Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Blogging is fun....but

You collect so many links and 'friends' when blogging that it seems that you can't keep up.  Truth CAN'T.  I hope I'm forgiven when I don't comment.  Sometimes I can't even get to read all my favourite blogs. There is SO much to see...and it's all fascinating...but time is short.

I've had a break, but don't think I've been sitting around doing nothing.

In progress:


(not a brilliant photo...but you get the idea)

On the easel:

Still thinking about:

ATCs I've traded recently:



  I'm still having fun!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Remember this?

The 'Forest' painting sat in my library for a month after its last showing.  I was not happy with it at all. Every time I walked by, it whispered to me....."too much green".  Back to the studio it went.

Adding some colour was fun, and certainly an improvement, but I can still see problems with it.

I think I'll keep on working over it until the voice over my shoulder says STOP!

Am loving the many layers so far......

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Studio chaos - situation normal

It has been a bone of contention with me that the studio interiors that most people show you on the net are too neat.  Nobody could possible be making art in these orderly spaces. My blogging friend, and well-known New York artist,  Seth Apter agrees.  He's doing a link-up of working studios where real artists are getting stuck into it.  I could only join in this...I had no choice! His links will be posted on 18th (USA) or 19th (Aust.).

This is the view of my studio/workshop as you walk in the door. A = the tall bench. B = where I sit by the window and work.  The arrow pointing behind my easel leads the way to the sink area.

The tall bench has paint and paper storage below, which can occasionally be tidy...but not right now.

Here I am burning the edges of vintage maps to collage into my 'dossier' of Seth's projects from the Art Is You Retreat.

The 'sitting' bench is a comfortable well-lit (from the window) place for stamping, etc.  You can see my 'ant' book (another Seth project), and the back page of my dossier, in progress here.

Beside the low bench is a table full of stencils, and image transfers, for use in the current project, and a table with tools....heat gun, glue gun, and sealing wax gun.

Paintings in progress next to a trolley full of paints, mediums, rags etc.

The trolley is next to shelves with various inspirational books and collage materials.

My sink area is usually quite neat in comparison to the rest. Paintings, in various stages, on the floor at right, above are painted papers hanging from a wire.

I try to keep brushes washed and ready to go again. 

Here are some more pics of Seth's projects in progress..... my Ant book, dossier, and 52 card pick-up. ( I promise I'll finish them Seth )

Of course anyone who collages knows what the floor is for.....bits of paper and drying work.  More dossier pages, and two cards.

The absolute mess of collaging! ....but I LOVE it !!!!!!

Naturally my '52 card pickup  project' had to have 'Chaos' on its cover.

front cover

back cover

a selection of cards
the wrapped pack
Check out Seth's cards HERE

Friday, September 5, 2014

I promised you photos, but.....

...who had time?  We hit the ground running.

It was SO well organised by Sallianne and Lovely Linda that we were occupied the whole time.

Me and Sallianne

We met each day at 8.45am for a group discussion, then off to class at 10am.  Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea were arranged, and included, and class finished at 5 pm.

There were also various things arranged for the evening, but I only went to the Stencil Girl 'play' night where we had the chance to try out various stencils.  Fun.

I chose to spend all four days with Seth Apter, who has been part of my blogging life for years.

Me and Seth

This meant that I was to make a complete reconstructed book, a dossier, and 52 altered playing cards in these four days.  Not bloody likely!  But, as these were technique based workshops, we had plenty of practice at new stuff.

Needless to say all projects made good progress, but at a cost of taking photos.  So, you will just have to wait until I have completed my work for these.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Next week I will be attending FOUR days of FABULOUS mixed media workshops with SETH APTER !!!  I've been waiting for this event for months.....and I'm getting nervous.

With my supply list in hand, I keep putting stuff in my bag, and then taking it out. I have so much in my stash it's hard to choose.

We'll be altering books..... the following are Seth's work.

We'll be making a dossier.....a handmade journal for use after the workshop is over. This will require learning some mixed media techniques and simple binding.

Seth Apter

We'll be doing what Seth calls '52 card pick-up'....altering 52 playing cards.

Seth Apter
Is that intimidating... or what!

Don't expect to hear from me for weeks!!!   After this lot I'll be doing plenty of sleeping.  The days will mostly run from about 8.30 am - 10 pm. Up 'til 5pm is workshop, then after 7pm an 'event' of some kind.   Thank heavens it's not far from home....I'll be a zombie on the road.

