Friday, August 22, 2014

the whole person

i have mentioned it before 
my kids school moto was 
IN BALANCE WE GROW

having all parts of the body
the emotional , physical and spiritual 
in peak condition
can only make for a longer and happier life ...
no brainer huh ...

last night on tv
 a science show
Catalyst 
explored the world of our gut bacteria
and the many millions of forms these bacteria take
and how having the wrong kind allowed to grow and take over
 equals all kinds of health issues

with links to
asthma
multiple sclerosis
autism
diabetes
and the list goes on

a tribe in Africa that has lead an existence very close to that followed for hundreds of years
 was studied 
+ the amount of fibre they ate ..
+ the diversity of good gut bacteria was quantified ..

these people are full of a vast array of good gut bacteria
simple foods
full of fibre
phenomenal health

here is a link to the CATALYST show from last night
where among other things 
they tell of a place in Boulder Colorado
The American Gut Project
where you can send your poop to have it analysed for what kind of bacteria is growing 
and this can identify what kind of good or bad diet you are ingesting !

there is a transcript here also if the video does not work


then this morning i find this article in my inbox


for me this is all good news
i love high fibre natural food
i know i feel better when that is the bulk 
[ no pun intended ] 
of my diet 
raw is even better
[ no cooking ! and less washing up ! ]



i once heard this for when considering what is eaten ...
does this meal still LOOK like the food that was 
caught
grown 
gathered
in its original condition?

the closer to original the better for you

 

this is what is on my stove this morning
definitely whole
in this case not food 

this is to look after the creative bits 
[ today's fun ] 
of my whole self


he he

ps. i am currently working on a piece to go in a sculpture exhibition
the delivery of which will entail a plane flight
then a road trip
a visit to a fab botanic gardens
and maybe an even longer roadtrip thru the great wide unknown land

yep feeling very whole .....

X

Friday, August 8, 2014

i am australian


3 strings
1 voice
 this is spine chilling and tear making and so beautiful 
... we are australian

Monday, August 4, 2014

what will you do today?

i am asked most days 
early
very early
in the chilly winter darkness
 the sun just peeping over the distant treeline
marking the beginning.
and then i am alone.

sometimes i answer and sometimes i don't

sometimes there is a list of TO DO
groceries
take ma to the .....
domestic beautification and cleanliness chores
out,home,driving,walking

sometimes there is a vision of empty unclaimed space
like this










full of possibility
and quiet
calm
when i will dig a little deeper
think a little longer
take a twist 
or a turn
as the unfolding unfolds 


 the second hand moves silently
 thru
 another day


Friday, July 18, 2014

artmaking is making the invisible, visible ..... Marcel Duchamp

i would like to share this article with people
 who are interested

the words of Squeak Carnwath
say profoundly
and very eloquently
those which 
 i have been thinking, 
albeit very vaguely,
 and without such assurance,
 to myself 
just lately

like a good painting 
it has resonated with some part of me

these words are from 1993


quick sketch of coming home

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

finding my legs

i have many times been asked if i sell things that i stitch
my reply has always been no
they were too close to my evolution
my story too embedded in each stitch to let go

over time
as things appear from the end of my needle
and i feel more comfortable that this is me 
and not some strange force producing the work
and that the TIME given over from MY ONE LIFE 
to create this stuff
is okay
[ there is always a struggle with monetary value and time 
coz time is the most valuable thing
along with love i suppose
ooo and health 
hmmmm
maybe a blue sky too ... ]

i have decided i will do that
sell some stitched things
mostly because they are here
in a box

anyhow
i will put something in that store today
coz i can

there is a lot to be said for letting go
quietly
i think

*editors note
so i wrote this post in my usual completely spontaneous way
went off to continue at the metals bench and thought
freedom
i need to add freedom to that list of valuable things

and i suppose that list could become a little endless...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

doings and makings


flight path back in june
heading north


 to wake up here
trinity beach 
cairns northern beaches
winter
max 27 degrees C
min 18 degrees C


 first stop
cairns regional gallery
and noticing how well miracle man blends in


then off  to rusty's markets in central cairns
for uber fresh everything 
and some bilums and buka baskets if you are lucky 


 up to the tablelands behind the coast
kuranda railway station
for me you cannot beat boards painted white and tropical vegetation


and a little further inland 
a monet painting
at


 mareeba wetlands gloriousness


 and an unmovable beast wondering why we are in his way


the road heading north to post douglas is one of those heartswooning drives
all blue ocean 
and green mountains
and sandy beaches


and sometimes a beach of well rounded stones



 the point at port douglas 
where the sunday markets hold locally made treasure
that makes one think 
how much can i stuff into my carry on ?

further north is mossman gorge
now honoured by a wonderful visitors centre
and by restricting car and foot traffic
 in this sensitive area


our final day in the north was my birthday
and all  my birthday wishes were complete


with a swing by the flecker botanical gardens

...........


it seems each year my internal compass 
pulls me a little further north


which of course has me thinking of a song
this one by queenslander
graeme connors
is from way back in 1988
[ and from the video when smoking was much more tolerated ]
but shows some great old footage of sydney
heading north past the cane fields
going through the gold coast
some wonderful old ungentrified queenslander homes
and to the beach

he comes from mackay 
midway between brisbane and cairns 
* a local *

since my return 
i have found some new calm
and done some of this


up in the tropics
acrylic on canvas
[ iphones do not represent true colour but this will do ..]


a liitle close up of the bottom section


some back and forth


and some making with wonderful yellow gold scraps 
left from other work

and
outside
 the sky is been blue

leunig 


X

Monday, June 16, 2014

wish i had music playing

when you go into that shop of mine
least ways you could sing along to that when there is nothing much to look at

[ ok then so here am inserting an image of something TO look at 
a Peruvian blanket sofa that i love ... do not have where it is from sorry  ]


on the weekend i decided to get it together and finish some things and fill the shelves
only to have a drive by relative come in search of gifts
yep a sale of earrings which is good
but now i have less to tantalise 
to mesmorise
to woo you with

anyhoo
i am going to pop some things here
and then put them there

the story is that with the full moon
and mercury in retrograde
[ and i am cancerian ....swish, sway ]
i have come to a crossroads


time to take a new direction as the story i had been telling may be finished
[ at least for now ]
and i am taking a turn
left or right ...?
direction dyslexic i do not know
just
another direction for a bit
with this metal working

i am thinking new ways

so here they are the lucky last



a pod front and back 
based on the sand dollar i picked up on a beach near cooktown


sand dollar earrings with little black jade beads


my conch shell earrings that want to go portrait
when really on your ear they do stay as landscape 


and these little guys
tree of life motif
that are going to become handbag style earrings 

these have been etched some weeks apart 
hand drawn you can see they are related
 but not twins 
identical or fraternal
more like sisters

if you live nearby and wish to email me directly about any of these
feel free

later this week i am heading north to the land of the sand dollar on the beach
rainforest
empty beach
bliss

X