OK so I’ll start this post by saying Summer is not my favourite season.  I’m not a big fan of the heat, especially in Queensland with the added humidity.   I’d rather stay inside with the air conditioning during the hottest parts of the afternoon.  But what I do love about Summer is waking up early because it’s the best time of the day to get out and about before the heat of the day sets in.

So I’m going to trial changing up my routine a little over Summer so I can utilize the early mornings.  I normally wake around 5:00am, or whenever I wake up naturally but I will now set my alarm for 4:30 so I can get up a little earlier each morning and work on the business, 30 – 45mins at least, before taking Asha for a walk.   We’ll see how I go but it’s worth a shot right?  The quiet, early morning time is the best for me so let’s see if I can use it to get some work done.

So, in my last post I mentioned what I had been working on this year and added that, while giving myself permission to take a break from art, I had been keeping creativity a priority in my daily life as well as keeping myself open to anything inspiration might throw my way.  Anyway, over the last 12-18 months I’ve had an inkling of an idea for an ongoing photography project but have never been able to define exactly what I wanted to do.  I only knew that I wanted my project to have a humanitarian/community focus.  So in the middle of gardening, I had the thought, “If objects had stories, what would they be?”  As simple as that, my idea was born.

My intention is to bring life and beauty to mundane, everyday objects by “humanising’ them through stories.  I am calling it The Connected Life Project and I’m so excited by this concept!  I have started a Facebook page specifically for this body of work so please check it out and don’t forget to  click “Like” to get the latest updates.  This will officially launch 2nd January 2017 and I’m currently busy getting my photos together.

The other project I’ll be working on over the Summer is some new artwork.  In keeping with my love of nature, I’m working on some coloured pencil artwork centred around flora.  This kind of art takes time so I will be forcing myself to slow down, centre myself and be mindful of the details.

Summer is also the perfect time to just relax with family and friends.  Recharging the batteries with day trips to the beach with the dog, 4WDing in the mountains and just hanging out without a timetable is simply perfect.   It’s been a busy year for me and having some downtime with my family is just what I need at the moment.

I think that’s more than enough to keep me out of trouble for a few weeks. Happy holidays everyone!

xoxo
Jo

 

 

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