As I set off on my walk this morning with Gypsy I was reminded how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful country and how much art is part of our daily lives. I am always saying that art starts in your MindStudio, that you can't paint, sculpt, embroidery etc unless you have an image in your mind. Creative pieces don't happen by accident but are the result of years of study both formal and informal. And the informal learning starts in your immediate surroundings with observing the plants, animals, buildings, the feelings, the patterns, the sounds in your immediate world.

What is missing from this photo is our mountain (Mount Dandenong) which is covered in the smoke haze.

Just a soft interlude for you to store in your MindStudio. One more war artist coming up and then we are moving onto monuments which are a natural segue.