Have you ever wondered why humanity is so questioning? What an amazingly curious mind the artist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci had to make the discoveries that kept his name in the spotlight 500 years after his death. The world would not have the technology to reach others over the internet without curious, creative people sharing knowledge. We all do need a little support, and sometimes an escape from everyday life, to find the inner artist in this busy world. Getting more conscious about who we are personally takes a little self examination and lot of ongoing assessment.
The secret, I feel, is to return to our childhood memories to find what inspired and fulfilled us then. ‘ Curioser and Curioser’ was what Alice exclaimed in her journey to Wonderland. We may all have something to learn from falling down a well into another way of looking at the world.
Last weekend I had a very interesting group of curious artists gather in my studio at Tallegalla for a workshop. That curiosity was a largest part of this weekend was very evident. Most had questions that related to their purpose in creating and their ongoing search for answers. Learning how others have researched and discovered can answer the many questions we all have about life…and art is after all life. My own curiosity has lead to a rather large library that I continue to add to at such a rate I need three minds to absorb as I continually self educate. In the photo here you will find my artist friends, and me, gathered together for just a moment in time.
The 'tribe' at Tallegalla
Music inspires me. It makes me want to go to the studio and paint. As a child I used to sing Cole Porter’s song ‘ give me land, lots of land under starry skies above, don’t fence me in ‘ I felt then it was one of God’s greatest gifts to be free, and to express the essence of the land, to feel the earth beneath your feet, to understand its natural ways, and express the story. It requires passion to express this.
I remember earlier this year reading an eulogy on Aboriginal singer songwriter Ruby Hunter written by Paul Grabowski that made the hairs stand up on my arms. From a way different genre than the song I first mentioned, Paul Grabowski wrote that Ruby’s sound was like a lament, a moan, which came from a place outside of time and place. With her voice she evoked the red earth of the interior, a vibration, a hum, her story…What really resonated was that he conveyed Ruby’s power which he said she carried lightly. He summed up with ‘ What is greatness in music? It is a distillation of all of life’s imponderables into sounds that articulate, in time, that dimension over which we have the least control- the beauty and sadness of life’s river.’
This is what I admire so much about Ruby. I sat in admiration through her concert she gave with her husband Archie Roach at the Dreamtime Festival at Woodford a few years ago and I felt her passion. I wanted the same for my work then, and I still do. We all have a lot to learn from women like Ruby and the legacy she has left us.
What is talent and passion without commitment. Having a passion for anything requires some soul searching. For what purpose? Why this? Making a commitment means finding the answers to all the questions that constantly arise, to constantly fill the mind with what you want to do. It involves learning something new every day, relating to the expressive, emotive or creative side. Cultivating an attitude of curiosity, and excitement is to push the envelope and break all the boundaries that would hold one back. Commitment then is about taking action and continuing to do whatever it takes to reach a goal.
Battered but Still Floating 91 x101cm