• The Artist’s Way: Week 6

    September 18, 2020 by

    Check in: Week 5: Recovering a Sense of Possibility I completed 7 out of 7 morning pages. However on one morning I wrote 2 pages… My creative writing, or thoughts about projects usually start to arise about 1.5 pages in each morning – before that it is all minor fears and gripes, fretting over all the nothings in life. I get that out of the way and then creativity starts to intrude. (Which is lovely) I did my artist’s date this week. I took myself out to a second-hand book shop, that also sells amazing coffee, and sat and read.… Read more

  • The Artist’s Way: Week 4 & 5

    September 11, 2020 by

    I didn’t write last week – life kind of took over and I just didn’t get to it. However, I’m now well into this course of Julia Cameron’s, so will give you the latest update. Check in: Week 3: Recovering a sense of Power I wrote 7 out of 7 morning pages. However, 2 morning I only wrote 2 pages as I was sick. The morning pages have become integral to my morning. They have become meaningful and creative. I am so grateful for starting this course and finding how incredible morning pages are. Being unwell affected my week. I… Read more

  • The Artist’s Way: Week Three

    August 27, 2020 by

    Check in: Week Two: Recovering a Sense of Identity I completed 7 out of 7 morning pages. On most mornings the writing naturally flowed and on several of those mornings it progressed into creative writing, which has given me hope to continue with this. However, I did not complete the artist’s date this week. I think going back into lock-down because of COVID–19, (second time round for Auckland, New Zealand), pushed me into a type of lethargy and I just couldn’t commit to anything. Which is silly, as there are plenty of things I can do and enjoy and be… Read more

  • The Artist’s Way: Week Two

    August 19, 2020 by

    I’ll start each week in this series by checking in with the past week. Week One: Recovering a Sense of Safety I did 7 out of 7 morning pages. At first I found it difficult, but then suddenly creativity started to flow, for the first time in a long time. I didn’t feel as blocked as I have been feeling and I even started to think about filmmaking again as a possibility. I completed my first ‘artist’s date’, which was watching a film at home due to COVID-19 lockdown in Auckland. I watched John Cassavettes, Faces (1968). Remarkable film, I… Read more

  • The Artist’s Way: Week One

    August 12, 2020 by

    After blogging everyday for July, I needed a break and a chance to reflect on what I want out of this blog. The main thing I want to do is engage in conversation about creativity. So, with that in mind, I’m starting the 12 week course using Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. I will be discussing my learning adventure over the next 12 weeks into creativity using this book as a tool. I started on Sunday, so my course weeks will be from Sunday to Sunday, although I will post mid-week. There is an enormous amount of reviews, and accounts… Read more

  • 31 July Blog

    July 31, 2020 by

    This is my last daily blog. I have missed a few days through the month, but I’m still pretty happy with my accomplishment. So instead of writing 800-1200 words once a week, I wrote just a small amount everyday during July. It was a challenge, and more difficult than I first thought it would be. But I think challenges, whether they work out or not, are a great way to re-focus or refine what we are trying to do. Over July I kept thinking – why am I blogging? What am I blogging for? I think because it was everyday… Read more

  • 30 July Blog

    July 30, 2020 by

    I’ve been listening to Eckhart Tolle a lot lately and enjoying his discussions on being in the ‘Now’. To understand his idea of ego, I read this blog and it helped me a lot. It is not his blog, just a definition I found online. I’ve been trying to stay present, and sometimes I can remain in the present, (on and off), for a time. But it is difficult, not something that is natural (yet), but I guess with more practice the discipline will become easier. If I concentrate on my senses, it helps, and I’ve noticed I’m enjoying little… Read more

  • 29 July Blog

    July 29, 2020 by

    In drawing class last night we attempted a ball with shadow. This was my first class. About 4 years ago I did a oil painting class but haven’t done anything since, other than my own little doodles. Really nice to get back into the classroom as a student. Normally I teach, so to be on the other side of the table was a total joy. I recommend classes. Scare yourself. Catch you tomorrow xx.

  • 27 July Blog

    July 27, 2020 by

    Sometimes it’s just the little things. Not the big issues, the conflicts at work, or the pressures on our time. What makes life unique is just the small stuff. Playing, sharing some food, having a laugh. Catch you tomorrow xx.

