Friday, March 28, 2008
Last November I went on holidays with my sisters down south, I found this journal perfect to record the great time we had. It took me about 2 hours to upload my photo's from digital camera, enhance and re size photo's and insert journal text using the photo's to prompt my memories. The program I used is Microsoft word and I save my photo's to my documents on the computer. We have put the lovely magnini papers that we sell which is 140 gsm in a lovely ivory colour. Now I have just got to do the same for other holidays. We also want to design a file holder to stand the completed folders in. How easy is that.
This one is in the kitchen in front of a corner window on the bench and surrounded by old glass bottles. The colour hasn't photographed so well but it is a lovely pale turquoise.I want to share with you this lovely david austin rose peeping out amongst the branches of the climbing roses in my garden. I think it is the only rose out at the moment in my garden. The heat of summer is hard on the garden and we are only allowed to use the reticulated water twice a week, not nearly enough water so I hand water with the hose in between to keep them alive. This rose opens right out and has lovely soft yellow stamens.
Laying out a page to get a feel for the balance and symmetry, I do this a lot, these pages can sit like this for weeks, whereby I will move things around from time to time. The book I am using is a reproduction victorian photo album with floral images surrounding the cut out for the photo. I cut all the pages out and use them as a base. Can you see the vintage laces the wide one on the left side of the page is very old and a lovely sepia colour. The ribbon on the right of the page will maybe have shell buttons sewn along its length. The photo's are my mum as a bride on the left and the other is my dad holding me. the photos in the background on the left are printed on soft cotton and will be embroidered into a page somewhere. I am hoping you will be interested enough to come back and see the progress of this journal, I hope to have it nearly finished to take to the Melbourne Art Retreat we run in May and will possibly teach a class on a smaller version at next years Art Retreat which we may run in Sydney.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
This week has been a bit of a challenge, it has come to my notice that an online shop has downloaded an image of my artwork from my blog and directed her customers to my blog. I can only see this as using my knowledge of the Golden products to promote their online sales. This website does not have a retail shop so does not have to contend with the expenses involved. I understand there is a place for online shops but their ethics are not always very high, there I have vented my spleen. Unfortunately for those who visit my blog and have learnt techniques that I have been only to willing to share and promote the wonderful Golden Products, I will not be putting anymore of my art samples on my blog, however if you contact me by phone or email I will do my very best to help you. I really, really am sorry to take this step but it leaves me very vulnerable to predators. I hope you will continue to visit and read my blog and if you don't I am sorry I will miss you.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
1 born in the land of the long white cloud, my wonderful New Zealand, moving to Australia with my family in 1982. NZ is still home.
2 oldest of four wonderful sisters at 63 years young, so i am the big sister.
3 drove through Germany on the right hand side of the road with my sister as co pilot and map reader, think it was more of a challenge for her, reading the sign posts.
4 love mixed media art, pure escapism
5 have a never give up belief in life, and will give anything a go
6 my passions are chocolate (oh I cant believe I said that one) vintage everything, reading, music
7 I would love to be able to dance, any kind of dance, just love the rythm and in my mind I can soar with the 'So you think you can dance" contestants
There now as you can see I am a quirky minded soul who will be up to my elbows in paint for as long as I can move my hands and fingers. Love to travel, especially Europe and the UK, I am a late starter where travel is concerned. Thought I would go for 6 weeks with my sister, do it on the rough, and that would be that, wrong, now I can't wait to go again. I come from a warm loving family who instilled in me that I could do whatever I want do where I like, I just took a while to come to believe it.
Friday, March 7, 2008
This dear little nest we found on the ground in the laneway, as I collect nest this was not one I was prepared to give away, goose feathers enhance it.
Well now its back to work again, must say I love my work, mmmh parts of it not so much, the creative side of it yes! We have a lot of work getting things ready for the two art retreats. Have you seen the lovely Judy Wilkenfeld's blog Red Velvet, this girl is going places her blog will wrench your heart. Judy is off to teach at Art and Soul very soon, and we are negotiating to have her teach at our Art Retreat next year so keep an eye on our website www.artisticjourney.com.au Joanne has some real interesting artwork that she has been doing lately, if you have time take a look.