Launched May 1st, 2009 with a tentative start... this blog evolved into a space to bring things I'm curious about or fascinated with whilst adapting to life in a new city, a new direction with my work and in the online realm. Early on postings were frequent and wide-ranging in focus. Attention slowly spread to new online engagements as ideas developed and formats trialled to extend those ideas. However, this blog has always remained at the centre of all that followed ...the conversations, journeys and glimpses into creative worlds generated here have long enriched my days beyond all imagining and I return always to pick up the thread with gratitude for the experience and for those who've passed through, perhaps joined up or stopped to converse!
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

an afternoon at tea-tree beach








7 comments:

nathalie et cetera said...

what a beautiful place! you are very fortunate.

janis said...

Oh the koala!!! Sophie, you live in paradise...xo

Candice Herne said...

Hi Sophie I have just spent some time reading your studio blog. And love your recollections of growing up, your journal sketches; especially the black work and the tea/sepia image. You write beautifully Sophie. Your father would be very proud. Candyxx

Sophie Munns said...

Hi Nathalie and Janis,
When I was up there I found myself wondering why I dont make a point of spending more time in such beautiful locations experiencing all that is there waiting for us to notice.
It was a delight to be invited along by friends who shared their 2 week annual holiday place with a passing parade of friends - wonderful hospitality that
meant many experienced precious time in this national park.
I'm reminded such great things come out of sharing!
S xo

Sophie Munns said...

What a lovely comment Candice!
I did so enjoy your recent posts and that series of spectacular 'on the road' shots - landscape meets signage - they were fantastic!
I just realised its been almost 2 months since I added anything to the studio blog - and a whole series of images are waiting to be added from previous times!
Thank you for your response... I am touched coming from one who is a natural with the pen (or typepad!).

Its interesting to realise that a lot of my work connects back to experiences from when I was growing up. I think this is often the case for many - not everyone perhaps.

I watched an English doco recently where Joanna Lumley goes in search of the northern lights - 'aurora borealis' - travelling to Norway and beyond, meeting various people who help her come to understand this phenomenon. All this was prompted by a book she had read in Malaysia(?) where she lived as a child - the story of a penguin living in the arctic circle.

This makes sense to me - this lasting fascination triggered in childhood when we are so receptive and affected by natural phenomena and the things we experience. That Clarence River homage drawing came from a poignant time of reflecting on childhood memories. Heightened emotion needed a resting place. It was helpful at the time to find a poetic means to sit with certain things - and the archive idea has allowed for a revisiting of the work and recalling what was going on behind the work at different times...whether it is prompted by ideas, feelings, literature, history, nature or science...or combinations of those things.

happy travelling Candy,
S xx

The Artist Within Us said...

Greetings Sophie,

What a special location! it appears to be an unspoiled paradise and the water looks very inviting. A scene like this with good friends and food, who could want for more other than a studio and time to create.

Warmest regards from California where it is still Sunday,
Egmont

Sophie Munns said...

Hello Egmont,
yes... exactly ....an unspoilt paradise with studio and time...and the good company to pass some time with.

It was all too quick this time round ... but allowed me to think about planning to come back.

I stayed in the same place with the same friends 25 years ago, minus children, so it was lovely to return.

Enjoy the last of your Sunday!
best wishes,
Sophie