“ON LOVE & POLITICS” – A Solo Exhibition on the Sunshine Coast by Artist Mikarla Teague.

This coming Friday evening, the 1st of April 2016, something beautiful is happening. At CQ University Noosa Art Space, it will be opening night of a solo exhibition by Sunshine Coast artist Mikarla Teague.

I’ve known Mikarla Teague for more than eight years, and I’ve watched over time as she and her artwork have slashed away from the expectations and safety of ‘society’ to fight for what she believes in.

Through her artwork, poetry and activism, her heart, soul, tears, and I dare say every dollar she’s ever earned, have spilled from somewhere inside her that is unexplainable to be laid bare to the world. Mikarla was meant to share with us. I don’t often talk about fate, but some people in this world are here to make a difference. Mikarla is one such soul.  Continue reading ““ON LOVE & POLITICS” – A Solo Exhibition on the Sunshine Coast by Artist Mikarla Teague.”

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Australia Day: what boat did you come in on?

I’d like to start by saying that the intent of this is not to offend, but to question accepted discriminations and discover other ways of thinking. I have tried to keep my emotions from taking over. I have tried to include information for those who seek it. Every fact has a source, which is freely available for anyone with access to the internet to obtain and confirm for themselves. They are listed at the end of the post, along with ‘fun facts’ that didn’t quite make it into the main post.Remember.

When I think of Australia Day, I think of sunshine, being with my family and friends, listening to Triple J’s hottest 100 countdown with a delicious beverage, near the beach. I think of thanking my lucky stars I was born into a country that has freedom of speech, freedom to study, to work, to be straight, to be gay, to travel, to be vegan, to eat pork, to be catholic, to be atheist, to be jewish, to be whoever I want to be – without fear of persecution. Continue reading “Australia Day: what boat did you come in on?”

Switching mediums to stimulate creative energy.

Does anyone else experience the thing where words literally appear in your head? Of their own free will? Almost like a movie. You aren’t actually creating them, you are just the vessel for the muses unreliable spirit. She is the real being in control of those words, when she speaks you must write, if you don’t the words swirl round and round and drive you crazy. And how when she’s on vacation in the Bahamas (the bitch) you sit at your desk, chin in palm, gazing out into a void of blank pages in utter despair? That’s how I feel it is for me. Perhaps I’m nuts. BUT! I know that if I’ve got something to say, or a character has something to say, I hear it – or see it – in my head first. It flows into my head in surround sound and I get it down one way or another.

Sometimes, however, there is no movie playing.

I often find that switching up the medium of creativity, can help coax my muse from her sun-bed and come play with me for a while. I’m not particularly good at much else (never ask me to draw), but if I’m stuck for creativity, which really bums me out, some things can stimulate the creative pulse.

A few of my favourite pastimes are reading, cooking and listening to music. Although reading is more of a guilty pleasure. It might stimulate my review-post mind but not so much when it comes to my work in progress.

Cooking may not seem to some to be creative, but it definitely is. For one, it invokes your senses. Art, the product of creativity, is a physical manifestation of the senses. Hence why people react to it in such emotive ways. Cooking involves using your senses as well as the using the mind. Getting your hands involved in the textures of the ingredients (baking cookies I find is especially good for hands), teasing your sense of smell, using it and your mind to pair the right herbs and spices, your sense of taste to check for balance – sweet, tart, sour, spice. The happy vibe always shoots down my spine when the finished product is gobbled up.

After about a month with basically no computer as my previous one had died, I had a few days free this past week with my brand new computer. You would think it a perfect time for me to get a few words down. But alas, the movie wasn’t playing.

So in the 3 spare days, I did something I’ve wanted to do for a while now. I made a movie of my own. Well, video actually. It is a compilation of some footage and images taken over the last 5 months of my travels. It is posted to the YouTube channel linked to the travel blog my partner and I created called Eat. Seek. Travel., please pop over if travel interests you and take a look. I’m so excited by the video I have posted it below.

While I was making it, and closer to it’s completion, I felt that rush I get when I really like a scene I’ve just written, or when a plot point falls into place. The happiness and sense of accomplishment that you have created something out of nothing. It got me using my senses, it got me to focus and concentrate while letting my sense of “what feels right” flow.

I also think that sometimes we pressure ourselves so much to write, or to paint, or to do whatever it is we usually enjoy, because we feel we should or we have to, we inadvertently take the enjoyment out of it and it takes on a chore-like essence. Creativity takes place in many forms. The next time you are feeling stumped, try your hand at another art form and enjoy the simple pleasure you get from setting your imagination free. You never know what you might create. Whether it’s art or whether it’s dinner, it’s sure to be fun.

Book #40: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813

The Great Literature 52 week, 40 book challenge. austen

Book #40: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813.

Overall Summary (in my words):

Eligible bachelors come to a country-town in England in the early 1800’s, and a family of un-wed, middle class sisters of varying beauty and intelligence vie for their attention (along with every other female in town). Or in the case of the second eldest, graced with both handsomeness and a clever mind – reject the attention of one bachelor in particular on the basis of pride and opinion. Elizabeth Bennet makes judgements based on perceived knowledge, not actual, and the discovery of truth leads her to be confronted by her own pride. Will she have the courage to admit to her own misgivings, and even if she does will it be too late? Continue reading “Book #40: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813”

The “Great Literature” Challenge

Screen Shot 2013-03-09 at 11.44.29 AMThe time has come for me to be challenged.

For me to grow, to learn, to change, to be inspired, to be confused, to find understanding, to study, to be pushed to the edge of reason, to immerse myself in a world that I have tiptoed on the edge of my whole life, a world I have skirted and dipped a toe into and then shied away from because I fear its unknown icy depths: the world of great literature. Continue reading “The “Great Literature” Challenge”

I live here: book 2 – burma

I LIVE HERE – http://www.i-live-here.com

Where do I start with this one?

It has been so long since I have written about “i live here”, a grass-roots organisation that is changing the lives of displaced persons around the world through awareness, art, publishing stories of these people and through projects that seek to develop sustainable living through permaculture and education. Continue reading “I live here: book 2 – burma”