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How To: Black Dust to Diamond!

It’s December 31st, 20:59 in my corner of the earth. It’s still semi-light outside. Someone has already popped a firecracker in my neighbourhood. I’m sitting and reflecting on WHAT A YEAR 2014 turned out to be!

Big changes. Big moves. Start a blog. Check. Start a business. Check. Try and fail and try again and doubt myself and try something and doubt myself and curl up into foetal position and come out again and re-set my goals and visit galleries and get inspired by unusual things and make big changes and keep going and figure out, again, that this is all part of the cycle. Double, triple check! Continue reading

Help! I can’t speak Art-ese!

So, you’re thinking of going to a local art show. Maybe you weren’t even considering attending.. although you’d noticed the ad in the local paper but waved it off, after all, it’s not your typical past-time and you don’t really know art language anyway. Most humans enjoy art, nevertheless. In my humble opinion, all of us need art in our lives. I don’t know many that would actually admit to feeling overwhelmed by the practice of viewing and discussing art, particularly in a public setting. I mean, anyone can ooh and aah but what kinds of things are you supposed to actually say, and how do you respond appropriately? Don’t know? Hadn’t thought about it before? You’re in good company. Keep reading.

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Happy Birthday, Tata Madiba

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
-Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Given my long-term difficulties with regaining fluency in my mother-tongue, and it’s implications socially and even vocationally, these words above resonate with me. They hit home.

 

This is the very thing I love about art. It has the ability to reach people where language may fail.

Great art need not have political significance.  Continue reading