It’s that transition from Tutor, tour guide, friend to Mother. From living in an environment where there are the high expectations of your peers and students to the day to day running of a house the responsibilities of wife, Mother and Grandmother.
It’s July, I’ve traveled 4 times this year, been away for 106 days, traveled 124,241 air miles, visited 17 cities in 6 countries and that doesn’t include the land miles… which are in the 1000’s of course. And the surprising thing is that it’s all in the name of Textile Art. Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. I prepare carefully for each trip, some folk would say that I’m even obsessive about the preparation. That doesn’t mean to say that it all goes smoothly or as planned. But I give it a good shot and don’t fuss too much if I have a hiccup on the way. I just look at those experiences as gaining new eyes. What have I learned as I travel? First of all I learned very fast to become resilient and I have learned to like myself. That’s not being smug, but imagine undertaking that much travel if you had an issue with yourself. Stubbornness helps, determination is a must and you don’t need anyones permission to enjoy …
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We live in relative safety and peace. The majority of people reading this blog have the security of a roof over their head, electricity, a degree of basic comfort and the freedom to move out of your immediate environment. Many of you travel, maybe not quite as much as I do, but even if its in your own environment its rare that we encounter a confronting issue. Right now the world is in a state of turmoil as families, women, men and small children are literally walking from one country to another in the grip of the early onset of winter to escape persecution or even death. Its unprecedented in my limited knowledge of the world. We all need to be aware. We all need to open our wallets and help any way we can. However, before I add the images I took a few days ago I wanted to share a little about the situation that the women I photographed are in. I’m no a stranger to photographing poverty or even working with people in…
We’ve had 5 days in Santa Fe and its been the most wonderful experience. There is so much to like about this city. Everyone we’ve met has been very helpful and a pleasure to visit with. We’ve made a lot of new friends.
I love the climate at this time of the year but the locals tell me it’s a little hot for this time of the year. I’m a very visual person. Everywhere I turn there is beauty and things that I’ve never seen before.
To say that Santa Fe is unique is an understatement.
Today, I added the portraits of the wonderful people we met at the Santa Fe Folk Art Festival.
My home is comfort. My home is where I relax the most. My Husband, our Grandies, the sound of the birds, the smell of eucalyptus in the air, my big comfy chair downstairs with its companion the quilt and my beloved studio and there is always vegemite on toast. These are my everyday things. But at times with my work I’ve found myself out of my comfort zone. I drove through the French alps in a car with gears driving on the other side of the road and a lost GPS signal. I got kidnapped in Haiti with my husband, had a minor plane crash when the tyres blew on the plane on take off. We’ve walked through the slums of Bangkok, Sri Lanka, India and Africa. And these things we just had to do. You need to spend time in another country or in an environment that is foreign to you to grow. To know yourself, to actually like yourself and to appreciate life. I know its not always possible for everyone to travel , but then again, you could just …
Take the time to sit down, and appreciate the beauty of these art pieces. They are created by Co-operatives in countries far from our shores.
If I’m not actively busy I begin to feel that I should be home with my family or working on my major project. It’s always been that way when I’m traveling. Downtime often feels like I’m living in excess, but it’s a little difficult to actually go from one event to another time wise when you are 17,000 miles from home.
Stand beside those who have talent.
That’s the way you learn.
You are only as creative and good as the -people you surround yourself with in spirit.
On the other hand, there is merit in learning things the hard way. Walking down the road with many bumps teaches you valuable lessons.
Be kind to yourself.
The world speeds past you in a fusion of color as you travel and I try to capture as much as I can with photo images, however, the design images stay in the brain and don’t escape until I put pen to paper.
This past year the world of illustration changed for me when I was introduced to the iPad Pro. Now I have paints, inks, pencils with me all in one package and the soothing music in the ipad of Nora Jones added to my relaxation as I worked yesterday.