|Painting With Presence|
My tip for today: when feeling tired or that there is no impulse or inspiration ready to be expressed, surrender to a still place inside and wait. In the past I have exhausted myself with drive and push to make more, especially when there has been a deadline looming. Now I choose to listen to my body, and remember that when I take time out to allow the body to reconstitute itself, the next piece will begin with fresh clear energy. It is not about the quantity but about the quality - the quality i am in when making a painting, or writing, or drawing, or making my bed. This morning I remade my bed for autumn, adding a delicious fake fur blanket for cooler nights. That is my work of art today. It will feel so delicious to get into tonight.
From my studio
In the early morning you will find me at my desk with a cup of tea, making notes about a possible new painting, the next workshop, or the next article or blog to write. In the evening you will find me walking the beach, or along the lane from the house, looking closely at pebbles or footprints in sand, or gazing into the distance at clouds and horizons. In between - all manner of adventures, interactions, creative projects being developed.
Bernadette Curtin lives in the Byron Bay hinterland, in Northern New South Wales.
She has a wealth of experience as an artist, art educator and mentor, having worked with young artists at secondary and tertiary levels, at Ruyton Girls School, the NGV and RMIT, Melbourne. She has helped adults prepare folios for tertiary courses, and conducted art workshops from her studio. She has led field trips to the outback and runs on-line tutorials in creative expression. In her words:
"Painting and drawing were natural ways to express as a child. I loved playing with watercolours, coloured pencils and paint. Making art has been a constant practice in my life, and the best way I know to respond to the beauty of nature. I have enjoyed teaching art for many years, and I would love to share the joy and playfulness of your natural expression with you."