Tuesday, February 01, 2011

New Blog


I thought I might give blogging another go but wanted a new look with new ideas for 2011. Couldn't quite bring myself to press the delete button here yet.

For now, my new blog is located at:

Hope to see you there :)


Sunday, August 09, 2009

Card making again

My friend Kerin has gotten me back to making cards again. I had thought I would have to wait for Christmas before I made anymore cards since I lost my cardmaking mojo....but she must have flicked on some dormant switch...

There are some photos here over the weekened of what Kerin and I got up to... the photos aren't quite exactly card related but it was fun. Go see... lol

I have been straying ... a little jewellery making... a little tin altering... teaching myself how to quilt.. so far i have done a sample quilt but still yet to learn how to bind, fingers crossed i can understand the book instructions.. an unfinished landscape of a little shed/shack out in the paddock, not sure when I will pick up the brush again..
Anyhow, here are some cards.. you can't quite tell from the pictures but the stripes are all 3 dimensional.. not patterned paper :o)

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Yayyy it's finished

I am sooo sooooo happy right now... i didn't think i could do it but i happy with it...
YAYYYYYYYYy i hope my dad will love it... i think he will comment on the lack of animal factor... will a cow drinking from the river be too weird... i've only ever seen them in the paddock.... he wanted an autumn scene... but i'm too scared to paint red and orange trees..
This was the first time i painted on loose canvas and i really don't know why i have never done it before. Weird i thought after i painted on it.

You can see a close up version of it at this link on my flickr album. I actually loaded a larger size but looks like flickr resized it.

River gum

39 by 50 cm
acrylic on loose canvas

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Lang Lang and father at Carnegie Hall - Horses

I recently saw a concert by the pianist Lang Lang on tv and then found this clip on youtube. It's so cool how the clip clop of horses can be done using the chinese string intrument.. thought I would post it here :)

2 gum trees and a lonely cow

I couldn't wait to post.. This painting has been going on for weeks and each week a little is added to it. It will have more cows, some pebbles in the sand, some grass fixing.
I don't know if I was passionately motivated to finish it like my other paintings in one sitting but there was a lot of patience, silence and a curious persistence to carry on.
My dad has requested an autumn landscape but the idea of painting red and yellow trees make me cringe because of the difficulties in it. I'm not sure I would understand how to balance bright colours. If that fails, he is getting this gum tree painting.
Apart from this painting, nothing much else is going on in my neck of the woods. Anyway, here is the painting.. You can see a larger version of it here (Flickr album)
acrylic on canvas

Monday, February 09, 2009

Work in Progress - oil painting

i'm back to teaching myself how to paint ... it feels like i'm fumbling in the darkness trying to work out how to make things look the way i wish they would look. It is all very frustrating.
This painting actually started 6 months ago. It was a bluer picture then with little brown or yellows. Then i decided to make it a brown yellow painting. May add some more cows later, i'm not sure yet. It's alright........ by far not where I would like it to be. Oil painting seems harder than acrylic. Maybe i'll try painting the same scene in acrylic and see what happens.
I had a disaster with apples few weeks ago and abandoned it. i dunno. i lose interest so easily but have this desire to work through the difficult issues. I will paint a million gum trees if i have to and grass.. why is grass so difficult to do.
Anyway.. this painting isn't finished yet. I thought i would post something...

PS at least the cows look cute.... hehe

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Blogging break :)

Just a little note to say I won't be blogging for the next few days but will pick up the Misty January journalling again on monday.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Yellow and pink

Yellow was better than i thought but i have never used it on it's own. It was always a colour i used to enhanced another.
But it wasn't as bad as pink.. I am not a pink person. There is a story behind it.

When i was a little girl, my mum decided to paint my room pink, and along with that were pink pillows and bedspread. It wasn't a nice light pink.. it was a brighter than bright hot pink and when night came, we had this orange night light at the stairway next to my bedroom... and it shone into my bedroom... and the hot pink became red like a furnace. The stairway light would cast long shadows from objects in the bedroom, towering across the ceiling and i would be shaking in the bed terrified. I must have thought it was hell. I cannot quite remember what happened after because many many years later when i visited that room again, it was no longer pink. So while others think of nice pink bunnies and flowers, pink reminds me of monsters...
The pink house below is a reminder of that pink room. I think it will be my first and last pink item. Initially i drew a pink monster... then thought i didn't think anyone would understand LOL so i painted over him and presented this tamer version of the pink monster.

Friday, January 16, 2009


This painting started out with a painting of a man with a tree on his head all in dark red LOL and slowly it changed into this.. not too sure if i like it but i like the background... :o)


So this is white... she is letting out the butterflies in her tummy hehe :o)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Here is my entry for the colour green... :oD

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


This is my entry for the orange theme.. i almost chickened out of the colour orange... couldn't think of anything except oranges and i had to stop the urge to paint some!!!!

Green the next colour is going to be a challenge... hmm