You too of course. Yes, I'm a little late with the New Year wishes, once you stop blogging for a while it can be hard to start again, especially since I have been particularly lazy of late and new drawings are few and far between.
As I just realised I have spent the last four hours absorbed on a most interesting thought path, I decided I might post some links. While I was up in Sydney visiting my family for Christmas my Grandma and I had a very interesting discussion about Germaine Greer (my Grandma, I tell you what, when they were dishing out wise elders I got pretty lucky). So, this morning in an effort to clear up a slight champagne hangover, I thought I might google Greer to find out more than the bits and pieces I already knew. Starting here, I then stumbled on this, an article she wrote for the Guardian on an image taken of Miley Cyrus by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair. Ignore the third article further down the page that describes Leibovitz as a hack and an 'obliging furnisher' of kitsch. Okay, it may be a fair point but I agree with Greer when she discusses the cynicism that Leibovitz must have felt to create this image. Lately many of my drawings have taken a similar pose and it is interesting to see the various implications of such a pose analysed. Moving on I then found this article she wrote, again for the Guardian, about the Baz Lurhman film Australia and there you go, enough said... click click as you please but I'm smitten, this woman is (well, most of the time) on the money.
I'm quite excited, I think I'm going to get myself a Print Gocco tomorrow. I'm not one hundred percent sure but I am getting excited about all the possible things I could do with it. Also, I want to make a terrarium.
Brains are full of insecurities, don’t you think? Sometimes you wonder what in the world you are doing, where do you fit in, and how can you really expect people to take you seriously? Last year I dropped out of a Masters degree because, despite my love of a good essay (I’m a sucker for cultural theory), the little world that I want to live in doesn’t quite click with the world of academia.
Every now and then little stories and people appear and they reinforce that what you are doing is the right thing to do. If something makes you happy and you are passionate about it then that is reason enough to do it. Having a love for what you do is the most exciting, intelligent and dynamic thing in the whole wide world.
So you get to thinking… let other people worry about being taken seriously, I must get started on that series of drawings based on my favourite icecream flavours, definitely been putting it off for too long. There you go... enough chatter… let me introduce you to the ‘Searching for Romantic Icecream Moments’ series…
'Searching for Romantic Icecream Moments (Raspberry)'
'Searching for Romantic Icecream Moments (Blood Orange)'
'Searching for Romantic Icecream Moments (Bitter Cherry)'
'Searching for Romantic Icecream Moments (Coffee)'
I have just added these little originals to my shop so you can find them right here.