Miserable and Magical…

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And it seems a blink is all it takes and I’m all of a sudden arriving at that time of year again. The milestone recognition day that acknowledges the fact that you’ve survived yet another year of this crazy thing that we call life.

In the words of the wise Miss Taylor Swift…
We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely in the best way
It’s miserable and magical.

I think Everything will be alright, If we just keep dancing like we’re, 22

Budapest, Oh George!

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So like many other young women out there right now I have fallen madly and deeply in love with George Ezra and his deliciously sweet tunes. His album is amazing! Definitely recommend a listen if you enjoy Ed Sheeran and the likes. It’s not the same vocally but his lyrics are just so lovely. So so lovely. I can’t even describe it with enough love. It’s just so good!

The album is Wanted on Voyage (highly recommend you click that link and look at his website! It’s a bit of fun! I think my favourite tracks are probably Blame It On Me and Leaving It Up To You, Cassy O’, Stand By Your Gun, Breakaway, Song 6, Da Vinci Riot Police along with the sublime single Budapest(and insert the remaining album tracks here)!

My sweet little sister, Jessica Lorraine, has also recently covered this song also so if you enjoy it go and check out her rendition! Budapest – Geaorge Ezra (live acoustic cover) by Jessica Lorraine.

Here is a GIF just to prove how cute she is.

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Last submissions

This week I got to make my last submission to the assignments drop box for uni! It’s pretty exciting and I’m super glad to be finished. All I have left is to prepare and set up for an exhibition and then I’ll really be done.

In the mean time here is one of my most recent works.

P R I V A T E | D I S P L A Y.

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It’s an online artwork inspired by identity online.
Check out the about page for an in depth explanation.

Powerful

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So I had an email come in from You Tube with their top article being about 10 Powerful PSAs. I love a good ad and the ones that actually move you. I’m not going to lie, I may have shed a tear to one or two of these but I also just found they were really powerful, as they should be.

This one has a lot of famous faces in it, they always get me with that… It’s On Us: Sexual Assault PSA

 

This ones just a bit cute really. Global Be(er) Responsible Day | “Friends Are Waiting” | Budweiser

 

This one will get you. Be prepared! DOA Road Safety “Classroom”

 

I viewed this quite a while ago and it really hits home to me. Since watching I’m always so conscious in using the word bossy or trying to avoid using it all together. I’ve certainly had my fair share of being called this. Ban Bossy- I’m not Bossy, I’m the Boss

 

This is also on sexual assault and I think it’s another great one. 1 is 2 Many PSA: 60 Second

 

IF ONLY FOR A SECOND // Mimi Foundation // EN

 

Which one is the most effective? For me the car one certainly gets you. The slight shock factor and the children are cleverly combined without it being to long.

Trippin’ the light fantastic!

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It’s the first weekend in a while that I haven’t felt like there were a million things that needed to be done at this moment. Tired and relieved I’m not trying to get any assignment work done. No class tomorrow. Only a few things left to tick off the list of uni work to be completed. It’s a funny almost freedom. And though full freedom is yet to come I feel like there is space in my brain again. The stress is lifting and I can breathe. Breathing is good! It’s a funny comparison as I considered my position on a long winded(line maintenance, thanks PTV) journey home last night. I was lucky enough to see one of my favourite bands, Ball Park Music, touring for the second time this year. Last night I saw them at The Forum for their Melbourne Trippin the Light Fantastic Tour Show and funnily enough when they did their Puddinghead tour earlier this year it was at a similar time in my uni trimester. Similar time but totally different feeling! A very different me in many ways despite it only being less than six months ago! So much less stress right now. So much less anxiety and worry. Just generally a far better vibe. And what a show BPM! They are so good at getting the crowd going and it’s hard not to get into the grove when they play their classic tunes Sad Rude Future Dude, It’s Nice to be Alive, All I Want is You and their newer tracks like Cocain Lion, She Only Loves Me When I’m There and of course Trippin the Light Fantastic! So much sweaty dancing action in front of that stage! We even got free 3D glasses!   Ball Park Music do not stop doing what you’re doing! Your timing is perfect! Can’t wait for the next show.

for-thenearfuture-ever

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So here we are, already a week from the end of September and as usual I’m scratching my head and trying to remember just where the hell all of this time has disappeared to. Once again a hectic uni schedule and attempting to fit in life has been my main activity of late. But it’s so nearly over. I’m so very close to finishing University for-thenearfuture-ever!

I do feel that this trimester has been a little less stressful than the last one but it hasn’t been less hectic really. I was just more prepared for my stress levels to peak and I think I’m nearly through the hardest part. And I am so very excited! It’s the nearly the end of the studying chapter of my life. Not that we ever stop learning, and especially in this technology-advancing-at-a-crazy-pace industry I’m about to jump into the deep end of, it’s a daily practice to keep informed and up to date on new things in the industry. That is the deep end of the pool with no floats and only basic swimming skills if any at all.

