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Macleay Island's Madeleine Ekeblad lives and breathes art. The self-confessed bohemian and head of the Onward Motivational School
for Artists needs no motivation herself to draw the most out of life. LINDA MULLER talks to her, and comes away inspired.
Every child is an artist.
It's about remaining
one when you grow up.
MADELEINE Ekeblad doesn't need to leave
home to be inspired. It's all there in her
island haven, whether it be an old
treddle sewing machine, an abandoned guitar or
the sound of a Chopin waltz.
This is the stuff of her art and her Macleay Island
homes resonates with this artistic song.
"Everything is music. Listen to the bamboo
grove.Listen for the flutes and the drums.A breath
of wind and you can hear the music, " she said.
She may be inspired by music,but she admits to
only being able to sing in key to an African love
Madeleine isn't sure whether she wants to be
famous, or infamous, but her willingness to break
the rules of conformity are causing her to lean
more to the Ned Kelly end of the spectrum.
"Genius begins when rules end." Madeleine
quotes Sir Joshua Reynolds in 1788 and is quick to
follow up with words from Picasso:"Every child is
an artist. It's about remaining one when you grow
Madeleine is an effusive person -- unashamedly
an extrovert and highly motivated about art. To
that end, she runs OMSA, the Onward
Motivational School for Artists, designed to keep
artists focussed and involved. OMSA promotes 49
artists including Madeleine's mother, Muriel
McDonnell, aged 81.
Continued page 7
Photos by Chris McCormack
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