Note: I delivered this in Melbourne on 10 June 2017 as the Guest of Honour at Continuum 13. The convention committee has also shared the video of my speech and the question & answer portion that followed. Thank you all for coming; I’m privileged to be here before you today. To begin I would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, the traditional custodians and caretakers of the land on which we meet, and to pay my respect to all elders past…Continue Reading “Continuum 13 Guest of Honor speech – text”

Earlier I was trying to get some work done — first transfering the pencils for a commission to watercolor paper so I could start inking, then some admin emails — and it just wasn’t happening. My brain simply refused to work. So instead I curled up on a beanbag by the window, Milo at my feet, and spent several hours dozing and drinking in the sight of early autumn sunshine on my garden. It was good. Strange, because I have an entire heap of projects…Continue Reading “Trusting in goodness”

A work in progress: commissioned calligraphy painting, which I’m currently working on with watercolor and lots of waiting for layers to dry. I love doing calligraphy paintings and I’m going to be trying a few new things with this one, so it’s really fun! (Full size.)

The past few weeks I’ve been making — consciously, deliberately, than simply undergoing as a passive recipient — many internal shifts. A great deal of them stem from the hard work I’ve been doing with my therapist in the past year, which is pretty much “it is good and necessary to be kind to yourself”. (It sounds simple, laid out like that, but me being me, it is very un-simple, and in some instances actively painful, to implement!) For all the stumbling blocks I’ve faced,…Continue Reading “Comfort, work, strangeness”

Encouraged by friends, I put together a little look back at some of my favorite/major pieces from last year. These illustrations were done in 2015, but published only last year, as interior art for AN ALPHABET OF EMBERS, ed. Rose Lemberg. They’re ink on paper. The title of this post is from the Tenth Duino Elegy by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Stephen Mitchell: Let not even one of the clearly-struck hammers of my heart fail to sound because of a slack, a doubtful, or…Continue Reading “Arise and blossom: a 2016 art sampler”