Eventually you'll see photos.....XXOX

Friday, August 15, 2014

From chaos....more chaos?

Whenever I'm working I get in a mess......sometimes even when I'm not working.

On the easel at the moment is this painting -

Where's it going? the moment I haven't a clue, but I'm thinking about it.

Here's what my painting trolley looks like most of the time.  I do clean up, but that doesn't last long.  Almost every moment in the studio I need a new colour, or to find some tip in a book (or just inspiration).

Occasionally I retreat backwards to an older style, often just to work out a problem.....

...but this isn't satisfying at all.  My frustration is a sure sign that I'm about to make a leap  Let's keep faith in that concept.

Saturday, August 2, 2014


Each year, in the US summer, Rinda of Gallo Organico has a photo scavenger hunt challenge. This really appeals to me, as some of the necessary 'finds' are quite quirky.  Usually we are on holidays somewhere interesting, but this year we are at home.   It has been an opportunity to look at my surroundings with new eyes.

Here's this year's list...and my finds :

1. A sign welcoming people to your home town (or a nearby town)

The CALOUNDRA sign is in the centre of a roundabout on the highway into our city. While it doesn't actually say welcome, it is the welcoming indication that you have entered the city's perimeter.

2. A garden gnome

I found this little chappie in the grounds of a local pre-school. Well-worn, and worn well.

3. Birds on a wire

This was easy-peasy.  We walk every morning and there are always birds on wires.  They often remind me of musical notes.

4. A group of tourists

Tourists are a part of life here.  We have a fabulous coastline that attracts visitors from all over.

5. A rack of post cards

Kangaroos, koalas, beach scenes...that's what this place is all about.....the lucky country.

6. An urban street scene

Warm nights mean al fresco dining in a beachside suburb.

7. A rural landscape

The hinterland is ten minutes away. From these hills the views to the coast are fabulous.

8. A tattoo on a person

I was watching henna tattooing at a local fair.  This photo replaced one I had of a 'real' tattoo.  The real one was on the thigh of a young friend and is the names of her much-loved children.

9. A bakery

An assistant with 'L' plates!  What next?

10. A photo bomb (someone found lurking in the background of photo; the lurker may have intended to disrupt the picture or may be doing it unintentionally, but the background lurker is a surprise to the photographer)

I wanted Brenden to wear the chandelier as a hat, and was oblivious to his wife hiding behind him.  Believe it or not!

11. A horn

Well, they ARE horns.

12. A mascot

Not being a great sports follower I despaired of getting this one.  Eventually, while browsing around an op shop (as one does), I found a pack of playing cards with our mascot (Matilda) from the 1982 Commonwealth Games on the back. Needless to say it is now part of my 'stash'.

13. A sunrise

The view from our barbecue deck VERY early one recent morning.

14. A parade

Parades are relatively hard to come by in Australia. I thought this parade of cattle came close.

15. A juggler

While dining in a restaurant near a park I saw this young man juggling various things.  It's the only juggler I've seen. Leaving my meal, and to the astonishment of other diners, I grabbed my camera and hurtled off to the park to accost him.  He was very obliging, and I returned to enjoy my excellent meal.

16. A sign in a language other than English

The window of a local Japanese restaurant was the only one I could find.

17. A lamp post

This is the promenade along one of our magnificent local beaches.  It must've been cold that day as there's not a soul in sight.

18. A waterfall

A man-made waterfall is at the entrance to a local resort.

19. A public garden

These days all our newly developed suburbs include wonderful walkways and gardens.  We visit this one quite regularly on our morning walk.

20. A bus (not a car, truck, lorry, camper or RV) with a picture painted on its sides.

A dash of patriotism....a bus with our flag.  I'm still looking for a more fascinating picture.

21. A photograph of you with something representing the season

This 'beanie' and pashmina only come out of the cupboard in winter.  It's quite cold early in the morning (walking time), but by 9-9.30 am almost warm enough to swim.

The following photo is specially for Rinda.  One of the things we had to find LAST YEAR was a cloud in the shape of something. I had such a difficult time finding one and this year they are everywhere. 

This one is unmistakable:

...a running obvious!

It's been fun...thanks Rinda....see you next year.