Share Your World, 26th April, 2017

Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink? Water, soft drink….it depends on how thirsty, how hot I am etc. My most go to drink is actually a coffee, but of late I will sometimes be found with a Pimms, Lemonade and Ginger Ale……I know, so old-fashioned aren’t I? Actually I was introduced to this drink in New Zealand a few years ago, as they did not have rum, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Complete this sentence:  Never In My Life Have I…. jumped out of an air plane, nor killed a person (Not planning on doing either anytime soon, but if I had to do them to safe my life or that of a loved one…..I might be capable.

If you could be given any gift what would it be? Time off for being creative and the joy it brings me, time to just BE. I don’t get much down time, nor just ME time, and I do enjoy it.

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something productive? I frequently toss and turn, especially if it’s cold out and the bed is snug and warm. When it is real bad I get up and try to do something productive, but relaxing, like create art, or scroll through post, web pages etc looking for inspiration. Sometimes I jot things down in my journal that are floating around my brain…..it gets them out so I can sleep better.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

On Friday I went on annual leave (again) and on Saturday Hubby and I drove up the coast and spent a few wonderful days exploring at part of the coast we have not been to before. We saw a glorious sunrise and sunset, and 3 days of great weather, the fourth day was horrible so we left in the morning instead of the afternoon to come home.

I am still on holidays and just catching up on stuff around here, but later in the week I am getting together with friends from my Awake Artistry course from Australia and New Zealand for 4 days of fun, exploration and photography. It will be so nice to meet so many people face to face. Some I know through WP as well. It should be a great time.

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Sunset over Warratah Bay – available to purchase as canvas, metal or acrylic

I have just put this image up for sale on my website, first of the art from our recent Inverloch trip. This is Warratah Bay a favourite spot from out trip.

Don’t forget to visit Cee’s page for all the details and everyone else’s blog. Til next time, happy snapping…

~ Julz

Share Your World – 18th April, 2017

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen? I am not really phased by one of the other, if I am scribbling notes I’ll happily use a pencil, but if I am writing to someone, which I rarely do, I always use a pen. I handwrite my Christmas cards in pen, but I am sending less and less, preferring to send e-Cards.

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer? Singer! Although I do like to move to the rhythm as well. But I love to sing, I have said it before; in the shower, especially in the car……..shame I am not very good 🙂

If you were on a debate team, what subject would you relish debating? Why smacking your kids is a GOOD thing. Seriously don’t get me started on the half wits around now-a-days……no fear of chastisement, as they know there is nothing anyone can do. Back in my day (GOD I sound like my GrandMother!) a good smack would whip us into line and we had respect for the person handing out that smack, or in my case, belt. Honestly the world is going down a craphole and most of it could be solved if people punished their children. No I’m not talking about physical abuse, just a simple smack on the bum!

What are you a “natural” at doing? Being creative, photography took a bit to learn, and I am still learning, but it seems I am quite good at that…but it’s the art; the creative, imaginative art that sets my imagination and soul on fire. I have always had an active imagination, now I can play it out on the screen. I used to paint and I was OK, I could never seem to create what was in my minds’ eye when I painted, but digitally I can create almost anything. It’s wonderful, I wish I had discovered it years ago, but then digital art was not what it is today, is it?

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Sunrise of the Murray River, Mildura

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

So much in my life is wonderful right now, I just had a fantastic Outback Adventure, a lovely quiet Easter weekend with family and friends and now on Saturday Moth and I are off on another adventure……..this time we are hitting more of Victoria’s amazing coastline. We are picking up where we left off from the Great Ocean Road Trip and heading East; more Light houses and fabulous coastal vistas. Can’t wait, hopefully I can get some more amazing photography like last week.

On a more boring note, I have finally caught up with two years of taxation stuff and I think I have finally sorted out most of my Photography Catalogue in Lightroom……such a headache, but both of them now seem to be under control……..whew! Now THAT’s a relief.

