Archive | July, 2013

Doodling For My Gravatar

19 Jul

This week I finally drew an image to use as my Gravatar that I have had floating around in my head for at least two years. I had scribbled a bit with pen and ink, but hadn’t perfected the image nor got around to scanning and uploading my image to my blog. Using a awesome app called Paper (I mentioned this is previous posts – Doodling) I “drew” my picture of a red headed woman with red lips wearing a white lab coat dotted with red lip prints. Lipstick on my lab coat! I was really pleased with my “drawing.” So much so I am now using this as my Gravatar and my photo / image on my Twitter (@LipstickLabCoat) and Tumblr (Lipstickonmylabcoat) accounts.


Romance Amongst The Dunes?

19 Jul

Inspired by my previous post – Archaeology, I was thinking, “should I write a story of archaeological adventure, romance and bygone eras?” Perhaps I will. I started doodling with a drawing of sand dunes and some prose popped into my head – “She came to me from across the sand dunes. A lone figure amongst the vast desert. My heart beat faster. I longed to hold her and show her my finds…….”



18 Jul

Sometimes I wonder why I didn’t entertain the idea of a career as an Archaeologist.

I am fascinated by history. I am a scientist by nature and training (analytical, inquisitive, skeptical, a critical thinker). I would love to time travel back to the 1930’s and 1940’s a be an Archaeologist in the vein of Indiana Jones. Oh for the adventure and romance (yes with tough, beguiling adventuresses or glamorous femme fatales)!! I do have ideas for a story / novel along these lines.

Over the last year and a half, while assessing applications from PhD students with a background in Archaeology or reading about Archaeological researchers in the Faculty I work in, I have contemplated my question. “Why didn’t I study Archaeology at university?”

In the final years of school I dreamt of being a Forensic Pathologist or Forensic Biologist. I was still fascinated with history. When I came to start my science degree (after a year of a Bachelor of Arts trying to concretely decide what I wanted to do), I headed down the path of applied biology and animal biology. Lack of Archaeological subjects where I wanted to study and a few other factors decided for me. And as I progressed though undergraduate science, I figured out that I wanted to either pursue Forensic Biology or Microbiology, and ended up following the Microbiology path though postgraduate research studies.

Now, with thoughts of Archaeology in my mind (thanks also to a recent news story about the discovery of 50 million year old crocodile, fish and other animal bones at a contraction site in a Brisbane suburb – Workers Make Surprise Fossil Find in Brisbane Suburb, although the find was not archaeological, but paleontological, it started me thinking about the study of ancient life), I wonder how different my life and career may have been.

I might not have been travelling around the world in vintage aeroplanes, romancing glamorous women nor going on digs in exotic locales, but I may have made some fascinating discoveries of the past lives of humans. I can dream and write about it in novels. Maybe one day I may write about Archaeological research as Science Communicator / Writer – this is my career goal now.

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Bastille Day

18 Jul

Bastille Day, the French National Day, anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution, was a few weeks ago. I did nothing to celebrate it, nor did I hardly give it a thought. I was preoccupied with an unexpected photographic assignment – photographing competitors in a muddy obstacle course run.

I’m not French, but I do love the commemoration of the French Revolution and the French national motto – Liberté, égalité, fraternité (Liberty, Equality and Fraternity). And I adore the unashamed use of the colours of the French tricolour – red, white and blue. When I was younger I used to wear red, white and blue on the 14th of July. Nerdy I know. But I suspect there are other Francophiles and history buffs out there that do the same.

Maybe one year, I may even be in Paris for Bastille Day – now that is a dream!!

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5 Jul

I recently downloaded and purchased some funky apps for my Ipad.One app, Paper, allows you to draw (with pencil, pen and watercolour) options. The other, Text Drawing, allows you write and minimally draw using text. I have been familiarising myself with the apps and created some artwork in the process. Pretty basic looking, but I’m rather proud of the rainbow coloured (fitting really) text compilation.

– Paper by 53 –
– Text Drawing by Hansol Huh –




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