But this official part of study is nearly over. The formal bit. The bit where they give you the piece of paper that proves you’ve gained the recommended knowledge to carry out a position I cannot wait to fill somewhere soon. And I have to say when that last assignment goes in, or maybe more when I actually get back those final results that say I have passed, that this course is complete, the accomplishment will be well and truly felt. This moment, I cannot wait for. It will not come soon enough.

Having said that the last few assignments are probably the most enjoyable of the entire course. Today I spent the afternoon in the dark room printing black and white photographs from the Mamiya 7 camera and 120mm film that we shoot with for one of my subjects. And I just love it. Apart from the frustrations, the eye straining and the dark confusion at times, I really love it! And hope that in the future I will be able to do some dark room developing at a more relaxed pace rather than a slightly-stressed-running-out-of-time-and-have-to-get-this-done kind of pace! I’ve done a portrait series of some of my younger siblings and it has turned out fantastically. They’re my favourite subjects. I feel so lucky to have them around and that they so willingly let me order them around to assist and star in my work. And then one of my other subjects I’m working on an online artwork that I’m a little bit excited about and will share more about in the future.

My littlest brother.

My littlest brother.

Anyway, that will do for my rambling for now.

Such exciting times ahead. Scary and exciting!

Paramore, Still so Into You

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I just came across this in my drafts… I actually wrote it seven months ago…

Sunday the twelfth of January twenty-fourteen. Melbourne has finally decided to give us some weather consistent with the season it is supposed to be. It was a perfect summer afternoon and carried on into a lovely evening. It was six o’clock, the sky was blue, the sun was warm and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl was a buzz of keen fans. As we approached the park we were in awe as our eyes followed the cue of people beyond where we could see. From the entrance to the venue and down the pathway around the edge of the park and back through the middle… and beyond! We were already super keen to see Paramore. I’ve been a fan since I discovered Misery Business in 2007 or 2008 and naturally introduced my sisters as they have become more mainstream popular more recently. It was insane and as we realised just how big this crowd was we opted for the shorter cue at the merchandise tent where we proceded to purchase some gorgeous t-shirts. Props to the designer. They’re epic.

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T-shirts went straight on for those of us prepared for this procedure while my sister, not quite so prepared, proceeded to ponder how she could put her t-shirt on without baring all as we searched for the end of the cue rather than waiting until we got inside to the bathroom. By the time we got to the front of the cue we were all proudly donning our merchandise and excitement was growing.

So we got our spot on the lawn and Twenty-One Pilots came on. They were awesome. They really got the crowd involved with their banter and they were so full of energy bouncing around the stage before they ended their little show with an awesome drumming sesh. It. was. wicked.

Then You Me at Six came out. They were pretty cool too.

We patiently waited as the sun went down for the main show. Finally the crowd cheered as the curtain fell and the epic-ness what was Paramore were present on stage. Oh they were present. Rocking out to Grow Up to get the show started they continued to rock and touch, move and engross the crowd for what I think is the best concert I have been to. They played such a good mix of their songs from the older classics like Pressure from All We Know is Falling right up to their sweet Ukelele interludes from their most recently released self-titled album. The show was Incredible. We had the most amazing time rocking out the one of my favourite bands and I just can’t believe its taken me this long to get to seeing them live in concert. But oh my it was worth the wait! I remember last time they were touring and I didn’t realise until it was too late and then got rather envious as fan friends flooded social media with the amazing time they’d had.

I’m gushing here. Sorry. But it was seriously simply the very best. AMAZINGLY EPIC.

I’m just gonna keep showing up

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The other day I was skimming through my inbox. Delete. Delete. Oooo Shopping! No… mustn’t look… Delete. Delete. Sound familiar? I certainly have my fair share of junk and advertising, all stuff I signed up for but rarely scroll through at the moment. But I do actually read some of my emails! The real ones that are not just images of products calling for a click. And I recently subscribed to seanwes, whom I have also subscribed to the podcast and catch up when I can. This guy has some serious talent but not without an admirable work ethic and the desire and effort he puts into sharing his skills and lessons is inspiring. He’s completely transparent in the best way.

Anyway, this particular email caught my eye as the subject line read: Why it’s ok to struggle to be creative. It was a good read as he explained the common challenges in every creative aspiration being realised. You do have to work and it’s most often not going to be that easy no matter how many times you do it. You’ve got to start with a blank canvas.

