Frank’s message to the Clydesdale

Apologies now, as this will be a very long blog update. But, if you’re interested, please read on …

One good thing about having continual health problems, which has been going on over three months now and will continue on for the foreseeable future for me, is the chance to reflect on why this is the case; investigate and learn some lessons, rather! Some key considerations in my case were

Can I multi-task? No.

Have I tried, tried and tried again? Yes.

Can I deliver quality fast-paced quantities of work for the modern client? No.

Have I tried, tried and tried again? Yes.

Can I sustain and handle continual conflict? No.

Have I tried, tried and tried again? Yes.

Am I a competitor with fantastic business savvy? No.

Have I tried, tried and tried again? Yes.

Am I a great sales person? Absolutely not.

Have I tried, tried and tried again? With what there was, yes.

Do these answers provide the key ingredients for a successful modern enterprise in the economic markets we have? Absolutely not.

So, I honestly declare defeat in trying to keep up.

And I’m not going to try any longer.

Despite my health now being the number one priority for the next 6 – 12 months, Woody’s Studio will continue to develop, showcase and participate work, as it gets done under the circumstances I am in. However, this will now be on a different ‘business’ model, one which is based on keeping my own personal identity to all (like the red cap!) and focusing more on self-initiatives, rather than seeking and taking on clients and compete against other businesses.

A genuine, well-organised and financed client who really wants and appreciates the way I go about things – sure, I shall consider taking on the brief. But these seem to be rare beasts.

The clients that I have acquired in the last couple of months, I shall endeavour to see delivery of what has been discussed.

To be brutally honest, I have more success in my own self-initiatives of illustration, design and visual arts, than collaborations and providing services in the two years I have been freelancing. And this has been far more profitable.

My slow, slow, slow pace, one project at a time, one task at a time is the way I do things. I value quality and will take the time to do that – quantity done quickly is just not high on my values list. Not for this clydesdale artist anyways.

My poor health over the last 12 months is a result of many factors, one of which was a lesson I was taught over six years ago with an emphatic thump! Obviously, I didn’t learn that lesson! Going against who I am does not work for me and I have fallen into bad habits once again which needs to be rectified. Competing and matching speed in the modern commercial business world is one of those bad habits. I don’t fit in there, I never did, so forcing this different piece into this other puzzle isn’t very clever.

Success for me as an artist, illustrator, cartoonist or designer will come when it wants to. Organically. If it doesn’t happen, well, it just didn’t happen. Not actually the end of the world.

Thanks for singin’ your song to me, Frank.

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– Martin “Woody” Robinson –

Kenilworth ArtsFest 2018 and a tormenting encroachment …

Well … participating in Kenilworth ArtsFest 2018 for the first time has been met with a lot of ups and downs. Going from a very budgetary frame job to a contemporary and modern finish was definitely an up! ‘1971’ (more information about this artwork will be available shortly) is all the more better for the gee-up and it is with thanks again to Lou Jaeger and Caloundra Art & Framing for their assistance and craftmanship.

Unfortunately, the down will be not being able to attend the days of the ArtsFest. Contracting a virus over two months ago has now been met with further challenges to conquer. Hopefully, sooner rather than later, I will recover, but not in time to enjoy this maiden voyage.

YOU, though, can take the voyage! Please, take the chance to have a little road trip to Kenilworth! ArtsFest will run from this evening, Friday 28 September, until the end of Monday 1 October. Outside the extraordinary artworks on display is the famous (or infamous???) Kenilworth Country Bakery, outstanding weatherboard homes, churches, dinkum dunnies and roaming countryside which appears to had some rain on it!

Go on! Do it for Kenilworth! Do it for all the artists! Have a squizz! Kenilworth ArtsFest 2018!

 

– Martin “Woody” Robinson –

After the ABC comes Jez and Dougz …

Following ABC Sunshine Coast’s radio interview, today I had the great pleasure of discussing aspects of the spectrum and my art with Jez and Dougz on their 3WBC 94.1FM radio show, On The Spectrum, which is broadcasted across inner-east Melbourne and accessible online.

A great thank you to Jez and Dougz for allowing me on the show.

If interested, please find links to 3WBC 94.1FM and On The Spectrum’s Facebook page below.

