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Twilight, between the night and sunrise.

Twilight, between the night and sunrise.

Ocean of Joy.

A sole surfes.

A sole surfer.

The earth orbits around the sun. The knight dresses in golden armor, refreshed after a vacation in the land of oblivion. Beta waves with amplitudes of varying frequency signal consciousness this is a better way to be, to feel, to think, and to act.

Oh what a beautiful morning.

Oh what a beautiful morning.

The big swell, light offshore wind, the surf is up. I am up and the conditions are ideal for being with nature. My bare feet touch the wet sand, I earth-out, bearing my board to face the challenging waves. The battle starts the turbulent white-water has to be overcome, to reach the trysting place, where the engagement takes place. This is the challenging moment where man and nature connect, to go with the flow,in the now. Wu wei, this is the breaking, or the making moment of ecstasy, living in the now, with the force of nature.

Early birds of a feather.

Early birds of a feather.

People fight life wanting, grasping, and hording not understanding all material things are impermanent and everything transient. Like the passing wave, we can only go, with the flow of nature. The time is now, the wave will not wait, life is now do not waste it. The most important thing is what you are doing now; the most important person is the one that is with you now. Travel light laiden down with pockets full of coins the surfer would drown. Some possessions we use, the ones we do not use are a burden needing protection and maintenance. To the needy and the greedy flaunting wealth causes envy, jealousy, and hate. Enjoying nature’s free gifts, sharing our gifts is in tune with nature way.

Just another day in Paradise.

Just another day in Paradise.

Beginning your day in the twilight you will catch the sun’s brilliant display. This is the photographers ‘Golden Hour’ at sunrise and the brief time of long shadows and warm glowing colour or sometimes misty affects, a challenge to capture and keep to share with others. Any activity that inspires you to rise early full of enthusiasm will enhance your life. I have always been an up with the birds sort of person. I enjoyed my work, there was no drudgery in doing what I liked, building dams, power stations, bridges, pipelines and roads. An occupation should be chosen that does service, rather than harm. That was my pleasure in getting my nourishment working not purely for money.

Self sculpture, Jack and hot little board.

Self sculpture, Jack and hot little board.

As a youth I got an adrenalin buzz riding the crane hook or feeding my ego up in the purlins. Today safety regulations have taken the excitement and the expertise out of rigging and construction work. A young man has to get his excitement from less practical activities. Does the way you ‘earn a crust’ bring you joy and satisfaction? Do you work for ‘big bickies’ to buy status symbols and luxuries beyond what you need? I am not averse to earning large sums of money as long as it is earned in an ethical way and spent on unselfish things.

A boy at heart.

A boy at heart.

At the end of the day what have we achieved, can we sleep with an untroubled mind? A joyous day full of good activity aids a restful night. Enjoy today in a pleasant way for it will pass. Leave no more than foot prints in your travels and take only pictures. Have respect for age, Mother Earth is extremely old. Some say about 5 billion years others only 6,ooo years, let us not get diverted, extremely old we can all agree on. We must be mindful of the beta wave frequency and amplitude.

Natures sacredcathedral.

Natures cathedral.

Take a walk in natures garden hear her music the rustle of the leaves caressed by the gentle breeze aware of her breath of life. Breath in the life-giving air, exhale the negative waste. You can focus on your breath; you can count on this to calm an agitated mind. Your emotions becoming tranquil, you can now see the beauty everywhere. Conversely an angry person cannot taste the food in his mouth. This is meditation on the breath, concentrate on the breath of life and you will appreciate what a wondrous world we live in. this is to love life and all creation.

A leaf out of natures good-book.

A leaf out of natures good-book.

Not wasting time on fighting over who has found the truth. The truth is elusive and is also subject to change. The irony is the only thing that does not alter is the fact that ‘everything is subject to change.’ I will be generous and say to the waiter accept the change.

While the heighrise sleeps.

While the highrise sleeps.

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An old favourite.

An old favourite.

No worries so simple.

Glass House Mountains.

Glass House Mountains.

We grow attached to things that are close to us. Not close like a pair of undies, not that kind of snuggly close. More the being together of a warm wooly jumper on a bleak winter day, the something or someone who shared the wins and the losses and kept you smiling when it was all up hill. Through the sun shine and storms, time takes its toll, the shine and sparkle diminishes but the fondness grows for the tried and true the familiar and reliable.

