This week we have Peter Ahrens, a South Australian photographer with a gift for capturing the natural world. His images are instilled with a clarity that only enhances the emotions they radiate. Moments in time frozen to be repeated by all those who see them. Award winning beautiful work. I’m very happy to have him here to share his inspirations.
Today’s inspired person is Juliette Crane, a wonderful artist with a gift for multi-layered, inspirational works. Juliette has permanently changed my way of working by sharing her technique. She is often on my mind when a piece of art isn’t evolving in the direction I had intended it to go. I usually end up asking myself, ‘What would Juliette Crane do?’ and the answer is always ‘keep going until it works’. She has truly inspired me and I have several pieces of art completed that I would have otherwise trashed if it wasn’t for her sharing her determination. It is fantastic to have her here to share some of the inspiration behind her beautiful creations.
I’m a Star Trek fan. Trekkie, Trekker, odd-ball and nerd, I’m a fan of the original 1965 television show, Star Trek. I have a book collection, a comic collection, all the films and television episodes on DVD with several documentaries kept on good ol’ VHS. I have a model of two different Enterprises on my desk, along with a borg cube that has fallen off the computer and is currently gathering dust behind my hard drive. I even have a little pewter Captain Kirk talking into a little pewter communicator (he sits right next to my cast metal Kitt and his figurine Michael Knight, but that is a whole other story :D).
I’m a fully qualified Star Trek fan.
What does that have to do with anything on this blog? Well, I have to go back in time a little to explain.
Creativity has been my life. I’ve only just recently surrendered to that fact, but despite my denials over the past thirty odd years, it has always crept up on me and taken over whatever project I’ve been working on.
This has been both an advantage and a disadvantage. The advantages are obvious, creativity added to anything can only really make it better, but it also had its downside. I had a dark period in my life where I basically fell into my creativity to escape reality.
It has been nearly a week since I have created some art.
Do you find that if you don’t create regularly, you start fraying at the edges? For me, usually a maximum of around four days of no creative time for myself will start sending me a touch crazier than usual.
Eucalypt bark is rather unique. Some species (and there are hundreds of them) have bark of many colours. The Snow Gum that lives on the very top of our higher mountains literally has bark in a rainbow of colours, subtle but distinct in its own way. Another, the Lemon-scented Gum, has pink bark that almost looks like skin and wrinkles like that at the joins of branches. The Ironbark has almost black bark, the silver green of its leaves and pale pink of its flowers contrasting quite remarkably.
Today’s inspired person is Sheila Arthurs, an artist of remarkable flexibility and diversity. I’ve drooled over her doodles for some time now, but she also creates some gorgeous hand painted fabrics and dabbles in another love of mine, crochet. It is great to have her here as my guest and to grab a peek at the spark behind her creations.
I think when you are free of constraints and out travelling, you see the world from a different perspective. Too much of our time is spent rushing there, dashing here, closetting ourselves at whatever workstation gives us money, and we don’t have the time to stop and look, really look at the world around us.
I am a middle aged Mom who discovered photography later in life. Ansel Adams was my inspiration. When my kids were little, I would take some time for myself when they napped, put on piano music and read a good book. One of those books was about the life of Ansel Adams, well-known American photographer of the West. I admired not only his photographs but the way he lived his life with integrity. After a visit to Yosemite National Park in California, where Adams did much of his photography, I decided to take my first photography class and I was hooked.