I’ve learned something about myself recently: I am a really, really good writer. But (there’s always a but) only when I feel uncontrollably passionate about my subject (or when I’m doing corporate writing but that doesn’t really count). Basically, I can wordsmith like nobody’s business but only if I am seriously angry or rapturously moved . . . → Read More: On the art of writing
The furore that has erupted over an article in the New Yorker about Amanda Palmer’s Kickstarter project got me thinking. When does crowd sourcing become exploitation? Ever? Never? Sometimes?
Crowd sourcing is everywhere these days. From advertising campaigns to Facebook, movie projects to music, lolcats to news. Someone goes online and asks people to submit . . . → Read More: Exploitation? Art? Neither? Both?
I’ve been excessively caught up with work and home lately so, true to recent form, this post comes several days late for my initial link, but the topic holds true.
Last Friday (or presumably Thursday night some time) a pack of blokes with fluro vests and some official-looking trappings traversed the length of Swan Street, . . . → Read More: A Bit of Funny Buggers
Hello, Splatters. I’m Lollerskater, and I’m a nitpicker. Mr Coaster is used to me these days, but anyone else who watches a movie or TV show with me is bound to tell me to shut my trap at some point. You can always tell by my Twitter stream when I’m watching something, because it’s full . . . → Read More: How many nits could a nitpick pick if a nitpick could pick nits?
The Archibald Prize, Australia’s top portraiture prize has been awarded to Bathurst artist Tim Storrier, for his rather surreal looking self-portrait The Histrionic Wayfarer.
But it’s interesting that the Packer’s Prize, the one voted for by the gallery staff, almost always goes to a different painting. This year, they chose a portrait of John Wood, . . . → Read More: Monday’s Mastery of Media
The new ABC series ‘At Home With Julia’ has invited comment from all across the spectrum and from people of all political persuasions. Tomorrow night’s episode will feature a scene with Julia and her partner Tim having sex in her office and using the Australian flag as a sheet.
Personally, I don’t care what your . . . → Read More: Respect for the office?
I am shamelessly stealing this idea from Beezkneez. Who are the five people, living or dead, you would most like to invite to a dinner party? (Let’s keep it real for this post. No fictional characters. We can do them in a later post.)
It’s a very difficult choice but I think mine would be:
Sir . . . → Read More: Friday of Feasts!
I would call myself a lover of realism in art. I like to clearly see what I’m looking at, whether it be the trees in a landscape or the tiny toes and smiles of a child in a painting. These are the aspects I love in photographic art too (although it has taken a long . . . → Read More: Photorealism: Art imitating life
Poetry. It’s a funny word isn’t it? The mere mention of it causes all sorts of reactions from people. Some wax lyrical about how they love the classic poets and how each metaphor and simile causes shivers down their spines while heatedly debating the worth and meanings of the poetry of Byron or Burns. Some . . . → Read More: Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words – Edgar Allan Poe
Writers, painters and sculptors can’t live without it… But inspiration is a fickle creature that is needed in every aspect of our lives, from studying to working to scientific endeavour.
Apparently the Muses are Greek. The mythology seems to originate from a particular region called Boeotia, which seems to be rich in history. I wonder . . . → Read More: Inspiration and where to find it…