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Emptiness & Evolution

Creative Musings, Darling Mills Studio, Landscape MusingsRachel MoodieComment
An empty sea... circa 1930

An empty sea... circa 1930

I sent a few pictures of works in progress to a great friend and mentor recently and she aptly summed up what I hadn't realised I was meticulously and repeatedly working through in my pieces.

Her: 'Are you exploring emptiness Rach?' 

Me: '....Umm I suppose I am?'

My latest body of work investigates memory; mine and my relatives but not only that it is a rumination on empty space... empty of clutter, empty of noise, the built environment, the city, the routine, the fast paced... It is a meditation on 'calm' and on something beyond this existence.

This photo above was taken by my Great, Great Aunt as she travelled around the world between the 1st and 2nd World Wars. It is a scene I find utterly captivating and it appears in almost all the Reverie works.

Unlike the busy cityscape paintings I created years ago, these works are quieter, have more personal meaning and the simple fact that they are an exploration of a concept makes them richer and more evolved than previous work. 

I am striving to create work that is meaningful to me and that evokes something for (some) viewers. I believe a narrative is important and art for arts sake is a bit empty.

So yes, I am contemplating emptiness and my own evolution as a creator. 


Creating in Small Moments

Darling Mills Studio, Studio Space, Creative MusingsRachel MoodieComment
My studio is a constant work in progress ~ Here it is with my latest mood wall.

I am pondering where I will be in 10 years if I create in the small moments and let go of hesitation.

A little creativity every day, (or even every other day) will add up to a lot down the track. First start small and see what comes. See what the small triggers.

Watching my daughter create, without hesitation, in small moments is quite inspiring. A 20 second scribble with a biro or texta, a 2 minute page assault with crayon or pencil, 10 minutes at a whiteboard with coloured pens are the small moments she grabs as tightly as she clings to me when I drop her at daycare. In one year (she started drawing at 1 year old) she has books and books of scribbles and my phone is full of photos of her work and they are so, so beautiful. 

I read somewhere recently that you don't learn creativity you are born with it and the majority of people unlearn it as they get older. I feel this to be true and I can see that it takes considerable effort to get that child like spontaneity back, especially after a period of creative block. 

So I am currently practicing these things to crack my right brain wide open and back into a flow:

  • Scribbling on paper like a two year old after drinking coffee and or wine.
  • Drawing one thing every day even if it's shit.
  • Writing as often as possible; stream of conscious writing, lists, memos, insta notes, blog posts.
  • Throwing things out of my creative space to make room for the new.
  • Setting up a new mood wall with lots of awesome inspiring things as creativity prompts.
  • Making use of small moments to make small progress on my bigger ideas.


  • When all else fails having a 'tanty'. From the ground there is a different perspective on things. x