Friday, 21 October 2016

Opportunity knocks

So, a few weeks ago an unexpected opportunity came up. Someone came to see me and asked to see my journals. She asked about my process, too. A few days later she asked if I would be happy to place a couple of journals in an exhibition that she and her husband were planning. Also, would I design an interactive element for the exhibition so that people could join in?

Would I!

So next week my work will be seen at an exhibition called A Place to be Safe. For me, my art journals are a place to be safe. I can play, thought-spill, and not worry about the end result. It's all about process. If you're in the Adelaide area, drop in and have a look and maybe produce an artwork of your own on the theme of safe places. The exhibition is being presented by the Soroptimists in support of the work of the Zahra Foundation Australia, which aims to assist women who have been threatened and abused at the hands of their partners, and mothers who want to save their children from violent homes. The goal of the foundation is to empower these women to stand on their own feet.

And as it's Friday, don't forget to check out all the wonderful work over at Paint Party Friday. 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Inktober round-up

Inktober days 13-19. The gelli-printed pages sometimes present a bit of a problem when they have dark colours on them, but then I just use a thicker pen. And the long thin format can be interesting :) But surmounting problems is what pushes us to be more creative.

So here we have a tree frog.

A twofer - two aspects of a skull.

A hand.

Some doodled flowers.

Horse-shoe crab.

A face, done left-handed.

An owl.

Check out what other artists have been producing by checking out #inktober2016.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Looking forward...

This page was inspired by Toni Burt. I watched a few of her time-lapse vids and loved the vintage colours. They're not the sort of colours I would normally put together, but it's always good to try something new.

The background has all sorts of collage and then I just went in with stencils, pens, brush marks, bubble-wrap, and my fingers :)

You have to live in the present, not dwelling in the past, and not constantly trying to live in the future. But you do have to look forward every now and again to stay on track. You need to know where you're heading towards so you can take the steps to get there.

Friday, 14 October 2016


It's Friday, so there must be a Paint Party!

This week I tried out a new posture for a face. Not perfect, but good enough and I had fun doing it :) What new technique, material, or subject have you tried lately?

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Inktober round-up

A round-up of the last week of #inktober2016 drawings. My favourite is the chameleon, though I'm pleased with the one above as well.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Whatever flower...

Whatever sort of flower you are, bloom!

Be yourself. Don't worry about what sort of bloom everyone else is producing. You are unique and you are necessary and you add your own beauty to the garden.

Friday, 7 October 2016

First sunshine of spring

After torrential rain, storms, blackouts, and floods over the last couple of weeks, there was a taste of sunshine yesterday. I know that it will only be a little while until we're all melting in the summer heat, but right now this warmth is welcome.

And with this sunshine comes the knowledge that Christmas is coming (even if I still can't get my head around it). I'm making ornaments and the like for the church Christmas Fair so things are pretty busy around here, but I'm still making time for art journalling. It keeps me human :)

Wednesday, 5 October 2016


I'm joining in with Inktober over on instagram for the first time this year. The only rules: draw something every day, and they have to be done with ink, although you can use a pencil to outline first.  You can post with #inktober or #inktober2016

I decided to just go for it and draw with ink straight off. I'm using a book I made out of gelli-printed envelopes, so the size and shape is a challenge, too :)

Above is the first drawing, done in Copics, finishing touches using a white gel pen. This is a left-handed, five minute sketch.

Day 2 - the head of a flamingo. Uniball and Sharpie.

Day 3: a waterlily done with a uniball pen.

Day 4: a grasping hand. Uniball. 

Day 5: a pair of eyes. Sharpie, Uniball, and gel pens.

I'm posting daily on instagram, but doing a weekly round-up here on the blog. Are you joining in the fun? Some of the artists are absolutely amazing!

Monday, 3 October 2016


It's always good to practice gratitude. We had good reason to do so at the end of last week: the entire state lost power at about 4 in the afternoon. Yes, the entire state. That's about one sixth of the land mass of Australia. We were blessed and grateful to have a gas hob, wind-up torches, a log fire, and plenty of candles. 

We were only without power for 6 hours in our suburb. Others got power back more quickly, but some are still without. It's not until something is gone that you realise how much you rely on it.

So don't take anything for granted, and be grateful!