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2021: Gettin' into the Groove...

Well, well, well, it's 2021 and oh gee, it's mid February already! How on earth did that happen?

It has taken me till now to slip into a good and easy creative rhythm this year. I've really struggled finding my feet but now I am well and truly settled into my own groove and it hasn't come a moment too soon I tell ya - I was starting to think all creativity was lost to me! Sometimes it's like that though - after disruption, one must just sit for a while and be still until the wind starts to whisper ideas into your ear. The wind has whispered many ideas now and I know I shan't come close to realising them all, but that's part of the creative's job - to pick as many good ones as you can in the time allotted to you.

I am on a little hiatus from social media while I immerse myself in making. I always feel so free when I take these breaks - free from the self-imposed expectation to produce work for those platforms. I'm actually only on instagram these days, but even that can take over your life and your creativity receptors if you aren't careful! I have found that some of my work doesn't translate well to the digital realm but I don't want that to dictate whether I make it or not. Sometimes things just need to be seen and experienced in person to be appreciated and I want to make work like that first. Always.

Right now I am feeling so inspired by our weekend escapades and the beautiful places we visit just outside our city. We are so lucky to live in a really beautiful part of the world. Within an hour of home we can access spectacular beaches, subtropical rainforests, magnificent waterfalls, and lush mountain vistas. We absolutely love adventuring in nature and lately I've felt the call to explore these wild places in my artwork. I mean, who wouldn't be inspired by places such as these...

All of the summer rains we've been having has brought the land to life in a big way. After several years of drought and bone dry summers it has been a treat to watch the landscape turn from a palette of browns and greys into a juicy and enlivening palette of greens. The rains have also brought out a lot of little forest friends of the mushroom variety. I've been particularly taken with the fungi of the rainforests and the beautiful forms of mushrooms. I have included them in a couple of drawings that I completed recently and will be examining them more thoroughly in future works. Check out some of the little wonders that I've come across on our bush-walks the past few weeks:

So, that is where I am at right now - enjoying nature and settling into a new work routine. I'm so inspired to make things and draw things and paint things and every day seems far too short to fit in all of the work I want to do! But that is exactly the kind of flow that I love. Currently I am working on a pen and ink drawing of a pod of southern right whales and it's giving me all the magical southern right feels! Anyway, I'd best get back to it - I'm hoping to get a large chunk of it done today.

Until next time salty friends!

Bye bye. xxx

P.S. I'm leaving you with my most recently completed drawing. I hope you like it! 💙

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