In a world of conflict, greed and power-hungry governments it is easy for one to lose hope. For the average worker/parent/sibling/neighbor it is easy to feel helpless and at some point say a variation of these words “why try when I can’t make a difference”. It becomes easier to step aside and let some one else do all the work. The easiest thing for one to do is conform rather than confront. By doing so you are insisting that you are a NOBODY, but the truth is you are a SOME BODY, you are a friend, you are a worker, you are a parent, you are a son or daughter. We all have a voice and we all have the ability to influence some one else whether it’s a direct or indirect influence.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has the ability of shutting down those voices, it uses fear as a tactic for control and conformity. If you don’t know about the act or want more references here are some helpful places to start looking:
What ever your take is on the matter, make your voice be known and don’t take it for granted. As the wise Gandhi once said “be the change you wish to see in this world”. Go out and be the change and never again think you can’t make a difference. Below is an article on the Jan. 18th internet protest against SOPA and PIPA bills showing that we can make an impact. It does however take small steps in creating a brighter tomorrow.
Its been a while since I wrote my last post, mostly because I am doing some adventure traveling and living the life of a nomad throughout the Australian Outback.
I’ve also been overwhelmed with inspirations for my next collection of paintings, the colors in the outback are incredible – light blue hues, with shades of maroon, faded out purple and hints of dark blues. Deep oranges that stunt your eyes. Dull yellow-green splatters that cover the fields between rusty-red sand shades, and every once in a while a pop of bright yellow glows against a background of earthy tones that speaks to your inner most self. It’s a sight that not even the most perfect picture could capture yet many try hard to get a glimmer of its glory. It’s a huge contrast from the bright and vibrant colors of Bali, and although not comparable equally stunning.
While searching for inspiration in the most modern of places via the internet I casually stumbled upon this inspiring and beautifully crafted short video about the life of a surf photographer. Everything from its striking imagery to its harmonious music to its story line, this short video has quickly become one of my favorite’s.
As an adventurer and lover of life, it is to my enjoyment to engulf myself in my own definitions of the unknown. Visiting and living in new places has allowed me to explore different landscapes, cultures, and its many inhabitants. It has also granted me the experience to explore myself, my beliefs, my values, and what I perceive to be the “truth” and suitably provide me with additional worldly views on which to live my life by. In this manner I have now traveled to Western Australia and have stationed myself in the lovely town of Margaret River, just to find a vast amount of natural beauty, awkward animals, funny accents, and the outback way of life. All to which I draw on for a constant supply of inspiration that is used in my own art.