I hope you are have a fantastic week…don’t forget to visit Cee’s SYW Page

~ Julz

Share Your World – 11th April, 2017

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story. I just completed a long distance drive through Outback Australia on dirt roads, does that count? Apart from that….are you crazy? have you MET me or READ my posts? NO! I’m with Emilio, I can sleep for long stretches, or even create for long stretches but that’s about it. Oh wait when I was young and dumb (maybe 19) we did a long distance bike ride from Castlemaine to Melbourne………….never, ever again. It nearly killed me!

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Name one thing not many people know about you. This is a tough one….I am pretty much an open book. I used to paint, I did a lot of Folk Art, I used to teach and run a studio. So I guess being creative has always been in my blood. I also used to own horses, I used to compete in Gymkhanas and do barrel racing, but mostly just rode for fun.

My last Horse Buster, I was about 16 – 17 when I took this

What is your favorite flower? I do love so many; Roses, especially Peonies. Lotus Blossom, Gerbera, Dahlia.

Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc) I don’t really need or want much, my house is great, even if the bedrooms could be a bit bigger. I guess a King Size bed and a room big enough to put in it! With the animals taking up a good sized portion of the bed a bigger bed would be nice.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Easy, last week was an amazing week spent travelling the Australian Outback with my Hubby and a group of friends. Lots of amazing scenery, lots of photos and good fun.

The week coming up……just as easy. Tonight my Son in Law flies in for a week. We have not seen him since Christmas and I know my daughter is looking forward to seeing her Hubby as well. Pretty soon she will be moving back in with him, but in another state, a long way from us 😦  It is also Easter this weekend, so that means a long weekend! Oh and chocolate, did I mention chocolate? lol. Actually Easter Friday is a special day for us, as it is one of the rare days that no one in the family is working, so we all spend it together. THAT is something to look forward to.

Join us and Share Your World, visit Cee’s page for more info. Til next time happy snappy.

~ Julz

Share Your World – 14th Feb 2017

Back for another week, I’m running a little behind due to a long weekend. Join us as we share our world each week with a list of questions from Cee.

Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster? Mmmmm let me think on this………NO! I do not, really I find those obsessive button pushes quite annoying actually. Even when a light is lit because I pushed it and someone new turns up and pushes it…..arrrrgggggg I have to stop myself from saying saying sarcastic “Thanks Mate…I didn’t think it was pushed enough” or “Don’t I look like I am capable of pressing a button?”. Don’t get me started lol I don’t even think I did it as a child………..now on the other hand as a child I used to press ALL the buttons in an elevator…….that bugs me now too 🙂

Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?) I’m a planner, I often have things planned down to the second. Hubby thinks its great, I tell him what time he needs to get moving and just keep going for the rest of the day. Our holidays are often jam packed with an itinerary, especially if we are travelling overseas. However……in saying that I have also learnt the art of NON PLANNING. We have taken a few trips over the last few years where we have just got in the car and drove, only with a general direction in mind; The Great Ocean Road, sure there were places I wanted to see, but no time frame, no accommodation booked. We spent 4 days exploring a stretch of road you can drive past in 20 minutes! These trips can be fun too. Our day trips can be like that too. I have come to really enjoy these magical mystery tours.

Describe yourself in at least four uplifting words. Creative, caring, adventurous, fun- loving. Ohh that felt good, so I would like a round#2; loving, loyal, intelligent, imaginative………ooohh that does feel good, like self affirmations they are good for the soul in this current climate of self deprivation.

If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert? Mmmm let me think…..WATER!!!! It has to be water……….preferably the beach, there is something about the waves, the sounds, the smell, it restores me. But I also enjoy a good lake, especially if there is a forest to explore, fresh tree smells after the rain, heaven. Deserts are interesting, we went into Australia’s Red Centre in 2015, fabulous. I have never been on an Ocean cruise, but would like to one day. I do enjoy my own hot tub, and I would rather be in my own. Ski Resort? No not really, I visited one last year, in the Autumn, I don’t really like the cold, and as pretty as snow is I don’t think I would like to holiday in it. Also I am so naturally clumsy, trying to learn to ski is just asking for BIG trouble.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Last week was a great week, full of fun and inspirational things and people, we got a long weekend full of interesting spots to visit. We had long beautiful days, with perfect weather and filled with good food and good people. This week is a short work week (yay) and then I have a fun concept shoot with one of my wonderful models, can’t wait for that (I hope it doesn’t get too hot we have to cancel). This week I also have lots of photos to edit. It is also mid month so that is when I am busy doing magazine submissions, Shift Art challenge entries and such.