Softened by Nature.

Softened by Nature.

I am pleased with the fad that made faded, frayed and tattered jeans and other garments fashionable. Stressed furniture with artificial crackling and peeling paint showing the under layers became the in-thing. Now I can take pride in my old weathered and worn comfortable things that I find appealing, without feeling inferior to the upwardly mobile fashion conscious crowd. Not that it worries me what people think now that I have my ego subdued and under control.

Nature's art.

Nature’s art.

At twenty I worried about these things, at forty I lost interest in what they thought, at sixty I realized no one was even noticing me, at eighty I am pleased if people smile at the way I dress so I wear what is functional and comfortable.

Nature are is every where.

Nature’s art is everywhere.

Our friends will excuse our idiosyncrasies and we should not grieve over unjust criticism. Most of the things I worried about never happened. So is worrying a way to prevent misfortune happening?  I stopped worrying a long time ago and the answer is worrying does not help in any way.

Their passing is beautiful.

Their passing is beautiful.

I genuinely like things that Mother Nature has aged, mellowed and softened. Perhaps it is because it reminds us that all things are impermanent and wanting this to be otherwise can only bring sorrow.

Castles are gone the old dog remains.

Castles are gone the old dog remains.

 The child builds castles of sand the tide comes in, the child cries, that is one of the first lessons nothing lasts. Childhood passes also, have we learned we cannot cling to impermanent things. The flower blooms, fades and dies, the brilliant sunset fades into the dark night.

Past Reflections.

Past Reflections.

Nature’s lessons teach us not to cling and hoard but to freely share. The truth may well be, though I am well past my use by date, I still feel useful and am pleased I have not been discarded as worthless. I live in the now, sharing the good before it passes into infinity.

A beautiful fraim of a picture.

A beautiful frame for a picture.

There needs to be balance as one can get too fond of old things. I worked with a bloke; he was built like a brick chicken coop, but gentle as washing up liquid. One day to attract his attention I pulled on his shirt and a button popped off under the strain. The passive, massive man turned on me like a wounded buffalo, eyes flashing like hazard lights on a road train. He took off his shirt and tossed it on the floor shouting “You have wrecked my shirt!” “Sorry mate, I did not mean to, it’s an old shirt.” I should not have said it was old. “I’ve had that shirt since I was an apprentice, I only wear it on special occasions now.” He raved on about the places he wore that shirt, wakes and weddings, sporting events and music festivals. It took a lot of diplomatic bull dung to calm him down. Actually I did not say a word. I let him call me names that indicated I was far from dexterous and my mother let her heart rule her head. I used this opportunity to practice my exercise on staying calm under pressure. The fire burned down the pot went off the boil, he turned and left.

Dramatic departure.

Dramatic departure.

Next day I saw him and gave him back his shirt washed, ironed and with a new golden button in place of the lost one. I explained how sorry I was and returned his repaired shirt. He smiled and said he regretted losing his temper over an old shirt. “No worries the new button can remind you nothing lasts forever.” I said. He put out his hand in a gesture of friendship. I shook his hand and the rest of me stopped shaking. I felt so relieved and happy, over the moon as they say. I felt like laughing, so jokingly said “You were lucky I did not lose my temper too or you would have been in trouble.”  “Yes, I would have been up on a man slaughter charge.” He replied. We both cracked up laughing. It is so simple just do the right thing and you have no worries.

Natures amazing beauty.

Natures amazing beauty.

 

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Pretty and small.

Pretty and small.

 

Something good.

Grand

Grand

He’s got the whole world I his hands, Come on let us sing. You know who we are singing about. That’s right god, your God. The God you have in your heart. Without that goodness there is no meaning to life. The whole cosmos is kept in equilibrium by the one and only, the inexplicable one, of many, God, Allah, Jesus, Brahman, The Tao, and The Force spoken of in Star Wars. Words, nouns and adjectives cannot define this all encompassing something.

Is anybody home.

Is anybody home.

When this something good that exists in you and me brothers and sisters and the whole world. When we recognize, acknowledge and appreciate this, we have a goal to aim for, a standard to meet, a blue print to build on, a rudder to steer us, a map to guide us and a star to aim for. We then know to go with the flow of this superior force and aim at excellence.  When the force is with you and you are working with this force for the wellbeing of all creation, you feel like singing Joy to the world and you feel good and the world is wonderful.

