I find these photos fascinating, you see I gave my camera to our 8 year old son one day as we wandered around Hanoi, Vietnam. These moments he captured give me insight into how he saw things on this particular day, moments that were missed by me at the time.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust
Just for the record, I am not a drawer or illustrator. I have absolutely no drawing skills whatsoever! Every now and then I do take pencil/pen to paper and have a doodle. I have been using some beautiful pencils called "Inktense" they are expensive but so lovely and soft with quite brilliant colours, which does not show up well in this shot. It is good to step outside of your comfort zone, that is where the growth happens.
On that note, back to the drawing board.
I love street art, this is a shot from a trip we took to Melbourne last year. Time to make plans for another Melbourne trip I think! Happy weekend.
Every school holidays I like to have a mini art workshop in my home. I enjoy teaching and sharing my knowledge and I love having like minded people around my table loving the creative process. It is such good therapy for everyone involved. I only feel comfortable having people who I know, and I often wish I had a space outside of my home so I could open up the classes to the wider community.
For now though I am looking forward to my little group arriving and seeing their results of the mixed media project I have for them. I shall share the finished works here soon.
I really never thought that I would have a post regarding a dog, however here I am with Sunnie. You see Sunnie and I have spent a little bit of time together over the last 6 months as I have coached and instructed her lovely owner/parent in painting.
She greats me at every visit with one of her special toys in her mouth hoping desperately that I will be impressed with the mangled, slobbery object, which of course I am.
So Sunnie believe it or not you make me realise how lucky I am that I get to visit you and your Mum to do one of the things I love so much in life...paint and teach!
......an intense and irresistible desire for freedom.
My family and I recently travelled to Vietnam and I discovered that travelling, for me comes with an incredible sense of freedom. To experience a different way of life, to drop yourself into a contrasting culture expands the mind in so many ways, particularly creatively. I found the time to notice the "everyday" life of colours, language and smells that can completely turn you on your head........ this is stunning Hanoi.
I have wanted to teach a mixed media workshop for a long time. For those that have been students of mine know that we have shared the joys of making a Christmas Bauble and turning a blank canvas into an intuitive creative painting together.
However, I have always loved paper and so I think it is time to share my paper love. I have been collaborating with my beautiful son, who is a fabulous student and his art work turned out fabulously! Mine however was a dud, so back to the drawing board and teaching plan until it has been perfected. Stay tuned and hopefully there will be a workshop for the upcoming holidays.
“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”
- Phil Collins
Sydney based mixed media artist.