  • July 26 Blog

    July 26, 2020 by

    The creative process needs to have more value than the outcome, why, because if it doesn’t you reduce time into only being of worth if productive. Yesterday, I planned out a birthday card to paint. This birthday card is for a 6 year old boy and 6 year old boys, don’t really care for cards. So, this time of planning, designing and painting is absolutely about me engaging in process – a really good exercise in being present with your creativity. I still have more to do on this, I want to put a ‘6’ on the car in blue… Read more

  • July 25 Blog

    July 25, 2020 by

    Saturday falls lightly into place. My footsteps, feel youthful. I breathe easy. In the distance a bird cleans its wings in the angled light. Saturday has potential. It is spacious. Thoughts can be moved about at an easy pace. The breeze curiously enters the house. Saturday reigns supreme. Golden amongst the others. Clouds drift, the sea changes from green to blue. Somewhere a dog barks. Couldn’t post yesterday. However, today is Saturday and I have a day off. It’s been a busy week back at work and I’m already feeling the grind. I just finished planning a birthday card I… Read more

  • July 23 Blog

    July 23, 2020 by

    Thursday. Energy, a pre-peak. A taster, that is probably better than the weekend. Traffic, lights, faces, no longer in ‘lock down’. Pizza and bear, Easy to forget to wash hands, to scan the code. Never want to go back – to that. Like flowers leaning in to catch the last ray of sun. We lean in, to each other. This is not a poem, a poem takes time, takes a poet. This is just some words about going out and getting pizza and bear after work, doing normal things in a world that has been and is very (un)normal. Catch… Read more

  • July 22 Blog

    July 22, 2020 by

    Not feeling well today, so just sharing something I found in Essentialism: The disciplined pursuit of less, by Greg McKeown: The life of an Essentialist is a life lived without regret. If you have correctly identified what really matters, if you invest your time and energy in it, then it is difficult to regret the choices you make. You become proud of the life you have chosen to live. Will you choose to live a life of purpose and meaning, or will you look back on your one single life with twinges of regret?… whatever decision or challenge or crossroads… Read more

  • 21 July Blog

    July 21, 2020 by

    On Sunday I challenged myself to photograph my walk in detail. Today the challenge was to photograph my inside surroundings in detail. The light wasn’t great, as there is a lot of dark clouds, but I did the best I could. Also, some images are micro, so you won’t be able to know what the item is but I liked it for texture and colour. Like these images together, I think the colours and textures work. I moved them around a bit, but have now settled on this. I also think this collection works well. Instead of focusing on the… Read more

  • July 20 Blog

    July 20, 2020 by

    Back at work today after a 2 week break. Only had 1 week off and the other was working on my upcoming interactive installation: At The Horizon. Great to have time away, feel less stressed, but it is so easy to fit back into bad habits. So, I listed down some aspects about work-life that I want to change – so hopefully the time has given me some valuable reflection that I can actually put to good use. I sketched this little image a while ago, however it fits with how I sometimes feel about work. But at the same… Read more

  • July 19 Blog

    July 19, 2020 by

    I set myself a challenge today. I often walk along Cornwallis Beach, and post pics, like yesterdays post, and while the photos are lovely, they are always vistas. So, I decided to take more detailed micro photography and show my walk in 10 images. I had to take more than 10 to get enough to edit into something interesting. It was really fun to notice the detail around me. You should try it. Catch you tomorrow xx.

  • July 18 Blog

    July 18, 2020 by

    Yesterday I didn’t post as I spent the day with family. I drove down to Hamilton, picked up my sister and visited our mum. She’s been sick over the last week, when it was her birthday, so this was a post-birthday outing. We went to this awesome cafe for lunch and just enjoyed each other’s company and great food.  I stayed on in Hamilton for the afternoon and then went to a theatre play No Exit that my niece was acting in. Beautiful day. Today back home, doing some odd jobs, not much really to share. I did go for a… Read more

  • July 16 Blog

    July 16, 2020 by

    Today I’m challenging myself to write a list from the book, L’art de la: Liste simplify, organise, enrich your life, by Dominique Loreau. The suggested list I’m going to write comes from page 167. My Talents Cooking vegetarian Lasagne to perfection Knowing how the TV show is going to end Scoring big at second hand shops Forgetting what I have just been told (especially someone’s name) Remembering peoples’ birthdays Eating chocolate Reading late at night Phoning my mum on time (everyday) Saying ‘I love you’ to those I love Remembering to water my plants Catch you tomorrow xx.

