It can be hard to live on the fringe... just on the edge of what is considered 'normal' by society. But for many people they have no choice as they can't bring themselves to join the rat race. An alternative lifestyle can be very appealing and have many benefits but it also brings with it a set of prejudices that can make fringe dwellers feel even more isolated and pushed out of the main stream.
It seems that anyone who is willing to challenge what is considered 'normal' will attract some ridicule or derision. Just because someone is living an alternative life or a hippieish existence does not mean that they are a push over. Someone who gets kicked around enough will eventually come out kicking. It's not all peace, love and mung beans.
Life would be so boring if we were all the same and these spicy gems bring colour and flavour into our world.
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It sometimes seems amazing that our early years on this planet can hold such a long lasting impact on our lives. Regardless of how long we live there is always something that will keep popping up from our youngest of years.
We can learn a lot from listening to our oldies and perhaps that is where some of the secrets of life are hidden :) I have known many women and men like Margaret who bring up their hard learned life lesson. While we can not fully appreciate them due to our charmed existence we can still learn from their hard earned wisdom.
Our beliefs along with our "chips" are a product of our experience and we don't seem to choose the ones that impact us the most.
Take time out to chat to someone who may have a pearl of wisdom to share - it might just make your day.
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We always assume that hot people have it easy but apparently there is a down side to being too attractive.
It would be one of the better curses to have but I'm sure it can be a barrier for some. Hot face and body does not mean someone is dumb. I guess it all comes down to the old saying "don't judge a book by it's cover."
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Perhaps a bit appropriate being ARIA week and celebrating the glitz and glamour of everything music... we often forget about the underdogs working behind the scenes. It must be very hard to grow old and no longer feel relevant.
We often joke about old people telling us stories that start with "when I was young" but if that was the best time of their life who are we to judge them heading back there as often as they need.
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Some bitter Betty's don't realise that they have a role to play in the hand that life deals them. I've known women who complain that no one gives them attention but won't make an effort to look nice or even be friendly. Some people just choose to be bitter and don't realise that they can make a change at any time.
I hope I never choose bitterness as it is a yucky feeling and it makes any beautiful person instantly ugly.
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I think we've all met ourselves a few dooms day enthusiasts who carry on about the inevitable end of the world. Why they think it will happen in our lifetime is beyond me. They can be very entertaining if not a touch scary. They usually have more than a few conspiracy theories as to how the end of civilisation will come and I try my hardest not to get too involved in those conversations.
You never do know though... there is a very slim chance they could be right so best to not offend them should you one day need to crash their tent village. Best to just nod, smile and move along while avoiding eye contact.
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In high school we had a teacher who had a chip on her shoulder. She would always pick on our group (or so it seemed in our teenage minds) regardless of whether we were being good or a bit cheeky. After a while we knew that she would single us out and while she made her rounds at lunchtime we would try to reach an imaginary chip on our shoulder (mime protest). We discussed the flavour of her chip and then brushed imaginary crumbs off our shoulders. She had no idea what we were doing and this probably added to her idea of us being trouble.
This idea of people walking around with a chip on their shoulder has stuck with me throughout my adult life and when I see someone being arrogant, angry or annoying I can get distracted by what flavour their chip might be. It's a great distraction from their bad behaviour and my story telling/writing mind can get lost in the narrative of their Chip Life.
I have done a series of 10 illustrations of people wearing their chip... some of these are people I've met, some are characters from TV shows and some are people I watch on the train (in a totally non-creepy way) and imagine their life story + Chip Life.
This is Sandy. We all know someone who has gone into teaching for altruistic reasons who end up getting beaten up by the 'system'. This is true in many countries... not just Australia. Perhaps some teachers lord their power over their students because they've realised they will NOT be the great change maker they once dreamt they would be. Perhaps the teacher who inspired Chip Life was herself a disillusioned educator grabbing on to any sense of power she could - or maybe, just maybe she thought we could be much more if we applied ourselves rather than acting like a bunch of clowns.
I will publish the remaining 9 illustrations in the days to come.
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It's been said many times of late and we're becoming acutely aware of the health problems arising from our sedentary lifestyles. Sitting really IS the new smoking... as much as Orange is the New Black! It seems that everything is the new something but when it comes to over-sitting... it's a drug we're finding hard to kick.
My mate Sabrina wrote the above statement on Facebook and it just perfectly sums up a little bit of what is wrong with all of our lives.
This is becoming such a problem that the Australian Physiotherapy Association have started a campaign to raise awareness and get us all moving - so get up and GO!
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Anyone who knows me, knows I love Dr Who. This mornings season finale was awesome (as ever) and I'm looking forward to the Christmas special.
I can't say I share Dr Who's views on hugging but I can see his point. I guess it is a good way to hide the emotions on your face that you don't want seen. Food for thought Dr Who.
I recently did a commission for Satsumas - a data company that helps clients get easy access to their information. They wanted to adapt an old + daggy low res image into a bright and inspirational poster for their staff... "Vision Of Greatness"
It's so nice to get great feedback from clients and photos of your work in situ... this is how it looks in their North Sydney office.
I got it printed at Pronto Print in Neutral Bay and they were great - very professional and fast - they did a marvellous job with the block mounting too.
Get in touch if you have a vision of greatness you need to turn into an inspirational poster :P
My mother said this once and it stuck - I wrote it down and it stayed with me. I just have to find a way to practice thia philosophy more. At times it is very difficult to turn off the mean inner critic in all of our heads (easier for some than others).
So put down the remote + put down your smartphone and JUST PAINT... xo
Even a cloudy day is beautiful in Sydney but these Spring days are super sparkly and extra gorgeous. I spied on these swimmers last Saturday after trekking Sculptures by the Sea. I envy their ability to soak up the sun.
The sea pool at Bondi Icebergs is more than just a Sydney icon... it's an awesome place to hang out and soak up some rays.
Speaking of rays and soaking up the sun... never forget to be sun safe and this message from 1980 is still relevant today... Slip Slop Slap!
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I have to remind myself of this almost daily! Just push through and do more regardless of what it is you're doing - art, writing, exercise, work, modern interpretive dance or partying.
Often the biggest challenge to creatives is battling their inner critic - regardless of what your inner critic says, you CAN do more than you think you can.
Go hard or go home!
Got to love the fashion mogul and Derek Zoolander's model agent Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell) in Zoolander (2001)... so many great lines and such a great (no stupid - no great) movie.
Life is too short to be serious all the time.
I loved photographing the moon tonight... I had mere seconds to get my gear together as I thought the clouds would not let the moonlight through. So glad I had a painting stool and a placemat handy (spare charged up battery came in handy too).
Maybe the clouds made it more interesting - the movement of the clouds adds some perspective.
This kind so reminds me of a Constable painting or how heaven is supposed to look (at night).
I recently saw Kanye West in concert and was filled with equal parts admiration at his undeniable talent and disbelief at his seemingly boundless arrogance.
Just in case it was lost in translation... I love Kanye's music and I would totally see him in concert again :P