When we visited Tasmania, I immediately hit the bitumen. Like a modern-day explorer, I use bitumen roads and highways to seek the natural beauty of Tasmania. However, whilst these highways traverse and float over the land acting like a magic carpet to take me wherever I wish, combined with today’s ever-growing civilisation, they tend to mask the real Tasmania.
This piece is initially painted in many layers of blues
greens oranges and purple to represent the colours of natural Tasmania – it’s beautiful
trees, mountains, lakes, rivers and sky.
This montage of colour is then covered in grey and white to
represent today’s continual encroachment of buildings and development on the
landscape. Grey and white signifies tin,
concrete and steel, all dull uninspiring colours. Then over that, is painted harsh black to
represent the bitumen.
Tasmania’s natural beauty is hidden beneath civilisation. As
we traverse the bitumen to get where we want to go, we must delve deep to see the
natural Tasmania. Look through the black,
grey and white, it is there underneath, waiting to be discovered.
In today’s busy world it seems that Inspirational and/or Positive Posters are a new growing trend as a method of self-help. Inspirational posters are very much here to stay as a daily tool for happiness. It makes sense because in today’s non-stop, hyper-active world and it’s often hard to find time to read an inspirational self- help-book — but you can always find time to read an inspirational poster.
There are many ways we can change negative thoughts and self-criticism to more realistic and positive thoughts. Focusing on all of them at once may be overwhelming, but focusing on a few at a time and reminding ourselves of these positive approaches regularly can change our self-esteem.
To this end I have now added Inspirational Quotes superimposed on my art as a downloadable print. A downloadable print enables people to have their chosen image printed in any size and on any medium – such as heavy-duty watercolour paper, canvas or paper. They can also print the image more than once.
I list here some Positive Thought Strategies that we should always try to embrace in our daily lives:
Accentuate the positive.
Accept flaws and being human.
Replace criticism with encouragement.
Don’t feel guilty about things beyond your control.
Don’t feel responsible for everything.
Do feel responsible for your feelings.
Treat yourself kindly.
Give yourself a break.
Choose the brighter side of things.
Forgive and forget.
Focus on what you CAN do, not what you can’t.
Using just one or two of these strategies on a regular basis can greatly increase your positive self-image and self-esteem.
My friends all know that I like to resurrect pieces of driftwood and natural pebbles
So friends often turn up at my studio with a piece of unusual driftwood or pebbles that they have found whilst they were out and about.
A while ago a special artist friend turned up with a long and interesting piece of pandanus tree that she had found washed up on Burleigh Headland.
It was bruised and battered and looked like it had been floating in the ocean for a long time, full of holes, but what an interesting and unusual shape and patina on the timber!
It was beautiful but the shape was so usual that I could not decide what I was going to do with it.
I placed it in a prominent position in the garden, near the pool, where I could look at it daily. It took me over 4 months but I finally felt the piece ‘speak’ to me.
The Pandanus spiralis is an Australian shrub or small tree up to 10 metres in height. It has long, spiny leaves organised in a spiral arrangement. The plant bears a large, pineapple-like cluster of fruit that turn orange-red when ripe. Wildlife including birds take advantage of the spiny leaves by living in the tree for protection. They also favour its fruit.
So I decided to continue with the Australian theme and I covered it with shapes and stripes in Australia’s earth colours of orange, yellow and yellow ochre.
When I had finished I found that I ended up with my very own didgeridoo.