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

http://blogpros.com/blog/2014/05/makes-perfect-blog-post-infographic
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, December 14, 2014

Introducing 3...

December might be well known as the silly busy or the month where you're running around frantic, but I did manage to find some time to do some pretty neat things, here are a few pics from Instagram account that show what I've been up to over the past week...
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Introducing 3...

Summer Beauty Must Haves
Hello warmer weather, longer days and moments with close family and friends, it's summer time! Summer is a great time to tone things down and to relax. For me beauty wise it means keeping things simple and natural, whilst still protecting my skin, hair and nails. Here are some of my favourite beauty must haves for summer.

Natio Pure Mineral Skin Perfecting BB Cream SPF 15
What's not to adore about a light, all-in-one multi tasker that moisturises and protects like a cream and covers like a foundation. The Natio Pure Mineral Skin Perfecting BB Cream SPF 15 provides lasting hydration, SPF 15 protection and skin tone correction while concealing imperfections and soothing redness for even natural coverage and a healthy glow. It really is a key product to use when it comes to creating a natural look. Available at Natio.

Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle
I use my hands all the time, whether it be at work typing up emails, to painting a new artwork and everything else in between. As a result my hands, including my nails get a bit of a beating. This salon strength formula doesn't just supports fast nail growth, but it protects nails so they can grow out longer, stronger and more beautiful. Available at Sally Hansen.

Bellabox Subscription
Whilst this is not one articular product, but a selection of products sent to you each month I still find it  summer beauty must have. Each month you receive a gorgeously wrapped box of beauty samples specially tailored to your beauty profile. There is a mix of seasonal products in sample sizes and full sizes, the sample sizes are perfect for throwing into your overnight bag for those summer road-trips!  Available at Bellabox.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Personalised Gifts With Officeworks

I like to give gifts at Christmas time that have either a personal or creative touch to them. So when I was asked by Officeworks to create some meaningful gifts using their Kodak Picture Kiosk this festive season I couldn't resist, I just had to say yes.

I created a small range of gifts to put under the Christmas tree using the Kodak Picture Kiosk both in store and online. Both ways were super easy, though I'll be honest I did enjoy doing it in the comfort of my own home with a cup of coffee within reach more so.
In store, using the Kodak Connect App on my phone I printed off some photos for a family member so they can fill their picture frames at home. This particular family member rotates photos on a regular basis. Also whilst in store I picked up some photo frames for them to add to their collection too. Each 4"x6" Kodak quality print is only 10c, and when Officeworks have such a great assortment of frames, what a nice personal gift a framed photo makes for anytime of year.
For one very proud dog owner I couldn't resist but get a 6"x8" Calendar featuring their beloved pooch, as a little something extra. It was only $1.89 to have printed, which really is nothing.  

Ordering online is a little different because you don't get it straight away, but with most items outside of being a normal print you do have to wait a few days until it's either delivered or available for you to pick up in store.
I wanted to create something for an arty friend of mine who walks all over Melbourne. So I asked for one of their designs, which they sent me. I think they think I'm cutting a stencil for them, little do they know it's something I hope they'll find a little more practical. I've placed their design onto an Aluminum Drink Bottle ($29.95), which I'm sure will come in handy over summer when exploring Melbourne.
I also wanted to make something with one of my own artwork designs too. So for one special child this Christmas I've made a Jigsaw Puzzle ($27.95) featuring my Tree Kangaroo illustration I drew a few years ago.

I loved creating these personalised gifts through Officeworks using the Kodak Picture Kiosk. I did have to hold back, it did cross my mind to create a personalised mug for everyone I work with or give everyone in my family an apron with their pet(s) on it. The thing I enjoyed most was that I was not just limited to cheesy family photos; I could make things using my own artwork too.

For inspiration on creative and personalised gift-giving, check out Officeworks ‘How To’ videos or join in the conversation on social media via #creativechristmas


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hints + Tips - Learning Something New

For a longtime I've believed that you can learn something new from everybody you met. Whether it be a greater understanding about a topic you knew very little about, something more life changing such as an idea on how to live, or something completely different.

I've found that more so than ever I'm learning more from other people. Probably due to the fact that I suddenly found myself single, and as a result I've been meeting new and interesting people lately.

So what are some things that I've learned...

There was one guy who only in just a few weeks made me see just how much I was living to work and not working to live. Though he himself doesn't play a massive role in my life I've found that through meeting him that my take on things has changed and that I'm more conscious of wanting to work so I can live. That in it self is a pretty massive thing to acknowledge and do something about.
If you haven't heard the saying you're probably wondering what I'm talking about. In short it's an idea around a work life balance that fits around your lifestyle.

This one might sound odd, but learning to smile. I met a lovely young lady whose smile is infectious. As a result she oozes fun and confidence. I only got to meet her once but since that chance meeting I've most certainly been more aware of the power of simply smiling. Seriously try it. Make an effort to smile during an entire day and you'll notice the difference not just in yourself but how people interact with you.

More recently there was a guy who only after meeting with a few times has inspired me to be more human with my writing. This I've found isn't just about my blog but also in my work. I feel that I've been inspired by him to be more a story teller than a fact giver. Without his influence I doubt I would of ever of written this post. I'm seeing the results and I'm noticing a positive difference both personally and professionally.

Whilst each person I've met has been under different circumstances, there is no denying that I've not learned something from each that has improved my way of life and how I live each day.

Another way of looking at it is as if each person were a blog you were flicking through for the first time, there has to be at least one article (in most cases, but not all) that you learn something from, just that meeting a person allows you to engage with them in a real life and not online. So get out there, meet people and learn something new, and who knows maybe you might teach someone something too.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Painted Surfboard Fins Up For Auction

Last Saturday I went for a surf with the lovely Jean and Tim down at Torquay. After being in the water for a good two hours or so, something happened that kind of put an end to my time in the water for the day.

I took off on a relatively small wave in the shore break on my surfboard (shaped by Scott at Outereef and painted by Guz, the chick with the gun) and made a turn around Tim, who was in the water with a camera. Well... as I made my turn, supposedly the look on my face said it all. As I felt my board run over some rocks the look on my face had changed from happy to concerned, or so I've been told. I knew I had done one of three things, either guttered the bottom out, ripped out a fin or two or three, or just scratched the fins. I was hoping for the latter. Though this was not the case. I had successfully ripped out the middle fin, causing damage to the fin and board. This was the end of the surfing session for the day.
Fast forward a few days... it dawned on me that why not turn this negative into a positive. So I've painted the fin set that was in the surfboard at the time (including the broken one) and am auctioning them off on eBay.The funds raised will go towards repairing the surfboard, replacing the fins and anything left over will be donated to Fin Free Melbourne, a cause I'm passionate about.
Fin Free Melbourne create awareness and advocate towards creating a shark fin free Melbourne.

All three fins are now available to be bid on; Great White (the fin that broke), Flamingo and Sea Turtle. All three auctions are due to close Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Introducing 3...

With Christmas just around the corner there is also Kris Kringle's being organised in workplaces around the world. I know the pain all to well of drawing the name of the head of Human Resources who I knew nothing about, as they were a closed book.

Though just because you know very little about them that's no reason to give them something dull. Here are some ideas for gifts for those who you know and don't know so well when it comes to Kris Kringle...

Robbin from Animi Causa
Personlised Playing Cards from Officeworks
Spanish Hot Chocolate and Mug from San Churro

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Introducing 3...

Over the past week I've posted a handful or so of images on my Instagram account, here are just three that I thought you may like to see if you haven't already...
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