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Quieting the Storms from Within – With Hayley

Well, that’s it from me for this week, I hope you all have a truly fabulous week,

~ Julz

Share Your World – Feb 28th, 2017

Ever ran out of gas in your vehicle? I don’t think I have ever ran out of gas, had to push a car that broke down, but I can’t remember running out of gas. It may have happened and I just can’t remember it 🙂

Which are better: black or green olives? I don’t particularly like either to be honest, if I find olives on a pizza, I with usually pick them off.

If you were a great explorer, what would you explore? I love exploring, anywhere and everywhere, I would adore to go to Jordan, Egypt, Marrakech……but instability and finances mean I may never get to go, but I still hope. This year I am travelling to Bali for a wedding and two weeks of exploring; so I hope that will be an adventure. I must admit, that even if my mind is willing to travel to far and exotic places, my body is struggling to keep up.

Quotes List: At least three of your favorite quotes? 

  1. “Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire” – St Catherine of Sienna
  2. “All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney
  3. “Fear is the dream killer” – I have no idea who said this
  4. “Find your Bliss” – Joseph Campbell (I know I snuck in four………..cheeky aren’t I?

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  Last week was horrible, I’ll admit it, but at the same time, totally amazing and overwhelming. I wont go into all the details, but it was a tough week, for various different reasons, all of which snuck up on me at once. So I threw a pity party! It did make me feel a little better; but it was the comments, emails and support I received from all my artists and blogger friends. WOW! I really felt blessed and uplifted……..for that I am truly grateful. But because of that particular shit sandwich for the week (actually the whole month was pretty crappy in some regards) I created loads and loads of images; I created a storm of self pity! Some very cool images too.

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Losing Myself

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Who is the Puppet Master?

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Fractured Selves

So this week……I was contacted by a new model yesterday who would like to come and work with me (this might sound conceited, but I love it when they come to me! I don’t have to go begging family and friends!), so we are trying to arrange a time this weekend and I am planning out some new concepts to try as well. I am still trying to finish off editing my last shoot with Mel and the Zoo and a recent astro shoot at the beach. I seem to have a very large to do list and not much time. So lots to look forward too!

Don’t forget to check out Cee’s post for the details and see what everyone else is writing.

I hope you all have a fantastic week, happy snapping…

~ Julz

 

Share Your World – Feb 21st, 2017

When you cut something with scissors, do you move your jaw (as if you were about to chew)? Not that I am aware of, what a strange thing? But, perhaps there are some out there who do?

Do you chew your pens and pencils? I don’t chew on them so much as to put big dents in them, but I am known to put one in my mouth from time to time when I cam thinking. I also tap them on desks and such and of course lots of scribbles when stuck on the phone.

Are you a collector of anything?  If so what? Camera gear? Oh and Still Life photography props, it’s amazing the stuff you seem to collect, without meaning too. A bit here, a bit there. Oh and not that I am collecting them as much as I am be given them, but I now have an impressive collections of ballgowns for concept photography…weird, right?

What size is your bed? Queen…..but way too small. I love it when we travel and get a King Size bed and NO animals…..oh heaven. I would love a King sized bed at home, but it would not physically fit in our bedroom; our bedrooms are quite small.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  

I got to work with a new model and got a start on my new series (The Tarot, card of mysteries). I also took some other shots for various projects. I have been very active on the computer with various images lately, I feel inspired and that is a good thing.

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Butterfly Kisses

The fact that I am feeling inspired is allowing me to get lots of work done, however it leaves little time for other things, like housework and cooking. I can live with the dust, but we have started getting prepared meals delivered a few times, to feed us at least 3-4 nights a week. Breakfast is easy, salads for lunch is fine, but it’s the evening meal when I just want to create is such a pain and we can never agree on what to eat, so we end up with pizza or crap of some description. Now at least we have fresh healthy meals all prepared and just need to be heated, even in the microwave if we really want it quick. Next week…………not sure, hopefully more of the same?

