As a constrained television viewer, with more interest in reading my books than watching the screen, programs based around the renovation of unique old homes, enveloped in a great deal of history, will capture me every time. Perhaps it is because these plans encompass a vision shaped by large imaginations coupled with vast doses of creative thinking. Great architecture always transforms by responding to place.
In the program Grand Designs I am fascinated by the way the home renovator takes on the biggest challenges to see the development of their dream house nurture not only their confidence and sense of purpose, but become life changing. The way we choose to live is always down to personal taste but it is very obvious that happiness is entwined in how we perceive our homes and working lives.
Creativity is in everything. It is part of what we do and as for our own dwellings we can transform what we think is the drabbest outdated building by just a little elbow grease, paint and clever furniture. Having the right attitude to work can see our creative projects change us forever.
Gaining knowledge is one exercise I really look forward to and this coming weekend I will be spending my time working in my studio with an artist friend. We plan to share with each other our own recently acquired knowledge in two very different areas; digital image transfer techniques and the artist’s philosophy on colour and focus.
No doubt this will be inspiring and the results will hopefully flow into my painting time, adding renewed vigor to my vision for my coming exhibition in Perth in October. My last paintings completed prior to the Easter break are below.
My current solo exhibition Where Waters Meet runs until 9th May at NEOGALLERY at Mt Coolum. Exhibition viewed by appointment on 07 5471 6175 .