Saturday, January 16, 2016

A bit more fun

Currently waiting for my spinach pie to cook so thought Id put something in here, Im not going to pressure myself in writing only when i feel like it
I got shock and surprised a HS for first assignment for the year, lets hope I can keep it up,a few otehr students have been invited back for the Honour course,doubt I wold do it but itd be lovely to be good enough to have that arrive in the mail
Anyhow here is something Ive been working on
Spinifix grass AKA porcipine, paper, first attempt, the next lot will be betetr now I know how to do it,I made my own deckel to strain the matter, made from two canvass at Bunnings $7 odd , Id like to make a bigger one this one is around A5 to4 but will also need a bigger container for the pulp

All set to use in current project
Today I left sitting at computer as it eventually buggers my shoulder and dragged the Gelli plate out again

So much fun.... I had a pack of cards so played with printing them as almost one offs, I like this one as is but I might add more media to the others ,the sheets are also journal material...
and as these little pansies just keep going
perfect spot right next t the bird bath the bloody birds wont use,only a willy wagtail dared to dip his toes the otehr day,pransing around the edge,the bees and visiting cricket did enjoy a sip

Saturday, January 09, 2016


This is framed via the tablet to see how it looks,Im happy with it,its a style Im trying to work at moment,the fourth in a blue series,I hope to have ten for a small exhibit to help local art centre later in year,with that will be my final works for the Bach in Art I will complete in November.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

more paints and printing

This arrived yesterday I bought a ball earlier last year and started another elm tree shawl,the lovely lady kept this lot til I decided if i could use,Im ashamed I took so long to get it, theres enough for a reasonably sized shawl i think and the beauty of this pattern you can pick the size. 

 The sunflower painting is moving along but not really happy with it, I put mica flakes into the paint for the vase,interesting effect but not as noticeable as I hoped
 My messy table lol,with the latest roses and grevilleas

 The lovely very easy to grow pigface, I bought these for the school, and a piece fell of so I stuck in the pot without giving it much thought and its taken off,if i could get it to flower as profusley as other people got it to Id be much happier,more branches have been struck and since moved to the garden Im slowly reclaiming from Hubbys mess
And my latest testing for current project,a rough collograph using spinefix and gum leaves, the plate is semi sealed and the little branch is painted in gouache then carefully place before laying wet paper over it, next step is to make spinefix paper and use as backing

Monday, January 04, 2016


Im trying to paint some,based on this photo

But have got this one done, bit of colour fun...much better in real life however.
Will post my efforts as soon as i get somewhere.

Friday, January 01, 2016


Well heres of a the start of a new year
...not sure what to say , had a very quiet day only us with two youngest at home,I feel bad for them though the youngest is prob the only one who would have liked to go out,myself at that age and even up to now have never really had the opportunity to go out and kick the heels up, next year I intend not being here but on the beach ,maybe at Bremmer Bay,I love  beach combing so that would be a good thing,next year Ill be done with uni,something else to celebrate and Ill know if Im gong further too.
Currently,the boys are on the coast,coming home tomorrow,one doesnt even have a clutch at the moment but being taught by Hubby he driving without one...I want the old cruiser back so I can go bush for research for current sub
a bit of my latest from the room
this is going into my pile of resources I think I have an idea for it,  water colours over sealed porcupine grass and no gaps with highlights of gold

the third in a series of fun bits Im doing ,the Blue Series,Ill aim for 10,frame and then put out at local gallery,,Im hoping people will like the enough to buy
garden news,still one more sunflower to come with rest going to seed but Ive finally got the bird bath,bargain at $20 and the arch Ive been coveting for ages knocked down to 479,didnt want to spend money but besides a few more natives for back yard ,that it,just clean up and keep tidy

a yellow grevillea will be put into that spot behind shovel with a Robin Gordon in a line next to the grey niveas to the right,and Im also putting another on other side on fence to left,that ll bring the birds in,by the time the fruit trees mature the rest will be quite big too.the arch will be near that green hose,I hope to find flat rocks or old pavers to fill that area back into corner,a path of stone etc through arch,a couple years will see a magic transformation
now back to study
Wishing anyone and everyone reading this that your dreams coem true to some point this new year

Monday, December 28, 2015

Post Christmas

How did you Big Day go,??? mine was pretty good,a different one this year breaking with our family tradition, we went to town and spent day with boys and their girlfriends at Hews house, it was different and at times i felt a little lost but as usual they spoilt me and they in turn were ecstatic with the art I gave them and special treat i found at the last minute,wallaby merino socks ,lol and wally skin stubby holders,watching the fur wafting the breeze was hilarious,I was waiting for it to hop. I have two gift vouchers to use,one for the book shop and other for the art shop,of course I had suggested a Bunnings one too but they were naughty and all got together to get me(and dad) a huge swag I will prob never be able to carry. dad already has one so i joked Ill set up a portable art studio in this one
The stunned silence from a few when they unwrapped the brolga painting was in awe not what i was worried about lol, they all got individual pieces so Im now planning next years works

 We spent a short time as prospective inlaws in the afternoon, before returning home,I was so tired,its been a long horribly hard year,some days i dont know how ive got through the day,
i made two trifels this year plus Izzy made hers . but Boxing day its all gone ,only the remnant of my ham is left,I enjoyed so much the pavlova and goodies,strict diet from now Dcotors worried about my sugar etc and Im showing other worrying old age things....gross mammagram coming up,i wonder if i go AWOL

My first uni assignment is ready to go,just a few final touches like a bit of extra investigation drawings,the tutor wants the PP laid out different to the guide so will check that tonight and adjust the titles fav bits

Who would have thought no gaps would be so fun to use to build the surface,i see a long relationship there

Love using pastels to give the surface an extra bling...
On the crafty front i can knit fr a short time again,hold the garden hose and even hang clothes,as long as I dont over do it I can cope well, work at end of January...
For one last time heres that wonderful birdy painting inspired by an image I found as i havent seen these birds for years,im estactic at the way i got the birds to float and the luminous colours that seem to glow, took about 6 hours i supposed with majority in two. 
Im really the short one now in Family
only one gorgeous girlfriend is with me...I love my boys they keep me on this earth and I dont know what i will do if they all move away but to combat that I have plans for 2017 I wont reveil just yet in case it doesnt happen but it will be a life changer for me at least, prompted by a specialist I had to see in Perth, he given me the tools to survive ,I hope i can make it happen.

Finally I need to come up with three to four works for a local exhibition 20cm by 20cm,hmm what to do... that will keep me focused for a while...

Monday, December 21, 2015


Yes Im still here,improving I have to say i can plait my hair now, cook biccies and generally most light things,at least two hours of execises everyday, but Im getting there
Saw Surgeon and he was happy for me to return to light duites mainly office stuff but it was vetoed so Im home til 28th January
First sub of the fourth unit left to finished shortly. then its Chrissy time,Gifts for this year I sure hope they like them

 I wish I could make it home to be with my Mum who will prob be alone again this year, I just hope she doesn't cook a dinner this time for no one to turn up, I sent her a big gift that I roused and told her not to open til the day to make it a better day for her

so many flowers to come

We ve been so lucky with fairly mild weather that we ve opened up the window and let t in lounge and kitchen so the air flows,only a few days we ve had aircon on. so wonderful not only fresh air but also the pocket
I can knit again too well ten rows on a sock nearly every night, uni is taking prececent of course and Ive been a bit slack after three months of no study, three and half units to go,cant believe it but also its going to be tough, even when i go back to work uni will be my main concern, got that big carrot dangling. My hope reinforced by an interveiw in perth.