Joyful music.

Joyful music.

The ego is subdued by the force of right, no longer is I am so important it is you and others, we are one but we are many. No longer looking for points of disagreement we look for and see the many things we agree on. All the important things in life we agree on and we can respect other people’s ideas on what we find difficult to understand. My ego tells me I am right and I should not stand by calmly and let others make ridiculous statements. But my understanding tells me that I am not infallible. So long as others believe in promoting peace and harmony why make a big issue of technicalities.

Beauty is every where.

Beauty is every where.

It is essential to contribute to the welfare of everything that exists in our world, every person, every creature and our whole environment. As we are all interdependent nothing exists unaided without a chain of events; to damage one link weakens the whole chain. He has the whole world in his hands but some of us are singing out of tune. Come on listen to life’s melody get in tune and sing along. Be in the flow, share in the beauty, sing with all your heart.

The old violin.

The old violin.

This is a request from all the needy, altogether in tune, one two three, give it all you’ve got. Joy to the world, what a wonderful world and all my loving I will give to you. All the discord is blown in the wind. We have to believe we are magic nothing can stand in our way. Everybody loves somebody, somebody to love. Like the Blues Brothers, we are on a mission from God. You have to do the right thing or the almighty all powerful force will retaliate. It is up to you, to get in tune and sing along to find happiness, joy and contentment.

They are also making music.

They are also making music.

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Rainbow Lorikeets in love.

Rainbow Lorikeets in love.

Finding peace.

Kookaburras pay a visit.

kookaburra pay a visit.

The white dove, symbol of peace, will not land on a grasping hand. Everyone is chasing after the blue bird of happiness. Hunting the elusive blue bird of happiness, we realize if you succeed in capturing it you cannot imprisoned it. The happiness soon diminishes and dies and you are off on safari again. Happiness needs to be let free for everyone’s pleasure. There is not much rest for a person obsessed with desire always wanting pleasure and happiness. Pleasures are fleeting the only joy is in being free and sharing.

 Corellas  stand in for white doves

Corellas stand in for white doves

To have the pure white dove alight on your open hand is a truly worthwhile goal in life. The line between these metaphors and actual reality merges. An open hand like an open heart brings peace and contentment. Relaxed, calm and tranquil not wanting to possess offering a welcoming open helpful hand. I have found birds and most creatures sense danger and recognize kindness. With time and patience we can create peace around us. To quote Confucius “One step is the beginning of a thousand mile journey”. Opening our hand and our hearts brings us one step closer to a world of peace.

Blue Wren for happiness.

Blue Wren for happiness.

The blue bird sings for our happiness and we should recognize the power of a song. I am occasionally over taken by a negative frame of mind. To be mindful of our thoughts is the first step in the process of correcting unhelpful thoughts. The way to peace and contentment is to control unsavory thoughts that arise in our mind. For a quick short-term fix I use music. To cure the blues, I may get Fleetwood Mac to give Doctor Brown a call, he is that loving man if Doctor Brown doesn’t cure you, nobody can do you no good. With Credence Clearwater Revival and Jeremiah the bullfrog it is joy to the world all the boys and girls, joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea, joy to you and me.

A bird on the head is worth two in the bush.

A bird on the head is worth two in the bush.

I call some songs mood music depending on the mood I want to encourage. I may want recovery music if I am fatigued or get-up-and–go music if I am lethargic. I have music that inspires me. According to Doctor Brown with music you don’t need any prescriptions you don’t have to pay no bills. You can choose the music that presses your buttons, we all have different tastes. Music can temporarily alleviate minor upsets. For prolonged peace and contentment it takes meditation practice. This is the aim of meditation to calm and gain control of the mind. Thoughts can invade our minds arising from conscious sensory input and also subliminal causes. Thoughts precede actions repeated actions, become habits that form our character. Understanding basic things that govern our life are often overlooked in the frantic hunt for, the passing blue bird, the fleeting pleasure of possessing.

Love at first sight.

Love at first sight.

