Avebury and Stonehenge

Stonehenge and 3 menhirs from Avebury Everyone knows about Stonehenge, but less well known is Avebury henge, the largest stone circle in the world. A larger prehistoric circular monument, called Marden Henge, located between Avebury and Stonehenge contains no stones, but has massive earthworks. It is much bigger than Stonehenge and Avebury, and is the … Continue reading Avebury and Stonehenge

Red ochre revolution

It's impossible to put an exact date on when art emerged in prehistory, especially since we don't know if the first attempts were on rock, or some other, less enduring medium, such as wood, bone, in the dirt, or even on the skins of the makers. At best we know ancient people were using ochre … Continue reading Red ochre revolution

Great Southern Land

I acknowledge the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia and pay my respects to their elders, past and present, and extend my respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. I've been spending quite a bit of time re-acquainting myself with, and journaling about, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural history. Aboriginal … Continue reading Great Southern Land

Playing with my favourite pen and subject

Claudia Nice is the first artist that inspired me try working with pen and ink with several books, including Drawing in Pen and Ink. I like to engage fully with what I'm doing and ink requires a level of commitment that appeals to my nature. I like detail and I enjoy how tight and clear … Continue reading Playing with my favourite pen and subject

A universe of ideas

As a child, at least as early as I can remember, I believed ideas were absorbed from the universe, that our brains were receivers, picking up on the tangible experiences and events of real beings who lived beyond our solar system or in another dimension. What it meant, basically, was that somewhere in the universe … Continue reading A universe of ideas

Talent versus skill in creativity

The reality is more complex than either/or. Imagination and inventiveness aren't only for artists, film-makers and writers; creativity is innate to all humans, even those who think they don't have a creative bone in their bodies. We all use our creative muscles every day in problem-solving, in humour, coming up with meal plans, writing essays … Continue reading Talent versus skill in creativity

The Art of Looking Sideways, by Alan Fletcher

If you're looking for a book that is all about visual and creative thinking, but you feel like going on a tour of the unexpected, look no further than Alan Fletcher's, The Art of Looking Sideways. Unless you've already heard of it (it's been around for almost 20 years) and have one or two copies … Continue reading The Art of Looking Sideways, by Alan Fletcher

Diagnosis: Creative block

Yesterday I tentatively diagnosed myself with the unhappy affliction that affects many creative people: creative block. But here's the thing: I don't think it's a big deal, but it got me thinking about what it really means and if it's even a thing. Spoiler: it is if you say it is. Critics of creative block, … Continue reading Diagnosis: Creative block