At times the world seems quite manic.
Family life feels fast and furious, business gets busier and there’s a constant race servicing the needs of family members, business colleagues and company customers.
With so much energy pouring out of the pot (solving other people’s problems) one can’t help but cry
“What about ME!!”
In her series of Artist’s Way books Julia Cameron refers to the risk of your ‘well’ being sucked dry… not good for your family, your business and of course most importantly YOU!! 😉
To ensure the well gets replenished she talks of making an ‘Artist Date‘ with yourself where you go on:
“A solitary expedition with your ‘creative self’ into new, interesting, and expansive territory. Expeditions do not need to involve ‘high art’. They might be a trip to an aquarium store, a concert, a used-record store, a drive in the country – anything that ‘fills the well’ – for you. Artist dates are undertaken alone.”
I love my ‘Artist’s dates’ so, on Saturday I went to GoMA (Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art), which always re-hydrates me!
I chose to leave the Valentino retrospective for another day ~ And headed to the upper gallery where some beautiful indigenous works caught my eye ~
Here is a detail from a work by Angelina Ngal portraying an ethereal landscape of her grandfather’s Arlparra country in the Eastern Desert:
A stark contrast to Robert Macpherson’s hardware paintbrushes demonstrating how inspiration can flow from anything ~ even down to formulating the colours used and matching their proportions 😉
I couldn’t help but be attracted to this with its global map projection appearance ~
And it always amuses me when does a straight line become a curve ? 😉
While most of the galleries are enclosed, there are some beautiful large windows that connect the inside art with the outside world ~
I loved this view of a futuristic feeling sculptural work that hummed at various electronic frequencies depending on your proximity to it juxtaposed, out of the window, against a classic pioneering Aussie icon the wind mill to one side and what seems to be becoming a modern day city icon on the other, a ferris wheel!
And looking out the other way towards the William Jolly Bridge an image of merging cultures.
On the river-side of the gallery is the new walking bridge that links South Bank to the City, offering a short-cut up to Roma Street Parklands ~ Called Kurilpa Bridge, the word Kurilpa was a term used by the original Aboriginal inhabitants in the West End Area meaning a ‘place for water rats’.
Feeling replete from the absorption of fresh new sights and sounds, and inspired by all manner of concepts taking my thinking bouncing off at tangents, I’m feeling fired back up and ready to burn 😉
You got to burn to shine!
Tell me in the comments below…
Do you make and take Artist’s Dates?
What do you like to do, or
where do you go to replenish your soul? 🙂