JUST ME :: and a stack of blank pages

:: Living creatively ::

About me

This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realise it is play. The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is. I’m here to tell you that the path to peace is right there, when you want to get away. When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious!

Monday, May 28, 2012

I'll wait for your return...

The sound of birds stops the noise in my mind. 
~ Carly Simon 

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm 

At the beginning of April my Greater Striped Swallows were getting increasingly more restless until, finally, on the 8th April, they were gone. Nobody to greet me on the bathroom wall, no twittering and chattering coming from the TV satellite dish, no more watching them throwing their little heads back and uttering their little gurgling song... I DO wish them a safe journey to their summer destination and I will expectantly be waiting for their return in September.... 

The Greater Striped Swallow (Hirundo cucullata syn. Cecropis cucullata) is a large swallow. It breeds in Southern Africa, arriving from its central African non-breeding grounds around July-August in the Limpopo Province, Western and Eastern Cape. It reaches Swaziland, Botswana, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal during September-October, eventually leaving the region around April-May.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Scare people...


go be that starving artist you're afraid to be. open up that journal and get poetic finally.  volunteer. suck it up and travel. you were not born here to work and pay taxes.  you were put here to be part of a vast organism to explore and create.  stop putting it off.  the world has much more to offer than what's on fifteen televisions at tgi fridays.  take pictures.  scare people. shake up the scene. be the change you want to see in the world.  you'll thank yourself for it. 
~jason mraz~ 

Done from a photograph on Pinterest. 



Monday, May 7, 2012

Chilly whisper in the breeze...

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm 

There is a chilly whisper in the breeze reminding us that winter will soon be here. We've really had a cold past two weeks, but today the sun is shining brightly, the temperature is in the middle 20C's and it's now turning into that blissful time of year when it's a joy to be outside in nature before we settle indoors to sit out the winter. 

I’ll be somewhere outside, 
soaking up those last few rays 
of autumn sun… 
what are you up to? 


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Shasta Daisies in my garden

Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get. 
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

 W&N watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm 

The Shasta daisies in my garden are all but finished now, already cut down by the Autumn cold. I'll be lifting the bulbs, putting them into storage until spring. I'm just wondering where the little white Crab Spiders go that live on them throughout spring and summer...?