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Tis the Season

It’s December, the shops are full of tinsel, santa’s are parading the streets and jingles are filling the air. It’s that time of year again. It was only this time last year that I was starting to create. Tentatively with pencils, then pastels, water colours – always tying to find new ways to blend colour…

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Going off canvas

I was being lazy. Too lazy to paint on a small A5 card, too lazy to prep a canvas or wet paper. But I wanted to paint. I had creativity an colour that needed to be unleashed. I sat there staring at my leg. My leg could be a canvas, I thought. But it isn’t…

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Comparing stolen ideas

Have you heard the quote “Good artists copy, great artists steal”? Well it turns out that great artists copy and steal. I would never have thought artists like Van Gogh or Francis Bacon would create anything that wasn’t a complete original. Thats just not true. They both have recreated other artists work. I keep finding…

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Procrastinating from your Art

I have lots to do today, I bet you do to. Reply to the insurance company, call the videographer, pay some bills, attend some business webinars and a bunch of other things that I kind of want to do, but lack the motivation for. I am procrastinating. Why? Because I think I should be doing…

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Set your taste buds alight

Every year Auckland holds a festival called Taste. The leading restaurants from around Auckland set up in the middle of a park to serve small morsels or tastes of some of their best dishes. You can latterly eat your way through Auckland’s best food in the space of a couple of hours.      …

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Doors and Windows

Do you believe that everything happens for a reason? When something bad happens, something positive is just around the corner? I do. Although that can be damn hard to remember, when life looks like poo. Once I turned my perspective around on failure, I felt a relief. Looking and applying for jobs is something I…

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There is no shame in Failure

There is no shame in failure, unless you let it be shameful. The past few months I have spent lots of time reading about shame gremlins. Brene Brown has done a great job to explain what they are and why we all feel them (even when we don’t think we do). Before I starting reading…

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Making Mistakes

About a month ago I made a huge mistake. I just didn’t know it at the time. I thought the stars were aligning and that I needed something to help me take the next step. Its true, I definitely needed a better process for staying in touch with all the great people in my network…