What a 4 year old superhero can teach us about life

I love the summer holidays in Australia

Time to catch up with my little nieces and nephews

And discover what’s been happening in their life

To learn valuable lessons from them

Watching them grow up physically

And mentally

It’s great

‘Fresh Tropical Fruit Juice’ by Simon Brushfield (2013) Acrylic & Oil on paper 21cm x 23cm Unframed $450

Together we go on amazing journeys together. Spending hours of quality time exploring the mind. All we need is a couple of basic props, a little encouragement, and the amazing imagination of a child

“Simon do you wanna play with me?”

My four-year-old nephew asked with contagious excitement

“Love to” I replied

The next few hours in the backyard was a highlight of my holidays, and my young nephew was totally enthralled

Without a shade of doubt, we became superheros

One moment we were fighting water aliens. The next we were seeking refuge in the ‘safe house’ preparing to fight the enemy, discussing our next battle strategy

But here’s the really cool thing…

The ‘safe house’ wasn’t a $500 DIY retail cubby house from Ikea

Ours was much better

It existed in the mind

In a child’s imagination there are no limits

The situation was so real in my partners imagination

It meant life and death

As my nephew explained the terrifying situation confronting us, his eyes were wide open thrilled with excitement, eyebrows raised in awe for the challenge ahead

The ‘safe house’ was simply two boogie boards on the backyard.

But it was a comforting refuge for fearless freedom fighters, you see, superheros regularly return to the ‘safe house’ to receive more power, and this was done by sticking ones little finger where the hand strap connects to the boogie board

Oh, and of course, I was given a nickname

It alluded to the prestige of our imaginary game for superheros

Therefore, our names had to be…

‘Golden Crystal’

The logic made total sense to a 4 year old, so I went along with it

Of course, the superhero is always victorious in battle, and Golden Crystal was no exception

So for the rest of the day, after the game finished, we referred to each other with our proper superhero names

“Want a drink Golden Crystal?”

And at dinner time…

“Pass me the sauce Golden Crystal”

Then watching television on the couch…

“Can I sit next to you Golden Crystal?”

Together, we were superheros for a day

But not your usual mainstream superheros. Not the variety found in comic strips, or at the movies in tights and a cape. This was a special variety of superhero

Entirely original

With unique special powers, used to defeat the enemy

Complimented by a superbly imaginative never ending sub plot

Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

A four-year-olds imagination is wild

It’s wonderful to spend time with someone whos creativity is flourishing

Uninhibited by rational thought

No limits or restrictions

And zero logic

Very inspiring

An incredibly engaging storyline was created from a few very basic props

The superheros travelled into space on a rocket (a chair and a towel)

Jumped off high cliffs (from the small balcony)

Conquered the water aliens (in the backyard)

Flew in helicopters (with a paddle)

Slayed dragons (with a paddle)

And got saved by baby Jesus on a boogie board

When exhaustion arrived we repowered energy from the ultimate life source (a boogie board)

Whoa…what a day!

The amazing life of Golden Crystal

A true superhero

Here’s the important lesson I learnt from my wildly creative adventure. Grown ups often forget this, but it’s essential for all ages…

The importance of play

To let go

And relax

Cut loose

And have some imaginary fun

Go wherever you’re taken

Just step in for the ride of your life, and see what happens

Enjoy the surprising unpredictability and raw power of a childlike imagination

Just amazing

Imagination is for all people to enjoy

For those not afraid to enjoy the irrational

At any age, we can become engrossed by a healthy fantasy

Where nothing makes sense

And anything could happen

It’s incredibly exciting

And pure

A real journey for the innocent at heart

Step into another world

Be like Picasso

And nurture the child within

Because here’s the amazing truth…

Some people may never tell you this, but I want you to consider this reality…

Right now, to someone in your life, from their perspective, you’re a superhero to them

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A Special Limited Edition Australian Series of Original Paintings

Of course, I want to make a healthy living selling my original paintings

Doesn’t everyone want to be paid well for doing what they love?