A long time ago a million years it seems. The best things in life were free. But no one appreciated a sky that was always blue. And no one congratulated a moon that was always new. So it was planned that they would vanish now and then. And we must pay before we get them back again. That’s what storms were made for and you should not be afraid for, that is the beginning of an old song that helps me appreciate what a wonderful world it is. Although it is not always as we would like it to be. But every time it rains it rains pennies from heaven. Since the days of pennies, it seems a million years now with the flood of inflation; it is now a deluge of dollars.

Birds of a different feather get together.

Birds of a different feather get together.

The sky is not always blue, not only because of rain clouds but because of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. The best things in life are becoming polluted. Air the number one free necessity in life, cleansing fresh free water and wholesome vegetables to sustain life are no longer free. Is it in natures plan or God’s plan that we must pay before we get them back again? Is that what the extreme weather is made for, should we be afraid for, this being the end to our carefree sing along?

I lend my friends a hand.

I lend my friends a hand.

There is a true blue bird of happiness. Life is sweet tender and complete when you find this blue bird of happiness. You will find perfect peace of mind when you find the blue bird of happiness. When he sings to you though you are deep in blue you will see a ray of light come shining through. Yes somewhere over the rainbow blue birds fly, so why can’t you and I.

My wild Aussie friends.

My wild Aussie friends.

 

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Both beauties.

Both beauties.

Lucky Jack.

The Captain and Cabin Boy.

The Captain and Cabin Boy.

I have often been called Happy Jack or Lucky Jack. I wonder is it because I am happy that I am lucky or am I lucky because I am happy and smile a lot? People ask, “Why are you always smiling?” “It is vanity the wrinkles are rearranged and I look better.” I joke. In fact I am advertising a good emotional state. People know I am friendly it is a win-win situation that promotes good.

Not this young, this is my grandson, but similar smile.

Not this young, this is my grandson, but similar smile.

I hitchhiked most of my way around the world in the sixties. I was young the world was mine; mankind was at the peak of extravagance, before thoughts of conservation, I had not realized there was a limit to the world’s resources. Success in thumbing a ride relies on your appearance, clean and tidy, not too big a bag and most important a smile. Choose an easy and safe place for your lift to pull-up and it is a good idea to display a sign showing where you going to.

 Happy jack smiles run in the family.

Happy jack smiles run in the family.

When the lifts are scarce and the sky is clouding over it is easy to forget to smile and instead get a worried look on your face. The driver has to make a snap decision and cannot decide what the desperate grim look means so does not take the risk. I learned a smile is the same in any language it says “I am happy, at ease and friendly.” People are attracted and respond positively to a smile.

Smiles are like boomerangs they return.

Smiles are like boomerangs they return.

I feel sorry for people who look for sympathy airing their troubles with a dismal gloomy face. Many people burdening others with their hard luck stories. What they do not realize is they are keeping their troubles alive, magnifying them and turning friends away. I feel admiration and compassion for a person that smiles when plagued by misfortune.

Smiles are beautiful in any language.

Smiles are beautiful in any language.

The way to improve your chances, not only in getting a free ride, is a sincere smile. By caring, being helpful and being friendly your chances of making new friends increases and it starts with a smile. When you increase your circle of friends you increase your good fortune. The more friends you have the more chance you have of hearing about opportunities that can benefit you. It is called networking in business circles in religious groups it would be fellowship and in all walks of life it is commonsense. Smiling, being helpful and friendly promotes happiness and luck.

Smiles love and peace a bit of reggae.

Smiles love and peace a bit of reggae.

An example, Pauline and I went to at a music venue we got there early. Sat at a table in a good position all available tables were soon taken. There were no empty tables but some unoccupied seats. Two seats were available at our table. Four people came in looking for a place. I smiled and said “There is room at this table you just need two more chairs.” After introductions we became friends, Terry belonged to a ukulele club and invited me along next time they met. I was looking for a ukulele club but none were advertised in the area. I went along and made more friends willing to pass on their knowledge. I am really lucky and the nicer I am to other people the luckier I get.

Be happy smile don't worry.

Be happy smile don’t worry.

The music was lively blues guitar; everyone was rocking or tapping their feet to the music. I let the music take me out on to the dance floor and did a solo uninhibited dance. I am not worried if people think I am a crazy old bloke or high on loco-weed. Musicians play better if they have an appreciative audience. I am the detonator that set others off dancing, it only takes one and others lose their self-consciousness. I do not need any stimulants other than the music, two beers is my limit. As for marijuana, one must be careful as it is sometimes mixed with other substances. You are pushing your luck if you try drugs to make you feel good. All that is needed is music a smile and good attitude.

