Hello, I'm Malini. Here's where I share my stories of creativity and life's lessons.
I hope you find inspiration for your own journey!

Fear Makes Things Magical

“I feel like fear is the secret ingredient that makes things magical. Awesome. I listen to fear. You can be talented and creative and all those pretty things – but …

My Whole Van in Three Suitcases

If you’re reading this post, you may know that I’m an artist, and that I lead workshops for beginners.  What you may not know is the craziness goes on behind …

I’m a Black Bird Singin'

  The other night Greg and I performed a duet again, after a very long time. Back under lights, him with his guitar, me sitting next to him on a …

The Purple Painting

I spent a lot of time being sick this week. Coughing my heart out, razor blades in my throat, you know the drill. So I took a great big pause …

5 Reasons why I should never have become an artist

NOTHING ELSE EVER GETS DONE WHEN I’M PAINTING. It starts off just fine. I long to paint, then I get to paint, then I think “aaaah, this feels SO fine, …

A Lizard at Breakfast, A Snake at my Doorstep and Flowers on My Pillow

                  We Australians could be said to belong to one of two groups of people: Those who’ve been to Bali, and the …

Why I Like Being a Painter More than I Liked Being a Singer

If you’ve been following my journey, you might know that I came to visual art via a rather circuitous and scenic route, making stops in the field of science and …

The Sneaky Upside to Fear

There were bodies everywhere. All over my loungeroom. Relieved, happy bodies, draped over every bit of furniture, everyone spent from a kind of post-performance exhaustion. We had opened to a …

It Began with the Pink Satin Dress

 I come from a travelling kind of a family. My father worked for the World Health Organisation, advising some forty or so governments on their oral health programmes. He was …

The Possibility of Cheese

  “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells… it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and …

Love

Love is underrated. Not the romantic kind, that gets far too much rating! No, the kind of love that got my husband, Greg, up THAT mountain, and back down again. …

Not Quite What I Expected

  Yvonne is one of my closest friends. Many, many years ago, one hot summers day, we decided to go out for a swim. Yvonne swam like a fish. I …

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