Join Cee and Share your World

~ Julz

Share Your World – Feb 7, 2017

Another fun week with Cee’s Share Your World

Regarding your fridge, is it organized or a mess inside? Inevitably my fridge (and my freezer) are an organised mess, things have their place, but with four adults in the house who eat alot of fresh fruit and vegetables….the fridge is often booby-trapped by the stuff that won’t fit where it is supposed to. The fruit drawer is overflowing and cut melon, berries etc are in containers on shelves. The Vegetable crisper is also overflowing with various bits and pieces. All the sauces, marinades, dressings etc fit in the door, along with the juices, sweet tea and occasionally a little bottle of something (wine, champagne etc) sneaks in there as well. Left over pizza becomes a nightmare at the start of the food week and at Christmas the normal fridge is even worse (if that is possible) and we have two bar fridges that get called into action, as well as the ‘beer’ fridge outside. Actually it rarely holds beer at all, it is in the studio so it has cold drinks, jugs of water and occasionally flowers and items for still life!

Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together? I guess all mixed up, I love a stir-fry with everything just thrown in. Even on my plate I task a little from each pile on my fork, before I eat it, so yes I guess all mixed up, unless it’s like lollies (candy), crisps or chocolate…………they have to be kept separate.

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Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational? I used to be such a book-worm, I read all the time. But since I recovered from being very sick a few years ago, I don’t think I have anything that wasn’t online regarding photography or photoshop. I mostly read blog posts and watch videos. I don’t just sit and read anymore. I should, but I don’t seem to enjoy it as much as I used to. I now find peace and zen in photography and editing, as well as creating my art, it can become all consuming and there is no time left to read. But when I did read it was fiction, fantasy and some sci-fi. I love witches and wizards and faeries and elves and magic and dragons. Lord of the Rings, Shanara and Harry Potter type stuff. I also enjoy art and photography coffee table books.

Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you? All of it…….it’s telling me I need a new one! Everything creeks, groans and aches. I ignore it most of the time, occasionally I can’t and then I either push through or give up and take a day of complete rest, but mostly I push as hard as I can and then deal with the pain later. Sounds worse than it is……mostly.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  Last week…….hmm not really sure it all went by so fast, but nothing of note really happened. I did buy a new underwater camera and on Sunday I am doing an underwater shoot, I an excited and terrified all at the same time…it’s more about getting into a bathing costume in front of people I don’t really know than the photography, perhaps I will just stay in my clothes, but wet clothes will make it difficult to work. My model will be in long flowing dresses, so maybe if she can do it, so can I?

~ Julz

Share Your World – Jan 30th 2017

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Joyful Flight

What is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person? Are you kidding? Oh My where to start, sun rises over Uluru and Kata Juta, sun rising over The Remarkables (NZ) with fresh snow, Milford Sound (NZ), helicopter flight over Kings Canyon (NT) New Zealand (take your pick too many spot to choose), 12 Apostles (great Ocean Road), Cape Tribulation, Church of the Good Shepherd. Stop me now…

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How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order? [I refuse to admit, that I actually have an older brother] – Only child with a dead head/idiot in the family somewhere. You cannot pick and choose your family, Huh? What a crock, my friends are my family and I have a wonderful family.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why? Flip Flops (we call them thongs here in Australia)……I live in them Winter or Summer, so comfortable and reliable, but when they snap…………you KNOW it!

What is the strangest/weirdest thing you have ever eaten? I am a bit of a sook sometimes, if it wriggles I am not overly interested……however I have had witchetty grub soup……tastes a lot like peanut butter. I have also had snake, croc, emu, buffalo, and kangaroo.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  I am so grateful to all my friends (see above aka family) who came to say hello and support me at my gallery exhibit last Friday.

This selfi is just a few! I was also grateful for a four day weekend, I wish we had more of them! This week, I am an open book……….it feels really weird, last year just about every weekend was booked up with stuff, this year I am taking things a little slower, but I am working hard behind the scenes to get new projects started and other exciting things happening.

