It has been a long time since I have been able to spend time in my studio.
And it has been a long time since I have blogged; however I am now back.
After our travels it took a while to settle back into the swing of life. We had to catch up with all our family, get the house and garden back to how we like it, visit friends, etc and just be.
Whilst I absolutely enjoyed the travel we did last year with all the fabulous experiences, all the interesting people and the exceptional art that we saw; it feels so good to now come back to my special place, my studio.
As with every craftsman, whilst inspiration and innovative ideas are necessary, your work is only as good as your tools. Therefore I have undertaken a huge revamp, repositioning my workspace and the public Gallery space in my studio. It now works so well and I think I have got it right, my perfect working environment!
Peter has been wonderful and a great help to me with everything – cleaning, moving and updating equipment, offering suggestions of placement to achieve optimum results, etc.
Let me know what you think of my revamped studio.
I have so much inspiration and I feel the need to commence.
I also have to start making more pieces for my retail outlets again.
So I will have much to blog about along the way but first I must PAINT.
I have decided to indulge my fascination with texture. I use whatever feels right at the time, pieces of paper, material and whatever else catches my imagination. I have been having such fun and look forward to where ever my new journey in this style takes me.
My new works are full of texture, depth and colour and my new pieces are all abstract in nature.
A lot of these pieces have been painted on recycled timber. I love to recycle wherever I can and I use pieces of found driftwood and old pieces of furniture. I also use pages from old books, pieces of material, broken zippers and whatever odd pieces I discover.
Everything we have in life comes because of our belief that they are possible.
Yet, believing in yourself sometimes is much easier said than done.
So I have done a little research and come up with list of things that we should all try to do to maintain a healthy belief in ourselves.
- Make a list of your past accomplishments.
- Talk to people who love you.
- Set realistic goals for each day.
- Be persistent.
- Connect with people.
- Build yourself up – practice positive thinking.
- Find ways to keep moving forward – never allow yourself to be stuck in a rut.
- Be proactive – don’t put off to tomorrow what can be done today
- Focus on the positive
- Practice speaking up for yourself.
If we try and address these ten points each day, we will be unstoppable!
So join me on my journey. then we can all Listen to our hearts and Trust in our decisions.
There are some fabulous examples of Australian art on this months Shop Australia’s Board on Etsy.
Please visit and enjoy all the great work currently being displayed from my fellow Australian artists.
I am delighted to say that my Blackie, the Black Parrot is featured in the Australia Day Board.
Just click on the ling below.
I created this Inspirational Image to address the fact that many of us worry too much.
They say that a little worry is healthy; it keeps us thinking ahead and helps us prepare to work around unexpected misfortune. However, when you worry too much, you make your whole life miserable and burden yourself with a lot of unnecessary stress.
Why do we worry? At its root, worrying is often a fear of uncertainty. Various studies have ascertained and it was found that worriers agonised about matters that rarely occurred. However, the majority of participants reported they believed ‘ over-thinking’ about a possible negative event had helped prevent it from taking place.
Worry is something that many people experience. It’s not the same as thinking. Thinking leads to solutions. Worrying leads nowhere. Thinking leads to action. Worrying leads to nothing. Thinking leads to relief. Excessive worrying leads only to powerlessness, tiredness and exhaustion.’
Worries have the unpleasant habit of entering your head and not leaving; thoughts go round in circles and in the end make mountains out of molehills.
Exercises to combat excessive worry can include learning to concentrate on an activity such as a hobby, reading, listing to music, daily exercise or simply concentrating on your breathing.
I used the image of dragonflies skimming over water for this inspirational image: Skim over life’s worries like a dragonfly over water, with elegance and beauty.
Dragonflies have been on earth for more than 300 million years. Their flight is so special that it has inspired engineers who dream of making robots that can fly like dragonflies. They hover and skim over water with elegance and dexterity. Because dragonflies are so fascinating to watch, it is impossible to worry – their beauty calms the viewer and washes away their worries.
I sure this image, nicely framed, on the wall in the bedroom or in the home or office will remind us that we should seize the day and expel unnecessary worry.