Friday, April 18, 2014


Each year, around this time, Kat Sloma hosts an international postcard swap.  Kat is a fabulous American photographer, and most of the participants are also photographers, but there are some artists who join in with postcards of their work....asI do.

You send 5 postcards (commercially printed ones) and get back 5 from other people, and one from Kat herself.

This year I received:

Kat Sloma

Paula Bogdan

Debbie Bailey

Darlene Cunnup

Amanda Bradley (sorry, no link)


All interesting in their own right.

I sent:

On The Line
Signs Of The Times
Still Life

It's all a worthwhile annual exercise.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Well, fellow bloggers perhaps it is time to show you why I have been distracted lately.  For those without access to my Facebook, here are a couple of photos of my new toy.

A champagne to christen the pool.
Himself enjoying playing with 'Ellie'

Tho' I hate to admit it, I will be turning 70 next month.  As a real 'water baby' I have lusted after a pool for my entire life.  At last himself has succumbed and this is the result...birthday pressie 2014.  Guess he's in my good books this year.

Richard looks as if he's enjoying it too...but of course he would.  He's christened the water feature 'Ellie McPherson', and now can boast that Miss McPherson is a permanent part of his life.  Dream on boyo!

Looks like my concentration will suffer far as artistic pursuits go.  But who knows?...maybe I'll be so fit I'll be able to do lots more!  We live in hope.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Work in progress

Am at present totally redoing an old painting.  It has so much more vigour now...but is it finished?  I don't know.  I think I need some serious line work here and there.

90 x 90 cm gallery wrapped canvas

The colour is a bit off's actually not as acid.

I also am trying to resolve this collage.....not quite there yet.

Chemise - 20 x 30 cm
There's lots more happening around here.  If you want to see why I've been distracted, visit me on Facebook.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A New Collage

Sorry folks, I'm slow to post these days.  With a large list of things to do, and many distractions...pool building, visitors, celebrations...the blog has been taking last place.  However, time in the studio is still a priority and I've not only been painting up a storm, I've been collaging.

WEATHERING  20 x 30 cm - acrylics, teabags, assorted papers, rusted tin, burnt text.

I'm not entirely sure that I'm happy with's a little busy.

To see the International Collage Exchange exhibition, which is now online, click HERE

This is my third year of joining ICE and I'm honoured to be a part of the annual project.

It's definitely worth a look for everyone interested in collage...or any art.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In The Studio

Believe it or not I AM working....on lots of projects at a time.  This is one of them.  As you can see my studio is full of stuff...too much in fact...but it's where I feel most comfortable.

On the easel is my painting 'Firefront'..a heavily impastoed surface.  Detail below:

I'll have to take a better photo.

Sunday, March 9, 2014


This is my postcard for the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap.  It is now on its way to Judith Dziadosz in the USA. It had to contain fabric, stitching and text.

Stencilled on text, with rust-dyed fabric, burnt paper and gold thread, this postcard is but one of the smaller works that occupy me while I'm resting between large paintings.

Other smaller works that keep me amused are ATCs that I swap with all sorts of people...mostly on Paper Traders.  They set themes that occasionally grab me , some of which I've illustrated below.

When Granny Joined The Circus - for Oddball Ancestors

Guilt Free Pleasure - for My Wish For You

This Ol' House - for Postage Stamp People

These are usually collaged using images from various sources, sometimes digitally altered.

These projects have enabled me to collect quite an accumulation of tiny art pieces from all over the world.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


The Gift

My friend Danni, a fellow artist, is 'scaling down'.  This gentle euphemism denies the heart-wrenching truth of leaving a well-loved home, and all the space and storage previously had to practice her art.

From a purpose-built free-standing (and gorgeous) studio, Danni is now reduced to a small space in her new retirement village home.  Mind you, the house is an average three-bedroom sized house, so to many it would be quite adequate.  It's just that, after her beloved studio, well... it's not the same.

In the process Danni has been divesting herself of the accumulated 'bits and pieces' previously collected, or made, to enhance her art practice.  The lucky recipient of a box of these treasures was ME!!!!!

Above is a collage in which I've used some of Danni's 'bits'....the 'robe' (stained tissue on a wooden skewer), and a rusted piece from an old café umbrella.  I've added some handwriting that accompanied a gift to me from a fellow blogger, and some copper paint.

This collage is now framed and is intended as a housewarming and thank you gift for her new home. Her box of 'bits' is busily inspiring my collages...and will do so for quite a while.