Music, and loving smiles it is family trait.

Music, and loving smiles it is family trait.

Music is a good way to psyche you into a good mood. On a treadmill in a gym is a good cardiovascular exercise but dancing is also a great workout. I am no longer young and fit but I now realize the world is not mine to exploit. Simple pleasures are the best the higher you go the further you can fall. Sharing a meal with friends is one of the most enjoyable things you can do. Smile and be kind to others, if you are lucky the meal you share will not be your last.

Smiles make us one loving family.

Smiles make us one loving family.

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City life.

City life.

Understanding.

 Not wanting to be anywhere in a hurry.

Not wanting to be anywhere in a hurry.

Intent on completing an activity to get to the next experience, what you are engaged in becomes a bother. The modern utilitarian attitude disregards the pleasurable aspects of every day activity. On a journey the destination is focused on. Speeding along the highway the scenery flashes by in a blur. The danger on today’s roads is greater than from venomous snakes and spiders. People fear nature’s creatures because they spend little time with nature. Their time is consumed working to buy fast cars, power tools and home appliances to save time.

Their is no danger if the spider and I have no fear.

Their is no danger if the spider and I have no fear.

The full enjoyment of walking is missed when the object, is only, to get physically fit or hurrying to the walks end. Walking can be an all round benefit to the health of body and mind, with awareness. When walking be aware of your thoughts and surroundings, be alive to nature. You experience the scent on the air, the sights and sounds unimpaired by wanting some future experience. It is nice to earth-out, barefoot on a beach or walk on wet grass in in the morning sun.

The  sand the sky the ocean and me.

The sand the sky the ocean and me.

Intent only on completing an activity to get to the next experience you loose interest in what you are engaged in and you miss the essence of now. It is a bad habit wanting something else, not giving our attention to what we are engaged in. Paying attention, interested and taking a pride in our activity gives joy and satisfaction. Few mistakes are made when focused on doing a job properly. To do a thing properly without error saves precious time and gives satisfaction.

Full concentration in the now.

Full concentration in the now.

Affluent countries are spoilt and miss the simple joys in life. I have noticed people not so well off still relaxed and smiling, while people with all life’s needs appear tense and serious. The wealthy have too many choices; this makes decisions perplexing and stressful. The enormous amount of tempting things advertised, we are told buy now pay later, this offer will not last, and all the psychological tricks to get us to buy what we frequently do not need and often cannot afford. This fuels people’s greed and keeps them enslaved in the race of the humans. The focus should be on humanitarian ideals not on a race to acquire.

To want for nothing is to have it all.

To want for nothing is to have it all.

How can we fix the problems in the environment, when we are the problem? Nothing is made to last and things can no longer be repaired. Cars were once made to last and could be repaired, electric toasters, jugs and stove elements could be easily replaced. Machinery today needs special tools to dismantle them some are sealed so they cannot be fixed. Commerce is focused on profit not the environment. Where are our priorities? We are making work for ourselves by making things that do not last. Our politicians are concerned in creating employment keeping the production at a peak. To counter this only buy what is necessary, do not be wasteful. Buying and investing discriminately is everyone’s responsibility.

Friends are their only riches.

No sandy beach, friends are their only riches.

Finding pleasure in natures free gifts needs no special equipment. Appreciating and understanding are the best things in life. Things made by hand are crafts and there is pleasure in working with our hands. If time is money, as people say, a dish-washing machine does not save time. There is the cost of the machine and the power it uses and in time it needs replacing. The same applies to most labor saving machines. Work can be a pleasure or drudgery depending on your state of mind. It is subject to our attitude, I like to work with my hands and take pride in doing my best. I do not play golf; it would be hard work for me. Considering the cost of the equipment and land producing only grass seems a waste. I would have to change my attitude to become a golfer.

This is Bangkok's way of sweeping the street.

This is Bangkok’s way of sweeping the street.

Ignorance is not realizing that craving is the cause of` many of our problems. The purpose of our life, and our life long goal, surely is to improve our understanding and correct our failings. Contributing to the wellbeing of all is the right way to live.  Love life and life will respond with rewards. It is good to calm down, think and change our outlook this will change our life for the better.

