Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Why Would Anyone Be An Artist?

After many failed attempts in the art room and by the end of the day having achieved very little I start to question 'why be an artist?'  Sometimes I have no idea what direction I want to take.

Having started the day with high hopes and a vision of what I'd like to see on the canvas. I experiment with a technique that I may have seen or read about.  Having no formal art training (unsure if this is a good or bad thing) I often become lost with the new approaches. I am sometimes so completely wrong that the results are less than promising. Testing and experimenting are all well and good but sometimes I wonder why I am bothering at all.  Frustrated, I feel like binning everything!

Then suddenly and somehow I will start doing something and step off into a 'zone' that is magical.  I see something new and exciting emerge on the canvas and am so absorbed in what I am doing that time has no meaning.  Then I know why I do this!

This portrait of my dad as a young man is such an experience.  It is only at stage one as I have placed the tonal areas and now I need to 'finish' the portrait yet I can see my dad and he is 'alive' to me in this.  I now hesitate to 'spoil' what I have captured.

Well only time will tell and I guess I need to be brave!
So managed to finish in time for exhibition - still very 'rough' but I like it this way!
Final Portrait in CSAS 2011 Exhibition

First stage - Dad's Portrait

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Take Care of You!

What talents you have
So much beauty and charm
Be kind to yourself
Avoid all that can harm
You know what you need 
So follow your own road 
Take it day by day
Let go the heavy load
You can be so funny
You are quiet a brain
You're generous and thoughtfull
You'll get through the pain
Be proud of yourself
See yourself in a new way
You matter so very much 
So be happy this day
Take that one step  
Do something you enjoy
Play some upbeat music
Avoid all who annoy
There will be a tomorrow
There will be a next week
There will be a next month 
And it won't be so bleak!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Media Shame! Bullying Stories - Victimisation!

The current media sensation over recent school yard bullying involving two boys that was posted on You Tube has now lead to the boys being named and interviewed on two competing TV programs.  These so called news media programs showed no consideration for the potential harm such publicity could cause the boys. 

The so-called 'interviews' were stupid in the extreme with the 'reporter' asking leading questions and then suggesting answers to the boy.  Their handling of the bullying story is sensationalist and catering to an infotainment market and nothing to do with journalism or ethics. 

How is this supposed to help shed light on the very real problem of bullying in schools.  It is like glamorising the whole incident and could even make it popular to strike back which could lead to kids being victimised.

The school bullying policies don't seem to be altering the culture in schools all over Australia. The two boys have now being victimised by the media.  Shame on you!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Week-ends Aren't Long Enough!

It’s Sunday night - obviously which means it's MONDAY tomorrow.  Oh, no!  The work week begins again and lasts five whole days.  Why oh why does time expand during the week and contract during the week-end.

Having has a lazy restful Saturday and caught up on all the blogs, forums, Facebook and You Tube etc etc today I am NOT ready for another week to begin.

Saturday had an easy dinner of take out fish and chips which was cooked perfectly and was local so very fresh!  This evening we had spag bol which was also easy and delicious.  Watched a James Bond movie on Saturday and tonight am watching Bones followed by Castke - who done its - as I do my internet catch ups.

Bed soon and then wake up to another Monday!  Then . . . . . .Bugger!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

La Nina - What 'a girl' - Worldwide Extreme Weather Disasters!

La Nina - the girl - is apparently to blame for the present global weather events in Australia, as far as Africa and the snow in US.  La NiƱa is a period of cooler than average sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean supposed to be part of natural climate variability. Because the Pacific is so large any change can effect weather in far off countries.

The devastating floods in Pakistan in 2010, flooding in Africa and now Cyclone Yasi in Queensland - one of the strongest to hit us ever - are all part of this!

The scientists say it will continue for a good while yet!  So stay tuned for weather warnings!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Australian Summers! HOT!

Oh sun of mine in the summer sky
You are so hot I think I'll die
What must I do to have respite 
What  will help me through the night Oh my god what must I do 
How can I cope It can't be true 
Many more months must I endure 
How will I cool down 
Who can ensure 
That the cooling breeze
Will be coming soon 
To cool the night 
Neath the waning moon!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Cooktown Raising Funds For The Queensland Flood Appeal

After seeing and experiencing the need to help that Queensland's in the Cooktown area have been expressing the Cooktown Lion's Club - Cooktown Chamber of Commerce & Tourism - Cook Shire Council and the People of Cooktown are joining in a fundraising response with donations and fund-raising events.  Many local businesses have already committed to donate portions of their income.

How can you help.  Go to the Cooktown Cares Blog or Cooktown Cares Twitter and find out!  Feel positive by joining in and sharing as we help together.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Whinging Suspended! Queensland Flood Disaster Emergency!

11:30am Media Conference with Premier Anna Bligh Thursday Jan 13
The media coverage of the disasterous floods in Queensland and currently in Brisbane is surreal. It is on every channel. After a time I have to turn the radio and TV off. As I am unable to do anything other than donate money it is so hard to watch for long intervals. I feel so lucky to be in Cooktown which is free of this disaster and at the same time I feel for the people, some who would have been killed in an instant, being unable to escape the wall of water being called an inland tsunami, that rushed through Toowoomba and then down the range and the Lockyer Valley on Monday and Tuesday. A wall of water destroyed everything in its path and wiped away complete houses. Grantham, Tent Hill, Laidley, Murphy's Creek, Postman's Ridge and Forest Hill have also been ravaged. Black Hawk helicopters airlifted people to safety.
Premier Anna Bligh described the situation as "very grim and desperate". "Effectively what we've seen is a wall of water, in some places up to eight metres at a time, coming down (the Lockyer Valley)," she said.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The On-line Shopping Debate!

I sure save money by shopping online and would not be able to purchase what I do otherwise and this is apart from the difficulty of living in a very small north Queensland town with very limited retail possibilities and what arrives having freight costs added.

Though the internet shopping may be unfair to local retail I still try to shop locally and it is the extras I get on-line which I would not buy locally in any case.

An advertising campaign, launched by a group of Australian retailers that aims to convince the government to level the playing field against foreign websites that are offering tax-free goods seems a case of the giant retailers crying poor when they do everything they can to close down the smaller retailers and prevent competition so once the little business man shuts down they up their prices as they have a monopoly.  Isn't that exactly what the internet retailers are doing to them!  They can't have it both ways.

The ad reads: 'We agree with our customers that online retailing is a wonderful convenience that is here to stay.  We also agree that fair competition is good for our customers and we want to be able to offer them the same Australian tax exemptions that offshore retailers enjoy.''

At the moment, no GST is imposed on goods that are bought from international websites for less than $1000.  Wouldn't it make more sense to get rid of GST for small buisness in Australia so they can compete but not the larger retailers.  It's odd to hear Myer, David Jones, Harvey Norman and Target all claiming they want a level playing field when with their buying power they have a big advantage over small retailers.

It is not only high prices that sends me to the internet to shop.  On-line there is a much greater range of goods and the service and backup seems better than some retailers in the 'real world'.  There is a lot to be said for service to the customer.  Also being able to shop any time is a great advantage.

So retailers need to get with the new way of shopping or be left behind!
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