‘Real Artists Ship!’ said Steve Jobs

I am therefore I create
Even though I’ve lots on my plate.
I am human so want to share
All the wonders of our lair.
I want to say ‘Look at this!’, ‘Look at this!’.
‘Can you see, can you see how sublime?’
Just as well I draw and paint nature’s design
Instead of describing it in rhyme!

G’Day from WA (Western Australia), welcome and I hope you find something here to brighten your day even if it’s just a laugh at my poem.

 I’m Helen Lock and I’m now living a childhood dream of being an artist.  I’m not sure that I’ll ever feel that I’m not a fake but Steve Jobs said ‘Real artists ship’ so I’m shipping!  This blog is my first online ‘delivery’ and its creation has been a significant learning experience.  I know I have a lot more to learn.

I’m currently spending time drawing and painting the incredible designs and colours of the Western Australian flora. They captivate me and I’m driven to capture them – so I can relive magical moments.  I also want to share such moments in the hope that others enjoy them too.

I’ll be posting:

  • Images and descriptions of my artworks and their inspiration
  • Some technical details about their creation
  • Related snippets about their and my environment, their life and mine
  • About artists, art and things that inspire and encourage me to keep going
  • Items to brighten my day and hopefully yours.

I’m not brilliant at routine – life keeps happening – so I won’t commit to posting daily but I may.  I will commit to posting at least once a week so if you have an attack of ‘Mondayitis’ you’ll be able to take a break and escape to my world for a while and see something new.

I’m now thinking that it’s odd for a blog about art that I haven’t included an image in this first post but then maybe no-one will ever read this but me!  If you have read this please do comment, for as Ken Blanchard wrote ‘Feedback is the breakfast of champions’ and without it I live in a vacuum.

 In my next post I’ll explain the name ‘Balligart’ and introduce you to the painting that is my current ‘avatar’ (the graphical representation of me – I had to look that up J).



24 thoughts on “‘Real Artists Ship!’ said Steve Jobs

  1. Alex Tharby

    A very intriguing website, I can’t wait for the next instalment!

    And to share another inspirational Steve Jobs quote:

    “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

    Keep up the great work 🙂

  2. Sally Mackie

    Great start Helen. A blog is a lovely idea. Keep up the art and the blogging … I will view regularly. Sally X

  3. Lynda

    Helen, your lovely intro touches the heart! I feel sure that many will be uplifted and gain pleasure and joy from your paintings AND your words. I certainly look forward to returning to see what you have added and know that I shall be referring a few people who really need what you and your work can bring them. Onward and upward – from strength to strength – very best wishes with all your ventures, Lynda xx

  4. Shazzy

    As Eleanor Roosevelt once said “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Bring on the art work- the future is yours 🙂 x

  5. Hanna

    Congratulations Helen – the first step is always the hardest! Well done! I have forwarded your email onto Cathrine as she shares similar dreams to you to become an artist one day.


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