Matt Stewart Inspired: Creative Play

Watching young children draw or engage in craft activities is such a wonderful thing to observe. They don’t worry about mistakes, they are not afraid to explore, to try something different and take risks. They have fun with it and then they treasure it momentarily before moving on to the next thing. They certainly don’t get hung up on it. My brand new watercolours and paper in hand this was my mission -don’t get hung up, just have a go. I was adamant that I would not be allowing myself to think ‘I can’t do it, it’s too hard, it doesn’t look right etc.’ and that I would just enjoy experimenting. Releasing expectations and mindset are both powerful things.

My experimenting wasn’t completely random but rather inspired by my fascination with beautiful Indian feather headrests that lately have been emerging in fashion photography and many art collections. One piece in particular that I fell in love with was this silhoueete below of a boy in a feather headrest by Australian artist  Matt Stewart. It’s beautiful. You can read a short interview on the gorgeous website and blog Bec Marks the Spot. We don’t all have a spare few (& a few more) thousands of dollars to splurge on such pieces of art however (or perhaps it’s just that a holiday pips it at the post) but it provided wonderful inspiration for me to play with.

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An afternoon down Hosier Lane

Whether you detest, love or are rather indifferent to street art I highly recommend a stroll down Hosier Lane or any other of the Melbourne lane ways that are peppered with the ever changing vivid lashings of peoples most inner thoughts. Some are disturbing, some thought provoking and some really quite beautiful. The 23 metre high portrait of an Indigenous child by Adnate is incredible and a personal favourite but I loved the contrast of admiring that and then watching a boy that could have been no more than 15 getting lost in his artwork –  although his piece didn’t personally appeal it is always nice seeing someone so determined, at ease and engaged in their passion. The lane was scattered with people from all over the world, conversing in an array of languages and it reminded me of the power of image – expressions readable to all, whatever cultural contexts you bring. I love that we live in an every increasingly visual world.

(All images my own) 

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You can find a list of Melbourne Street Art Lane Ways here

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