of that one, and, first, she asked the museum guard if it was ok to take a photo.  She said, “OK, just no flash, please.”

Hey, I know you like art, so let me know if you liked any of these pictures of art.

 I’m your friend.



April 2014

  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”


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