Sunday, December 12, 2010

365 Day Photo Challenge

The 365 Challenge asks participants to take a photo everyday of something in their life for 365 days.

They are encouraged to write a sentence or so below it to explain its significance - or not.

Ben Solah and Jodi Cleghorn began this challange last year, and although I was excited about the intricate and interesting images they were capturing, I just *never* got round to doing it... so... here goes... I am committing to 365 days through my lens..starting January 1st.

Now to find my first image.. and not to think too deeply about it...

eek.. what have I done?

Anyone else want to join me?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Pay it Forward .... Craft.

I've been feeling pretty guilty about not 'creating things' once a day - as I had intended to earlier in the year.

For me art is not just sketching and painting, but its food preparation and making beautiful settings with flowers, all sorts of craft and gardening.

In saying this.. I've not enriched myself by pursuing any of these things.. things that I love to do.

So - when I saw this project on paying it forward I knew it was my kick in the pants to get going again.  I am committing to create at least three beautiful things and giving them away.

Below is the 'official' note about it.

I am participating in some 'pay it forward' fun over at  Miss Money Quilts  and am continuing the fun here. 

I have three spots to fill for anyone who wants to join in too. 

I will make a handmade gift for the first 3 interested people. I have 365 days to do it in…

What it will be and when it will arrive is a total surprise! The catch is that you must participate as well: 

You must have a blog and before you leave your comment here, write up a pay it forward post on your blog to keep the fun going. 

I am looking forward to this sooo much....I hope you can join me  :o)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Dead tree in blue sky

I missed the majesty of this sight by attempting to capture it on film. This dead tree was huge... the sky, so blue...
Those who live OS - especially the expats... remember how blue the sky is in Australia?  It was a gorgeous day and one I was grateful that I lived here.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Another Blah day

Another Blah Day.  Just couldn't get it together.. a medly of stuff.... using my brush painting.,

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Lest We Forget

ANZAC Morning.

A small wreath left under the names of those who fell during the wars, with the LEST WE FORGET cross and flag at half mast in the background.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Birds Practice

Thought I'd practice my birds again.. some ok, some... humm not so great.. can really see I have a issue with overworking my lines.(bit of a parallell here??)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Blah day

Had a crappy day today with inspiration and everything.. blahhhhh. so here is my blah nothing brushpainting..

I was attempting some parrots, but they looked stupid. then I tried some leaves and they looked so lame I thought it best juat to stop.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fish Practice

Carp and fish are a favoured subject area for brushpainting - so had a whirl at them.. Again a hard thing not to over detail or over do....

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Bamboo Tall

I was really pleased with this one....

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Release - FA

I went back to some of my past sketches and chose Release to see if I can do a Fast Art on it.. boy - its hard ( for me) not to go over lines or rework things. 

Its not great - but this was my first attempt at it.

Monday, April 19, 2010

expressions - FA

I remember another exercise where we had to capture an expression with as little line work as we could - as well as under time pressure... heres my first try ( after years away from it)

Grumpy old bloke in supermarket queue.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

FA ball kick

another flash art.. no points on guesses where I have been...

trying to capture the moment the ball drops for the kick

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Flash Art - Shout

After a bit of brushpainting and relaising I don't need to spend heaps of time creating something, I remembered an exercise we used to do in art classes - called speed art or flash art.

Basically - you had either 30 seconds, or 1 min or 2 mins ( dep on subject) to capture what you can in quick lines.  The idea is to get the impression, the movement...

so heres my first one...  a parent at a football match today yeling for thier little one to keep running.. whilst gurading thier eyes agains the sun.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Lotus 2

Another crack at a lotus.  This time with a little colour.. Might have to crack open my watercolour pencils!! ( oh the luxury!) The colour is a bit washed out on this scan.. oh well.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Another thing which is traditional is the water lilly lotus thing ( yes - I am really up there on terminology)This one is over done again. too many stroke lines.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tiny Bird Brush Painting

There are a number of things which are traditionally painted or captured when brushpainting.  I'll have to find out what sort of bird this is - but its a cheeky little thing whcih usually hangs around on the bamboo...

I've over done this one - too many lines and too fussy.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bamboo - Formal Picture

Not the end all and be all - but an end product of my practice.  It really does my head in that it can be done so quickly - its a must. Every stroke pre determined but flowing.  I have a LOOOONG way to go...

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bamboo practice

some more form work with the traditional bamboo

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bamboo leaves practice

I've taken up my brush painting again - well - the black ink anyway. Its perfect for my time poor schedual. I can't agonise over lines or redo things - I need to empty my mind and just gowith the flow - literally.

Anyway - here are some practice strokes, trying to get the form right for the leaves.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Scribbly Gums

I''m a sucker for scribbly gums... just can't get enough photos of them...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bushwalking 'Tude

This is apparently the right 'tude to have when bushwalking..... Thanks Miss L.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Morgans first Model Plane

Morgan was so delighted to have built this - nearly by himself.

Although it didnt come with the engine noisebox, Morgan was happy to add these when it took its virgin flight...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

Looks like these bunnies have been in the snow....

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Bunny the Lawnmower got

Here is Lillys master peice.  I thought it looked like Easter Bunny had an argument with the lawnmower.

