Tuesday, 11 January 2011

A Land of Extremes

After ten years of severe drought in the north and east of our great land, a HUGE area of Queensland is under water. Floods, the likes of which have never been seen before. Nine people have died and 66 are missing. The torrent of water is amazing. There are some graphic video clips and images here on the ABC news web site. We have been having rain almost everyday but nothing like they are having up north, we don't mind, while it rains it won't burn.


This is a detail of the sketch in my journal. I've decided to try to journal everyday. 


This is the complete page showing my interpretation of the globe artichokes in the photo below.


This is one of the photos I took in the garden at Heidi gallery last week.


These are the two pages together. I've decided to work on a double page and add a border to both edges.
I'll then add one of my photos to one of the pages and then do a sketch on the other adding text that represents my goals for the year. That's my aim, I hope I can keep it up.


What a Bargain.

Today I visited my local Spotlight store to purchase fabrics for my next workshop, when what did I spy all of these wonderful products going out for 50cents an item. There are transfoils, silk dyes, paints, dyed fleece and bags of tapestry yarns. The goodies in the photo came to the grand total of $23.50, a true bargain.

Again thanks to everyone for your comments in my previous post, I'm still trying to answer as many as I can, I really do appreciate your support. I'm hoping to blog more too now I'm working from home.




21 comments:

ju-north said...

Your sketchbook pages are an inspiration!

chris hobel said...

yes we are truly over the rain...love your colours

Doreen G said...

Fabulous pages Ro and that is definitely what I call a bargain buy.

jenny said...

Beautiful journal pages Ro... and gotta love that little booty from Spotlight... what a bargain...
My heart goes out to all who have been affected by the Queensland floods... my sister was evacuated this evening and the lake across from my son and his family's home is now overflowing so have my fingers crossed for them...
Your upcoming exhibition sounds wonderful and just LOVED your group banner...

Jenny x

Bren said...

I've been watching the footage in the news of the flooding, praying my Aussie friends and loved ones were alright. Natures force is unnerving.
Beautiful journal pages, love the concept especially how you intend to journal a little about your goals each day, that idea I love!

Healing Woman said...

Hope your rain subsides soon. Love the new sketches and they look great side by side.

What bargains!

Terri Kahrs said...

Ro, your pages are luscious!!! And don't you just LOVE a good bargain?!? Hugs, Terri xoxo

jinxxxygirl said...

Wow! What a bargain! Good deal! Love your journal pages. Just lovely

artymess said...

cool I love bargains .......the globe artichokes are lovely on the journal you have captured them really well........x

Lins Artyblobs said...

Lovely pages, the colours are great.

Ann Somerset Miles said...

I take photos of the architectural artichoke wherever I go, sow seeds every year and plant them out, and the slug get at them when we are away. Your pages are as ever an inspiration and a goal, for Australian colours seem so much more vivid than here - even when the sun pours down, like honey, as they say.

I am so very sad for all the Queensland folk; we (my husband and I here in England) listen to BBC World Service radio on and off throughout the night, and during the day when there is TV coverage of the floods. I am amazed at the resilience of those of your compatriots whose lives have been torn apart. Here, we have too much whinging at the slightest flick of snow, at least that is how the media likes to portray it.

Lynn said...

So scary those floods and so sad for all the losses!!! Prayers for those missing and gone.

Love your journal pages!!! And that bargain is to die for! What luck!!!

I love the piece in the earlier post as well of all of you painting together. Wonderful color and energy.

JP said...

so love the journal

Heather said...

Your pages are beautiful Ro and what a great heap of goodies you found. My thoughts are for all those caught up in the dreadful floods - it must be terrifying.

Kim Palmer said...

Your pages look fab Ro. Lovin all the colour! Ooo, bargains at spotlight! Great value. I feel more play comin on!

Elizabeth said...

Queensland has been constantly on my mind as we watch BBC America every morning and theya re so good about reporting. I do so pray that it lets up for those poor people. Glad that you are getting needed rain however!!!
Your journaling idea is a stunner!! I love how you ahve set it up and I like your sketch so much more than the photo NOT that the photo is not godd, your interpretation is Brilliant!!!!You always blow me away with your color work!!!

azirca said...

Fabulous journal pages! What a haul of supplies, and such a bargain at 50c a piece.

I have been watching all of the news coverage of flooding, it's just dreadful. My thoughts are with all of those people and their families who have been affected.

Jacky said...

What a bargain hunter you are Ro! Wonderful bounty from Spotlight!

Love the artichoke pages in your journal.

Hard to believe, to comprehend the devastation in Queensland at the moment...

Jacky xox

Julie said...

Beautiful sketchbook pages and I do love globe artichokes, they are so sculptural.

The floods defy words, they are so horrific. I am thankful that my nephew's wife's family live in the hills above Brisbane and are safe but my thoughts are with the people who have lost family and homes.

ArtfulLee Designed said...

My heart goes out to those affected my our northern neighbours. Such devastation and heartbreaking scenes.
I love your journal page, it is really beautiful.
Gotta love Spotlight when you find bargains like that
Lee:)

sue said...

You are indeed an inspiration Ro! I love your determination to keep on daily journaling - mind you I can understand your motivation when you make such beautiful pages ...