YOUR TIME STARTS NOW – CRAIG RUDDY
Painter and Archibald Winner
My earliest memory is…around age six, making trips to the local creeks to collect tadpoles and frogs and riding three wheelers on the back verandah with my brother, and sisters.
At school I… did well with my grades but spent more time daydreaming
My first relationship was…short and rich, full of laughter and fun & games with a girl I met from my graphic design college.
I don’t like talking about…other people talking about other people.
I wish I’d never worn…a big backpack climbing the Inca Trail
My mother/father always told me…my father always told me to stop humming and to do something constructive. Mum always told me to get a real job… and a haircut.
I wish I had…my own self-sustainable retreat up the coast somewhere warm.
I wish I hadn’t… waited so long to start painting full time…or drawing.
My most humiliating moment was…training for school athletics performance. It was class change over and half the school was watching me. I was nervous and jumped too high, going right over the volt horse landing on my head. When I came too, I was at the other end of the schoolyard with everyone laughing and cheering. I don’t know how I walked so far unconsciously, most probably to escape the humiliation.
My happiest moment was…reaching the highest point of the four day trek along the Inca trail because from then on it’s predominantly down hill.
At home I cook…not often enough
My last meal would be…a bucket of mangos
My favourite gadget is…the screwdriver that I use in my studio to open paint tins
I’m very bad at… every game that involves hitting, kicking or catching a ball.
When I was a child I wanted to…grow up and be a vet.
The book that changed my life is… The Power of Now! By Eckhart Tolle. A clairvoyant, several years ago told me I had to read it. After a month of scorn and denial I thankfully did so.
It’s not fashionable, but I love…staying at home on Saturday nights and going to bed early to the music from somebody else’s party.
Friends say I am… always in another world
The song I’d like played at my funeral is… “Cool Change” by Glen Shorrock
If only I could…swim in the ocean 24/7
The hardest thing I’ve ever done was… Day two of the Inca trail to Machu Pichu. You climb over 1000 meters directly UP in one day.
The last big belly laugh I had was…watching “Bangers and Mash” and “No Chance In Hell Hotel” at Darlinghurst theatre
What I don’t find amusing is…Arrogance and WAR
I’m always being asked…do I draw or paint?
Cat or dog? [PLEASE GIVE A REASON WHY] It used to be cat because I was all for independence. But at present I would have to say dog because I’m accustomed to companionship and unconditional love.
If I wasn’t me I’d like to be…Roger Federer. He’s at the top of his art form, cool, confident and down to earth.
At the moment I’m reading/listening to/watching [PICK ONE TO ANSWER] …watching Wimbledon, the World Cup and the Clipperton Expedition on SBS
My favourite work of art is…Nature herself
If I were a car I’d be…a light blue VW Kombi campervan, complete with rust.
I often wonder…if we aren’t all just upside down, back the front and inside out…
Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning HeraldMy earliest memory is … around age size, making trips to the local creeks to collect tadpoles and frogs and riding three-wheelers on the back veranda with my brother and sisters.
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