Each of my paintings are unique

And ‘one-of-a-kind’

‘Ripsnorter’ – Special Limited Edition Series by Simon Brushfield (2013) Charcoal, Oil and Acrylic on Paper 19m x 21m unframed

Therefore, their original character and my broad creative experience, means I can ask a high price for each individual piece

However, here’s my dilemma…

I want my artwork to be accessible to all people

Especially those who genuinely love art, but may not be able to afford an expensive original painting

It was because of my desire to sell paintings at more affordable prices that I began offering smaller limited edition hand painted artworks at lower prices

I love the fact that my artwork is an intimate part of so many people’s lives already around the world. But I desire more people to enjoy my paintings, everyday on their walls

And as the value of my art continues to rise, I want a new generation of collectors, who may have never bought an original painting before, to be able to own and enjoy an original Brushfield artwork

To this end, I’ve created a hand-painted series of limited edition original paintings, titled ‘The Australian Editions’ they’re based upon special phrases common to Aussies

Following many years living in Asia, and upon returning to my homeland Australia, it became apparent we use the English language so uniquely that foreigners often struggle to understand what our slang phrases actually mean

So, each phrase became the title of an original painting, an abstract artistic image that symbolises Australia’s originality and unique character

The special limited edition series includes Aussie phrases such as…

“You betcha”
“Fair Dinkum”
“Gday Mate”
“Have a Captain Cook”
“Dog’s breakfast”
“Ripsnorter”
“Howdy”

The honourable Prime Minister Mr Tony Abbot once said, “Australians have won the lottery of life”. And having been born in this country, I wanted to express my love for Australia with a special limited edition offer

These original works have nostalgic origins, sub conscious paintings that celebrate the informal and authentic spirit of Australia

‘FairDinkum’ – Special Limited Edition Series by Simon Brushfield (2013) Charcoal, Oil and Acrylic on Paper 19m x 21m unframed

‘The Australian Editions’ are an interesting and unique set of paintings created as a special series, each hand-painted in native colours and textures found organically in my home country

The mediums used were acrylic, linseed oil and charcoal on recycled paper reused from Australian popular culture

The size of each painting is approximately 21cm x 10cm and for my mailing list subscribers, they receive a special price, plus postage and handling where applicable (with flat packaging to ensure it arrives in perfect condition)

I am now available to take orders for ‘The Australian Edition Series’. Once payment is received, the artwork will be dispatched to collectors immediately

Thanks for your support and I look forward to our long lasting friendship

All the best
Simon

P.S.

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Want to give that perfect gift to someone you love?

I visited a friend the other day

Our conversation trailed all over his house

He was busy doing stuff as we talked

At one point he walked into his garage

So I followed

I was shocked

The amount of junk he was storing was frightening

He could hardly move in his garage

There was certainly no space for his car

It was filled with gardening equipment

Tools

Surfboards

Bikes

Household wares

And boxes beyond belief

He had everything you could possibly imagine, crammed into his garage

I was stunned

My first thoughts were, how expensive it must be to collect all this junk

Secondly, how can you live like that?

But many people do

As life goes on we collect stuff

Stuff that’s valuable

And stuff that’s meaningless

And like my friend, we often hoard the meaningless things that only serve to cramp our lives and take up space in the garage

Here’s the truth…

Much of the stuff we collect, we don’t need

Some of it was probably given to us as a perfect gift

We smile

Say thank you

And pretend the perfect gift was exactly what we wanted

But within one week it ends up in storage

With all the other junk in the garage

I’m guessing you want to your gifts to be meaningful to the people you love

Something they will definitely cherish for life

That will hang pride of place in their home

In the living room

Lounge room

Or even their bedroom

Somewhere they can enjoy it everyday

(Definitely not in the garage)

If you want to tell someone you love them

Here’s an idea…

Buy them an original painting

Created with love and affection

Filled with special meaning

That will hang on their wall

And remind them they’re loved

By you

Click here to give the perfect gift that keeps on giving long after the celebration ends

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My Favourite Life: 10 things you didn’t know about me

My favourite things in life is really an endless list

But I have struggled to reduce everything into 10 things that you might find interesting about my life. Of course, they are all 100% true.

Please tell me your favourite things in the comments box below the post.

‘Gandhi’ by Simon Brushfield (2013) Pen and ink on paper 21cm x 10cm $450

1. I was born on the 27/7/70. My favourite number is 7

2. My favourite personal grooming activity is to clean my ears with cotton buds because it feels amazing

3. My favourite television show is Cesar Milan’s “Dog Whisperer” because it teaches me about the enormous similarities between how human beings behave and how dogs behave socially

4. My favourite food in the morning is waking up for breakfast to poached eggs on toast covered by last nights lamb gravy. (Don’t knock it till you try it!)