Not just another brick in the wall.

Not just another brick in the wall.

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Do you believe in dreams?

Almost bed time.

Almost bed time.

I had this dream.

One of Gabriel's friends.

One of Gabriel’s friends.

It is the middle of night, am I dreaming? Perched on the foot of my bed is a winged intruder. I have this strange feeling of déjà vu. My vision is clearing the intruder is an angel, that would explain how it got in here with the door locked and the apartment on the thirteenth floor. I understand that angels are capable of flight; also if I am dreaming anything is possible. Cogito ego sum or je pense donc je suis, I am dreaming I am not multilingual, I think therefore I am, I must be wide awake because I recognize this bloke invading my space.

“ G’day Gabriel what are you doing in Aussie? I inquire.

“I am like the Blues Brothers Jack, I am on a mission from God.”

“More like you are Down-under up to mischief as usual.” fearlessly I tell him.

“I am here to save God’s children; you still carry the sins of your convict fathers.”

I ignore this remark and hit him with one below the belt.

“Are you going to pollinate any virgin flowers this time?” I ask defiantly.

“You got it all wrong that was the Holy Ghost Jack, have you no faith?”

“I suppose the world is ready for another prophet, Mahomet’s poetic words are being undermined by terrorists.” I reply cynically.

“Exactly the world is in a devastating situation.” He says giving me a pleading look.

Here we go again, I Imagine I got that old feeling, this music is going round in my head, like a haunting refrain.  All I can think to say to Gabriel is in Olivia Newton John’s song, “Please mister please I don’t want to ever hear that song again.”

“What song?  Amazing Grace you like all the feeling in that one.”  He said in his coaxing angelic voice.

Not a nice way to spend Easter.

Not a nice way to spend Easter.

“I know what your mission is, to find another prophet like Mahomet or Jesus. No way, Jesus was literally, double crossed, and there’s been nothing but problems since that apple episode in the garden.” Having said that I stop and think, they still have dire straits in Iraq, it is said that was the site of the garden of Eden. I must be coming down with industrial disease or something. I plug-in some music, roll over and to the sound of music and go back to sleep.

Is he dreaming he is a butterfly.

Is he dreaming he is a butterfly.

Next morning I think maybe I have turned down my big chance but I believe it was all a dream. In the light of day I know I am not a butterfly dreaming I am a man. In China a man dreamt he was a butterfly, next day he thought am I a butterfly dreaming I am man. I have read of other similar cases, a man dreamt he was in a garden, picks a flower and when he woke up he has the flower in his hand. There are people who believe in dreams and people who do not. Do you believe the dream I had or do you think am I crazy or just fabricating this story to get you thinking?

Is he dreaming he is a man?

Is he dreaming he is a man?

 

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The Joy of Gardening.

I intended illustrating this post with paintings but I am finding too many other priorities.

Pauline at the garden gate.

Pauline at the garden gate.

When seeds of caring love are planted in the garden of our mind and cultivated with acts of selfless kindness, we bloom like smiling flowers spreading happiness. Everyone is nourished from the harvest produced. The art of gardening is to understand you get out of a garden what you put into it. If seeds of right thoughts are planted a crop of right actions will follow.

Love shines above all.

Love shines above all.

Be aware if we feed on garbage dished up by profit driven sources. No lasting happiness is found, we grow crooked and stunted. A pure mind is fed on uplifting inspiring input that promotes wholesome thoughts, leading to good actions. You cannot paint a beautiful picture if you fill your mind with horror. Look for good examples to follow and practice drawing from life, as best you can, from good examples in the art.

The seeds are your choice.

The seeds are your choice.

The greedy are never fulfilled. To want for nothing is to have it all. The beauty is there for you to enjoy. Your possessions are your responsibilities needing care and attention. To horde possessions is not the way to happiness. Let the beauty stay free for all to enjoy draw from this example. Drawing from good examples you will benefit and your garden will be a place where the seeds of kindness flourish.

Tiny seeds of goodness.

Tiny seeds of goodness.

All gardens are beautiful, vegetables to nourish the body, flowers to bring beauty into your life; the garden of your mind is where love grows. No matter what type of garden you are working in plant only good seed. I have heard it said by many sources and in many ways, “As you sow so will you reap.” No matter what medium you use chose a good subject.

