Thursday, 30 November 2006

I haven't worked in my altered book lately as I've been busy making jewellery and adding to my journal.
Here are a couple of the more recent pages.
I received a book via Amazon today written by English artist Shirley Trevena, the book's called Vibrant Watercolours.
Shirley is as obsessed with colour as I am, her paintings are fabulous.
Another colour guru is Kaffe Fassett, I went to his 2 day workshop when he came to Melbourne, that was mind blowing, he gave colour a new meaning, his philosophy "if in doubt add more color", I have been ever since.

Tuesday, 28 November 2006

Just two more images from my journal.The ladies dress and crown were made from the inside of an envelope. I'm amazed at the number of different designs there are.
The African image was made using my hand carved stamps from erasers and carved 'meat' trays.
I'm slowly working out how to set up this blog, I've now added a counter, I'm still working on the header.

Monday, 27 November 2006

Beach Finds

I think I must be very lucky, I have the best of both worlds. I live in the hills and work near the beach. I have an hours lunch break so I'm able to go and fossick on the beach to clear the cobwebs from the brain. Today was one such day, the weather was beautiful. I found some lovely treasures in the form of weathered glass, worn painted metal, stone, a seed pod and even a bone.
These will be turned into jewellery similar to the picture shown. I also took a picture of the daisies, I can see a painting eventuating from this photo one day

Friday, 24 November 2006

I had a great find today in the local op shop near where I work, lots of broken jewellery. With tender care, cleaning and remodelling these pieces will become a part of another 'found objects' jewellery item. It's such a thrill to create something from someones discarded treasures.

I also added another lady and flowers to my journal.

Thursday, 23 November 2006

I've been adding drawings to my journal that I made from decorated papers. The flowers are one of my latest efforts. I always seem to end up drawing flowers and ladies with colourful clothes as the photos show.

Wednesday, 22 November 2006

I've just completed my web site and now I've decided to start a blog to show my latest artworks. I created my web site on my Mac where everything is sooo easy, just drag and drop. I'm not finding this quite so user friendly but I'll persevere.
I sell my jewellery and mosaics at a gallery in Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges. If you visit my web site you can see some of my other work. I've included photos of two brooches that I made at the weekend, they are made with some of my hand made beads, wired found objects and glass beads I hope to take them to the gallery next week.