5. On long boring plane trips I get hours of enjoyment giggling uncontrollably by watching practical joke television shows like “Just for laughs”. (I also watch them on YouTube with my phone whilst laying in bed at night)

6. During my mid 20’s I owned a successful business hiring windsurfers, whereby every summer I sat on a beautiful Australian beach, and people handed me hundreds of dollars everyday for my effort.

7. My favourite colour is yellow and my favourite fruit bananas. For my final year project at University I created a 10 foot three-dimensional realistic banana. My lecturer said it couldn’t be done, but I did it and got top marks. Also, another useless fact… my 1960s Malibu surfboard is yellow, and nicknamed the ‘big banana’

8. At age 14, I went to boarding school in Melbourne and cried all year from homesickness, being bullied and alone. This was not my favourite experience!

9. I once applied for a high profile job in a posh Sydney recruitment agency with a real 1950s porcelain kitchen sink. My resume was rolled up and placed into where the hot tap should’ve been. The cover letter read “Employ Simon Brushfield and he’ll give you everything including the kitchen sink”. I put the heavy kitchen sink on the receptionist’s immaculate marble desk and the office fell about with hysterical laughter.

10. I once played bass and sung in a Sydney rock band. The title song off our first album was aired on Australia’s leading commercial radio station, triple M

‘Lollipop Trees in the You Yangs’ by Simon Brushfield (2013) Acrylic & Oil on Canvas 90cm x 60cm $2200

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The Secret of Happiness Revealed: Aristotle teaches happiness


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Creativity: How to Renew your Creative Energy and Increase Power

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Natures secret reveals an essential ingredient in the creative process

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What happens if no one likes my creativity?

This is a guest post by a musician friend Renee Rutherfurd.

She’s a very talented Australian singer songwriter with a beautiful voice.

Here’s Renee to talk about creativity and the creative process behind her album ‘Found’…

reneerutherfurd What happens if no one likes my creativity?

The other day I was chatting with a friend about the fine line walked by artists of every persuasion. Be it music or a visual medium, creativity and art is made to be shared. It is meant for an audience. Art is also an incredibly subjective animal, one persons “Amazing!” is another persons “What the?”

The question for any artist is ‘Where do I get validation from?’

Is it in the act of creativity or is it dependant on the response of others.

When I started down the track of writing and recording a concept album, I had never considered this question. I was doing something that I believed wholeheartedly was an offering to the God I adore with every fibre of my being and to whom I owe my life, my creativity, my best endeavour.

During the two years it has taken to bring it to fruition, I have been faced with every doubt and fear I could have imagined…and probably more. Don’t get me wrong, creating the album has been a total joy. I’ve discovered a side to my creativity that I didn’t know was there and I’ve had a blast.

The doubts and fears have come on the days when I was not involved in the act of creativity. The biggest fear…the one that has haunted me and that I have had to confront on more than one occasion is this;

“What happens if no one likes it, if no one buys it and two years of my life have been for nothing?”

Doesn’t sound particularly Godly, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit to it! I have had days where I have sat with these thoughts and let them overtake and overwhelm me.

Yet, from these doubts and fears I have emerged stronger. This is what I learnt. I have long sought validation from the wrong source. Instead of finding fulfillment in creativity and sharing my expression of life through the music I had birthed, I measured its worth by the reactions of those around me.

Honestly, the reactions haven’t been terrible…maybe they weren’t as effusive as I would have liked at times…but if there was one voice amongst the many that was negative…that was all I heard. If that voice was one I looked to for general validation…I was undone.

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Renee standing amongst the trees to promote her new album Found

All sounds a bit depressing aye! But there is a big bright light on the horizon. I have realised that I am a created and creative being and that I am dearly loved by the most creative force in the universe. It may sound corny, but my music makes God smile! It’s true…ask him!

It’s in the act of creativity that we are validated as artists. For me, I have created an album of love songs to God. I wanted to share different aspects of my relationship with my Heavenly Father and in the end, I wanted to sing to Him.

It is in God that I find my validation, my reason for creating and the one to and for whom I sing.

My ultimate desire for FOUND is that others would find a connection with God through it. That others would discover the joy and adventure of living in communion with the Creator. The extent to which this happens is completely out of my control and no amount of worry or money spent on advertising will change that.

