Possible


It’s Thursday morning in what has been a full and busy week. Nothing like a bit of caffeine to keep the momentum though.

Here’s to a productive day and good coffee. Because with enough coffee anything is possible.

 

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Learn to be stupid & to say ‘fuck you’ once in a while


We’ve all been there, when self-doubt takes over and we fall into a creative funk.

If that’s you, stop what you’re doing right now. Put the sound up and listen to the words of Sol Lewitt (read by Benedict Cumberbatch at Letters Live) from a letter written in 1965 to friend and fellow artist Eva Hesse, in response to her frustrations about suffering a creative block.

Profanity and humour used in spades!

Video below:

 

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10 Creative Ideas


Lazy Sundays. Those are the best kind. It’s also the perfect time to get your art on! Below are 10 ideas to inspire your creativity today.

  1. Organise your art supplies. Need inspiration? See what this art blogger did.
  2. Visit an art gallery or museum today, take a friend with you.
  3. Paint a rock, leave it somewhere in your neighbourhood for someone else to find. Inspired by The Kindness Rocks Project. Check them out!
  4. Spend time doing some Art Journaling. Here are 10 ideas to get you started.
  5. Do you enjoy adult colour-in pages? Here’s a link to 15 free printable colour-in pages.
  6. Paper Mâché! Learn how to make your own with these awesome paper mâché recipes.
  7. Perhaps you’d prefer to spend time in the garden? In that case here are 34 inspiring ideas to create your own inexpensive and easy garden art today.
  8. Or perhaps you’d like to make your own rubber stamps? Find out how here.
  9. Want to paint a portrait? Here is a great step-by-step guide to paint a portrait in oils. For beginners.
  10. Perhaps you’d like to improve your drawing skills. This blog article shares 7 tips to improve your drawings.

 

How will you ‘art’ today? Happy Sunday everyone!

 

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What if you were wrong?


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I response to the WP Daily Prompt: Alma Mater

A thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand!


Elle Wesson (8 year old). 2015. Coloured pencil on paper. 5 x 7 inches. Accessed from: https://marionwessonstudio.shutterfly.com/949
Elle Wesson (8 year old). 2015. Coloured pencil on paper. 5 x 7 inches. Accessed from: https://marionwessonstudio.shutterfly.com/949

In response to today’s WP Daily Prompt: Second Time Around “Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?”

Many years ago (when I was a teen) I first read Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, available at Amazon. Over the years I have reread it dozens of times, every time there was something ‘else’ that had a deep impact on me.  The book is not merely about a bird, it was about a soul that had the courage to break free from the constraints of norms and expectation to experience its own greatness in this world and beyond. Here are a few of my favourite quotes from the book:

“Do you have any idea how many lives we must have gone through before we even got the first idea that there is more to life than eating, or fighting, or power in the Flock? A thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand!” 

“We choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.”

“Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip,” Jonathan would say, other times, “is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too.”

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.”

“Overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now.”

“Jonathan sighed. The price of being misunderstood, he thought. They call you devil or they call you god.”

Quotes from Goodreads

Alexandra Leaving


Artist unknown (signature illegible.) 2008. ‘Leonard Cohen’. Watercolour. Accessed from:https://www.pinterest.com/pin/224687468881329941/

In response to today’s WP Daily Prompt: Voice Work “Your blog is about to be recorded into an audiobook. If you could choose anyone — from your grandma to Samuel L. Jackson — to narrate your posts, who would it be?”

Why, none other than the incomparable Leonard Cohen of course. I’ve loved his work and voice for as long as I’ve been alive.

Alexandra Leaving

Suddenly the night has grown colder.
The god of love preparing to depart.
Alexandra hoisted on his shoulder,
They slip between the sentries of the heart.

Upheld by the simplicities of pleasure,
They gain the light, they formlessly entwine
And radiant beyond your widest measure
They fall among the voices and the wine.

It’s not a trick, your senses all deceiving,
A fitful dream, the morning will exhaust
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

Even though she sleeps upon your satin
Even though she wakes you with a kiss.
Do not say the moment was imagined
Do not stoop to strategies like this.

As someone long prepared for this to happen,
Go firmly to the window. Drink it in.
Exquisite music. Alexandra laughing.
Your firm commitments tangible again.

And you who had the honor of her evening,
And by that honor had your own restored
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving
Alexandra leaving with her lord.

Even though she sleeps upon your satin
Even though she wakes you with a kiss.
Do not say the moment was imagined
Do not stoop to strategies like this.

As someone long prepared for the occasion
In full command of every plan you wrecked
Do not choose a coward’s explanation
that hides behind the cause and the effect.

