Friday, 28 August 2015


Not a productive week!  Messed everything up!
However Giggles of The Happy Tiler  saved the day.
Since I stopped blogging earlier in the year, I have lurked  about PPF but haven't felt like leaving  comments.   Tonight when I read her latest post,  it really spoke to me.  I have had heaps of grief this year and just cant speak.  It hurts too much.  I was sitting on the couch thinking I must leave a comment while watching the Australian  version of The Voice and Adam Lambert was guest singer.  He sang My heart is a Ghost Town and I realised that what was the matter.  I have to lay the ghosts to rest!  Let the living come into my heart, let my heart live, and stop the silence.

So I photographed a messed up drawing and played with it digitally.  Thanks Sherry.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

A fresh start

Wow it has been nearly 6 months since I last posted!  Time does fly.   My art mojo took a holiday.  At times I was convinced I would never create a picture again.  But a miracle happened the weekend.  I started to draw again. I woke up in the middle of the night, with heaps of inspiration.  I was twitching to start, in the end I got up at 4:30 and got my pencils out of the dark depths of my art cupboard and started…..

At this stage I only feel like drawing, I have decided to do a journal of the whimsical world of a young girl, completely random, just whatever takes her fancy, be it nature or other people.  I have no idea where it is going to take me, but the journey will be interesting.

What do I have to thank for this inspiration?  While I have not been up to painting I have been creative.  Mostly, crochet.  Beautiful glorious colour!
I have been doing a Crochet along with Dedri Uys of Look what I made fame.  It is called Sophie’s Universe and is an amazing piece of design.  I got way behind as for while there I lost my crochet mojo too.  But I am still plugging away at it.

It is already a metre wide, and I am only half way through.  But it makes me smile every time I see it, had to use it in my new header.

I have decided to streamline and have my blogging under one roof.  So my arty friends, I will post arty stuff on Friday and Sunday, and my crafty friends I will post on week days.

I am going to try and post the saga of Sophie every weekend, so tune then to see her first Adventure.

A bit of crochet eye candy! 

As you see creativity will always find a way to manifest!

Thanks for visiting and see you soon.

Linking with Sunday Sketches today.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Happy Birthday PPF!

Paint Party Friday is 4 today!  Wow 4 years that is a massive achievement by Kristin and Eva.  It success I am sure is the sense of community there is amongst participants.   We all support each other in our growth as artists; I know that my art has benefited from being part of PPF.

To celebrate this event Eva and Kristen has asked us to do selfies.  Here is my attempt. I actually got my oils out and used an old canvas that already was painted with dark blue.

I am in the throes of packing for my move in a couple of weeks.  However I managed to get some quiet time.  I had to go to Greytown a town further down the valley.  It is an old colonial town and has lots of lovely settler houses set in beautiful garens.

But my favourite bit was my walk and picnic lunch in a stand of original bush land that has been preserved near the camping grounds.

The shade and green was bliss on a very hot day.


Friday, 20 February 2015

Paint Party Friday- on the move

Hi everybody.  Have had a busy, busy week!  I have decided to move house as my present home I have decided is too large, especially the garden which has become rather overgrown!  I have found somewhere else that is far easier to manage, but now I have to get rid of rather a lot of stuff!  So like the cutie above I am twirling around in a panic!  Think I will have to get a pad out and start  to make lists.

I am actually quite excited as decorating rooms looms in my future, yummy. 

 However, over the next few months I suspect my blog posts will be a bit sparse.  But I will still try and post and visit all my friends at Paint Party Friday.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Happy Valentine!

When I was young as this beauty we didn't celebrate Valentine ’s Day.  But I am sure we still had the same sentiments.  Romance, dreams of happy forever, hopes for the future.  Over the years the dreams do get knocked about a bit, but love is forever. \

1 Corinthians, Chapter 13. Says it all
 What if I could speak all languages of humans and of angels? If I did not love others, I would be nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 
What if I could prophesy and understand all secrets and all knowledge? And what if I had faith that moved mountains? I would be nothing, unless I loved others. 

What if I gave away all that I owned and let myself be burned alive? I would gain nothing, unless I loved others. 
Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or 
 rude. Love isn't selfish or quick tempered. It doesn't keep a record of wrongs that others do. 

 Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. 
Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. 

 Love never fails! Everyone who prophesies will stop, and unknown languages will no longer be spoken. All that we know will be forgotten. 

We don't know everything, and our prophecies are not complete. 

 But what is perfect will someday appear, and what isn't perfect will then disappear. 
When we were children, we thought and reasoned as children do. But when we grew up, we quit our childish ways. 

Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later we will see him face to face. We don't know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us. 

