Thursday, September 27, 2012

inspired by river gums

I was delighted to receive an email from Val with a picture of a wall hanging that she has made using my 'peeling away' fabric available through Spoonflower and an Australian Themed Embroidery designed by Tea Tree Embroidery
Thankyou so much for emailing me,
I so enjoy seeing how my fabrics inspire people to create

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

pine tree bark, a natural texture

 Spotted over the weekend, I was drawn
to the texture of the bark on this magnificent pine tree. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

hooray the kookaburras are back

Washing the dishes is so much more enjoyable in spring than any other time of the year. I do enjoy gazing out the kitchen window in spring and seeing which birds return. The kookaburras had a wonderful time hanging around while we were working in the garden today, waiting to see how many worms and grabs we came across. As we restore the side garden which neighbors onto parkland we're replacing a few of the exotics with native plants which will then naturally feed the birds and attract bees etc 
Today we planted a few Gravillea plants

Friday, September 14, 2012

creative playtime - altering envelopes

The work in progress at the moment is what I refer to as creative playtime. I so enjoy doing little challenges and/or small projects were I feel totally comfortable pottering with technique, mixing products, painting over it if it doesn't work or just simply starting again. And at the moment I'm enjoying altering envelopes. Once I've finished pottering with this piece I'll be posting it into Tricia's collaborative 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Urban Art Binge (block 4) - journey so far

My confidence when drawing/sketching isn't the same as it is when I'm working with textiles, photos, stitch and collage. It's been in back of my mind that my next creative growth steps would include breaking down this barrier and embrace drawing/sketching. Sometimes when it's meant to be, the right tools appear and this is certainly the case when I stumbled across a link to Urban art Binge
Everything about the workshop appealed. My recent first solo exhibition 'Sunday Drives' drew inspiration from my immediate surrounds. So to be building my confidence towards drawing through a workshop which incorporates live sketching sessions around my home town is a perfect opportunity. The format of the workshop is two sessions per week for 6 weeks - one session in the studio and the second out in the field sketching various Brisbane landmarks, locations & events.
The workshops are co-ordinated by talented and inspiring local artists Emily Fong and Joannah Underhill

Each week Emily and Jo have shared with us many techniques, guided and inspired us to have a go, built our confidence thus ultimately enabling us to enjoy the journey. So far we have live sketched at the Home Festival, Queens Street Mall and Boggo Road Jail and we still have a couple of weeks left in our block to enjoy and continue growing. The next workshop block will be starting on the 15th October 2012, go to Urban Art Binge for full details/enrole.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

shape, form, size - inspiration architecture

 Enjoying browsing through the images that I've captured so far this year and noticing that in addition to capturing images of nature, I also seem to be getting inspired by varying aspects of architecture. The shape, size, form, color, age, materials used, textures and history of buildings seem to be grabbing my attention this year as well. This collection of images captured on our recent trips to Warwick.

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