The Sleek Geeks 2011 by Karen Bloomfield

This is a rather poor photograph taken of my Archibald entry. The Sleek Geeks, Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki and Adam Spencer, have spent years bringing science to life for adults and kids alike. This amazingly accomplished and intelligent pair have made being ‘smart’ cool and spend much of their extraordinarily busy schedules helping individuals and charities.
They were a pleasure to portray.

Acrylic and charcoal on ply; 120 × 120cm

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  • Zefira
    Zefiraalmost 4 years ago


  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraabout 3 years ago

    Nice work; really like the light/dark effects; as well as, the skill with which you are able to portray bodily character/faces! ;-)

    I like to teach things, too; to both adults/children; such things as origami/or, computer programming; basically, you simplify until you can’t simplify no more. If the teaching works; then, it’s a great feeling; nothing like it being able to communicate to someone who didn’t understand before. If the teaching fails; as, indeed, sometimes, it does…; then, you just have to try, again; possibly, using a different approach. They say some people learn better through verbal explanation/others through diagrams/or, visual teaching/others through doing it hands on…physical demostration/etc. I honestly believe that everyone can learn; you just have to find the right ‘key’. Of course, enthusiasm helps an awful lot, too; few teachers are, really and truly, ‘inspiring’; maybe, it’s to do with how much you the teacher do actually enjoy the subject; then, your obvious enjoyment can be more easily communcated and shared.

    I’m sorry to go on for so long; but, there were many times when I’ve been to school/college, and, the teachers very nearly put me off the subject they were teaching. Things like P.T./ physcial training/or, history/economics/maths. One goes away thinking that these subjects are far too difficult/or else, too boring; when, in truth, they’re not; it’s just the way it’s being taught to you…will either turn you on/or, off/and, you will either get it/or, don’t get it?! The best way I’ve found is just keep on trying…and, never give up; then, you might find one day you find a teaching solution that does work. Teaching is so important in this world; as practially everything we know has been taught to us; whether directly/or, indirectly; so, to me, teaching is a very important job.

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