You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.

There’s a scene in Inception where, Eames (Tom Hardy) says to Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” When we were kids, we just tried stuff. You tried to walk along the picket fence and you might have fallen off, but maybe you didn’t. Maybe you tried to catch a ball and missed. But you tried it again and … Continue reading You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.

New artworks inspired by Orcas Island, San Juan Islands.

The ferry sings between rocky island outcrops that form the San Juan islands, their edges smoothed by long-melted glaciers. The tops of the islands burst in dense Coast Douglas fir. There’s a delicious slowness to it all, we’re all unhurried together. Kids run past us barking like dogs. Grey muzzled chihuahuas totter past like octogenarians. I make quick sketches as things pass by, simple outlines … Continue reading New artworks inspired by Orcas Island, San Juan Islands.

How small observations generate a big audience

On Fridays in the studio, I take a break from my big projects and work on little things. I open my window on Cherry Street and watch the people from my third storey window. There’s a homeless man with a mental illness, stooping to scratch at a white mark on the tarmac. His pants have no elastic and drag around his feet without ever coming … Continue reading How small observations generate a big audience

Shrine of dog skull, fox bait and dog bowl

How art can profoundly change us all.

We live moment after moment. Many of those moments pass unnoticed. But sometimes those moments become momentous and profoundly change our lives. For some of us, art is a catalyst for a dramatic change in our lives. It’s hard to imagine how someone’s scratchings on a canvas in their studio can seismically shift a life. That one artist can push another unknown-unmet-person to take a … Continue reading How art can profoundly change us all.

What do you like to rub all over yourself?

It’s a strange question to ask, ‘What do you like to rub all over yourself?’ but it’s a far better one than ‘What inspires you?’. There’s nothing like the word ‘inspire‘ to make your dick shrivel up like a cashew in Antarctic sea ice. It’s a dead word. The overuse of words like inspire and passion have made them carry almost the opposite of their … Continue reading What do you like to rub all over yourself?

A turn to the dark side: from ashes to artwork.

Flicking through the photos on my phone, I came across a shot of the bushfires around Braidwood in December last year. It jolted me back to the bushfires that ravaged the land around our home for weeks and weeks and weeks. What was so surprising for me that it rekindled this underlying trauma which I thought I had left behind. After spending a few months … Continue reading A turn to the dark side: from ashes to artwork.

Highway in Idaho with flat plains by Ray Monde

How to take your studio with you on the road.

When the corona virus starting locking down cities around the world, my studio became off-limits. I had to find a way to work without the studio. I throw some things in a box that slowly evolves into my travelling studio. After three months in hibernation, I drive. From Washington to Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. My travelling studio becomes my life. Here’s how to make art … Continue reading How to take your studio with you on the road.