It's a Sunday night and my daughter is screaming at me for toast, and our son is crying upstairs.
And I just wanted to write down a thought...
So here goes:
As we have entered this world of epoxy resin for art, it has always been interesting for us to see how Australia seems so far ahead in this field, considering its population size in relation to the rest of the world.
For example, Australia typically accounts for 10% of the online traffic on our website.
This is more than the UK (which is third in line)...
This is more than Canada (which is fourth in line)...
This is more than all the EU countries combined!
The USA has 300 million people and 80% of our web activity is from there.
So, why do we have such a large percentage of web traffic coming from Australia?
We don't know exactly, but Australian artists were the first to mix colour into resin and create abstract pieces (or they were the first to document this, at least).
Australians also popularized the circle canvas to go along with this. At first, artists borrowed port hole covers from boats to paint/resin on. Now circle canvasses are mass produced.
In 2008, when ArtResin flung its doors open to the internet, I had 3 different people on three different occasions write me angry emails saying that they were the first one to use epoxy resin in their art practice and that I was hurting their career by telling others how to use epoxy resin. These 3 different angry people were from Canada (one of them), and the USA (the other two).
But Australia is where I see the innovation began.
But, this begs the question?
And that is really and truly how I feel.
Ideas grow out of ideas.
Nothing is new under the sun.
However you want to say it...
The faster we share the faster we grow.
The more we give the better we all become.
The only way to get ahead as a species is to share what we know.
The only way to be innovative is to be creative, and creativity by nature piggybacks on others' creativity.
When an artist says that they do not want others to know how they make their art, I smile and leave. They become invisible and forgotten.
They have missed the point.
Okay I have to go Zoë is really yelling now...
"PLEASE DAD! JAM ON TOAST!"
Rock on Australia! We are all watching :)