Daily Prompt: Say Your Name

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/daily-prompt-name/#like-26829Self Portrait With Posters

This “Self Portrait” dates back a few years, and all those posters and clippings  aren’t on that wall any more – some of them were upcycled into framed collages -but it still says “Sukie!” as far as I am concerned.

Weekly Photography Challenge: In The Background


Two of the reflective photos were taken in Aberdeen, Washington. Judy’s Flea Market is a treasure house of assorted stuff, but it was closed, and I had to content myself with photos through the window – which inadvertently included me.

The shadow was in Melbourne, around Southbank, the rest, at home, playing with my camera…

Three More Quotes: Two Monks and a Poet

Love beads“Today, more than ever, we need to recognize that the gift of solitude is not ordered to the acquisition of strange contemplative  powers, but, first of all, to the recovery of one’s deep self, and to the renewal of an authenticity which is presently twisted out of shape by the pretentious routines of a disordered togetherness.”
Thomas Merton
‘Contemplation in a World of Action’Banksia

” Our enemy is not the other person, no matter what he or she has done. If we look deeply into ourselves, we can see that their act was a manifestation of our collective consciousness. We are all filled with violence, hatred and fear, so why blame someone whose upbringing was without love or understanding?”
Thich Nhat HanhPeace Love Empathy

“We dance round in a ring and suppose
But the secret sits in the middle , and knows.”
Robert Frost

Tower window

Because Peace Love Empathy (understanding) are much of what make life livable and worth the effort.

Maybe that’s the secret…

And it’s good to spend time alone, “navel-gazing”, if you like, because it we don’t understand ourselves, what hope have we of understanding anyone else?DSCF5887

Weekly Photography Challenge: Escape

This one had me puzzled for a while…Nirvana shelf Music of the moment

but then, I thought, escape doesn’t have to be physical.Mixed media and assemblages Suddenly, escape hatches opened up all over the house!Work in progress Art supplies (tiny sample)

My music collection, my studio, shelves full of books

Book corner, with art and cds..

and a small mound of yarn…Knitting corner.

all means of escape from the dull realities of everyday life.BDO Offshore

A music Festival is also mighty fine escape mechanism, although I must admit that as my body ages, the prospect of 12 hours on foot in the middle of thousands of younglings  is becoming less attractive.
That said, seeing At The Drive-In is one of the high-lights of my life!

Weekly Photography Challenge: Pattern II

cafe chairs 2These are the photos I meant to post for ‘pattern“. Only I’d left the camera at the gallery…cafe chairs 1

There’s the embossed pattern on the seats of these chairs, plus the random repetition of the curves.Autumn in the city

Here’s a fractal pattern of leaves. I shot it without the benefit  of a tripod. Can you tell?
I actually like the softness of it, like an autumn haze.

crochet tree

Several days this week have been devoted to installing a ‘yarnbomb’ outside the Ararat regional Art Gallery.
That’s how I came to leave my camera behind…yarnbombed tree

The Gallery is celebrating it’s 45th anniversary this year, and as it is best known for it’s fibre and textile art focus, it seems the perfect time to embellish the surroundings with many colours and patterns in yarn.flower pole

All those flowers follow one basic pattern, yet they are all different. Just like us!

Weekly Photography Challenge: Pattern

There are patterns all around us.
There’s knitting sewing crochet butterfly wings, the fractal patterns of leaves and mountains; grids, grates, sidewalks, windows.
The world is full of patterns and we love them.
We’re always on the lookout for patterns, and we build them into stories and into scientific theories.
Flocks of flying birds make patterns, from skeins of geese to ullalating clouds of corellas.
There was a flock of New Holland honey-eaters in the garden.
If there was a pattern it was hard to see.
They stay within calling distance of each other, but apart from that, seem to move around independently.
And continually.
Like a mob of school kids in a park or candy store.
See, I just found a pattern!

More Quotes

Storm 4

“When one follows the path of individuation, when one lives one’s own life, one must make mistakes into the bargain; life would not be complete without them.
There is no guarantee – not for a moment – that we will not fall into error or stumble into deadly peril.
We may think there’s a sure road. But that would be the road of death.
Then nothing happens any longer – at any rate, not the right things.
Anyone who takes the sure road is as good as dead.”

C.G. Jung

‘Memories, Dreams, Reflections’Storm 3

“We were born to learn, to grow, to expand, to love, to create, to see the beauty in all things – including ourselves.
But we weren’t born to be perfect!”

Susan Jeffers

‘End the Struggle and Dance With Life.’Storm 1

“I want to know the mind of God. The rest is all details.”
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvels, is as good as dead.”

Albert Einsteinstorm 5“We are players in the universe, actors and actresses on a cosmic stage in a twenty-billion-year-old awesome unfolding display of creation and generativity.
Our play is not only prayer and art as meditation, it is also the expression of our role in the universe – it is a revelation of display  of the unique image of God, that unique ‘I am’ that is our unique way of being in the world.
Each of us displays a different aspect of the divine face, divine humour, and divine hands by the ways we choose to live put our spirituality and our lives. Our co-creation is a display and revelation of the divine essence.”

Matthew Fox

‘The Coming of the Cosmic Christ’Storm 2 (Thor)There was a brief storm over Ararat last Tuesday, two massive rolls of thunder, a spate of rain, and magnificent, roiling clouds.
Luckily, I was on my lunch break and had my phone in my bag…if you look at the last photo here, you may be able to make out what looks like a human figure in a rather theatrical pose.
We are pretty sure it’s Thor himself.
I can’t be certain, but when I look at that beautiful sky, so full of  threats and promise, I am strongly inclined to think that a divine sense of humour is on display!