Tuesday, 24 April 2012


We've been having some glorious autumn weather, the past couple of weeks, although it feels like winter today. I've been working in the vegie patch, reaping and sowing, something I wasn't able to do working full time. It's lovely to sit down to a meal of home grown food.

the lovely sweetly perfumed ginger lily

beautiful pansies

the fading roses

and dahlias

a gorgeous miniature zinnia

I'm also having a give-away to celebrate having 600 followers. Thanks so much to you all. If you would like to enter, just leave a comment and I will draw a winner on Monday the 1st of May.
The give-away consists of

some dyed fabrics

dyed laces

and decorated papers.

Thanks for all of your lovely comments in my previous post.
See you soon.

PS: If you want to see a fabulous journal, check out Sabine's blog, she made this after one of my classes, it's amazing.

Monday, 16 April 2012

workshop and journal

Wow it's been awhile since my last post. I've now completed my latest journal below. I also taught a lovely group of students at the Queen of Arts Retreat last Friday. They made some fabulous decorated papers then turned them into beautiful journals. We had a great day.

my latest journal

the side view

some of the many pages.

Kerry and Denise at the retreat

Shirley, Kerry and Denise


I received these fabulous drawers, from my husband, over the weekend for my birthday. They are for my studio to store my drawing papers and sketch pads etc. Now I've decided I'd like to have them in my sewing and jewellery section too, they glide in and out so effortlessly.

He also bought me some art materials including these fantastic inks made by Schminke, the Rolls Royce of inks. The sapphire blue one at the front was from lovely Jacky who I bumped into at the art store.

Thanks so much for all of your comments in my last post re the Pulse book, it was lovely to meet some new visitors.
I've just realized that I now have 600 followers, thank you everyone. I might have to organise a give away in my next post.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

The Pulse

Some time ago I and a wonderful group of other artists were invited by the amazing Seth Apter, from The Altered Page blog, to submit photos of our art and answer some very interesting questions. Unfortunately it was around the time my Mother was very ill and subsequently passed away, so I didn't get to submit my work. The book has now been released and I was very honoured when Seth invited me, along with the artists following, to comment on his book and to answer three of his original questions that he put to the artists.

This truly is a great book and gives a wonderful insight into some of the artists, we as bloggers know, and also the chance to meet some new artists whose work I've not seen before. I love the format of the book and spent some time drooling over the images of so many different artist's work. Many of the answers to the questions are very entertaining too. It's lovely to see some fellow Aussies made it into the
book. I'm certainly going to enjoy putting my feet up over Easter and having a good read.

Here are my answers to three of Seth's questions

Is creativity built-in, learned, or both?
As far as I'm concerned, I came into this world with a paint brush, a needle and thread and jeweller's saw in my hands. I was rearing to go from day one, so for me it was definitely built-in.

Do you enjoy working more intuitively or by carefully thinking through your process?

Once I have an idea about a project I'm about to start, it's green lights all the way, there's no time to stop and plan, I'm off and running. This can have mixed results but usually works more often than not.

What do you think your preferred art medium says about your personality?

I work with so many different mediums, but they all seem to end up saying, 'she's colour crazy and is still a hippy at heart'.

Thanks Seth for a wonderful book and for doing so much for the art community, and to help get the word out there, that art really is a great way to communicate.

Here are the other artists who also have some great things to say.

April  2  Rice Freeman-Zachery   http://voodoonotes.blogspot.com/
April  3  Stephanie Lee               http://stephanielee.typepad.com/
April  4  Ali Edwards                   http://aliedwards.com/blog
April  5  Ro Bruhn                      http://robruhn.blogspot.com/
April  6  Roben-Marie Smith        http://www.robenmarie.com/
April  7  Nancy Lefko                 http://nancylefko.blogspot.com/
April  8  Kelly Kilmer                  http://kellykilmer.blogspot.com/
April  9  Trudi Sissons               http://twodressesstudio.blogspot.com/
April 10 Melody Nunez               http://melodynunez.com/
April 11 Dina Wakley                  http://dinastamps.typepad.com/
April 12 Stephanie Hilvitz          http://rodrigvitzstyle.typepad.com/rodrigvitz_style/