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Friday Feedbag

May 18, 2018 — Leave a comment

The creative life is all about feeding one’s imagination with a wide variety of inputs – gathering inspiration, provoking thought, tickling one’s fancy – and then making connections between all these disparate little bites. Here’s a selection of what grabbed my attention lately, perhaps some of them will inspire you too.

The Danish National Symphony Orchestra are SO GOOD! (if you are reading this via email, see the video HERE)

If you have time they also do the Star Wars Suite (an hour long) ..i f you dont have an hour, watch from the 53-minute mark for the best rendition of the Cantina song I’ve seen... everyone is having so much fun it is guaranteed to make you smile!

Looking for something to do with your old books?

These organic mandalas are just mesmerising.

How to be happier.

Robots will not be taking jobs from artists any time soon.

This is my favourite Instagram account at the moment… I really want to pat her dog! He looks like such a character.

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
– Edward de Bono

To finish off with a little more music… here’s a mashup for the ages. (if you are reading this via email, click HERE to see the video) If you have time … here they are in concert in Italy a couple of years ago. Astonishing talent!

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Friday Feedbag

April 6, 2018 — Leave a comment

Short week’s always make me feel a little odd and out of sorts. Things feel like they are happening on the wrong days and I get myself all tangled up and confused.  Little pockets of creativity and feeding my addled brain kept me going to the end of this week!

 Here’s a selection of what grabbed my attention, perhaps some of them will inspire you too.

I love how music creates space and let’s me relax and breathe deeply. I have had Yo-Yo Ma on repeat this week. (see the video HERE if you are receiving this via email subscription)

This bumble bee story made me teary! Look at that fuzzy butt!

Feathery forests and twinkling skies. Sad but serene.

Bet you couldn’t do this!!! But it would be fun to try.

Today I escaped from he crush of circumstances, or better put, I threw them out, for the crush wasn’t from outside me but in my own assumptions.”

– Marcus Aurelius

Wanna check that ego mate? An easy guide for one and all.

Would you like to see progress shots of my church paintings for my upcoming calendar? You can see them on Instagram.

This flower looks like and ice cream and absolutley delicious.

Speaking of ice cream … who knew it had it’s own museum. So cool… Boom tsh !

Working back up to being able to play this properly again…so rusty! (see the video HERE if you are receiving this via email subscription)

 

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Friday Feedbag

March 23, 2018 — Leave a comment

The creative life is all about feeding one’s imagination with a wide variety of inputs – gathering inspiration, provoking thought, tickling one’s fancy – and then making connections between all these disparate little bites. Here’s a selection of what grabbed my attention this fortnight, perhaps some of them will inspire you too.

A Lego arm – how clever!  (if reading via email, you can see the video HERE)

 

Have you ever wondered what an open mind might look like?

Rule of art: “Can’t” kills Creativity!
 – Camille Paglia

I want a kitchen windowsill lined with these one day!

I’m thinking these bathroom tiles might give me performance anxiety.

How to get yourself out of a funk. This is a handy list to have around.

These scenes make me smile … so amusing on so many levels.

It would be really trippy to sit in the middle of this installation

I love watching other people draw and paint, I learn so much! This is a favourite at the moment (if reading via email you can see the video HERE)

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Running just a little bit late this week because I got thoroughly sidetracked playing the new guitar The Viking sent me for Christmas/birthday. Isn’t she lovely? Her name is Nat and she plays like a dream — big mellow sound straight out of the box, I can only see her getting better with age. My calluses need to grow to accommodate the extra strings and added pressure…6-sting calluses are insufficient! Who’s The Viking I hear you ask? He’s my partner and a very private person who does not wish to rocket to fame and fortune *cough* on my blog, and as such shall remain nameless. 🙂

 

Playing music has been a big creative kick for me this week, but here are some of the other things that tickled my fancy from around the web this fortnight.

I could use a month in this cabin, completely disconnected, and filling my days with art, music and writing.

These anatomical drawings are luminescent! The coloured pencil hatching is super effective.

If you need a smile this weekend, this ought to do it. (if you are reading this via email, see the video here.)

The Canadians are so neat and tidy, even in their ice flows.

When I am afraid to speak is when I speak.
That is when it is most important.
― Nayyirah Waheed

 

The Japanese concept of Ikigai fascinates me … have you found your sweet spot in life yet?

I NEED this bath mat!!

Nature fights back in this series of photos.

