Monthly Archives: November 2011

  • Have a cup of coffee and read several more pages of the fiction book I’ve been trying to get through
  • Unexpectedly find friends in backyard, who have come over to pack up some structures for a music festival. Have hot tea and coffee and a good chat.
  • Go for a run/walk with Nuwan
  • Find a secondhand children’s book, with beautiful illustrations and stories about fairies and nature!
  • Have a late breakfast with Nuwan at A1 bakery. Read each other excerpts from the books we just bought.
  • Unwrap the Sketchbook Project books that have just arrived… Excitement!

In store later today: A long walk to the city from Brunswick, and more life drawing!

(All drawings above by Raymond Sheppard. I love his crosshatching and line style, it’s so clean and compelling)


Zoe Steers and I caught up yesterday afternoon for a drawing date. She is pretty much the epitome of creativity. I love the crafty things she makes and the fact that she challenges me to draw monsters on sticker paper. I enjoy having friends who help me think in different ways. We went to a new cafe called Acoustico, under what used to be Shape Warehouse next to Jewell Station. We had delicious organic fizzy drinks on ice, with pretty labels.

I also managed to catch ‘Midnight in Paris’ with Nuwan at Cinema Nova. $6 Mondays!!! Whenever I have Mondays off, I reckon I’ll go and catch a movie. The stories and cinematography take my brain to interesting places, and I find it incredibly mind-and-soul-expanding.

My thoughts on Midnight in Paris? The friendships depicted in the story absolutely reminds me of our own social scene here. Renaissance people swapping ideas, and living for what they love. We have a modern day rebirth on our hands already, even if we can’t see it now. We need to keep creating, to keep loving and pushing our ideas forward, and get closer and closer to a heaven on earth.

Also, how cute is this super colourful bracelet and rose ring? Ishka has some lovely, affordable things. I went to life drawing at night, and that is a very relaxing experience.

There is just too much to tell. List form, next time.

I’ve decided that these three words will make my life easier. Love. Gratitude. Appreciation.

Because whenever things get me down, I just need to think of everything I’ve ever had in my life. Up till this point, even if it all goes downhill from here (which I don’t think it will anyway), I will have experienced so much love, abundance, and joy. I want it to get better.

I love people who are able to talk passionately about the things they truly enjoy. It doesn’t even matter what it is, I just like hearing about things that make each individual happy. I love seeing passion on someone’s face.

I also love our neighbours, they are supremely cool. The pictures above are from Race Day, where we had a chilled out afternoon in each others company.

I wrote this on a page of my sketchbook today, after being lost in a drawing.

“What is it about art? What is is about creation that fills the insides and provides such meaning to our abilities?”

You can tell, I was feeling deeply satisfied. Drawing can stop all the questions, and as I get better at it, I marvel at how far I have come. Sometimes, I step outside myself and objectively think: “Wow, this is a human being that has just found a way to draw a picture.” And that in itself, blows my mind. It is just so beautiful to see. From crayon houses to now.

Sometimes, as artists, we can be overly critical about our work, to the point where we cease to produce work. But as long as I’m trying, as long as I think that this is what I want, then isn’t that wonderful? Because this is my life I’m watching unfold on paper here. No external measure will ever dictate how I want to live.

Speaking of external measures, there are some pretty dumb articles out there that need to be taken with a handful of salt. Stuff about ‘looking cool’ and ‘how to behave’. I read one today and was so offended! The only way we would ever be required to behave is like ourselves, awkwardness, confidence and all. Ah well, it takes all kinds.