And anyway, at what point would I deem the album to be a success? Is it in the first week, when I receive a letter from a stranger telling me that the music took them into the Presence of God… or after 500 sales, 2,000 sales…when?

Success for me was having the courage to release FOUND to the world…everything else is gravy!

where you can buy, or just listen to snippets of each track, to see which one you like.

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Original Painting: How I Make a Masterpiece Meaningful

Original paintings are often meaningful

Indian people are sometimes surprising

I want you to meet Ramesh

Alias ‘The Chai Guy’

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Ramesh The Chai Guy from India with his trusted bike

He’s a polite, beautiful quiet spoken Indian, who seems to really enjoy his humble occupation

The ‘Chai Guy’ travels around Bangalore on his bike selling tea

He appears 11.30am sharp everyday selling his wares. As sure as the sunrises, Ramesh is on time

Now, I have spent many years in Asia, and here’s a fact…

Point 1. Asian people are not normally known for their punctuality.

I love Asians.

But if an Asian understands a westerner is precious about time, they’ll make you wait even longer. Just to prove a point

In Australia, I drink tea

But Chai is my favourite

There are many varieties of Chai in India, unique local tastes that originate from different regions of the country

Below is The Chai Guy’s bag of tricks

His unique system of working

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Ramesh’s unique basket of different varieties of Chai Tea which is carried on his bike around India.

But here’s what really fascinates me…

Like the Chai Guy, Indian people can be highly structured, organised and very disciplined with time

But most times, they’re completely unstructured. Even totally confused about time

This is why it interests me…

The same characteristics are the key to incredible creativity

A balanced system somewhere between the structured and unstructured, confused and clear thinking, is very important when creating a quality original painting. Creativity requires a high level of organisation and structure, but also disorganisation and free flowing space

It’s the system of working that’s essential

Point 2. Top artists know how to balance confusion and clarity into self-disciplined activity.

At any moment weird things can happen in India

The electricity might go off for extended periods of time. Hot water may cease. The taxi may not appear. Noises might suddenly go off. All for no reason

But back to being punctual…

This is why I am obsessive about time…

Just in case something weird happens. And I need time for the unexpected. I like to arrive at least 30 minutes early to everything

Especially as a foreigner living in a strange country, leaving things to the last minute creates enormous anxiety, which I prefer to avoid

If I have an exhibition coming up, my original paintings will be completed many weeks, if not months beforehand. If a commission deadline is looming, I will be finished many weeks earlier

Here’s another reason why I am so particular about time…

It goes very quickly

Point 3. I like to have time available to relax and make important refinements to my original paintings at the end of the creative process.

However, I know many artists who operate in a frantic rush to the end. But I can’t live with that stress and panic.

It’s the minor creative refinements at the end of the process that can really improve an original painting. Becoming aware of these minor adjustments requires much time and careful contemplation.

Here’s what is essential, in a productive system, to enriching ones creative life…

Reflection

Just gazing in contemplation

Silence

When I was a child I had many enjoyable experiences with my father. One of those special memories, around age 12, was something that only a sensitive artistic boy like myself would enjoy

I have always loved native Australian birds

Point 4. When birds fly, so do my thoughts, birds set me free from the earth bound world.

Especially Pelicans gliding high above in the bright blue Australian sky

As a child, after work my father would come home tired. He’d grab a beer from the fridge and we’d both check on our canaries. I would sit beside him on the bench and watch our colourful canary’s fly gracefully across the 4 metre long aviary.

He would ask about my day at school. And I’d reply, ‘It was good’.

But generally, we said very little to each other.

In the quietness of bird watching, the canaries would occasionally reach their lungs to heaven and break out into glorious song. It’s beautiful to hear a canary at full throttle.

We listened and watched the birds for hours. Observing the finer elements of bird life, until mum would call us for dinner

These days, when I finish a painting, the same principle applies

I need quality time with my original paintings, to observe the finer elements. I need to observe the texture, and how the paint fly’s across the canvas, the composition of the original painting, and how the colours sing

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“Australian Rainbow Lorikeets” by Simon Brushfield. Acrylic, Linseed Oil and Charcoal on paper (Sold: Private Acquisition)

Peaceful reflection creates space and freedom in the mind. Allowing whatever that enters to come and go, without judgement.

Just observing.

Final Point. It’s observing the finer elements of life that really make the masterpiece meaningful.

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Sunrise painting and the C.S.Lewis reason for Christianity

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