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MY HUMBLE LITTLE PAINTING AND A FUNKY ARTS CENTER DOWN UNDER

If you’ve ever written a paper, tried to start a drawing, or looked for the right images or words with which to start something creative, you know that it can be the hardest part of the process. The beginning. As an artist, I began painting and drawing…oil paintings, mostly, and charcoal drawings. I started early and kept at it all the way through high school and college, learning a ton from several great teachers. At one point during my time as an undergrad at Georgetown, I was taking three upper-level economics classes (I was an International Econ major yikes!) and more each semester to get it all done and the painting and drawing classes and daily sailing practice are honestly what kept me sane.

In the studio, I loved the way that translating what you’re seeing in front of you onto paper, while still capturing the feel of the scene, required my full physical and mental attention. It left me no room for overthinking things and that was priceless. At one point, my college painting professor gave us a vague assignment to paint a grouping of multiple items of something, anything. I thought about it and came to the next class with a selection of my favorite shoes. He probably thought I was nuts. It was a subject with so much variety in texture and detail, but what girl doesn’t like shoes? Each one in the painting was meaningful to me in some way, reminding me of a certain time in my life or a particular person. Here’s how it turned out…

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It hangs over my desk now, where I do all of my photo editing, and adds a pop of color to the room. Towards the end of college, I began shooting with my first DSLR and fell in love with photography for the same reasons that I came to enjoy painting and drawing so much. Now that I’m a  professional photographer, I don’t get to spend all of my time shooting in the field. I have to run a business too, which involves all kinds of time in front of the computer, emailing with clients, editing, keeping records, printing, updating portfolios, blogging, marketing, branding, etc, etc. Sometimes a little visual inspiration is all I need to keep me going through all of the on-screen work. It can come from any number of places, but one thing I love in particular is checking out art museums and spaces and seeing all of the fun things others have come up with. Seeing artwork in person reminds me of the physical process and interaction of it that I love, which in this era of digital photo editing and post-production, has changed quite a bit. It reminds me that I want to go back to painting and drawing and doing crafty things with my hands on the side.

Back in December, when Andrew, Ian, and I visited the Fremantle Arts Centre in Western Australia, it struck me as a lively, wonderful hub for local artists and creatives. Housed in an old colonial gothic building, not only did it have beautiful modern exhibit spaces and an outdoor concert venue, but it also had a lovely cafe, a well-curated, artsy gift shop, and, best of all, practical, well-used studios, for jewelry-making, painting, drawing, and almost any other art you can think of. I really enjoyed lurking in the doorways of the a couple of the workshop spaces for a few minutes, just listening in and watching people at work. The fact that the building has been used as a home for many things, including a lunatic asylum, a shelter for homeless women, a midwifery school, a technical school, a headquarters for American troops during World War II, and a maritime museum, only adds to its charm. Have a look and I’m sure you’ll be inspired too…

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You walk into the reception and see bam! the coolest desk ever.

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From the modern to the mundane to the quirky, the arts centre curators have a great eye for lovely odds and ends of art.

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I snuck up on a room full of ladies doing their thing in the jewelry workshop above the exhibit spaces. Their chatter and obvious camaraderie made we want to pop in and join them even though I know nothing of jewelry making.

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Hope you’re feeling a little inspired too. If you ever find yourself in that far-flung part of the world, definitely check out the Fremantle Arts Centre!

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