Thursday, January 29, 2009
A NEW YEAR AND NEW BEGINNINGS
We are suffering a heat wave here at the moment so brain activity is a bit on the slow side. I have just spent 3 pleasant but very hot days at camp in Halls Gap with lecturers and other students from the Diploma of Tapestry at South West Institute of Tafe. The time spent there is invaluable to students who study by correspondence as it is a time to catch up with old friends and make new ones. It gives you less of a feeling of working in isolation. The photo was taken from the top of the Pinnacle in July last year. The Pinnacle overlooks the valley and the township of Halls Gap. Norval where the camp was held is the first group of large buildings in the bottom right. Had I taken the photo yesterday it would look more browned off to a crisp as we are in our tenth year of severe drought and have had no rain at all since the beginning of December.
This is a time to make decisions about my work for the year and try to plan my time. While at camp many students discussed the fine art of procrastination. I mentioned to Sue a website that has fabulous advice on every aspect of art practice that we all seem very good at stumbling over and promised to find it, so here are the links. I have not downloaded any of the pod casts but I found this Pdf file invaluable and maybe I should read it more often while I procrastinate. The file is called Time Management for Creative People, Manage the Mundane and Create the Extraordinary. You can find the download here. There is so much valuable information that can be downloaded free from this website and you will find the home page here.