Sunday, September 30, 2007

more journal pages

All my colored work has this color scheme, I do have other colors but they sit in the box unused. I found a really good journal for ink and wash yesterday, it's a $7.00 sketch pad with 200gsm paper, specifically for ink and wash, they come in smooth or textured. It's one of those pads that you can tear the finished page off easily, I don't like that sort. I bought it because it's so hard to find sketchbooks with good paper for wet media and I was sure I could make it more durable, I found some resources on the net about Japanese book binding and ended up using these instructions . However I didn't take the book apart at all, just sewed it close to the original binding tape and stuck a piece of watercolor paper on the front which I will embellish at some stage. Perhaps I'll post a pic of the finished cover at a later date. All in all I was very pleased with the result so far.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Friday, September 21, 2007


Took the kids to the beach today. It was overcast but mild, Kobe and Hana ran in and out of the waves, the clouds hung darkly over the pier, I collected different colored glass worn smooth by a million waves. We came away rejuvenated, licking fine salt spray from our lips.

Thursday, September 20, 2007


Monday, September 17, 2007


The forces of the Universe must be in alignment, both the kids were busy at the same time and not hungry for a change, the husband is working late. I sat on the sofa with Ry Cooder on the sound system , a glass of wine and the sketchbook and pen. Satisfaction settled on me like Spring sunshine and really....what more can I ask for. I feel very lucky.

A quote- "The specialness of artists is the degree to which these precarious balances are crucial backups for their real endeavor. Their essential effort is to catapult themselves wholly, without holding back one bit, into a course of action without having any idea where they will end up. They are like riders who gallop into the night, eagerly leaning on their horse's neck, peering into a blinding rain. and they have to do it over and over again. When they find that they have ridden and ridden- maybe for years, full tilt- in what is for them a mistaken direction, they must unearth within themselves some readiness to turn direction and to gallop off again."
Anne Truitt- Daybook, The Journal of an Artist.
A link- Pamela Dale an Australian Artist who makes some lovely assemblages in the shape of clothing and the very sensuous "blue paintings".

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Not very much

"The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it."
Dee Hock

At least that's the reason I'm giving for sitting about doing not very much.

Some lovely installation work by artist Maria Hinze

Friday, September 14, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Birth induced vision abnormality

I know I'm getting a bit obsessive with these dashes, my eyes are so red from staring at the page! They fascinate me because this is what I saw on light blank surfaces after the births of my kids. I remember staring at the wall in our bedroom in wonder at the sworls and dots and at the same time being a bit concerned that my vision was going. They went away eventually, in hindsight I guess it was caused by sleep deprivation.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Creative explosion

I mentioned in my last post how I stopped making art after art school, I couldn't cope with all I thought had to be done in order to be a successful artist. Just the thought of having to come up with brilliant, original works and networking with those that might further my career and building up a good cv and exhibiting as often as possible pretty much blocked me completely. I don't want to talk anymore about my 'creative trauma' but instead to mention what seems to be a creative renaissance. The people whose work I read about and look at are people who create for the pure enjoyment of it, selling or not selling just isn't the focus. The Net too, has joined people together, art isn't just in the galleries thank goodness! You can get on the net and look at work by all sorts of people from all over the world whose common thread is simply their joy in making stuff. It makes me feel for the first time that there are no rules and how liberating that is!
These people who may or may not call themselves artists often are more prolific than your traditional artist, I think this is because of a lack of inhibition, making art is about enjoying the process rather than trying to make a living or trying to become famous. (though there's nothing wrong if that happens too!) I was reading about Lisa Congdon this week, she calls herself an Outsider Artist because she has no art training, what I like about her is that she is incredibly prolific but the drive comes from an absolute need and love for creating, you can read an interview with her in Juxtapoz magazine here( sorry, this link isn't working for some reason, you can access it from the About page on her site.) Also she has a great blog here .
While I was thinking about all this, I had a look at this German site that documents Street Art, it brightens my day to spot little masterpieces while I'm out and about. What's your opinion on Street Art? Is it done by criminals or do you see it as unbridled creativity?

Friday, September 7, 2007

A moment to feel thankful

Tonight I was thinking of how I got back into art. It wasn't that long ago really, I made some toys for friends last Christmas in an effort to break the mass hysterical consumer orgy that Christmases past have been for me. After that little taste of creativity, something inside me was released, I never wanted to be without it again. When we went to Germany I was looking online for an English speaking life drawing class in the town where we were living. I didn't find one, but I did find Every Day Matters. From Danny Gregory's site I then discovered "The Wish Jar" by keri smith, she has been such a comfort when I've been feeling kinda lost. Her wild abandon and playfulness in creativity has inspired me to create where long ago as an art student I became overwhelmed and paralyzed with fear.
My journal has, as you have probably noticed, taken another swing in style, once upon a time this would have mortified me because I was constantly criticized at art school for not developing a signature style. These days, I welcome the new ideas.
I was browsing keri's site again tonight and out of interest read her article " How to start as an illustrator." She mentioned Bruce Mau's Incomplete Manifesto what he had to say seemed so wise to me at this stage in my life. I really think that what people like Danny Gregory, keri smith and Bruce Mau have done for us ordinary mortals has been absolutely liberating and it has been such a joyous journey to do and also to see the amazing work by people from all walks of life.

Thursday, September 6, 2007


"You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait. You need not even wait, just learn to become quiet, and still, and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet."
-Franz Kafka

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


Monday, September 3, 2007

Time for a change.....again.

Wow, that was a strange experience. Last week I was happily drawing away when 'Pouf! ( everything sounds classier in French.) Inspiration dried up like the run-away Baked Bean under the couch. At least this time, I only felt mild consternation rather than a full-on panic attack. Maybe I could even grow to love and embrace these times. This week I've been thinking REINVENT. I reinvent all the time, this year I decided I wouldn't take on anymore new activities because I could feel myself wearing thin, last year I did Belly Dancing, pottery, fun runs, yoga, a writing course and I can't remember the rest but of course nothing was completed. I came to my senses this year and realised that staying at home with the kids, being a mum,wife, sister, daughter and trying to be creative really was enough for my limited energy stores. My compulsion to reinvent is something that I've really been ashamed of in the past. Deep down I believed reinvention really meant "unable to finish things" and "unfocused" but this is my year of being kind to myself and embracing the imperfection of life and perhaps even acknowledging that spontaneity, surprises, and gifts from your intuition are all good things that come from reinvention.