Growing better every day.

Growing better every day.

This is food for thought as our thoughts govern our whole outlook. Look for and appreciate all the free beauty nature’s garden offers. Draw from nature’s master work this is the way, we learn and become aware of how perfect the master’s art is. Every garden is nourished by mother earth. I am using the word master and mother but I am not referring to a dominant gender. The forces that control the universe are beyond our comprehension. So we have created our own ideas using our own language to explain what is beyond words.

With caring kindness good things grow.

With caring kindness good things grow.

Silence with meditation the static of your thoughts focusing on your breath. Become grounded in the peace in your mind this is where wisdom resides. Beyond the grasp of worldly things you are grounded in awareness. The calm consciousness sees clearly undisturbed by outside noise, conscious to see clearly without distraction from wanting the universe to conform to personal desires.  Everything is as it is impartially acting in accordance with the interdependent whole network of creation.

Let us do our best.

Let us do our best.

Everything is dependent on everything else and everything is in a state of change, nothing is stable. When this is understood we realize we stay in tune with this interdependent ever-changing flow, it brings peace and contentment. Pleasure and happiness are worldly things and like all else are subject to change. They cannot be held onto, like the sand in an hour-glass they slip away in time. After meditation on this we understand caring and sharing are the greatest pleasures.

Bean good.

Bean good.

Seeds of kindness planted and cultivate with love will yield a harvest of nourishment. Everyone benefits from a beautiful garden of love so make the effort to cultivate it, dig deep and work at it. Our body needs exercise, nourishment and rest when they are in balance it is perfect harmony. No longer a chore the exertion pumps endorphin to the brain and we are happy. A natural high induced without drugs.

Watering food for thought.

Watering food for thought.

GM seeds are not planted to feed the starving but to fill greedy pockets. I hope I have planted some wholesome seeds in the garden of your mind. After many failed crops I found a good variety of seed that did not need chemical fertilizers for good results. Nature provides everything to draw from but the artist’s attitude chooses the colours.

Good work brings great rewards.

Good work brings great rewards.

 

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 The art of enjoyment.

Rosny Cottage front view.

Rosny Cottage front view.

 

I avoid work yet I have got a lot done. I rarely ever toiled doing something I do not want to do. I have played all my life. As boy I enjoyed helping my mother on our poultry farm. It was a pleasure feeding the fouls. Chickens are a joy to look after. On cold nights our chickens were kept warmed by the heat of an oil lamp. It was nice and warm in the brooder shed and Mum let me sleep in there so I could stop those fluffy yellow chickens from huddling and crushing up too close to keep warm.

 

Rosny Cottage as sketched no inhansment.

Rosny Cottage as sketched no enhancement.

I was not all that happy about school education. I only did seven years interrupted by as many excuses as I could find. I liked the social side of school as I was the biggest boy in my class consequently I never experienced any bullying.

Back view and a seat to use while drawing.

Back view and a seat to use while drawing.

My first steady job was in a bakery that was a nice job the smell of bread baking is one of my favourite smells.  Up early you never miss a sun rise, and that is a good habit to get into, baking completed you have plenty of daylight left to play.

Back view artistic licence taken with stone wall.

Back view artistic licence taken with stone wall.

Then I found a livelihood I loved and Rigging became my game. Before the safety regulations, now carried to extremes, spoiling a challenging job. When a man could climb around on the steel without being unencumbered by a safety belt and ride the crane hook I enjoyed being a dare-devil now the young have to do things that endanger others to get their buzz.

Photo of sketch no enhancement.

Photo of sketch no enhancement.

What I am getting around to saying is, “Find something you like doing and you never have to work for a living.” Rigging was my game out in the fresh air getting good exercise and some excitement and being paid to do it. When I becoming an overseer I enjoyed passing on easy safe ways to get the job done. I held classes on wet down time days, making them into productive days.

Some P C help.

Some P C help.

Art, if you can call what I do art, is just another game I playing with the things available at hand, in the now absorbed in art. Let me show you the fun I had with my drawing, for me it is all learning.

Sketched with 4B and 8B.

Sketched with 4B and 8B.

I learn to be more observant trying to record what is before me with a simple sketch pad and pencils. You can use all the range if you like. From H being hard to B black softer and darker to B 8 there is no end to how you can play and learn. I play with whatever is at hand.

