Saturday, January 24, 2015

When is a drawing not a drawing?

Hard to say these days. Most non-artists think a drawing is a linear depiction of something real. In my book, modern drawing is an arrangement of marks forming any image, real OR abstract, using pen, pencil, brush, or any number of instruments or mediums.

Take Jane Davies' "100 Drawings" workshop for instance (and I'm doing just that).  I have gone from this, in Lesson 1...


via this, in Lesson 2... this, in Lesson 3.....

We have used line and shape, black & white and colour, so far.... AND all sorts of mediums including print and collage.  Where will we go from here?  There are seven lessons left, and I suspect that Lesson 10 will seem more like painting to most people.

It is a question that interests anyone entering a drawing prize.  Perhaps the boundaries between drawing and painting have been irrevocably blurred.....and it doesn't matter....or does it?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Back in the saddle again...

...not that I've had such a non-arty time.  I sneak the odd moment in between festivities.

Have been working on collages for the 17th International Collage Exchange.

I tend to move between 'cut and paste' (usually on a painted background).....

The Offering

The Admirer a more 3D technique....


Chained to the past


Las Profundidades (The depths)
....and there's more to come.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


It's come with a rush and caught me unawares...well almost.

There have been a few signs of the  festive season around the house.

....including the inevitable Xmas tree....

....and I've made a little jewellery for the occasion (sorry about the photo)

...and the odd card, that also doesn't photograph too well.

(it's actually silver, tho' it looks grey)

I guess that's as creative as I get at this time of year. Am pretty good in the kitchen and have been cooking up a storm... and sharing the bounty with lots of great friends.

That's what it's all about isn't it?

I wish you all similar joy, surrounded by family and friends.  May you all enjoy health and happiness in 2015.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

When you give, you receive.

The great thing about trading ATCs is that for every one you make you get one in return.  As a result I have a growing collection of mini-art pieces from all over the world....but mostly the USA.

Cathy Calamas (USA) is one of my favourite traders.

An 'eyes' theme resulted in the following:

From Noora Jarvela, Finland.

From Debra Claxton, USA

Using postage stamp heads is such fun, and results in some very amusing cards.

From Barb Adams, USA

From Marion Bockelmann, Germany

Two Heads - by Corrine Gilman ,USA

Of course not all are collaged, tho' I'm a bit of a collage 'freak'.

Homage to Jasper Johns by Laura Mahutchin, USA

Beautifully drawn and painted by Debra Claxton, USA

Halloween produced some interesting cards:

From Eileen Kirkban, USA

From Mary Szymanski , USA

These are but a tiny fraction of my gallery of mini-art from all over the globe.  The best part is that I get to correspond with these clever people, and exchange ideas and inspiration.

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