 For now there are faith, hope, and love. But of these three, the greatest is love. 

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful week.

Linking to Paint Party Friday hosted by Eva and Kristin. 

Friday, 6 February 2015

Just Doodling Along....!

Circumstances haven’t allowed me to do much art lately but I still manage to get in a little bit of doodling with pastels and paints.  These are a few from this week’s colour plays.

And a painting I did of roses - a request from a loved family relative – “I would love you to do me some roses dear, pink ones, but proper!’  I hope these will be “proper” enough! Lol.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you all have a creative week.

Linking to Paint Party Friday hosted by the lovely Kristin and Eva.

Friday, 9 January 2015

The Landscape Within

I have had an introspective week.  I had intended to do a post on the happy changes I mentioned last week.  But two pieces of bad news on top of a period where I have had losses in my family broke the camel’s back. In particular the news that a friend had taken his life hit me knocked the stuffing out of me.  I had no idea he was struggling.  No one had.  News like that makes you re-evaluate everything.

I wasn't going to post as I feel so sad.  But then, I have got to be real, sadness is life, without it we would not know joy!  Or perhaps we wouldn't prize it so much. 

The only art I did this week was this digital piece portraying how I feel at the moment.  I used bit of art work and photos and collaged them in Photoshop.

Have a great week and thanks for visiting, normal happy service will be back next week!!

Linking as always to Paint Party Friday, thank you Eva and Kristin!

Friday, 2 January 2015

A New Year, A New Start

Changes are afoot!
I am streamlining!
My blog
My Art
My Crafts
My garden
My home
My Body!

All will be revealed soon.

 Happy New Year!

Linking to Paint Party Friday

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Seasons greetings

I would like to wish all my readers and followers a Happy New Year and that it be be full of joy and wonderful creative endeavours.

It is swelteringly hot here and the exodus to the beaches has already started as Christmas is when most kiwis take their annual holidays.  For my virtual Christmas card I have painted the New Zealand Christmas tree - Pohutukawa.  It is festooned with gorgeous red flowers during December and January.  It is a coastal tree and adorns the beaches and sea cliffs - a wonderful sight.

See you in  the New Year.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Collages and a Tah Dah!

For the collage theme over at Art Journal Journey this week I have continued using up old scraps and failed paintings.

The above was a collage I started years ago and never finished.  I think it was at the beginning of my tea bag painting phase.  The trees are dried gum leaves.

This collage is a combination of three failed works!  I pasted them onto a large sheet of card and then added some leaves.  The tea bag in the centre I left unpainted as I thought it might get a bit too busy.

Now I don’t know if this qualifies as a collage as it is digital.

I used a watercolour of some apple blossom, a photo of my Mothers wedding day, (the two ladies with her are my grandmothers.  Christmas is a time of family and I feel the need to honour these ladies as they are no longer with us.)  I also used some bits of lace that I scanned.

Tah Dah!

For Paint Party Friday, I finished the painting from last week thanks to a suggestion from Denthe and others.  Denthe suggested that I paint the bird looking at the girl as if it was going to take it from her.  That really hit the mark for me.  I am going to call the painting The Last FlowerThe birds are upset that she has picked it as now they will be hungry and there will now be no flowers to form seeds and feed the earth.  I think the girl has realised too late what she has done in her mission to smell the beautiful scent.

People who have looked at my last post for Sunday Sketches will recognise the bird as the Tui.  There is a reason that I have been painting them a lot.  My younger brother had a stoke 3 weeks ago.  As children we were very close, but in late teenage years we became estranged.  A couple of years ago I got in touch again with him and we have been developing a relationship again.   As children we use to spend holidays with our grandmother and she still worked some mornings so we were dropped off at the National Museum in Wellington and we took turns at what we would look at.  Dave was keen on birds so I drew them and he took notes from the displays.  Then we would make a project sheet on each bird for our Grandparents.  

I think what we also like the most was when Grannie picked us up and took us to fancy restaurants for lunch.  She let us choose whatever we wanted.  I think that is where I got my love of fine food!! 
When we got in touch again Dave would send me photos of birds that live around his home in Canberra (Australia)  His favourite  NZ bird is the Tui, so I am painting a series of cards for him.  Below is a painting in gouache that I am going to frame for him.

It is so sad he is only in his fifties and his wife is dying of breast cancer.  They had just got back from Mexico where they had gone for treatment for Liz.  It is not working unfortunately; I think the stress of it all plus other family stuff caused it.  So, if could please send your prayers or healing vibes to Canberra, I would be grateful.

That’s it for today

Hope you all have a wonderful week and thanks for visiting.