Flowers inhabced.

Flowers enhanced.

Without a printer I used my camera to convert my sketch to the computer. Now the fun starts it needs a bit of contrast, Photoshop is used.

Then why not have a game with the other tools available, learn what these graphic designers use to make their advertising look irresistible.

Added enhancement, same drawing.

Added enhancement, same drawing.

Explore more with the yellow and green highlighter pencils could give my flower a lift, may be?

Colour added with high lighters.

Colour added with high lighters.

Now that prompts me to head further into unknown territory. Why not, what is life for but to try to puzzle out, appreciate and enjoy.

Potoshop fun my art all done..

Photoshop fun my art all done..

     Thanks Lisa for the opportunity to offer some ideas for Time out for art.

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No worries.

Have they got it all.

Have they got it all?

All my personal problems, on reflection, were mostly of my own making. All I wanted was to be carefree, happy and not create discord and difficulty. In my ignorance I made a determined effort to achieve my desired goals. In hindsight my wanting caused pain and suffering to others as well as myself. The trouble I caused was not a deliberate wish; it was a product of my lack of understanding. Blind to the feelings of others my desires fueled a fire that burned all it contacted.

What else do they need?

What else do they need?

I no longer have regrets; I have learned the unsatisfactory nature of life is the causes of much suffering to the unaware. The young and inexperienced cannot be condemned for their misunderstanding learned from a materialistic social system. We are fed on the misguided belief that acquiring possessions brings happiness. Nurtured on greed and fear one strives for security, not realizing that fear and greed are poison to peace in our world.

It is a rat rce down there.

It is a rat race down there.

When helpful truths are learned, from worthy role models and life experiences, we realize wanting and struggling for material things does not bring lasting happiness. In time all things lose their sparkle and shine and the pleasure soon fades. The novelty of succeed does not stop the wanting urge. Wanting to fill our emptiness we keep striving on the endless tread mill, called desire. Wanting, grasping and clinging to things we desire and trying to avoiding what we do not want, we are never at peace. Out of misplaced zeal we strive for what we want and are unmindful of others needs, this behavior can kill love. Destroying our happiness, joy and contentment, the very things we value most. This is how ignorance leads us to fall into life’s traps and pitfalls.

With the right attitude it is beautifull.

With the right attitude it is beautiful.

We should not grieve over past mistakes, learn from the experience. Do not fear the future enjoy each day, tomorrow we have no control over. The most important time is now, the most important person is the one you are with now, and the most important thing you can do is what you are doing now. Try to live in a modest, uncomplicated way. Taking only what you need, all the really essential things, in life are available if we live in a kindly, sharing and caring way. You cannot change the world you can only live in harmony with the world.

This is the heigh position in Sydney.

This is the highest position in Sydney.

Never let fear, greed or hate influence you or led you into being afraid of unproven threats. Kindness and understanding are the way to peace, force encourages the opposite reaction. Selfish hording and greed breeds discontent. Lacking understanding of others needs, affluent people flaunt their greedy way of life. Television reaches the eyes of the poor and hungry also the uneducated and gullible who are then ready to be led by unscrupulous, opportunist leaders.

Back down to earth.

Back down to earth.

I am not saying life is not good, when I say life has an unsatisfactory nature and this is the cause of much suffering. I am saying it is a universal truth that in time all things change and to understand that grasping and clinging to anything is inviting sorrow. As all things are subject to change like water they will run through your fingers. You are left empty and cry out why is this happening to me?  It is not personal, it is just the way things are, it happens to everyone. When we have right understanding of the true nature of things we can face life with a balanced outlook.

Let's keep it simlpe

Let’s keep it simple

We still work for worthwhile goals but without the urgency, the frenzy or obsession. We enjoy our work if we chose an occupation that will be a benefit to all. Doing a useful job we can take a pride in, it could be cleaning windows, if we have the right attitude it is a wonderful job, for a time I worked at it, out in the fresh air, good exercise, a healthy job, no worries just learn all the tricks of the trade to make those windows perfect. I gave those office workers stationed at their desks a clear view of the outside world. I also enjoyed unobstructed views of the beautiful city of Sydney. We all need a clear view, good attitude and no worries.

That's all we want.

That’s all we want.

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