Sunday, January 25, 2015

Introducing 3...

It seems as though street art blogs are popping up left right and center. These days almost anyone armed with a camera and an ounce of urban navigation capabilities seems to have started a street art documentation blog. It's not a bad thing, it's just that there are so many. Three that I read on a regular basis are...
Sideroom -
Sideroom -
Vandalog -
Vandalog -
Arrested Motion -
Arrested Motion -

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Spineless Creatures Of The Deep

Artist and photographer Susan Middleton is shinning the light on the lesser known creatures of the deep ocean her new book, Spineless. The book showcases the eerie beauty of invertebrate marine life with over 250 portrait style images, from the lowly crab to the stubby squid. Each carefully photographed in portraiture-like style, showing the magnificence of each creature.

Between 2006 and 2013, Susan took the photos three different field locations: the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, the Line Islands in the central Pacific, and in the San Juan Islands in Washington State. To collect and photograph her subjects, she worked in collaboration with marine zoologists and scientific divers, using a number of collection techniques, like retrofitting lobster traps or re-purposing machines to suck up creatures living in deep sand.

Susan hopes that Spineless will bring new attention to the magnificent invertebrates of the deep. We're not just talking about the likes of the squid and octopus, but the lesser-known animals, born without backbones, which comprise over 98% of the ocean's known species, and which are in ever increasing danger. 

You can buy a copy of Spineless through Amazon here.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Getting Up Close And Personal With Orcas

When you’re out on the ocean, you really do get to see some pretty breathtaking things. Over the years I've had some amazing experiences which I wouldn't trade for anything in the world.

Recently Rich German had one of those experiences when paddle boarding off the coast of Laguna Beach, in California one afternoon. He came across a pod of five Orcas (aka Killer Whales), who played and swam around him, all of which he managed to catch on his GoPro too. What a truly wonderful and magical experience.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hints + Tips - What Makes The Perfect Blog Post
I think anyone would agree that there is a considerable amount of blogs out there and that writing the perfect blog post is an art form in itself. However there are plenty of ways and techniques that can be used to help you get as close to crafting a near perfect blog post as possible. 

Whilst the infographic above from BlogPros contains statistics that are around a year old, the data they collected after analysing over 100 high-ranking blogs and the posts that they have published is most certainly still of value to those who blog. Just ensure that when looking at this data that you do understand that in the last year that there have been changes and developments that may impact on the effectiveness of taking this advice. However I believe it to be still relevant.

If you do take one thing away after going through the infographic it should be that there no thing as a perfect blog post. Variety is the spice of life and it's what keeps things interesting. Plus wouldn't you rather a blog post that is to the point rather than waffling on to just to get have a 1149 word count? Some posts are more visual than others and don't require as many words. 

It would be even more interesting if the above statistics were split into the different genres that blogs typically fall into. The reason I say this is that some genres have different content requirements compared to others, and comparing a street fashion blog to one that features recipes could greatly impact the data being analysed.

Take these statistics and implement them into your approach to blogging, but don’t try to build your perfect blog post entirely based on them. There are several other factors that impact on what makes a perfect blog post, including search engine optimisation, social media popularity, timing and of course how well you have written your perfect blog post. Try and find your own voice, because by being true to yourself and writing about what you love is more engaging for you and your readers.

What do you think about the above infographic? Do you have any special tips for creating the perfect blog post?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hints + Tips - Hello 2015

How do you feel about resolutions? I've never been a huge fan of them. But I do like the idea of using the end and start of the year as a time to reflect on what has been achieved and what I'd like to achieve in the future, as well as the year that was and what I want the next year to be like.

It's safe to say that for me 2014 is chalked up as being interesting, I learned a lot about who I'am as a person and finished quite a few chapters in my life, all of which is very exciting. I'm looking forward to what 2015 holds for me in facets of my life. I see it as a year for the new, the refreshed and the character building.

In keeping with this theme I've compiled a list of 12 things (one for each month) in no particular order that I would like to achieve that fit into one of more of these categories.
  1. Create a new body of work that encompasses what first inspired me to be an artist - surfing
  2. Refresh and update my design portfolio
  3. Go through my entire wardrobe and clear out everything that either no longer fits me or I no longer wear, and replace them with some new threads
  4. Explore this great country of ours and see more of Australia
  5. Surf spots I've not surfed before
  6. Collaborate and work with artists of different genres
  7. Finish all three books that I've been reading for well over six months already
  8. Unsubscribe to emails that clog up my inboxes
  9. Create art because it's something that I want do, not because I feel the pressure from other sources to do so
  10.  Spend more time catching up with family and good friends
Of course I'll be updating you on my progression and where I'm at in completing this list. I would love to hear how you tackle a new year. Or if there is anything you would like to achieve this year.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hints + Tips - DIY Concrete Heart Necklace

DIY Concrete Heart Necklace
How cute are these DIY Concrete Heart Necklaces! They are just adorable, and look pretty easy to make too. I'm even thinking you make them and partly dip them in gold or silver paint for a little extra shine.

You can find the tutorial over at Fall For DIY.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Introducing 3...

So that was 2014, and now we're embarking on 2015. I weren't lie 2014 was a horrid year for me, I felt like it was just an endless battle. Now though with a new year ahead there are things that I'm looking forward to and focused on both professionally and personally, there are:
1. Being the most fit and healthy I've been in a long time, and I mean a long time.
2. Focusing more on my art, and painting because I want to paint not because I have to paint.
3. Enjoying the company of people I value.



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