~ Julz

Share Your World – 23rd Jan 2017

Technically it is Jan 24th here, but I am sure that is neither here nor there for Cee’s Share Your World Challenge

Do you prefer juice or fruit? I’m not really a huge juice fan, sometimes a lovely chilled orange or pineapple juice is wonderful, but other than that I prefer to eat the fruit, I usually eat at least a banana everyday, as I need the potassium. I also like a nice cold smoothie with milk, yogurt and fruit; banana, berries, passion fruit – yummo

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it? I grew up in suburbia, back then it was considered outer suburbs, now that I am really living in outer suburbs what was out is now inner suburbs…ahh the urban sprawl! But I enjoyed it, it had everything we needed as kids to play, there were places to ride out bikes, hunt for tadpoles and get up to no good, in a good clean fun way! We were close to things so entertainment wasn’t an issue as we got older, and we had patches of bushland to explore. These days there really aren’t too many areas like that, especially where I grew up, it’s now all houses.

If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use? Mostly happy colours I guess, with some melancholic blues thrown in for good measure. I won’t say it was a perfect childhood (whose is) but it was not horrible either, there are a lot of happy memories in there, mostly due to the amount of travel we did.

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Ways to Relax List: Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm. Music……that usually is the way I relax, music while I create art, shoot in the studio, setup for a shoot in the studio, in the car on the away to a shoot……I always have music. Even on the way to and from work….yes it is music. But then there are times I crave quiet, I rarely get quiet, so sometimes, when I am alone, I just sit in the quiet and meditate. And then there is the beach……..I love the sound, the smell, the salt spray on my skin….

  • Music 
  • Photography
  • Still Life
  • The Beach
  • Digital Art
  • Walking the Dog
  • Reading a book or watching a movie

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Last week………last week was a blur so I guess I am grateful for getting through it, I was really grateful on the weekend I just got time to ‘play’ with some still life stuff, not not stuff that had to be done, just stuff I wanted to do…….fun stuff.

This week……I am grateful for a lovely long weekend, I have the opening for my first exhibit on Friday night, if any of you are in Melbourne, and would like to visit, please stop in and say Hi……I’d love to see you.

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I guess that’s about it for now, I have rambled on enough.

~ Julz

 

Share Your World – Jan 16, 2017

  1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? I have never had a fear of something living in my closet (under the bed yes, but never the closet). As a kid the doors stayed closed for fear of hitting my toes on the door, but these days my Walk in Closet has the doors open, just easier that way……..although the door does hide the mess 🙂
  2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel? I have done so, but it is usually just crap, so I leave it, although I do take shower caps and manicure sets……….they are really useful
  3. What is your usual bedtime? I used to be a night owl, but age is catching up with my I am usually in bed by about 13:30 – 11:00pm, occasionally if I am really in the creative flow I have been known to stay up much later.
  4. Do you like to use post-it notes? I don’t love them or hate them, they are occasionally useful, but at the same time I think I could live without them.
  5. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? Oooh….sneaky! Apart from just recently, I cannot remember the last time I hand wrote to anyway. I just did Christmas cards (does that count?), but also I wrote a hand written letter of thanks and appreciation to some very special people in my life. I designed the artwork on the cards, had them printed and hand wrote the individual messages and then posted the old fashioned way. No one expected them and I think they were all blown away……sometimes it the little things that make life special.
  6. Any phobias? Mostly Fears more than Phobias – Dear God, we I’ll be here for ever……heights, spiders, bugs in general, dirt, disgusting public toilets, things grabbing me or brushing paste me, flying, falling (I do it a lot). I am doing my best to overcome them as needs be, I fly (but not well) I have stood the window in the top of a tower (but wont look down), I flew in a Helicopter, I will catch and kill a bug/spider if there is no one else around.
  7. How tall are you? Like everyone else, I think I am shrinking, I used to be 5’4″, no idea now

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Last week I got offered an Exhibit at a gallery, cool! I got asked to write a software review (got free software to boot), I had another two images published, I had a dear friend do a portrait shoot for me, and the photos are gorgeous of course, it’s the content I am still trying to get used too…….Be Braver remember my motto? Buddy (the dog) got the all clear after his knee surgery and is allowed to roam the backyard and start having walks again (albeit short ones to start with).

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Next week??????????I have nothing planned for this weekend, how luxurious, maybe sleep in and lounge around in my PJs?

~ Julz