Friday, 22 January 2016

Big Red Canvas

Big Red Canvas No 1 – acrylic paint on large canvas (1000 x 70cm ish)

Sometimes I just feel like painting... I felt like painting blue but I had tonnes more red paint and not much blue so red won. Next time I'll do blue. There is something so satisfying about painting colour on a large scale. I used crimson, yellow, white, black and a mysterious redish pink tube of leftover paint from who knows where? Choosing which brush to use was probably the hardest part but once I had it in my hand, I started. I basically let the paint and the brush have its way and didn't think about it – just let it happen. Not sure how many hours passed or how many times I listened to the same CD over and over but there it was... a big red painting. As I stood back and looked at it for what seemed like the first time ever, I wondered what its destiny would be? 

Can't wait to do blue...

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Phoebe, The Thinker (Part 2)

Day turned to night and still she sat, deep in thought, waiting for something...

Phoebe, The Thinker (part 2) – the sky background has been changed to a night sky. Its a bit like spot the difference. Can you notice anything else different?

Phoebe, The Thinker

Phoebe felt like she had been here before. Was it de ja vue? It all seemed strangely familiar. Anyway, she was tired and over it and needed to rest. Maybe she had just been going in circles? Maybe she hadn't really gone anywhere at all? Ho hum. It was all too much to think about so she decided to sit and wait for a sign, or a miracle or maybe just a bus?

Phoebe, The Thinker – Originally sketched in pencil then redrawn and coloured using Illustrator. The suitcase texture is the actual texture of an old retro suitcase I own. Background is a painted canvas collaged into illo using Photoshop. Grass was created using Photoshop. Bird just popped in uninvited.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Old Man (charcoal & pastel)

Old Man - Roughly sketched in pencil first on quality drawing paper (I bought it years ago so it has a natural creamish-white colour). I then used black conti to do the actual drawing and pastels to colour. A deliciously soft compressed black charcoal was then used for definition and final shading. Yep, I had charcoal everywhere... love it!

Today was a gift – one of those rare days you remember for years to come. I spent most of it in the art studio (by myself) which I haven't done in months. Usually I just don't have the time to spare and when I do, I have the kids with me or at least constant interruptions or guilt attacks because I should be doing something else. Today however, was perfect. My husband had the kids and they all stayed out of my hair. It was exhilarating to say the least. I painted for a couple of hours in the morning and then drew all afternoon. Time didn't seem to exist. I was so engrossed in my art that the world could have blown up and I wouldn't even have noticed. The creative itch that had been driving me crazy was finally scratched at last...

Monday, 4 January 2016

Phoebe - Seriously shopped out...

Phoebe - Seriously shopped out: originally sketched in pencil, redrawn and coloured using Illustrator. Real paper textures scanned and collaged into illo using Photoshop. Background was painted on canvas and then added using Photoshop. Usual Kazart swirl added just because I love swirls... x

Phoebe collapsed in a heap (of shopping)... she was over it. Done. Finished. She was seriously all shopped out. Christmas shopping, grocery shopping, post Christmas sales shopping, more grocery shopping, using-gift-voucher shopping, January sale shopping, even more grocery shopping, school stuff shopping... surely that was it?

Exhausted, she decided to make herself a nice cup of tea. Ahhhh! She gasped and almost fainted as she realised with horror that the one thing she had forgotten to buy was tea... oh no!!! How was she going to survive?!

(Horrible truth: The one thing you forget when you go shopping is ALWAYS the most important...)

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Crazy year over - a New Year begins!

WOW! Don't know about you but I'm so ready for a fresh new year - the chance to start again and this time get it right. Its been a crazy crazy year and not quite what I was expecting. Heres hoping that we all grew a little wiser, braver and stronger so that this year we can fly through the tough times, keep our sense of balance and not lose our sense of humour. After all, one little smile can make all the difference to someone's day...  Happy New Year!! xo

Monday, 14 December 2015

Pre-Christmas Madness

I woke up at 3.30 this morning... my face felt so itchy and irritated and I needed to go to the bathroom. With eyes half closed, I looked in the mirror... ahhhh!! My face looked as if it had been stung by 1000 bees – either that or I had just been in a fight with Jeff Feneche and lost? An allergic reaction to something... can you be allergic to pre-Christmas stress? Argh... I went downstairs and took an antihystimyne (non-drowsy of course) and went back to bed to try and get some sleep. Obviously that didn't work because I then laid there for an hour and a half ish while pre-Christmas stress ran riot in my head. It was going to be a good day...

Tea. That would fix it. I got up made a cup of tea and watched the sun rise while our 4 roosters had their morning crowing competition in the background. Maybe it was going to be a good day after all?
Xmas Blues Cat - "I'm dreaming of a Meowy Christmas..."

I love Christmas in theory but it always ends up in a mad shopping panick at the last minute when the shops are packed with screaming kids and impatient people and there is so much noise and overlapping music that you feel like you are in some horrible spinning vortex... its complete overload. Too much everything. Too many options. And not enough time. Its sooo confusing... If I don't take a precise list of what I need to buy and where to get it from then I just end up coming home with a lot of impulse buys that I can't really give to anyone. What was I thinking? I wasn't. The massive headache had blocked any possible rational thoughts... Ah yes. I used to love Christmas shopping but somehow it has gotten too hard or maybe we have all just lost the plot?

Isn't Christmas supposed to be about giving and spending time with loved ones? Why can't it just be simple? It has seriously gotten out of hand. Everyone races around spending massive amounts of money they don't have - concentrated consumerism out of control. I'm just as guilty. I always start out with a clear head and a plan of how much I'm going to spend. I try to keep each gift simple and meaningful... but come Christmas Day I know I have completely blown the budget, bought a lot of crap and have that awful feeling of having forgotten to buy for someone?

But seriously, I do love Christmas. If only it could be in black and white with Nat King Cole crooning in the background and everyone dressed in their finest clothes and their hair done just so and perfectly behaved kids dressed in matching outfits and sleigh bells in the distance... oh right, thats just an old movie I watch every year.

Have a lovely Christmas anyway...  xoxo