  • 15 July Blog

    July 15, 2020 by

    I’m half way through my daily blogging challenge for July. In some ways it has been easier than expected, and in others it has been more challenging. But, I’m determined to see it through. Today was spent on my At The Horizon project for RM gallery in Auckland. I wont be finished until September and there is much to do. I have discussed this work a little in another post: A mixture of Creativity and Chaos. I’m mainly in the editing and colour grading stages, which takes time and a lot of careful consideration. But I feel happy with what… Read more

  • July 14 Blog

    July 14, 2020 by

    Struggling with myself today. It’s like I know what I should be doing, but continually get in my own way. What is that about? Sometimes I hold such high expectations on what something will be like, or how I will enjoy the process of something, and forget that 90% of most things are hard work. You just gotta get the work done, solve problems, overcome hurdles, and keep going. Also, I’ve been waiting for an ‘answer’… not a spiritual sign or anything, but a knowing of where to go with this project I’m working on and I’m a bit stuck.… Read more

  • July 13 Blog

    July 13, 2020 by

    Living in the moment. Apparently that is where we are. Only in this moment. Not in the past or future, yet so many thoughts are caught up in those two places. Places that don’t exist. I find it so hard to stay settled in each moment. I’m always hurrying after the next moment, waiting for something, putting life on hold till the weekend… Or, worried about something I said or did, like I can change it. Even while writing this I drift off into what I’m going to do later. Why is this moment so difficult to live in? It’s… Read more

  • July 12 Blog

    July 12, 2020 by

    Just when I have some semblance of clarity fog  moves in. A common fact of life. Sad that this is a reality, but on the other hand when I see or experience success at some level I understand that there’s work behind it. Generally not luck. This allows me to dig in.  This week I’m working on a project I’ve talked about in A Mixture of Creativity and Chaos. I’ve  put aside the whole week to dig in. There’s a lot to figure out, there will also be a lot of fog. But that’s OK.  Life is half and half,… Read more

  • July 11 Blog

    July 11, 2020 by

    If you want fresh coffee in the morning, you will have to take the additional preparatory step of grinding fresh beans. If you want a better body, you will have to get up earlier in the morning (or, perhaps more accurately, go to bed earlier the night before so that you aren’t too tired to exercise). You might also have to store better food in your house so that when you’re faced with food cravings, you are prepared to eat more healthily instead. The Seven Arts of Change, by David Shaner This quote reminds me that if I want to… Read more

  • July 10 Blog

    July 10, 2020 by

    We have arrived back home from our break. I loved time away to reflect, but I also love home. Being outside of the usual routines, away from personal items and responsibilities has allowed me to have the space I wouldn’t usually have. While away, I’ve been sketching, or doodling and I forgot how much I enjoy this form of creating. For absolutely no other reason than creating. I’ll share a couple of sketches with you here. Even though I’ve written about creating for its own sake, I maybe, haven’t been doing it myself. So this was the perfect opportunity to… Read more

  • July 9 Blog

    July 9, 2020 by

    Reflecting is actually more difficult than first thought. I mean, really reflecting. Thinking all the big things. Being creative, makes me happy, stimulated and refilled at the same time. And, I’m just not doing enough of it on a daily basis. Been thinking on this, musing… I started this blog in an attempt to stimulate my own creativity – but haven’t really got any further, or been any more creative. 2020, hasn’t been the most stimulating year, however, in some ways it has shown me more than previous years, where perhaps things were tracking along easier. My reflection has challenged… Read more

  • July 8 Blog

    July 8, 2020 by

    Fourth day into our break away. Two more days, then home. Really spent most of it inside today, just relaxing and looking out the window. Finally went for a walk on the beach and took the photo below. My knitting is progressing along, and I’m enjoying doing the odd doodle. It is beneficial having time to process this year and allow myself to breathe. My days have been on repeat, sleep in, breakfast, Yoga, knitting, drawing or reading, listening to music, beach walk and enjoying good company and good food, haha. I’m very fortunate that I can do this, and… Read more

  • July 7 Blog

    July 7, 2020 by

    On the mindful Meditations podcast on Spotify titled Gather your Energy, Sharon Salzberg suggests: If you consider how scattered, how distracted, how out of the moment you may ordinarily be, you can see the benefit of gathering our attention and our energy. All of that energy could be available to us, but usually isn’t, because we throw it away into distraction. Today was my first day back at mediation, and yes I did use Spotify, but I needed the voice guidance. I usually find Yoga to be enough in the morning, it’s my moving mediation, but lately distraction has been… Read more

  • July 6 Blog

    July 6, 2020 by

    To be present, is to abandon the past and dismiss the future. Try it. Just for one moment, think of nothing, let thought go. View what is around you, marvel at the light, at the shadow, at the shape and presence of things. In this space let yourself just be. Breathe. This is a place you can create from. Not thinking of goals. Not thinking of self criticism. Not thinking. Just being, creating, breathing. It’s OK. Catch you tomorrow xx

  • July 5 Blog

    July 5, 2020 by

    Road trip. Packed, picked up coffee, and hit the road. Auckland traffic was light heading out midday Sunday. Had to take my knitting, it’s my goal this week to knit, read, walk and relax. The road soon changed from concrete-scapes to hills, bush and ocean. We got to our beach batch. After unpacking, eating scones and cheese, we headed out for a walk into what was quickly becoming wild, wet and windy. Couldn’t go as far as we would have liked, as the tide had come in too far, but it was fun to navigate the area. Now back at… Read more

