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Clearing the space…a creative necessity

On the eve of a touring holiday of southern New South Wales and the Victorian coastline, I have been busy clearing the space – my work, my studio, my home and my overall creative space.  We have been looking forward to this trip and in the process of clearing the way to go, it has reminded me of how important it is to get away at times, to refresh and rejuvenate.  Already in the process of preparing for our trip and for visitors who will be staying in our home while we are away, I have been amazed at the creative space it has opened up within me.  New ideas are emerging.  While I won’t be painting while I am away, my camera and notebook will be constant companions and I can already feel the difference in my energy.  I’m excited about the fresh ideas and new possibilities that are emerging.

Where are we off too?  We are driving south to Eden following the New South Wales coastline and then continuing along the coast into Victoria to Lakes Entrance, camping at Wilsons Promontory, and then heading along the Great Ocean Road before cutting back through middle Victoria to visit family and then travelling inland back to Sydney.  Although I am from Victoria, the section of coastline between New South Wales and Melbourne is new to me so I am really looking forward to seeing more of our beautiful country.

Artist’s break…

I have just returned from a 10 day holiday in Western Australia with my husband and daughter, and what a great place to visit.  We flew up to Exmouth and spent several days snorkelling in the beautiful, warm waters of the coral coast exploring Ningaloo Reef, and including swimming with the whale sharks.   We were even fortunate to see two whale sharks circle each other, something not often seen as they normally swim alone.  Such an amazing world that exists just under the water surface, and those vibrant colours of the fish.

We had hired a 4wheel drive and camper trailer and also spent some time visiting the Pilbara Region.  Again the colours of the countryside were spectacular.  Art Spectrum’s Pilbara Red so aptly named and reflected in the gorges.  We loved visiting Karinjini National Park and spending time exploring Dales Gorge and Weano Gorge, and swimming in the waterholes.  Our favourite spot was Hammersley Gorge, just spectacular. 

I had taken my sketch book away with me however I was too immersed in my holiday to put pen to paper, so with camera swung over my shoulder it was time for a break and to just be present to and enjoy the surroundings.

Back in Sydney and to my portrait classes, I was concerned how I would go drawing again and yet at the end of my first class back I was pleased with my work.  It seems the break was good for me, and so I feel refreshed and filled with enthusiasm again.