About


Lovely to see you

Stringing together these pieces of writing, sketches and dabblings gives me some meditation time. Life is pretty busy (isn’t it for us all) and generally the technology is a necessary evil for me. But this space does something which I find quite overwhelming. A well meant comment can be sent from a fellow creative soul from nearby or from thousands of miles away. I can look at and interact in the artistic play of others almost in real time.

In the day I have a responsible job at a well known university in Melbourne.  I’ve been a practising vet and worked in government jobs and higher education in different parts of the world. But this blog is more of a regression back to a simpler place before I was told there was a distinction between life and art / work and play / what was possible and what was allowed.  Mostly I’m here to keep learning – so thank you for coming by.

 

112 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, Chas! Lovely blog you have here. Already I’m reaping the benefits of the Sisterhood, meeting a whole lot of new people! Today was the first chance I got to browse, so I’m going on people’s blogs and following everyone so as not to miss anything!

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  2. J’adore l’art!

    At art events, I get lost in the portraits. I love the stories they tell me.
    Thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs. Léa

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  3. Thanks so much for dropping by my children’s book in progress blog 🙂 You’ve got a really cool blog of mixed up ideas and inspirations! I actually work in a architecture design office and share the same interest. I hope you get some updates in that page 🙂

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    • HI – I love your whimsical drawings – superb. Nice that you work in a place full of creative types – I will revisit that architecture page – good suggestion – thanks :>

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    • Thanks Shimon. It’s amazing how learning can just go on and on – it is a real source of joy and contentment for me. A gift which we just have to be ready to put in a bit of work for.

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  4. I’m so glad you dropped by my site or else I wouldn’t have found yours! I love your art! I love how you make it all look simplistic but yet contain great depth, beautiful colors and textures. The male head is my favorite. You now have yet another follower. I will drop in from time to time. Thanks for the encouraging words you’ve left me. I will dwell on it and ultimately take it into action.

    Nando

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    • Hi Nando – so pleased you were able to come by. Thank you for your kind comments. Everyone from your part of the world seems so lovely – it’s great to meet you via this strange medium.

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  5. hello love your drawings and what you have been doing at ROAR studios – one of the great things about living in Melbourne is access. Thanks for visiting my site and I will certainly be back to browse some more around yours.

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  6. what lovely things you write 🙂 I enjoy the flow of how you say what you say. Your drawings are beautiful as well. You’re one talented soul.

    Appreciate you stopping by foodforfun for Super Muffins, etc. Also see that deLizious is listed below on your blog roll–thanks 🙂

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    • Thanks so much Liz for your kind comments – always nice for we painting-arty types to meet food-arty types. Now winter is closing in here I might do a bit more baking so these recipes are a good prompt.

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  7. I have wandered from the arts to sciences and back again in my working life and only ever found connections between subject areas. I find they feed and balance each other. Curiosity only seems to increase with age. Love the drawings and photos.

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    • Thanks so much Celia – The blog’s been lying dormant for a few weeks because I’ve been away. Quite hard to crank up and get back to posting while work is all absorbing. Requires time, thought & energy. Anyway I’m going to take off for a swim now and hopefully get back into a productive rhythm.

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    • Hi Ajay – Lovely to have come across your blog and to hear how resolute you are in the face of cancer. We’ve had so many people close to us show how strong you can be even when served up this (awful) disease. It’s wonderful what you say about children. Two of my kids have had some pretty tough long stays in hospital and come through well (thankfully), but they were so extraordinarily tough, getting through things I couldn’t imagine having to cope with as an adult.

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      • Thank you so much Chas you rightly caught the nerve of the whole affair I have gone through, I had this love affair with cancer, and the children are the source of the strength of my affair, they were all wonderful and amazing, they showed endurance which was beyond comprehension and I have learnt so many thing from them. Most of them passed away and some of them still survive.

        Thank you so much for your absolutely wonderful blessings. Love that Chas

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      • You’re so welcome Ajay – it’s so nice for you to take time to look at the posts here and send your positive energy all the way to me from Mumbai – most gratefully appreciated.

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    • I’m sure it will be lovely seeing spring and summer unfold. I must admit after our first winter in Newport I thought the trees weren’t ever going to get any leaves and we were in some nuclear end of the world scare. Turns out the midlands just does spring a bit more gently!

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  8. Hi there and thanks for reading, liking and now following my blog :)! you have a very interesting blog here and i will come back and read again – and know what you mean about the slippery pole in academia only too well!

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  9. Some excellent sentiments, Chas. Too many people lose the curiosity and fascination we seem to be born with. I’m sure I shall find much to inspire me here. Andrew

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    • Thanks Andrew for your kind comments – so nice to have you stop by! It’s a bit hard on the ego to adhere to this mantra. Every time I feel I have been overlooked at work I find myself creeping back into my old head space. Challenge is to keep saying that the slippery pole is not as important (at least not at this stage of my lowly career) as the inner life.

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      • Chas, when I finished work after 30+ years I wrote a piece about what I wished I had known on day 1. I use it sometimes when I am coaching people from the old firm. I try to help youngsters understand what might lie ahead and the older guys to see that in relative terms they are already usually quite privileged compared to the many. Allowing things to eat away at them doesn’t help. The inner life is important but we usually only realise that when it is too late and time is running out.

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    • Hi Joyce – I’m inspired by your dedication and am sure it must be a very challenging road. My close friend’s first son had similar problems which were picked up perhaps later than they might be these days. She was in a fortunate position in that she and her husband could afford to employ someone to help with intense support at home. She now works full time to fundraise for other families to have this level of help. Take care – hope your Easter was restful and happy.

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  10. Nice to meet you in blog sphere and thanks for liking my post Future Tense. I love your artwork, and I am following your Blog. Hope you\ll follow mine too 🙂

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  11. Thank you for liking my post on the Life Bridge and your Follow. So nice to meet you in blog sphere and discover your interesting blog. I love art and architecture and you have a wonderful selection. I am your Follower now. 🙂

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    • Hi Christina – not sure if my reply came through yesterday … thanks so much for commenting here and taking a look around my blog. It’s great to find that people from different parts of the planet relate to your work – mostly it’s a mystery whether it connects to anyone especially as ‘being online’ seems a weirdly embryonic experience (in a good way though). Looking forward to seeing more of your photography too.

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  12. I came to say thanks for checking out my blog, I stayed because I really like your use of colours, especially greens and blues. Feels like I’m looking at people underwater.

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    • Thanks Mark for visiting and I’m so glad you like these ones – they are my favourites. I really got into this very light wash – big brush with paint straight out of the tube. Then brought the image together with the crayon outline. I was having quite a good time – just goes to show how you have to tread the line between concentrating and being relaxed. Then magical thing happen which you don’t intend.

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    • Hi lovely to hear from you & to learn about your work in Bolivia. I’m looking forward to 2013 and finding more interesting things happening around the globe – so wonderful to connect to you in La Paz.

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  13. Hi Chas, thanks for visiting and now following my blog. I will follow yours as I have an amateur’s interest in art and architecture (and gardening, among other things). All the best for your blogging and other pursuits.

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