  • July 4 Blog

    July 4, 2020 by

    Tomorrow my partner and I head off for a few days away. This will be our first get-away for some time. Really looking forward to it, and also appreciate how fortunate I am to take time off like this. We are going to Hot Water Beach, where we can walk along the beach with a spade, dig a hole, and relax in a hot natural spring. Very relaxing in the middle of a New Zealand winter. My one goal is not to think about work… So, today I’m just doing some jobs around the house before we go; student marking,… Read more

  • July 3 Blog

    July 3, 2020 by

    Last night when leaving work to head home I noticed how pink the sky was. I stood and tried to breathe the colours in, the adaptions of tone. My first thought was to take my phone-camera out and try to capture the colour, the silhouette of the buildings, but something made me stop. Instead I just relaxed for a moment in this experience of pink light, and the mood of the evening and let that be enough, without having to hold onto it. I’m listening to Eckhart Tolle talk with Russell Brand about awakening, which really is about tuning out… Read more

  • July 2 Blog

    July 2, 2020 by

    A student in class today, randomly asked about soup. We were discussing films and television production, group work, directing actors, and suddenly the conversation took a side-step. Soup – what is it we like about soup. What types of soup there are. Then an idea come up from this about sharing soup recipes. As a teacher there are times when I ‘try’ to get the class to stay on track, but occasionally we need a laugh, we need to just be a community, friends sharing soup recipes. And, that is just OK. A soup I made 2 weeks ago, was… Read more

  • July 1 Blog

    July 1, 2020 by

    Today is the day; the day I start blogging everyday this month. I know right? Too intense? Probably, however, I need to kick-start back into this. Lately, things have got on top of me, (if you read my blogs then you will realise it’s gone a bit downhill). I’m not gonna lie, it’s been tough. But with a little push, mustering a little energy, remembering how much I love writing and inspiring creativity – I’m gonna give it a go. They won’t be long blogs, just little musings, photography of my days, some prose, art and inspiration I am finding… Read more

  • The Sweetness of Sharing

    June 9, 2020 by

    Often glorious finds come my way because others have shared what they are reading, watching, or engaging with. So, this post is all about sharing things I have found. Firstly, I want to share a video from KarenBritChick. Her YouTube channel is about fashion and she does this amazing series called What everyone is wearing in New York. I love the street vibe and the way she discusses personal style. I especially like the fact that the videos are quite long, so I can settle in and really enjoy the New York vibe. But the video I want to share… Read more

  • Review, Reflect, Refocus

    June 2, 2020 by

    This blog is about revisiting my New Year Resolutions for 2020, taking stock, re-planning and re-focusing. Yep the year hasn’t turned out as planed but there’s only one way out of it – and that’s into it. Reflecting on my goals I can see that some of them are now out of my control and cannot be achieved. However, there are still several I can accomplish if I refocus and put energy and time into them. To begin with, looking at all my goals and plans for 2020 was a little bit of a downer. My daughter and I were… Read more

  • Lists

    May 19, 2020 by

    Lists to do. Groceries, jobs, crossed out or ticked off. What lists do you make? Well I want to start with a few different types of lists, fun lists, list that open up creativity. Something I’ve picked up from the book: L’art de la Liste: simplify, organise, enrich your life. Written by Dominique Loreau. The first one I want to start with, is a list of self description. A written self portrait. Try it. It is more difficult that is sounds. Below is my attempt… There are so many lists that are fun – the next one is a ‘wish… Read more

  • To Choose, or not to Choose

    May 12, 2020 by

    Even though they sit in the same word family there are some differences about the words choose and choices – Choices: is to have options Choose: is to make a decision, it is an action word Here are some synonyms of the word choose: select, pick, take, indicate, elect, cherry-pick, decide, all good words, all words of ‘action’.  (I especially like ‘cherry-pick’). So why is it, that with so many choices we often give up our privilege to choose. This time last year I chose to visit my brother and his family in Australia. Great decision on my part. With… Read more

  • Creating… Because you have to

    April 7, 2020 by

    This is my first post. I have now been blogging for six months and decided to re-post it. Happy I’ve been able to show up every week, can’t believe 6 months has rolled around so quickly – please enjoy… I didn’t initially know what to call this article, however, I did know that being a creative isn’t an option for me. I need to state I’m not talking about creating for work or a product, but just being creative for creativities sake. I believe that creating is part of who we are, we are a creative species. The thing is,… Read more

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