And you who were bewildered by a meaning
Whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

Songwriters: COHEN, LEONARD / ROBINSON, SHARON
Alexandra Leaving lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

Dear Easel,


Daily prompt: Literate for a Day
Someone or something you can't communicate with through writing (a baby, 
a pet, an object) can understand every single word you write today, for 
one day only. What do you tell them?

Birth of an Easel from Anndelize Graf on Vimeo.

Music: Blue Skies by Derek Clegg

“Dear easel, as I admire your beauty and the craftsmanship with which you were made; I wonder how Van Gogh, Picasso or Monet might have favoured you if you were theirs. As the rigidity of your spine supported their masterpieces-in-the-making, I wonder whether you would silently whisper encouragement to them. I can’t help but wonder, with every accidental splash of their paint that may have adorned your oiled wooden surface, how grateful you might have been to become part of their process toward creating the art that we love so much today.

Alas, it was not meant to be. Instead, dear easel, you have been allotted to me in my studio; a mere apprentice of the arts. I do hope though that I will experience the privilege of your encouragement as if I were Van Gogh, Picasso or Monet. In return I promise to lean on you with every brush stroke I make, as a testament to your functionality and beauty.

Dear easel, I hope you know how lucky I feel to be yours.”

Yours truly
Artist-in-training

She’ll be apples mate


Today's daily prompt: Write about whatever you'd like, but 
write using regional slang, your dialect, or in your accent.

G’day mate, how ya going? I am going gang busters at the moment,  there’s hardly time to go to the dunny! Writing about this I sound like a total sook, but with three assignments due this arvo I am starting to panic that I won’t get it all done in time. No time for a kip and when we get the munchies tonight, it will be takeaways for sure! Either a hot chook salad or a sanger; there defo won’t be time to have a barbie even though the weather at the moment is fully sick for that. Once I’ve submitted these final three assignments today I’ll crack a tinnie to celebrate ‘cos I’ll be on a 3 month break from studies until I start my second year bachelor’s in March 2016, although that would barely wet the whistle but I’m not one to go on the piss. However, until then I cannot pull a sickie, I need to get cracking so that I can complete and submit these final assignments. I certainly don’t want to do a dodgy job due to being totally knackered, bloody oath! I also need to call the poo man about a leaking tap, hope that’s not gonna be too exy. My hubby is a top fella but he’s a sparky and a chippy so he can’t help and the tin lids (also good blokes) are in Melbourne so I can’t ask them either. In the meanwhile, time to stop playing silly buggers and get on with it. I don’t want to risk my good grades due to feeling rooted.

She’ll be apples mate.

I’ve loved studying fine art and I can defo see an improvement in my artistic talent over this past year, but I am looking forward to my break, that will be sweet as. My house is feral, one would think I’m a bogun; perhaps I’ll even have time to clean it for a change which I couldn’t be fussed with before. I’d also like to catch up with mates over a cuppa with brekkie. It will also be an absolute ripper to have time to create art for the sake of art rather than for uni assignments.

(For an ‘English’ translation see below.)

This will be my last daily prompt blog for a while (2 weeks or so) 
as my blog is part of one of my assignments to which I may not add 
anything once submitted. 
Until then I wish you all well and look forward to blogging
again in the near future, once my results are in.

Hi everyone, how are you doing? I’m under pressure at the moment, there’s hardly time to go to the bathroom! Writing about this I sound like a whinger, but I have three assignments due this afternoon and I am starting to panic that I won’t get it all done in time. No time to rest and when we get hungry tonight it will definitely be takeaways! Either a hot chicken salad or perhaps a sandwich, there definitely won’t be time to have a barbecue even though the weather at the moment is perfect for that. Once I’ve submitted these final three assignments today I’ll be having a drink to celebrate because I’ll be on a 3 month break from studies until I start my second year studies in March 2016, although one drink will hardly do it I’m not one to become inebriated. However until then I cannot call in sick, I need to get going so that I can complete these final assignments. I certainly don’t want to make a poor effort due to being exhausted. I also need to call the plumber about a leaking faucet, hopefully that won’t be too expensive to repair. My husband is great but he’s an electrician and carpenter so he can’t help with that, and the (adult) children (good guys) are away in Melbourne, so I can’t ask them either. However, in the meanwhile I cannot rest on my laurels, I need to get focussed so that I can complete and submit these final assignments. I certainly don’t want to risk my good academic record now due to fatigue.

It will all turn out fine.

I’ve loved studying fine art and I can definitely see an improvement in my artistic talent over this past year, but I am looking forward to my break from studies. Perhaps I’ll even have time to clean my house for a change and to catch up with friends over a cup of tea and some breakfast. It will also be great to have time to create art for the sake of art rather than for university assignments. 

Non-Regional Diction

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius


One of the most inspirational talks I have ever heard on creativity.

(Shared TED Talk under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license)