My 12yr old son is incredibly patrotic. Recently its been the soccer, setting his alarm to get up at 11.00pm or 4.00am to see the Aussie Socceroos play. I witnessed his passion one night in awe. I went to check on him after hearing his alarm had gone off. I'd been painting and was one my way to bed. Within minutes he'd woken, changed his pj shirt to his Australian green and gold shirt, plopped into the bean bag with his doona, whistle, hand clacker thingy and laid his Australian flag over the top. I'm not sure that he had fully woken but he was there for his Aussie team .
Thats how I feel about Australian mixed media creativity.Through Kelly Raes e-course I've realised that I'm passionate about cultivating connections and creativity here in our home land. There are a number of Aussies in the class and we have 'found' each other which has been totally awesome. Don't get me wrong, my world has opened up to many other creative souls across the globe too!
I have to admit for a while I've had the poor cousin mentality. We don't always have access to the many wonderful things we hear or read about on US blogs/magazines.Yes we pay more for art books, magazines and materials.Yes we have fewer retreats to attend. Yes we have limited access to US tutors. But its time to turn that thinking around and focus on what we do have, what we do well, connect with each other, be poineers, whilst also being part of the bigger picture in the US.
What we do do well is being resourceful. We have to. Its been developed out of creating from whats at hand. For me, that is part of the joy of creating. Its pushed me to create unique and amazing tools and techniques for everyday studio things. And I truly value every art book I have on my book shelf. Every magazine. Every drop of Golden paint I'm grateful for....
And we have amazing talent here, simmering, waiting for the opportunites to teach, write, be published....it feels like this energy is gaining momentum.
So watch this space, Aussie artist are on their way!