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Marshmallow Bunny Production Line

Here we are making Marshmallow Easter bunnies...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Flood washup

signs of how far the flood waters came up the path in our local nature reserve.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Dogs Birthday Party

Yes, Scruff was invitged to a birthday party - for another dog.

We brought a present and people food - which was both immedialty consumed by birthday dog...

The said hound was camera shy - though didn't mind showing off his bling ( rhinestone studded collar) I managed to catch Scruff about to give him a birthday kiss... or something

It was a bizzare experience and one I need to write about further.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Blissed out Lilly

A photo taken at the Buddhist Temple of Lilly after classes - but showing me how she meditates.. how blissed out does she look?

Monday, March 22, 2010


Another sketch prompted by the calmness of the temple yesterday.  pure bliss.calm and serene...

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Buddhist Monk

I take Morgan and Lilly to the buddhist temple on a Sunday for meditation and tai chi lessons.  I took my sketch pad today and tried to capture the joy in the faces of the monks as they walked past.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Pain in Waiting

 This weeks prompt for Fiction Friday over at Write Anything inspired this picture, which in turn has inspired my story.  Check them out!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Reclining Male

good grief!! some colour... and on some brown paper - just for some added interest in texture...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ducks out for a walk

Its been so wet and miserable.. even the ducks have abandoned their usual nesting places and been looking for dryer areas to hang out in.

Heres a shot I've just taken - right near our house of a mother duck and her babies toddling along the street looking for a safe place to be.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


another of the merfolk... pressed again up on the windows.. looking in....

Monday, March 8, 2010


I've had a re-occuring dream over the last few days involving a reserach station in the middle of the ocean and merfolk.  Its snatches and I cant seem to hear the story... am hoping by sketching them it will come clearer.

Todays picture is of one of the mermen - pressed up against the large glass observatory windows overlooking the depths within the station.

My lack of knowledge of male anatomy requires me to go and perve at men in gyms... purly for artisitc purposes - obvioulsy.... any takers?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Karate Tournament

This is a photo, straight from my new toy - my IPhone of me at the marshall desk at the State Titles Tournament.  Yep - this is where I sat all day - eyes on the time, hand on the buzzer and kept time.

I also had to keep record for the score and of the penalties ( see the board in front of me with the flip over things)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

A week gone by

How distressing to find that I've not lifted a pencil or created a piece of art for a week

Must do better.... without my daily committment, I've not achieved anything better or greater within my writing... indeed I've been poorer for it.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Drunk on...


This is a sketch which may accompany one of my stories from my anthology entitled Drunk on...  Inspired by a story by a close friend of her fantasies at the gym. ( which left the enthralled table at which she shared these at in hysterics)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Inner Sanctum

This represents the peace found when turned inside - to ones own thoughts and feelings.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I wish you were here

A glimpse of Turions mother, Marilla from one of my blog fiction series.  Not sure if this will go with the story in the Anthology or not - but its nice to see who she is. Such a powerful gaze. She risked so much for the sake of her son, only to be disinherited and thrown out of the city.  Might need to write some more about her rescue soon... Turion has been very patient in the green room.... If you are interested in reading some of Turions story - click here

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

No Laughing Matter

This is an image I caught for one of my stories - no laughing matter - about poking fun at dying and cancer.  Well - thats cheery isn't it...

I was attempting to capture the line of this characters jaw as she tilted away - in a haughty, disinterested manner.  I think all I got was a squashed face.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Orgasmic Birth


I've just submitted an article to a birthing magazine on orgasmic birth - and blissful birthing, so played around with an image to go with it. For many people the thought of the two words - orgasmic and birthing - would seem worlds apart. Part of this image reflects that - the shame of feeling bliss in what essentially is a sexual act - that of birthing.

Monday, February 22, 2010



I was trying to get the shape of release, or unadulterated bliss and orgasm - without it being sexual.. is that a bit weird?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lava Lamp

I was given a lava lamp and I ADORE it.. How incredibly cool is it?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Brush painting CW Logo

I pulled my Japanese Brush Painting set out and was thankful I remembered how to make the ink and hold the brush. Its just so.. Japanese.... you have to empty your mind and commit to the moment and then let it go to go on to do the next stroke.

I did two perfect strokes - but they weren't on the same picture,,, and the rest of the painting looked aweful.. ahh well. I also don't think I was in the right head space to be doing this- a few crappy things on today - but in retrospect - perhaps this was the best thing for me to be doing...

below are two of my better attempts.  Not 100% delighted with any of them....



Thursday, February 18, 2010

Simplified logo for Chinese Whisperings

I've had a go at The Chinese Whisperings Logo agian - a simplified brush stroke style.  Tonight - or more likley tommorrow I'll get my ink and pen out and have a go at this and see if I can get a cleaner version

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

First Brush

Just a sketch of the horror the character felt in the story First Brush. Not enough emotion or angst in the stance.  might have to have another go at this

Monday, February 15, 2010

Toss of a coin

I wrote this story - Toss of a Coin - for Valentines Day in 2008. I liked it so much it made it inot my Anthology. A pity I don't like this picture - the hand is completely wrong and I now appreciate why the Masters spent years painting and sketching hands.. they drive you mad.