Purple Inspiration

Where does inspiration come from? I say anywhere and everywhere. Purple is a different kind of inspiration!

I visited an exhibition recently, something very different and purple. That’s one colour or shade that I only like on a Jacaranda tree. Visiting the “The Purple Shall Govern” I was just blown away with the story behind this artist.

Mary came from a family of domestic workers; grandmother and mother. Mary is the lady with an Honours Degree in Fine Art, and winner of Young Artist Award 2013 (South Africa). Mary’s story and art is incredible and her attention to detail is just mind-blowing.

What I really enjoy about exhibitions is that it’s great to go on your own and take your time with art pieces. I like and dislike many things and fast-forward when I come across something that I think is awful and don’t understand. I shake my head at the ‘craziness’ of artists and how bold they are in expressing themselves, they make stuff that no one will hang in their lounge and yet everyone loves or admires. And I stare at these weird pieces and think…ok maybe I will only be famous if I go crazy and produce some really provoking pieces. My paintings are too boring for the 20th century.

But then I take a ‘guided’ tour with the curator that knows the artist and all of a sudden the art pieces are not weird or crazy, they make perfect sense. She gives me some really insightful little details about those strange ones. I learn things like ‘alter ego’ and ‘emancipation’. That your personal growth and rebirth influence your art. That social concerns, democracy and protests can be put into art! I learn a bit more about Installation Art.

The three-dimensional art work has me walking around a piece, from far and near, contemplating it or totally immersing myself in the space of the art work…and I love every minute and every piece

Have a look at some of Mary’s beautiful art work –

totally immersing myself

totally immersing myself





look at the hand print

look at the hand print


Mary's face (alter ego Sophie)

Mary’s face (alter ego Sophie)

Inspiration comes from?

Inspiration – Wikiquote says that inspiration is a slender river of brightness leaping from a vast and eternal knowledge, it exceeds reason more perfectly than reason exceeds the knowledge of the senses. I absolutely love this quote ♥ and that there already inspires me, not sure what to do with this small river of brightness but at least I have one, right? 😀

The other day my cousin asked me: “Where do you get your inspiration from?”

He was referring to my paintings and I did have a quick answer for him. But thinking about it after our talk I decided to goggle that question, of course there are sooo many sources. One YouTube video that I stumbled on had a whole 463 views and the guy spoke in a very slow sleepy voice, slide presentation with bubbles and lots of writing. I listened to about two long minutes and I didn’t feel very inspired listening to that.

Then I found this quirky article from New York Times Magazine (September, 2012) The Inspiration Issue

The whole feature is about artists, actors, writers and musicians, lots of inspirational stories from all of them. And in summary this is what they say – Step 1: Work. Step 2: Be frustrated. Step 3: Repeat. Most of all, try again, repeatedly!

I think inspiration is very different for everyone. We might all have one or two sources in common but we get it from different things, sights and smells. For me some inspired moments and ideas come from nature, reading, movies, ocean, galleries, my boys…oh my list is long, sort of endless.

“Where do I get my inspiration from?” referring to my artistic side 😀 my answer was about my art class. I only go once a week, on a Wednesday. There are classes in the morning, afternoons and then three evenings in the week. So by the time I walk in on Wednesday evening I see lots and lots of different paintings hanging on the walls, drying and at different stages and this is what I see….INSPIRATION

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Inspiration is not the exclusive privilege of poets or artists. There is, there has been, there will always be a certain group of people whom inspiration visits. It’s made up of all those who’ve consciously chosen their calling and do their job with love and imagination. It may include doctors, teachers, gardeners — I could list a hundred more professions. Their work becomes one continuous adventure as long as they manage to keep discovering new challenges in it. Difficulties and setbacks never quell their curiosity. A swarm of new questions emerges from every problem that they solve. Whatever inspiration is, it’s born from a continuous “I don’t know.”

_ Wisława Szymborska The Poet and the World (1996) Nobel lecture

Inspiration and motivation

KappieMy name is Chris, here in Eldorado they call me Kappie

I don’t want people to see me as a disabled person

When I do 10km’s I run with my guide dog ‘Amy’ if it’s a bigger race I run with my race guide

I was not born blind, I became blind in 2000 after being robbed and beaten. All the bones in my face were broken and I was left blind

Now it’s just me, I’m alone, all my friends are gone but I still have one friend. It’s Jesus

He’s my only friend, and I always run with my bible in my pocket, that way I know he’s always with me……

Inspiration and motivation can come from anywhere anytime. Thank you Chris for today’s lesson, I hope I see you and Amy at the next race

#Larry McKenzie Memorial Race – 10km – Eldorado Park

Inspiration for the week ahead

Some weekends really end off so quickly you don’t even know if you enjoyed them or not. On Sunday evening you start preparing lunches and taking out clothes for the next morning and *sigh* at the thought of another long week that lies ahead.  Some weekends we just work like crazy around the house trying to squash a million things into two days and end off exhausted.

This weekend was a good one, I wish time had stopped a bit just to enjoy it a little more. Sabbath was awesome and Ps Denzil had me in tears, I couldn’t sing the last hymn it was impossible after his sermon.  In the afternoon I had a short and quick visit from ‘cous’ that is always good 🙂 Today I left the house at 07h30 and got back really late in the afternoon; after spending the whole day in a journalism workshop – Journalism for Jesus 101. How cool is that?! Productive day, learning new things = coming back feeling inspired for the week ahead and life in general.  And the drive home was breath-taking; soft pink clouds everywhere as the sun set and the weekend came to an end. I feel really lucky today, happy and content (minus cramps from lunch & bad combination of food) ;(

So for inspiration and motivation for the week ahead here are some special quotes ….

For the painting I’m busy with at the moment and I’ve just reached a difficult stage

Every artist was first and amateur.

For work and finding the day rushing past me and I’m left with pile of untouched work

You will never “find” time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.

For the rest of the week and whatever it holds

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Wishing you a fantastic new week! It’s almost spring in SA! Yeah

Dolphin Tale and me

We watched Dolphin Tale tonight. I cried my eyes out. If this movie does not bring tears to your eyes then we need to check if you are human; I know cry too easily, but still I am sure I am not the only one. Firstly it’s what people to do animals that saddens me…and then there are humans with so much love and compassion that they put a prosthetic tail on a dolphin!? But what really got my attention and touched me is how the dolphin behaved just like people do when they try a prosthetic for the first time, her tantrums in this movie were so similar to human tantrums.

And that made me think of myself and how in a simple thing like what I’m painting now, I sometimes feel like I will never get it right. I almost feel like having a little tantrum of my own. I can’t paint this! It’s too difficult! It’s ugly! I don’t want to do it anymore!

Right as if I have any reason to complain or say I can’t when I have these little cards in my art file of artists that paint with a brush in the mouth. Beautiful paintings they make holding a brush in their feet! (The mouth & foot painters)

So that bought me right back to reality, the dolphin can swim and survive with a prosthetic tail, people learn to run marathons on blades, and artists inspire me with a brush in the mouth or foot…I can do it, I can paint and will finish this painting and I better make a good job of it.

*sigh* having said that I really am struggling with this one, I think I need to watch the movie one more time before I take it back….