Thursday, July 23, 2015



Seth Apter, a favourite artist/blogger from the USA, has an annual challenge and link-up that he calls 'Buried Treasure'. We are to resurrect a favourite blog post from the past.
I've chosen this from Tuesday, July 26, 2011. It was my first year of blogging, and sometimes I forget that I was once a potter.

Tea... Inspired

Inspiration Avenue time again.... this week it's 'Tea'.  For a potter, not too hard as I am known for my 'funky' teapots and love making them.  Some are functional, but most are just 'fun'. 

Naturally I must promote my country to all those who live elesewhere...

Australia Teapot

... and my most ridiculous non-functional teapot...

Hullo Sailor

... and one I love ....

The Ritual Of Tea

My first love tho' is painting...

Coffee (or perhaps tea?) In The Square
... and mixed media/collage...

Black Tea

Cold drink anyone?

Sunday, July 12, 2015


I'm still here, tho' have been AWOL for a while.  Other than a little time on the sick list  I've been in full art-making mode.  Sometimes it's hard to drag myself away from the studio.

This might look like some grungy little bundle of rubbish....

....but, in fact, it is assorted rusty bits, wrapped in a cloth soaked in vinegar and water and put into a plastic bag for a few days.

When opened, I could hardly wait to unroll it.

How exciting...if a little out of focus.

The results were just what I wanted.

LOVE those imprints of keys, spanners etc.

Perfect for this project, an 'art apron' 

Sorry the image is a little blurred.  It's the best I could get from Facebook. 
Here is some more info:
"Fundraiser for the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter  Saturday 15 August 2015      Hornsby Lions Club is a major supporter of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter for women who are the victims of domestic violence and homelessness. Our next major fundraiser for this purpose is a Gala Event at Hornsby RSL Club on the date shown above. Entry fee will be $65 per person providing an excellent meal, great entertainment by the Street Party band, dancing and singing along to the tunes of the 50s,60s,70s and 80s and the opportunity to participate in raffles, auctions and games the proceeds all going to the Shelter.
Tickets are available by phoning Ted Henebery on 99403889 or online through Tell your friends, family, workmates about it and organise a table. It will be a great night's entertainment.
If you have some items which you can donate as prizes or auction items or simply would like to help with the Gala Event in any way please give John Lockyer a call on 0407044422"
Your support for such a worthy cause would be most gratefully received.
I hope it is a ripper of an event, and am honoured to have been asked to do an apron.

Friday, June 5, 2015

WHERE AM I ?.....

.... on R & R of course.

In a place with miles of beach for walking.....

...the real estate looks like this....

....the flowers like this....

.... and the gardens like this.

I have been accompanied by my beloved.....

... and we have dined ...
....and wined ....
....on nights like this.
It's a place where they have Cane Toad races.... pubs like this...
 or, if I MUST have an art fix... galleries like this...
... and street art like this.

All wonderful but we'll be home soon.
Meanwhile...greetings from Port Douglas.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Little Whimsy

Every so often I feel the urge to paint something frivolous.  I have no pre-conceived idea, it usually just happens.  Such as this....

HOP ON THE BIRD BUS - acrylics and collage

Birds are always favourite subject ...

TWO KOOKAS - acrylics
...and then there is abstract....

PATCH - mixed media/ collage
The 'patch' is rust-dyed cotton, badly hand-sewn. 

The nuns who taught me to sew would not be happy...after all those hand-rolled hems and embroidered hankies!

Friday, May 1, 2015

There's always mail art....

Almost every day I get some wonderful little surprise in the mail.  The most recent was from Cuan Miles in South Africa.   He is a cartoonist with a South African newspaper.

Butterfly Mind - Cuan Miles
I LOVE this collage,  You can see more of his work here:

Terrie Purkey of the USA is another friend who sends me delightful collages every so often.  She has an insatiable appetite for learning more about art, and is constantly doing workshops to that end.  Over the time I've known her, her work has really grown in depth and execution.

Enchanted Bird - Terrie Purkey

Open Hearts - Terrie Purkey

....and ATCs arrive more often than anything else....

Lisa  Weber - South Africa

Cathy Calamas - USA

Pam Prosser - Australia

Marion Bockelmann - Germany

Pattie McClimans -  USA

Soon my collages from the International Collage Exchange will be here.  I look forward to sharing them with you.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Postage People

Sound odd?'s not.  Just a wonderful ATC challenge set by Marion Bockelmann each year. It's such fun that I can't resist.  We have to make three ATCs using postage stamp 'heads'.  I did four, one is a gift for Marion....her choice.

Here are the ones I've sent:

You can see other participants on Marion's dedicated  Pinterest board.

I've done others in the past for various swaps.  These are some:

You can see why I can't resist.  What fun!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Liberated Art

Every year I join photographer Kat Sloma's postcard exchange.  She calls it 'Liberate Your Art', a perfect title, as everyone's art, or photography, in postcard form, flies in all directions around the globe.

 My submissions this year were:

In return I have so far received:

Carroll Davies

Liz Velichko
M.F.? (no other name or info provided)
Natasha Papoesek
I have two more to come, and they are running late, so I've missed joining in the Liberate Your Art Blog Hop.   If you click HERE  you will get to see the many amazing artists who've contributed to this year's exchange.