Quote for the Week – Rack up your rejections – 8 May 17

I spend a lot of time when I am teaching, mentoring students through the process of what we like to call ‘failure’. I can’t be sure why no one teaches us how to handle this in school. I wish they had. It would have stopped everyone being a paranoid teenager. Managing failure, (and success) is a life long process. No one escapes it, but we are left to our own devices to work out what it means. Wouldn’t it be a relief if we could process each of these outcomes into a more positive mindset? One that would help us … Continue reading

CATTITUDES – IN THE DOG HOUSE AND NEW WORK OUT OF THE GARDEN STUDIO

I am back after a break … the thing is I have been patiently waiting for Kristine to finish her new still life pieces set for Melbourne. These six new works are in a much lighter palette than she usually uses but they are still filled with colour. She’s ramping up the Fragmatism style now that it’s officially registered. Her new favourite colours are Raw Umber and Sap Green. She says I should think like Guillaume Apollinaire, and he said ‘Color is the fruit of life.’ But I don’t like fruit and I am more of a monotone cat! She … Continue reading

CATTITUDES – MORE PROOF THAT WE ARE A BENEFIT IN THE ARTISTIC PROCESS – 5 APRIL 17

Today I am kindly moving over to showcase another cat from another studio. (Who says cats are only a bunch of only instinct and self interest!). I am doing this because Kristine has just found out that 2 of her students took out the 1st and 2nd Art Prize at the Sydney Royal Easter Show yesterday. She is beaming. Not because they won so much, but because others recognised how much effort each student dedicated to creating the pieces. Abira Harvey took out a 1st Prize and Matthew Dardis took out the 2nd in their age category. Kristine has been … Continue reading

Quote for the Week – Make your work look effortless – 3 April 17

Let’s start the week with a little inspiration from a young talent. Bjarke Ingels, is a an optimistic Danish architect. He has reached great heights in his industry for his 42 years. These have not come without many battles, rejection and knock backs. Thankfully there have been some revolutionaries willing to back his crazy concepts. Now he is at the top of his game. He was inspired by comics, the environment and many impossibilities. He reinvents spaces that no one saw potential in and only now the rest of the world is starting to understand. He believes the future can … Continue reading

CATTITUDES – THE EVIDENCE IS IN: CATS HELP CREATIVITY – 29 MAR 17

This week I have been taking some active steps to put myself centre stage as subject matter for some of Kristine’s new artwork  – no signs of success yet 🙁 She keeps telling me she has her still life works to finish. If her motto is ‘taking the ‘still’ out of still life then surely I fit the bill? I keep telling her that cats really are the perfect subject matter and that I can actually improve the composition. She keeps getting annoyed and complains when I knock over set. (She doesn’t understand that my alterier motive is to be … Continue reading