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Friday, 14 May 2010

ClustrMaps archive and map reset, totals preserved

Dear ClustrMaps user,

Many thanks for being a loyal ClustrMaps user for the past year. Now that a year has elapsed since your account http://artbanx.blogspot.com was registered or archived, we are writing just to let you know that an annual automatic 'archive' of your red dots has taken place, meaning that all your 'other' (previous) red dots are safely stored in the Maps Archive, which you'll find by clicking on the Maps Archive link immediately above your large full-size world map.

Although the map archive has already happened, your existing map will stay displayed until the NEXT update of your map. This helps to avoid displaying a totally empty map until there are fresh dots to show.

We sincerely hope this has not caught you by surprise, BUT we fully appreciate that it may have come at an unexpected moment! You may not have been aware of this, although we do explain this on our Products page listing on


and also on our Frequently Asked Questions page, in particular at the following part of the page:


The above item in turn contains links to deeper explanations such as


We know that people always like to have ever-more-dots, but the regular archive is the only way we can avoid having the maps turn into a 'giant red smear', and continue delivering the scalable service that everyone has come to expect.

The good news is that all of your totals are stored correctly, i.e. the new maps include the old archived totals in the grand 'running' total. If it helps to explain things to your own readers, you can always copy and paste the archive map referred to above (right-click and Save as... or right-click and View Image and note the URL and use that), and add that in to the appropriate page near your current active ClustrMaps thumbnail map with a suitable commentary (e.g. "Last year's totals:").

If this has caught you out by mistake, then we apologise and will endeavour to make this action much clearer in the future.

In the meantime, here is wishing you all the best, and thanks again for using ClustrMaps!

-The ClustrMaps Team

Sunday, 14 June 2009

4ZzZ interview - Art to Lunch

I've just been interviewed by Jo-anne at 4ZzZ radio for the Art to Lunch arts program that's aired every Sunday lunch time. Wowee, what an interesting experience! What a great program for the arts!

I was invited as part of the Queensland Independent Education Union (QIEU) Art Awards 2009 (now in its 15th year), which are held at the Bardon Centre on 9th September 2009. Judging by previous years, the standard of art is extremely high.

QIEU sponsors the Awards for Excellence in Art Design, and is a co-sponsor of a state-wide literary competition. QIEU sponsors the Art Awards to promote the artistic endeavour of students, teachers and school officers in the non-government sector.

Closing Date for Applications: 31st July 09
Entry forms can be got from your teachers or from:

QIEU Art Design Awards
P O Box 418
Fortitude Valley
QLD 4006

The Interview

Throughout its history, 4ZzZ has been renowned for supporting local music and artists, putting on great events, presenting news and opinions not found in mainstream media and providing support to our local community.

When tuning into 102.1fm you will hear many musical genres including rock, hip hop, indie, dancehall, punk, dub, reggae, noise, electronica, ska and drum & bass.

4ZzZ is unique in that we don't use playlists to control what music hits the airwaves.

Here are some of the pix.

The Old Communist Party Headquarters,
St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley that is now 4ZzZ

And this is Jo-anne
Thank you Jo-anne and Hollywood (not his real name) for steering a very nervous artist through a very harrowing interview.

Guard dog

There was a sign in the paper today that read:

Attention Dog Guardians
Pick up after your dog.
Thank you.

Attention Dogs
Grrrrr, bark, woof.
Good Boy

Horrocks Beach Ratepayers

Here's another I came across recently...

The Dog
Working hard? Good boy.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Creating an Artful Curriculum

Art should never be ignored in schools in my opinion. Art may seem less useful to some people than say, maths, science and language (the more quantifiable disciplines) but it is not. There is now, a growing opinion that art is essential for rounded development and is fundamental to problem-solving. Doing art awakens parts of the mind that would otherwise lay dormant.

The book ‘Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain’, by Betty Edwards is an excellent learning-to-draw book and suggests that art uses the right side of the brain and analytical-type activities, the left. The one aspect I know intuitively from being an artist and running a business is, not to use one or other, but both. By doing art, you stimulate the side of the brain not often used well from the age of about eight, and by combining the two side, you literally become smarter, I think... twice the grey matter as it were. It is also a great way of learning problem solving skills, and if you are already pretty good at solving problems, it keeps you good at it. There is no CTRL Z in the artist's pallet.

Sir Ken Robinson sums it up in his talk at the conference 'Do schools kill creativity?' Feb 2006. I urge you to watch this... "Do schools kill creativity" it is hysterically funny and gets the message across brilliantly.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

New Artwork and Leaf Blowers

Red Bath Tub by Banx - Acrylic - 850 x 1000mm

Catwalk by Banx - 1200 x 900mm

and just for a bit of fun...

Art Work Ahead by Banx - Acrylic - 600 x 750mm

Also, like everyone, I have the occasional gripe! My latest, apart from the state of the world economy, dodgy council policies, the state of the road traffic control system i.e. traffic light synchronisation, etc., etc., etc., is the use of leaf blowers. We have a throughway under our bedroom window and every Wednesday morning, a man starts up a leaf blower and redistributes the leaves and dust there. Quite apart from the appalling noise, nothing really worthwhile is achieved by the practice, leaves are blown around a bit, and so is the dust, and five minutes after the man has left, everything returns to exactly as it was before he arrived. The only change being that I am now awake and cranky.

So here is my protest against the use of leaf blowers...

No Leaf Blowers by Banx - Acrylic on Canvas - 600 x 750mm

Mind you, I put up one of these signs a while back and talked to the man nicely about it and so far he hasn't returned.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

The Rock Star

Meet Rocky.

Portrait of Rocky by Banx

Rocky is my partner's niece's pup, a very happy lab of about 3yrs. We had the worst weather in Brisbane in a long time, where the longest drought in about eight years, turned into...

The Hot Gold Hush of Noon by Banx

the biggest floods, in I don't know how long!

Life's a Beach by Banx

Kaye's sister, Anne, told us via txt that the floods had swept through Rocky's en suite (he has the whole downstairs area to himself - more room than a dog can throw a stick at) anyway with very heavy rain on the way, we offered to look after him for the day. What a pleasure it was... it was me and my shadow, all day.

I painted in my studio and Rocky did what dogs do best, sat close in case I needed any help or needed to go for a spontaneous walk or anything... because you never know your luck !