Are artists born or made?

October 3rd, 2016|Books, Child Development, Creativity Boost, Inspiration, Kids, Learning, People & Organisations|

The artist John Olsen, aged 89, an icon of the Australian art world was recently quoted as saying that ‘Artists are born, they can’t be trained.’ The comment sparked fierce debate on the ArtsHub Facebook page and it is a good one to ponder. It gets to the heart of where the creative life comes [...]

Walking as inspiration gathering

August 12th, 2016|Creativity Boost, Excursions, Inspiration, Tips|

Julia Cameron the world renowned creativity coach who wrote ‘The Artists Way’ recommends walking as an essential practice for anyone who wants to boost their creativity. I wholeheartedly agree with her. Walking works on many different levels, physical, visual, intellectual and spiritual. Physically walking gets us moving and wakes our body up readying us for [...]

Making art can heal us

May 15th, 2016|Creativity Boost, Inspiration|

Making art can heal us. When we are stressed and uninspired, being in nature while making art can be a way to heal people and the planet. Making art outdoors can strengthen our connection to nature and can bring us peace and serenity. Nature inspires awe and wonder and art making fuels our creativity, empowering [...]

Mandala Magic

May 15th, 2016|Creativity Boost, Inspiration, Kids, Learning|

Drawing and making Mandalas is a wonderful way to free your creativity and to have fun. Mandalas and circles can be sacred symbols of life, and the very act of creation involves starting from nothing or a single dot and expanding continuously, infinitely. The act of making a mandala can be soothing and sparks creativity [...]

Keeping a Sketchbook

May 15th, 2016|Inspiration, Pencil, Sketchbook, Watercolour|

Sketchbooks are wonderful places to explore creativity, to develop skills and to experiment without judgement. Sketchbooks are great for; Exploring Gathering information Playing Recording an experience or place Learning to see detail Doodling Writing down ideas Gathering inspiring images Visual thinking Making memories Recording a fleeting phase or season. I am a fan of really [...]

Honeyeater Manifesto

February 1st, 2016|Inspiration|

Why choose the Honeyeater?

February 1st, 2016|Inspiration, Wildlife|

The Honeyeater is an enchanting and beautiful bird, and like all birds inspires us with it’s speed and agility in flight. For us it is a symbol of creative freedom. The Honeyeater family has a huge number of species of birds, over 180! Most live in Australia but also inhabit other countries in the Pacific [...]

Nature Lover

February 1st, 2016|Inspiration, Jane Mant Art, People & Organisations|

This is a story about a little girl who loved nature and grew up to be an artist. Nature is an essential component in my art and in my life. From early bug catching adventures in the backyard, to huge adventure walks in the bush with my brother, nature is part of my earliest memories. [...]

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