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Installation art

On top of amateur photography and personal travel, I love art. Going to exhibitions. Seeking out inspiration. Creating. But I am a stylistically diverse  and rather confused amateur artist. I can’t choose exactly what type of artwork or medium I want to be known for. And so I dabble in a little bit of everything – drawing (charcoal, pencil, pen), watercolor, multimedia, acrylics and painting, pastels.

I also haven’t quite had the chance to put together the artsy portfolio of my works that I had dreamed of…but in the interim, if you want to check out my works, take a look at the Australian blog “The Near and The Elsewhere” which wrote up a piece on the collaborative exhibition I was part of in 2012, “Twisting the Lilac Stalks” at the gaffa gallery in Sydney, Australia.

A few fun shots from the curating and installation process – a flurry of activity to complete it all in one day! Photos courtesy of 2 of the other artists, Sophie and Jessica, and preparation included the other 3rd collaborative artist, another Soph (as well as my Dad and the twins’ father that you see in the background)…it was a full collaborative effort!

Enjoy the art exhibition space shown here – the light and darkness of the walls vs the floor – the figurative curves of the artworks – the images and the imagination of the installation. The doors and framing the artworks in door frames. The windows and views to artworks. The geometry and perspective. The warehouse emerging artist feel. It is not so much about the actual artworks in these photos (more on that later!) but more about the actual space and its own artistry which can be enjoyed as part of the viewing of art.

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I highly recommend arranging your own exhibition to share your inspiration with the world – your talents – your passions. It was a great experience.  🙂

M xx

Once again, all images in this post are not my photography but the work of 2 other collaborating artists, Jessica and Soph B! Thank you!

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Lost Phones. Lost Worlds.

Sometimes I wonder if I was meant to live in another era. An era before smartphones. Or iPhones. Whatever you want to call them! I have had a tendency in the last 18 months to destroy, lose, have stolen, or simply mistreat my phones (one instance involved spilling coconut water all over my phone…yes, I drink coconut water…and I’ll have you know the phone recovered!). I have gone through 4 phones and 2 blackberries since I moved overseas (one snatched out of my hand by a road bike burglar of all things!). My mobile destruction capabilities have become infamous among my family and friends! I am even used as an example of why insurance is so expensive. In fact, I used up my phone insurance – only 2 new phones were covered. I was very unimpressed when I found out! And I swear that I wasn’t this incompetent at maintaining my communication devices in the past! Not sure exactly what happened after I moved to New York. I believe it’s because I have small hands, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is really quite big (a little bit like the iPhone 6), so my propensity for dropping phones must be higher than the average person. I also think it has something to do with the fact that the phone is my most important accessory (and now most expensive one…my a long shot) because I love being in touch with family and friends all the time, I love correspondence of all sorts, I am an active (or hyperactive) messager, and basically I believe that if everyone carried the phone around as much as I do, they too would need a new phone every 3 months too! I am waiting for when Apple invents a phone that slips onto your hand like a glove, or an implanted chip. Then maybe my phone karma would improve!

Despite my addiction to my phone(s), there is nothing quite like a holiday that allows you to disappear from your normal, daily grind. That allows you to escape. To stop time. To live in the moment. There is nothing quite like a great adventure holiday. And there is nothing quite like escaping the unrelenting pressure of work in a big city where everyone gets so uptight and caught up…on everything. In response to this pressure cooker, I sometimes seek solace in the wilderness without wifi. That’s right, I have spent the last few years becoming a passionate wilderness traveller and have fallen in love with remoteness. Looking for places that remind you of lost worlds that are waiting to be discovered. And while I might mistreat my cameras, drop them, get water, rain and snow on them, take them kayaking in Antarctica (not recommended) or trek with them…at least they are usually too big to lose and usually come with a strap that you can stick around your neck or across your shoulders so they are attached to you. They are more reliable than phones when it comes to photography ;).

And so I share below some of my favorite wilderness shots.

Lake Viedmar Glacier outside El Chalten, Patagonia, Argentina.

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The reflections of Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

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How about a stop for lunch at the Torres del Paine?

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The dawn view at the Poon Hill trek in Nepal, part of the Annapurna Circuit, about 3800m high.

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Streams of light…and rhododendrons. Rhododendrons were a recurring theme in my photos in Nepal. I couldn’t get enough of them, to the great mirth of my travel buddy, B!

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The beauty of the Australian countryside. The Megalong Valley near the Blue Mountains…a path to heaven. Whispy clouds and windswept trees.

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The salt flats of Uyuni, Bolivia are like a never ending sky. The 4WDs we were in looked like they were hovering in the milky sky.

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The desert landscape of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile was also a stark and glorious view. Burnt oranges, yellow skies. Silhouette valleys.

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How to enjoy a flower arrangement

I grew up in a big house with a big backyard, and a huge amount of botanical choice in my garden. I also grew up with a Mum who could never get enough photos of flowers! They say that we all become like our parents if we don’t actively try and avoid it…and I have become a consistent flower photographer!

I love the colors, the contours, the interplay of light and dark and shadows. I love them in gardens, on windowsills, at weddings. I love them individually and in arrangements. I especially love them close up. They are also a global phenomenon… 😉

So everywhere I travel, every time I buy flowers at home, every time I attend a wedding – I find inspiration in the artistry of the flowers, their petals, their shadows. You will find that you can also draw or paint from their beauty…it’s one of my favorite sources of inspiration!

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Travel advice? Art ideas?

One thing that I love more than traveling itself is probably giving traveling advice! It’s my chance to share insights, discoveries, experiences in the hope that more people will share in the passion, novelty and excitement of traveling. Travels are a great conversation starter as well – in case you were ever short for conversation!  So if you’re traveling anywhere – I can’t promise I’ve been there, despite my 7 continental travels – but I can hope to at the least know someone who has!

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Or…are you looking for a birthday gift? A wedding present? A personalized offering? I always get more inspired when I have a purpose to my artwork, and would be happy to take on commissions!

Or are you also inspired and want to share your artistic musings, your creative juices? I love talking inspiration and ‘crafternoons’ – happy to share in encouraging the creative passions of others too! Let me know!

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