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Tips for Budding Artists #4 Inspiration


Inspiration can come from anywhere, but once I did an interesting experiment to try and pinpoint from where it originally came for me, and I found that I am still drawing from the same things that I loved in childhood, things that I was familiar with, animals (whales, birds, cats, dogs) hobbies, ballet, storybooks (fairies, genies, princessess), people and nature (trees, ocean, fish, whales, caterpillars, bugs, flowers) and home. In the image I’ve posted, you can see examples of those pictures, just to prove that I drew just like you did when you were a child. I also drew very repetitive characters over and over again, like the character with big ears, who I’d say was meant to be my father. I have a whole pad of little drawings dedicated to the same character with…

Tips for Budding Artists #3 The Creative Journey Begins


So many of us look at a beautiful piece of art and our shoulders slump, thinking we could never create something so magnificent. For a persons’ art to achieve status and desirability, we must really acknowledge that the journey of a lifetime has preceded it and must be acknowledged behind it.

Sometimes seeing a beautiful creation might have the opposite effect or affect us detrimentally as artists, because it feeds into our own self doubt, I know, because it’s happened to me, and lots of other artists I’ve talked with.

I think it’s a trap we fall into, of believing we cannot possibly create something like that, and yes, it can be discouraging, unless we are privy to the journey that precedes the work. This is why I am sharing my journey with you, because …

Tips for Budding Artists #2 Creative Endeavours can Enrich your Life


Like most children, I did a bit of finger painting when I was about 4 in kindergarten and lots of drawing at home, mostly with a blue pen on scrap paper. My grandparents and parents helped me find the tools I needed, small scraps of paper were bundled together and taped at the top with sticky tape, to form a pad and I worked my way through, one page at a time, often drawing the same figure over and over again.

As I mentioned yesterday, I was never noted as being a gifted child, quite the opposite really, I struggled with learning and although I enjoyed drawing, it wasn’t something that I was necessarily good at, I was just like any other child, drawing basic stick figures.

So what changed?

I made a decision to get really good at it. I started to research how I could make t…

Tips for Budding Artists #1 The Gift of Time


When I wrote my book Beyond the Stick Figure, I really wanted to help people who had a desire to become more creative but felt they couldn’t or wouldn’t know where to begin. I wanted to encourage people that they too, could be artists. With this in mind, I’ve decided to share tips from my book to help others.

So I welcome you to read on!

My Personal Background

I was not born creating works of art, I was not a gifted child, or recognised for my drawing or writing skills. yet I did draw stick figures, just as you would have done. I was really challenged at school and had difficulties learning and doing the work that was required.

I want you to know this, that the only difference be…

silver gull - making the most of mistakes

Aloha dear reader and thank you for visiting my blog!! I am sharing today about a mistake I have made, with a really lovely image, however, I’ve learned a lot from my mistake, and that’s really what I want to share. After completing a course with Emil Pakarklis through iPhone Photography School, I now have a much better understanding about what makes a good iPhone photo.

I took this with my iPhone 5 at the beachfront on a day where the seagulls were being thrown left over takeaways from a picnic, the couple left, but the seagulls stayed behind and were eager for me to feed them too. Unfortunately that day, I had nothing to give them, but when I motioned upward to the sky with my arm, they would fly off the ground or the perches, in search of the…

Golden Snails and Jumping Spiders

Aloha dear reader,

It is my pleasure to share with you, some of the iPhone macro photos I took yesterday in my own backyard. I was looking around for something to photograph and there seemed precious little, perhaps it’s because the winter chill is now feeling more bitterly cold than it has in past days.

I noticed a leafhopper and took a few shots, they are beautiful but hard to capture, so that didn’t work out, then I noticed these little tiny snail shells, no more than 2mm in size, they were all over our fence, but each time my clumsy fingers tried to grip one, it would fall and I lost 5 of these in total. I nearly lost this one, because I breathed too closely near it and it flew off the bench I was using, yes, that’s how tiny these little things are, and I don’…

The Joy of Experimentation: iPhone Olloclip Macro Photography

Aloha and welcome!

As you can see, I’ve been very busy taking iPhone macro photos of my latest favourite thing, glycerol!!! Thanks to a lovely friend pointing me in this direction, I’ve been experimenting, and if you were to see me now, you would think I was surely a mad professor. I have been so excited about this whole new adventure, I seem to barely sleep, eat or breathe….which are all necessary for living…!!!

I hope you like these, they are just a few of my favourites. I’m sure you’ll be curious as to how these were taken and want to know a little more, so I thought I’d share a little bit about how these were captured.

How these effects were achieved.

Image 1

I experimented here with a tall glass tumbler, inside it I stuffed some colourfu…

Discovering Worlds within Water Drops

Aloha dear reader,

Here are my latest photos, of glycerol drops on decomposing leaves.

I hope you’re having a really lovely day today. That said, it’s quite beautiful here where I am. Tho it’s freezing cold it is very sunny Australia this morning, we are experiencing blizzard type weather south of here. I’ve been so fascinated with taking iPhone macro photographs of water on various things, and a friend of mine recently suggested a great idea to help me with this, is to use glycerol instead of water, which is more oily, but still as transparent, and has a bit more shine and polish and staying power, so works well for reflections. So, I’ve been experimenting. I’ve been learning so much, and I am especially keen to tell you how, now that I’…

cataract operation

hmmm…looks like I’m having that cataract in my right eye removed soon, I’m a little bit apprehensive about it, but my sight will be a whole lot better and at least I’ll be able to set focus properly with my photography. See the surgeon for a meet and greet in a couple of weeks to discuss and decide. I know it’s a very common little operation, but I never expected that I’d have problems at this age, I guess I’m almost 50, and bits and pieces of me are beginning to need replacing! lol…if anyone needs some wrinkles and bags under their eyes, they’re completely free, so don’t hesitate to ask, I’d be more than happy to share them around.

Update: My cataract surgery is scheduled for the Mon 11th August.