I wish I could link you to the entire piece like a blog but it was a subscription based email and I can’t find the content on any of his other blogs so I’m hoping it’s ok if I share a little snippet of the content here. The whole thing is worth a read but my favourite parts are in the opening few paragraphs…

“You don’t really ever get to a point where your first iteration of any new thing you make is perfect. It’s always a process. It always takes effort, sweat, and trudging through a lot of failed attempts.”
Sean McCabe

“What does get easier is showing up. The more you show up, the easier it gets. You know you’re always going to come face to face with a blank page. Your first attempt almost certainly won’t make the final cut, but you know you’re going to show up.”
Sean McCabe

Sometimes we all need reminding that even the most successful people face the day to day challenges to achieve what they do. Sometimes they just make it look so easy! Amazingly easy.

As a student coming through the works it can be so overwhelming looking at the work of the successes out there such as Sean himself, Jessica Hishce, Nubby Twiglet and many others and it’s almost intimidatingly paralysing. How will I ever be that good? Well, thanks for the pep talk Sean! I’m just gonna keep showing up. I know I’m going to show up.

Totally idolise Sean and highly recommend checking out his work and listening to his podcast. Especially the one he did the other week… Episode 094: Goals & 5-Year Plans. I’m yet to get into his hand lettering program but am hoping I might in the near future when time permits it. Go get inspired!

Pending Possibility

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Reading over that last post it seems not that long since I was stressing over the final work submissions for the first trimester of uni along with possibly being the most unorganised traveller there ever was! But that’s all come and gone. I managed to complete the last of the uni work literally on the last day of submission. I can proudly say that the results of this did include a bit more than just a pass and a hell of a lot of relief! Might be a HD in there or two. I can say I’m proud of the results at least.

But here we go again only now I’m on a different count down to that of late May. Unfortunately this one does not involve a holiday and the trip of a lifetime. This countdown involves the trimester at hand and the pending possibility that this should be my last stint of full-time study for some time. I’m so ready to be through this and out in the work force… I hear you laughing. Young and naive is the girl who is looking forward to working life as apposed to the student lifestyle? I just haven’t adapted well to that of the uni student schedule as apposed to my TAFE timetable. But it’s okay. Soon I’ll be on the job hunt desperately seeking an income! Then we shall see about missing student life ay!

Since my last post I did set off and return from my overseas trip. I’m in the process of sorting through photos and my journaling at the moment but if you would like to have a look at what I got up to you can check it out on Bitter Sweet Europe Adventures. In a brief summary of twenty-five words or less it was absolutely incredible. A fantasticly awesome adventure that involved a lot of sightseeing, food eating and some chilling out. A lot of food eating actually. Being back home is a killer come down when you realise you want to lose 5kg and feel a bit healthy again. But I wouldn’t trade it. That food was amazing! And it was nice to step back from my usual routine and relax. You’ve got to be able to do it some time, probably more often than I do. You only live once!

Anyway, I best get back to the work I should be doing right now. Just thought I’d pop in for a little update for my thousands of adoring fans that were waiting patiently. Haha!

Chow!

Repeat-peat-peat-peat-peat

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I like what I know and I know what I like. (is that a Dr Seuss saying?)

Or at least I think I do.

A creature of comfort I feel I constantly make decisions to repeat things over and over again. Not because I’m scared of doing something different but maybe afraid of not knowing the outcome. If I do what I know I like then I know what the outcome is and that I’m already happy with it. But that’s a little boring isn’t it…

I was just thinking about how super keenly excited I am for The Fault In Our Stars(If you haven’t heard of it you really must check it out) film to come out! Based on the novel by John Green, I already know the story and the outcome but I’m just so excited to see it on the screen. And when it hits the DVD rack I’ll most likely rush out and purchase it and it will quite possibly be me new go to. A film I will likely watch again and again. Because I do this all the time. I have a handful of movies that I will constantly go to. I have fifty or so titles to choose from yet I typically will watch a Gennifer Goodwin classic like He’s Just Not That Into You or Something Borrowed. The other go to is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits (though some may say they’re pretty much the same movie, I adore the casting of them both) are the other two I have probably watched 343485948 times. I don’t know why but I just really love these movies, the plots, the casting, and quite happily watch them again and again. But sometimes I frustrate myself and wonder why I don’t watch something else so I might learn something new? I’ve become such a predictable being.

And it’s not just films I do this with. It’s activities. It’s food. It’s all routine. Like a science experiment where you only change a few little things and control the rest to be the same. All the time. Yes I have issues. I know.

It’s interesting how some people can be like this. So predictable. So routine. OCD? Then other people wouldn’t watch the same movie twice probably and like to live on the edge, mix things up and get bored easily. I think I need to take a leaf out of one of those books…

Anyway. Here’s something new! I’m going to fly overseas and live on the edge. Mix it up! The countdown is on. My overseas trip is booked and I’ve got a ridiculously short time before I go. While I’m beyond excited I also have a stupid amount of little details I need to sort out before I go and even more importantly a stack of Assignment work and not much time to do it. So I best get back to it!

Hope your weekend is assignment work free and relaxing!

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