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Monday, 16 January 2012

One pedal back, two pedals forward.

After my roadside meltdown, you can watch the video here I cycled back to Rosario. On the way I got a puncture and after repairing it, got electrocuted through my bicycle while under a pylon - everything metal on the bike gave me a big shock. I also had to cross a river and negotiate peak hour traffic so by the time I got back to Rosario I was fairly frazzled.


I decided not to decide anything for at least a day. I've learned never to make an important decision when I'm hungry, tired or horny. (Ha! I can't believe I just typed that.) After a few skype chats with the whanau, a bath and watching the only movie I could find in English - Sex in the City, I crashed out.

The next day things were certainly brighter, I had a good breakfast and went for a walk with my sketch book. I still had no idea what I was going to do next but I figured drawing might also draw out the answers I was looking for.


I picked a pretty pink hibiscus flower off a tree and did a delicate pencil sketch of it. It was nice but I wanted to capture the dramatic colour of the flower. I picked up my clunky, hefty water-brush and the palette of paint and paused.

What if I ruined it and put too much colour on?

What if it looked better as a sketch?

Then I caught myself, what was I worried about? This was my interpretation of a flower, on this day, under this dappled light with the breeze blowing. It would never be seen like this again so I couldn't get it wrong.


I threw the colour at the page, choosing to apply what felt right at the time rather than studying and matching what was in front of me. I decided if it worked for the painting, it could work for my next big decision. Where to go from here? I emailed a few cycle groups, I emailed a Sustainable Living project, I emailed my friends in South America and now there are 3 options on the table, all of which feel right.

Be bold, be daring and interpret everything in your own unique way without comparing it to something that already exists.

Like Boulevard Oroño where I did my sketch, I have no idea how the path ahead will develop but if I keep on pedalling, I'm pretty sure I can't go wrong.

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Latest Poll Results
New York: What will Indiana June do in the big apple?
21% Track down and visit Oliver Jeffers:
Renowned Children's storybook writer & illustrator
11% Walk the High Line:
A linear park built on a 1.45-mile section of the elevated NY Central Railroad 
11% Be a NYC detective for a day: 
Part game, theatre and tour to discover some of NYC's most off-the-beaten path spots
13% Explore the City Hall Subway Station: 
Abandoned & hidden from the public for 60 years
12% Flying trapeze class:
Hone her circus skills learning how to fly on a trapeze 
30% NZ Flag + Statue of Liberty:
Bodypaint the NZ flag on her body and go up the Statue of Liberty
2% Go to Queens and find a 'Nanny' sound-alike:
Video someone with the nanny accent saying "noo Zealand, i love that place"
Voting closed | 204 VOTES
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