I’m in awe of artists. Of photographers, painters, sculptors who can create something out of nothing. I guess as bloggers we all do that, every time we press publish. But there’s something about visual art that is so raw and appealing. So living where I do, in such a creative part of outer Melbourne is pretty special.
I only have to go down the street to be reminded of artists at work here. Small shops that sell locally made goods, yarn bombed fences and signs with inspirational quotes often means a trip to the bakery takes longer than it should!
I’m constantly inspired by the work of local artists in my local community.
Like this place, just ten minutes from home, which boasts both heritage and art at the Kangaroo Ground local war memorial tower.
In neighboring communities there are lots of examples of creative hands at work … I’ve written about many of them … the forged Blacksmith Tree bushfire memorial, knitted signs, mosaic letterboxes and the ultimate yarn bombed wattle tree.
Further afield, about an hour away, in the mountain town of Warburton is Boinga Bob’s place … the ultimate temple treehouse.
This place is quirky and unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
Over the years the owner Bob Prudhoe has transformed his place into an amazing place that reflects his travels, beliefs and talents. Built originally in honor of his mother his hand carved timber home is painted in every color of the rainbow.
It looks like a cross between a fairy tale cottage and something out of the jungles of Tibet. Which is probably not surprising given that Bob spent much of his life trekking through the jungles of the Amazon and the Himalayan mountains, not just collecting bits and pieces, but finding meaning and inspiration along the way.
His home is like an ever evolving art piece.
Art is so often about expressing our values and our views on life. And it’s often how inspirations arrive, through travel, experiences, from talents and beliefs that lie within. Bob’s house is an example of how we can transform our space to one of inspiration and beauty. From finding meaning in life and what’s around us.
May we all embrace the artist within, be fascinated by the magic of life and find passion in all that we do.
Wishing you all light, love and creativity as we continue the journey.