Tuesday, 4 November 2014


Finally back to blogging - apologies to anyone who actually follows this blog. Been spending my days painting - but not the stuff of an arty type - just finished painting a house inside and out and finally I am starting to have a life again....
It's Spring here in New Zealand and our Botanic Gardens are just gorgeous - love the beds of tulips.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

" Back on Track" collage technique

     Christchurch tram - tried to describe it abstractly and attempted a new technique of collage over the    top of a drawing. I wanted to capture some of the emotion I'm feeling about central city - trams are running but it still feels far from buzzing in town. New life is starting but it's a bit hazy as to what things will look like yet. All a bit messy still.
Technique wise - I put down a drawing and then layered collage over it with both opaque and translucent papers and then brought back the elements of the drawing at the end by inking over the drawing where I felt it needed to be strengthened.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Alphabet fun letter B

Another blog's theme for this year is using the alphabet - I have some catch up home work to do as the letter 'D' I have currently done I don't like, which means a redo!
Sometimes it's great to have a starting off point to go from so I've decided to try for a botanical theme with decorative letters.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Strathmore 2014 homework week 2 completed

Just in case you don't know, Strathmore have a free tutorial/workshop that is great. Found it a bit hard to get onto the site but the nice lady at Strathmore fixed it up and I can now access the classes.
Having a window of opportunity with older family members at a drama production and littler ones in bed early, I finally got a chance to attempt the homework.
Well worth the time to review the basics.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Progress not perfection art journal page

A page to remind me not to give up - celebrate even the inches towards progress - words courtesy of Word For Today - Bob Gass