Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Lucy and the Birds

'Lucy and the Birds' Acrylic on 24" x 32" canvas.

I have had my new 'turbo' multi-focal reading/distance glasses for a few days now and life is SO much easier. Gone are the headaches and fatigue. Yay! The blurry vision kind of crept up on me since I was overdue for an eye check-up. Concentrating will not be so tricky anymore.

Next artwork will be a cat painting, promised ages ago to a friend. I hope she forgives me for taking so long!

Monday, 12 May 2008

Saturday Markets & Mother's Day Sunday

While driving the boys to the beach on Saturday I saw that the local art/craft market was on. So I quickly dropped them off for a surf, then headed back to check out the market for a spontaneous 'artist date'.

While being serenaded by a guy and his acoustic guitar, I browsed through piles of second-hand books and racks of clothes, went clucky over some seriously cute kids clothing and saw some really beautiful jewellery too. I finally settled on a colourful journal embellished with sequins and beads, a pot of greek basil (winter basil) for my herb garden, a happy ceramic fish (I collect fish) and a crocheted shoulder bag made of 100% paper. The total bill under $20 - I love the simple pleasure of market shopping!

On Mother's Day Sunday, 'foodie' daughter Lauren took over the kitchen and made me a sensational dinner while we sipped bubbles with a dash of guava nectar. The Menu - Baked balsamic pears wrapped in proscuitto, salmon steak with a salsa & rocket leaves and for dessert a pinenut & rosemary tart with natural yoghurt. Mmmm. Very spoilt!

I hope you had a Happy Mother's Day too!

Saturday, 10 May 2008


Just for fun! Handstands remind me of being seven years old in the playground. We 'd sing the first lines of a pop song, clap our hands twice, then launch into a handstand. Those were the days! My Yoga routine includes a couple too, so I haven't given them up completely!

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Lost Angel

Acrylic on Oil/Acrylic Sketch Paper.

This painting needed some children's verse to go with it, so I wrote this one down (a first draft, so don't be too hard on me!) I like a happy ending :)

Lost Angel

For many days and many nights
an angel flew above the clouds,
searching, ever searching for
that one dear child.

A child who needed her badly,
the child who needed her most.
The one sadly going in circles,
a child truly lost.

This angel's job was special,
This child's straits were dire,
So the angel kept on flying,
higher and higher.

The angel watched the world spinning,
saw time was moving on.
She heard that dear child calling
and knew what must be done.

The angel flew much faster,
but couldn't find her way.
Though could hear the child a-wailing
every night and every day.

Lost no more, at last she found the child
beneath a blossom tree,
whispering a prayer of hope
blue eyes closed tightly.

The angel wiped her tears away
and sprinkled star dust there,
The child stood up and skipped away
with nothing left to fear.

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Diving Deep

This painting has been sitting in the cupboard for quite a while now and I have finally let it see light of day. As you can see it's a "Lucy" painting that took me deep into an underwater world for a few days. Who doesn't want to swim and play with the fish under the sea, sans scuba gear?

Art's been on hold lately, mostly because my eyesight has not been so good and I am waiting on some new spectacles to be made up. I will use these for both for close work - reading/artwork and for distances - driving/watching tv and just walking around. My world has been a blur and I can't wait for them to be ready.