Posts tagged Painting

All through my school years I was highly creative. 

In year 12 I thought I wanted to be an interior designer. 

Then I left school and moved to Melbourne. I got a job in a delicatessen in Toorak frequented by trophy wives and soon realised that if I wanted to be an interior designer then these would likely be my clients. FUCK THAT! ........

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The tricky little beast of Self Sabotage

I’m sitting here in a brain fog, my fingers don’t want to begin typing this article. I cant even remember what it was about actually? 

Oh yeah.

Self Sabotage. 


The ultimate safety mechanism straight from my survival brain, it will do ANYTHING to stop me from succeeding. ANYTHING to stay under the level where complaining and struggle is no longer present. Because what will I have to hold on to then? If I succeed, everyones gonna hate me because I’m successful. (limiting belief #1) And I don’t want to be disliked (limiting belief #2) so, enter self sabotage.

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How to go to Art School Without Going to Art School

This is as much a list for me as it is for my readers. And is probably biased towards painting. 

Copy other artists work. This is quite literally getting a direct transmission from the artist through their work. You retrace their brush strokes and you learn how they paint. You will probably teach yourself completely different ways of making the same marks. Obviously in this case it is a STUDY, don't go around saying it's yours. This is done in art school ALL THE TIME so no need to feel guilty, plus instead of copying someone irrelevant to you, you can copy one of your favourite artists! 

Go to life drawing class. Drawing from life is very valuable practise that can’t be replicated. You could draw your friends, get them to get naked for you and have a drawing party with a bunch of friends. Take it in turns being the subject.


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On Leaving Art School

Today I want to speak to the question I asked myself a couple of years ago. Should I go to art school?

I spent copious amounts of hours googling and finding blogs just like this one outlining the pros and cons of undertaking a formal artistic training. 

I’m not going to tell you whether to go or not to go but I CAN relay my experience.

At the outset I want to make VERY clear that I hold no malice towards the school that I went to, nor its teachers. This blog is about ME and not them. The people who work there are HUMAN BEINGS who have poured their lives and values into that school for years and years. I fully respect them and their paths, however it isn’t the path for me and I absolutely must respect that first and foremost. 

There are many ways to go about educating yourself in the arts and thus I fully acknowledge that going to art school is the best path for some people. Some people love it and thrive within that sphere. Some hate it. I was in the second party. 

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