I've been creatively stagnating and unhappy about it for too long. Too many of the drawings or paintings I attempted ended up stuffed in a pile of defeat, or worse, destined for landfill, which always felt wasteful and discourteous. Worse still, so many of the sketchbooks or visual diary's I've started have fallen out of … Continue reading Unnerving my inner critic
Just for fun I decided to imagine creative projects as a landscape through which we journey. I made a map of what one journey to project completion (Fruition) might look like. Most ideas for creative projects start out as a spark, washed up or captured on the shores of the Sea of Imagination. A (not … Continue reading A creative odyssey
Last year in September the authorities in South-east Queensland, where I live, told us to prepare for water restrictions, as previous wet seasons had failed and the dam levels were getting low (under 50% for our largest dam). Two months later, the Bureau of Meteorology predicted a wet summer and Australia recorded its wettest November … Continue reading Crikey . . .
I once worked for a bush regeneration project in which I planted thousands of Australian native trees over the course of about six months. Despite the stinking heat and creature-invested dirt (including some rather deadly spiders and snakes), I loved every minute. I'll never get tired of trees. I love looking at them, being near … Continue reading Every day is tree day
In keeping with my 2022 Intentions poster I've been putting my pens and pencils to good use and filling a sketchbook with art for fun. Ok, so these aren't exactly absent-minded scribbles, but they aren't showpieces either. This is as close to doodling as I've been able to get. It's really hard to create art … Continue reading Mindful doodling: Am I doing it right?
A very Happy New Year to you. Busyness took over life for a little while, but this week I took the time to sit down and map out my (mostly) creative intentions for 2022. I decided to go with intentions instead of goals because creativity itself is something I live every day rather than an … Continue reading Creative Intentions
I've been on the look out for a new ceramic watercolour mixing palette, appropriately sized and shaped for my workspace, so I looked on Etsy and loved the handcrafted palettes I saw there. There are such clever people out there. Unfortunately all the ones I liked shipped from overseas. The postage service is understandably overwhelmed … Continue reading Impetus for creative pursuits
Questions I ask myself at 2 am when I can't sleep: How much does the Earth weigh? How fast are we travelling through the Milk Way? Is it always this quiet? Why aren't my watercolours coming out as expected? Why can't I stop? The question regarding watercolour expectations versus reality is simple to answer, at … Continue reading Creativity is not a luxury
Creative block is a topic I keep revisiting because my thoughts on what it is and how to overcome it are always evolving. Creative block is an umbrella term which includes, but is not limited to, creativity fatigue, artist's block, and the more well-known writer's block. I've read a lot of articles and blog posts … Continue reading Your creative treasure chest
I've just finished a rather large pen and ink and watercolour of an antarctic beech; those magnificent Gondwana relics, which I am blessed to live in the same state as. I have a collection of photos of two rather old trees in particular from several different pilgrimages. Unfortunately that still wasn't enough for a faithful … Continue reading A tree on INPRNT.com and a promo code