Wednesday, March 26, 2014

An Elephant's Memory

An Elephant's Memory - Jina Wallwork

I remember counting down the seconds before every meeting. Her smile would cause my emotions to dance and I felt truly happy. It was the kind of happiness that I believed only existed within the echoes of fairy tales, but I came to discover the truth of its existence. The ecstasy was beyond anything I have ever experienced and within my thoughts it exists as a lost piece of perfection.

I declared my love and I watched as my words cut away the friendship that had brought me such joy. She responded by creating the distance that has now come to define me. I feel regret, because I can travel into my memories and see other actions I could have taken. I now understand the true value of my own silence. I used to have something beautiful, but now these memories haunt me.

Trapped within this moment I am incapable of changing the past. I know that I must create new memories, but I cannot reach the joy that I once felt. If the past was forgotten I could believe that such happiness is merely a fantasy. I would no longer compare each joy with the intense emotional pleasure that I have experienced.

The experience of true happiness has changed me, because I have witnessed great possibilities and the routine miracles that make life magical. I am unsure whether the experience has been a blessing or a curse, because now it is only a memory.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Next Move

The Next Move - Jina Wallwork
Aim for the heavens and you will touch the stars. Make your dreams grand and impossible. Dreams are not a glimpse of the future; they are your hearts compass. They reveal the direction you need to take. Your next step should stand in complete contrast to the fantasy of your dream. It must be realistic and constrained by practical limitations. It must contain thought, strategy and courage.

Focus on one step at a time, because the journey is long. Set a pace you can maintain and accept that difficulties will arise. There are no guarantees or promises, because these would not inspire the hard work that is necessary to achieve success. Step forward and stay strong.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Touring with the Sketchbook Project

Look Within - Jina Wallwork
Taken from the sketchbook Body

A mobile library of artist sketchbooks are traveling across the United States. Each contains original artwork from artists across the world. Jina Wallwork has three sketchbooks included in the tour, Ink Space, Body and Meditate with Ink. Once the tour is complete these books will become part of the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Art Library. Below is a full list of the tour dates.

14th -16th March 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at Brooklyn Art Library
103A N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States. 

21st March 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at
Virginia Commonwealth University
Compass Plaza, 900 Park Avenue Richmond, VA, United States. 

26th March 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at Ashville Bookworks
428 1/2 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806, United States.

29th-30th March 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' The Goats Farm Arts Center
1200 Foster Street, Atlanta, GA, United States.

2nd April 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at Church Street Entertainment District
Historic Church Street Between Garland Ave. & Orange Ave, Orlando, FL, United States.

Golden Ticket - Jina Wallwork
Taken from the sketchbook Meditate with Ink

5th April 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at 
The Cresent City Saturday Market
New Orleans, 700 Magazine St., at Girod St. in front of farmers market, Nola, LA, United States.

10th April 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at Lawndale Art Center
4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002, United States.

12th April 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at
  The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria
3809 West 35th Street Austin, TX 78703, United States.

4th May 2014 
'The Sketchbook Project' at
Amon Carter Museum of Art
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107, United States.

6th May 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at Norman Arts Council
At the corner of W. Main Street and N. Webster Avenue, Norman, OK 73069, United States

20th May 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, United States

30th-31st May 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd, L.A., CA 90036, United States

1st June 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue, L.A., CA 90012, United States

6th -7th June 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at First Friday Art Murmur and Saturday Stroll
Classic Cars West 411 26th St, Oakland, CA 94612, United States

8th June 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at San Francisco Center for the Book
375 Rhode Island Street, S.F., CA 94103, United States

27th June 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at Portland Art Museum 
1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205, United States

28th June 2014 
'The Sketchbook Project' at Director Park
SW Park Ave, Between SW Taylor and SW Yamhill, Portland, OR, United States 

7th July 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at Emily Carr University of Art and Design
1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

10th-12th July 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA, United States

13th -15th August 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at Bud Werner Memorial Library
Steamboat Springs, 1289 Lincoln Ave S.S., CO 80487, United States

22nd August 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at Galerie F
2381 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL, United States

30th August 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at Madison Public Library
201 W. Mifflin St. Madison, WI 53703, United States

11th -13th September 2014 
'The Sketchbook Project' at Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Fergus Falls, 1414 College Way, F.F., MN 56537, United States 

18th-21st September 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at Distillery Historic District
55 Mill Street, Trinity Square, inside The Distillery District, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada

2nd October 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at MECA, Maine College of Art
522 Congress St. Portland, ME 04101, United States 

5th October 2014
'The Sketchbook Project' at Franklin Square
200 N 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, United States

dates are subject to change. For the latest info visit

Sunday, March 9, 2014

DDP Yoga

You may have already come across this inspirational video about Arthur. The yoga teacher that helped him to change his life was Diamond Dallas Page. DDP is a former pro wrestler who developed his own brand of Yoga. I do DDP Yoga almost everyday. I workout to his videos and for the rest of the day I have more energy and focus. I do these workouts because they make me feel good. DDP is a brilliant and funny entertainer, but he is also an inspirational speaker. When I met DDP I saw many people thanking him for DDP Yoga. They would share their stories of weight loss and recovery from injury. 
Its Me, Its Me and DDP

On Saturday I had the opportunity to workout with DDP. After the workout I wanted to get a photo of me and DDP doing the 'Balancing Leg Lift'. Its a move I'm comfortable with, but it was a different environment and I knew there was a possibility that I could fall over in front of DDP and a room full of people. I thought to myself, if I fall I will look back and laugh. If I don't fall I will have a memento of a great day, but if I don't ask him for the photo I'll regret it. 

I know that in this blog post I have strayed away from my usual posts about my artwork, but I want to say thank you to DDP. I value DDP Yoga and I want to share it with others.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Exhibiting in Canada

Athlete Wrestling with a Python - Jina Wallwork

Signed prints by Jina Wallwork are included in an exhibition at Cambrian College. These are Self II, Albert Dock, The Seated Demon and Athlete with a Python.

5th march – 5th April 2014.
'Mail Art' at The Open Studio, Cambrian College
93 Cedar St., Unit 303, Sudbury, ON, P3E 1A7, Canada.

Self II - Jina Wallwork
Albert Dock - Jina Wallwork
The Seated Demon - Jina Wallwork