I'm finding myself losing so much time as I am too easily distracted. I have a few things on my to do list and that list is groaning under the weight of not getting anything done and more things keep being added. Like writing this blog for example. At least if you're reading it, I can tick off "write my blog"! It has become so detrimental to my sense of happiness as it's time to settle down at the end of the day. I sought relief and in the process was distracted by yet another video that offers a solution to this problem, a common one it seems. Apparently, according to the book Indistractable by Nir Eyal, to do lists are not a solution. So cross off To Do Lists and plot your days. An interesting read if you are also in the same boat.
Blowing Darts, oil on canvas, 76x 76cm
I was so excited and inspired to paint a portrait of a dear friend of mine, an accomplished artist in so many ways. I painted "An Enduring Vision" after many conversations and hearing her amazing stories, adventures and accomplishments, which I integrated into the work. It was entered into the Archibald Portrait Prize.
An Enduring Vision, 120 x 100cm, oil on canvas 2021
The Noosa Open Studio is on again! My studio, which I affectionally refer to as the Dragonfly Studio, will be open from 1st Oct - 10th Oct. I'll keep you posted on upcoming events. With all the gardening and fixing up I've been doing around the studio, it will look even better this year. I have made a big numbered sign and laid a path. I look forward to seeing you visit and the studio is open most days. Please call or drop in. My studio cat Mars Black is becoming very adept at navigating the canvases and loves visitors too. As winter approaches, the sunsets over the Noosa River are magnificent.
Catfish, oil on canvas, 60 x 76cm
So what's to be done? Well, I am enrolled in a course in Instructional Design to further develop and incorporate my various interests in coaching, education and how to facilitate enhanced learning through better design. I have revisited my manuscript and I'm about to embark on a revised draft. I have no idea how to do this but I'll give it a go. There's a new photo book to design and publish. And then there is painting! I'm hoping to be accepted into a few exhibitions so I'll need to focus. My intention is to explore the thinking I have around walking the tightrope between surrender and desire. I feel that my truth is guided along that fine line between that subsequently determine our choices and how we feel inside, our inner state.
A Little Bird Told Me, oil on canvas, 100 x 76cm