An artist that inspires me … I will likely never ever play this well, but this is what a 12-string [edit: 11 string] can sound like in the hands of a guitarist with phenomenal skills!!!! (if you are reading this via email, see the video here)

 

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Friday Feedbag

February 23, 2018 — 2 Comments

The creative life is all about feeding one’s imagination with a wide variety of inputs – gathering inspiration, provoking thought, tickling one’s fancy — and then making connections between all these disparate little bites.  Picture, quotes, music, videos, silly little things. Here’s a selection of what grabbed my attention this month, perhaps some of them will inspire you too.

 

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

Thomas Merton

 

I remember spending hours looking at dad’s National Geographic magazines when I was a kid. Their photos are still as inspiring 40 years later.

 

Some writing advice from TS Eliot.

I love watching the world at night. These photos speak to my soul.

I need this laundry bag. Om nom nom

Clever man! (if you are reading this via email, click here to watch the video)

Ever wondered how the bendy straw was invented?

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive.

Robert Louis Stevenson

My grandmother passed earlier this month and this song came on the radio as I was driving home from spending a week with my parents in Victoria. It made me cry. I love how powerful music is in creating movement in my life. (if you are reading this via email, click here to watch the video)

 

I have a new project brewing with a planned release date of early November … stay tuned for details!

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Friday Feedbag

January 26, 2018 — Leave a comment

The creative life is all about feeding one’s imagination with a wide variety of inputs – gathering inspiration, provoking thought, tickling one’s fancy – and then making connections between all these disparate little bites. Here’s a selection of what grabbed my attention this fortnight, perhaps some of them will inspire you too.

As long as you live, keep learning how to live.

 – Seneca

 

How pretty are these pencils? Pass the sharpener!

 

The sensuousness of creating has always gripped me.

This stunning little guy walks around the Tasman Sea instead of swimming.

This made me laugh 🙂 Guaranteed to confuse your child learning to tell the time.

 

Nina’s urban sketches always inspire me to want to get out and draw more

 

There’s never been another moment like this particular one, and never will be again.

That means that at this moment, we have the opportunity to fully appreciate the miracle of this moment, and how it came to be from the infinite number of causes that created it from preceding moments. We are alive in this moment because of millions of other people who have supported us, because of everything on this planet, which just happened to be the perfect conditions for creating the person we are right this moment. What a freakin’ miracle!

– Leo Babuta

 

Loving this song this week

 

Embroidery good enough to eat!

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Friday Feedbag

January 12, 2018 — Leave a comment

I am sitting here this week suffering from the inevitable Summer sniffles and bundled up in a blanket even though it is 33 degrees C outside. I am so annoyed that I made it through my Christmas break without getting sick like I normally do on holidays, and then the first week back at work I get sucker punched. Ugh.

Here’s some of what grabbed my attention this fortnight as I fed my creativity, perhaps some of them will inspire you too as we head into the weekend.

Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.

– Victor Pinchuk

 

How beautiful are these fairy sculptures? I’d love one in my garden!

 

Struggling to get to sleep? Watch this for a while.

Everyone needs to hear these seven things.

Start your weekend off with a smile – I loved the field mouse!

This song relaxes me, I love listening to these guys when I paint.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if these were available at the office?

Happiest puppy!

 

“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an an enormous reward. You will have created something.” – Kurt Vonnegut

 

And last but not least .. who would not want a giant purple squid to keep them inspired?

 

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Friday Feedbag

December 29, 2017 — Leave a comment

The creative life is all about feeding one’s imagination with a wide variety of inputs – gathering inspiration, provoking thought, tickling one’s fancy – and then making connections between all these disparate little bites. Here’s a selection of what grabbed my attention this week, perhaps some of them will inspire you too.

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  • I found these bumble bee earrings via a random link on Instagram that I now cannot find….they make me happy when I wear them.
  • This two year old draws awesome skeletons!
  • I cannot begin to imagine how long this puzzle would take to do, but it is just gorgeous.

 

“Let us temper our criticism with kindness. None of us comes fully equipped.”

– Carl Sagan

 

This looks equal parts terrifying and fun!

I found this song via Susannah Conway’s blog…it’s a lovely cover of this one

 

  • I am in the midst of my yearly self-imposed hermitry as I recover from 2017 and prepare to launch into 2018. I found this post especially helpful as I try to refocus.
  • I really wish I was not allergic to cats.. they are funny!

 

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Friday Feedbag

December 22, 2017 — Leave a comment

The creative life is all about feeding one’s imagination with a wide variety of inputs – gathering inspiration, provoking thought, tickling one’s fancy – and then making connections between all these disparate little bites. Here’s a selection of links and bits and pieces that grabbed my attention this week, perhaps some of them will inspire you too.

This song feels like a hug…

 

“My mother had two messages for me in my growing up years: to be a lady — don’t be distracted by emotions like anger, envy, resentment, these things just sap energy and waste time — and the other was to be independent.”

— Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

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