I was back in Sydney recently to sort out a few very heavy things in my life. I might tell you about them another time. But Lavender Bay was a beautiful pause in my trip. There is such a feeling of nostalgia in Sydney, not just because that’s where I grew up. It’s an energy I pick up from poets and artists who once thrived in areas like the Hawkesbury River and Potts Point. So I suppose it’s no wonder I feel so drawn to Lavender Bay, as this is where Wendy Whiteley (and her husband Brett Whitely) converted what was basically a junk yard, in to the little oasis it is today. Wendy is shy, but I’ve spoken to her a few times and she was even happy to pose for a portrait. I make sure to thank her for the care she’s taken in this garden she keeps up for the public to enjoy.
Here is a quick pen sketch I did while sitting there in the sun.
Photography is one of my most loved outlets for my creativity. It’s pretty neat to be able to give others a peek in to how I see things and what catches my eye. It’s like “Here, see the way the light is hitting that leaf? I find it beautiful and maybe you will too”. Or, “Look at how utterly unique that person is”. *CLICK*
I already have a photography blog, but am thinking of taking it down because I’ve recently integrated my photos in to this here site. I figure it makes sense to have it all in the one place. You can have a look for yourself up there in the menu under photography (though I probably didn’t need to tell you that).
I mostly use my Olympus OM2 film camera, but sometimes shoot with a Sony Nex digital. There’s something about film I can’t resist.
It is nearly a full moon. On the opposite side of the sky, Venus and Jupiter look like they are about to collide. Directly below, a fire is burning in an open field.
It’s been a long time since I’ve carried business cards around with me. I was looking through Moo cards recently and was wooed by their square shaped business card design. I’ve written about it on my photography blog already, but there’s something so aesthetically pleasing about art or photography framed by a square. It just brings everything together so neatly.
I had a think about which pieces of my work I ought to slap on the back of my card, but I thought better of it and created a new piece entirely. I love birds, they’re pretty neat. So they are the theme of my cards this time. I like the idea of creating something new each time I need a new bunch printed. I haven’t received the cards just yet, but here’s how the back looks. I used watercolor paints on watercolor paper. On a side note, why does some watercolor paper smell like poop? It’s really terrible.
The moon and I have a bit of a thing going. I love seeing its friendly face in the sky, reminding me of how phases will always come to pass. For this reason, I feel rather lucky to continue working with the lovely Ezzie Spencer of Lunar Abundance on her branding and design projects. The latest project being this mammoth 2015 lunar planner, which I admit was completed a little while back and am only just now thinking to share. The image below is just a cropped version of the planner in hopes of encouraging you to hop on over to Ezzie’s website and download it for free (^-^) It makes for some pretty special wall swag, or you can just refer to it digitally. You’d be surprised about how much the ebb and flow of life makes sense once you start following the phases of our moon!
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Writing is something I truly enjoy. I’ve never formally studied poetry or anything beyond high school English, but I kind of like the fact that I could be making all kinds of writing faux pas while happily spilling out whatever comes to mind. I would love to study it one day though and I wonder how much my style may change after learning the “rules”.
For now, I’ve put together a small collection of my favourite pieces. You can see them in the writing section of this here site. Being predominantly an illustrator and designer, I couldn’t help but accompany them with watercolour artworks inspired by the words. Here’s one now if you’re curious.
….think of an industry Tony Abbott could visit next where he will show his support in the best way he knows how: by eating its goods.
I’ve illustrated some examples below. Credit goes to my partner James for this idea. He has a pretty great brain.
I love writing, mostly prose style. I try my best to write in my own voice coupled with my imagination. I like the idea of illustrating some of my pieces, here is the first attempt.
To keep inspired and engaged (no, this isn’t an excerpt from a powerpoint presentation for a telecommunications client) I will try to keep up a blog of my latest endeavours and designy/artsy crushes. I figured for my first post which happens to land at the start of a new year, it might be fun to play around with the numbers of 2015 them self.
As soon as I started sketching out ideas, I realised that I really wanted to create something which spoke of new beginnings and a chance to make amends. The world and all of it’s funny little people running around (you and I) could really do with a moment of closing our eyes and thinking about PEACE. Being peace.
“Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or nonbelieving, man or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love. We all aspire to happiness and we all shun suffering. Each of us has hopes, worries, fears, and dreams. Each of us wants the best for our family and loved ones. We all experience pain when we suffer loss and joy when we achieve what we seek. On this fundamental level, religion, ethnicity, culture, and language make no difference.” – Dalai Lama