3WBC 94.1FM – The Voice Of The Inner East

On The Spectrum with Jez & Dougz

Links to the ABC online article and the ABC Sunshine Coast radio gig can be found here.

Adult autism: Artist speaks out about diagnosis later in life

Martin Robinson’s journey from autism to art

My contribution to awareness is done! Thank you to all that allowed me to tell part of my life’s story to date for a positive influence.

– Martin “Woody” Robinson –

 

ABC radio debut!

Sarah Howells, currently caretaking the breakfast run on ABC Sunshine Coast 90.3, has invited me kindly on the show tomorrow (Friday, between 8:30-9am) to discuss all things Woody’s Studio. And myself! Tune in tomorrow and listen to this one making a fool of himself, or pass with flying colours! Probably be a mixed bag of the two … either way, this will be an experience not to forget! Thank you Sarah and the ABC!

 

ABCSunshineCoastJPG2AA– Martin “Woody” Robinson –

 

 

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2018

… whilst other life stuffs have occupied me of late, the chance to be involved (albeit in a pleb capacity) in the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) again has sprung and I find myself bouncing my way up to Australia’s wonderous warm tropics during the winter!

Plenty to see and experience, so if you do manage to visit Cairns in the next week, do pop-in and explore CIAF 2018!

As for other news, participating in one, possibly two exhibitions in the next couple of months. Followed with Woody and the Schlock Gang characters set launched to the public! May well assist in what my comic strip is all about … well, possibly not. But that may well be the point! Lots to do …

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (Facebook)

– Martin “Woody” Robinson –

 

 

 

 

‘Actuality’ actually finds a home.

Another successful participation exercise in the Immanuel Arts Festival has come to a close. The work was unsold, however finds a new home way down south, in a little place called Hobart, Tasmania. The power of today’s social media, I guess. Much thanks to the model, Krisztina, for the tireless efforts in getting this pose right. Bring on Immanuel Arts Festival 2019 …

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– Martin “Woody” Robinson –

 

2018 Immanuel Arts Festival

Participating once again in the Sunshine Coast’s largest arts festival, held at the Immanuel Lutheran College, Buderim, from May 24 – 27, 2018. Intense time to complete this soft pastel work by this Sunday’s afternoon deadline! My kingdom for a proper art studio! Or a decent easel! My knees are killing me!

 

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– Martin “Woody” Robinson –

Barbrady is in a funk!

Cheer him up! The latest from Woody and the Schlock Gang is out now! Select the Cartoons category at the top menu and …

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– Martin “Woody” Robinson –

Quietly pushin’ on …

A lull of magnitude nine (amount of weeks in-between!) in blog proceedings, however stuff has been a-happenin’ here at Woody’s Studio.

Participating once again in the Immanuel Arts Festival for 2018, which is held in late May, followed with entering into the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing to have a chance of being a finalist in August.

Home run! Caricatures for another wedding! This time for a lovely couple in Canada who just love their baseball team of the Toronto Blue Jays. A portrait commission has also come my way, where I can utilise my continual practise with soft pastels.

The next quirky installment of Woody and the Schlock Gang is to be released in the next week or so, and soon, a chance to find out what each of the characters are about – in the most unlikely of places around the Sunshine Coast! Keep those homo sapien eyes peeled …

2018 Immanuel Arts Festival

The Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing

 

– Martin “Woody” Robinson –

The Brain of Mr Downes

2018 begins with a ‘flu virus and a lot of figuring out on what could shape this year for Woody’s Studio. Recently, however, I had the great pleasure of having a coffee with the one and only Mr Christopher Downes – one of Australia’s illustrating and cartooning extraordinaires and 3-times nominated finalist at Australia’s 2017 Stanley Awards (‘Oscars’ for Australia’s professional cartooning and illustration peoples).

A good hour was spent on picking his brains about the industry and himself, along with plenty of sound advice. Truly grateful and very thankful for his time and effort. Hopefully, I can make it to the 2018 Stanley Awards and learn even more from him and others.

Thank you, Mr Downes. You can have your brain back now.

Mercury cartoonist an award finalist

The Cartoons Of Christopher Downes

@CJDownes

WS&CD

– Martin “Woody” Robinson –