Friday, October 29, 2010

Owl Lover 2011 Calendar

My Owl Barn has generously made available a free downloadable 2011 owl calendar chock full of original donated artwork.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

IF - Racing

After so many years of staying quiet the words came racing out of her mouth like a flock of birds!

Racing from the mouth thumb

I want to redo this, not happy, I was a bit unfocused and didn’t plan properly grrr!

Softies for Mirabel

Softies for Mirabel Poster

It’s on again! Above is a  little illustration and design I did for a ‘Mirabel’ poster/flyer!

“Softies for Mirabel is now in it's fourth year.  It's a campaign Meet Me at Mikes run to benefit The Mirabel FoundationThe Mirabel Foundation is an amazing group of people who provide support to families affected by substance abuse.  Their work involves supporting the carers of kids who might have lost a parent, or been abandoned, due to their parent's illicit drug use.  Sometimes it is BOTH parents.   It's really VERY important work.  These kids are really amazing, and usually in the care of extended family or elderly grandparents.  They are often grieving for their lost parent.  And they need to know that PEOPLE CARE.  I care.  And my family and our little Mike's community cares.  Each year we ask people to get together (or fly solo!) and make a toy for a Mirabel kid.  Handmade toys are totally packed with love... and we want as many of those toys as possible to send out to Mirabel.  Your toy could become an invaluable confidante to a kid with lots of stuff to talk about.  Each toy is carefully matched to just the right kidlet, and they are gifted when they are needed most.  And you could be part of that.” (Meet Me at Mikes.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Giveaway update

I enlisted the help of my mini models to help show you the Sprig bag I made today.

These pictures actually tell you a lot about my kids. As you can see Lachi is not afraid to ham it up and flaunt his inner Diva while Savannah tends to play it a bit more serious.

sprig models 007 sprig models 008

However, she does have a slightly quirky, wicked side that sneeks out occasionally when no one is looking and usually results in Lachi getting blamed for something...hmmm, a quiet achiever.

sprig models 003 sprig models 006

So anyhoo, this is the bag that’s on offer for my giveaway here as posted the other day. The winner will be announced  next Monday November 1st so you still have time to leave a comment and be a part of the fun!

The Great Big Stitched Postcard

GBSPS button

Well I’m getting involved with ‘The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap’ again. It was lots of fun last time so I’m looking forward to being a part of the fun again! You can too if you would like, all you have to do is go here and let Beth know, it’s just that simple.

If you like you can have a look at what I did last time here or you could go to the flickr group pool and find more ideas and inspiration than you can poke a stick at.  That’s if you are stuck for ideas, or if you would just like to have a peep at some some creative peeps!

Oh and by the way the theme this time is ‘Home’ which is really nice cause I like home, there is really no other place I’d rather be most days.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Top Five

Placebo - Running up that road

Norah Jones - Come away with me

Regina Spektor - Samson

Annie B Sweet - Take on me

Arcade Fire - Rococo

Friend today said I might like this band, oh yeah, seriously diggin' on this!


Hello all!

Well it’s only a couple of days till my blog birthday so I am announcing a little giveaway to celebrate. As per usual all you have to do is write a comment and your in the draw. I’m thinking that I will randomly draw the winner on the 1st of November, what do you think?

So here is an example of what you will win…

Sprig_Greeting Cards

First a set of two Sprig greeting cards…Sprig_Calico bag 

…secondly a calico Sprig library tote bag.  This is just an example as the real one has been handed into Uni to be marked. The real one is actually much cuter as I have added red with white polk-a-dot material trim along the top quarter of the bag and it only has one shoulder strap but you get the gist. I will take a photo of the ‘real’ one in a couple of days so you get a better idea.

Anyhoo, if you would like to own these original cards and bag just leave a comment below, YAY!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

IF _ the spookiness continues


Savannah 12yrs

buttom eye girl

Annabell 12yrs

My daughter and her besty wanted to get onto the spooky bandwagon with Illustration Friday these are the results. I don’t know about you but I’m scared, Eeeeek!!!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Little fish

little fish

I have just spent a very pleasant afternoon drawing and experimenting. Some aspects were successful, some not so much, but it’s all about learning and I will know better for next time.

Illustrators I love to visit…

Just slow down

A little bird told me_2

Pen and ink on brown paper 2010

The house is finally quiet, the kids have gone to school, my husband is still sleeping (night shift worker) and here I am sitting at my kitchen table in the quiet of the morning.

Then as I start to make a list of what needs doing around the house, (with a growing sense of panic), it suddenly occurred to me that it isn’t necessary, or smart, to try and catch up on the neglected tasks of the last four years in one day.

One day at a time, one hour at a time, slow it all down and enjoy the empty spaces, appreciate this moment of quiet. Just take a breath and relax.

Then looking at the calendar I notice that in 12 days time it will be my one year blogging birthday, wow, a whole year! To celebrate I want to give something away so in a couple of days I will put a little somethin’ together and will post more about it soon.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

IF - Spooky

This week's topic is "Spooky" suggested by BiggeBP (

". . . the moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding-places." ~ Mary Shelley

Initial sketch and watercolour

Ooooo…..what makes you feel all spooky? Me, it’s dolls and clockwork, creepy. I never liked dolls, when I was little teddy’s were my thing, and as for things that move on their own…ahhhhhh!


I actually quite like the plainness of the pen and watercolour version before the digital additions but I think I should have done the hair with just pen and I wish I had continued the ‘stitching’ around her face.

 spookygirl_pen_watercolour copy

Tick-tock, tick-tock, eeek I’m creeping myself out here.

It’s funny but I don’t like drawing scary, creepy type things. It kind of frightens me to dredge up something twisted from my own mind I prefer my insecurities and fears to remain firmly repressed in my subconscious thank-you. But for the sake of IF I guess I can venture to the dark edge and have a quick peek before slamming the door shut and running screaming back into the light.

Digital Version

So here she is in all her evil dolliness, wa ha ha!


Friday, October 15, 2010

Having fun with this…

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Something feels weird….


Artist: Patricia Ariel

Guess what? I have just finished my last assignment!!!!!

hmmm….I kind of feel a bit weird, like I should be doing something. I’ve been wondering around the house not really sure what to do with myself. I thought I would have this great sense of euphoria and relief but I just feel out of sorts.

Have you ever felt like that after the end of a long project or something?

Of course I could be doing all manner of house worky-cleany type things or I could be crafting/sewing/hooking something or I could be drawing/painting something….na…..what to do, what to do….I think I just need to go and have coffee with my besty…yup, she’ll hep me sort myself out.

Art Forum Review – Ken Yonetani

A part of my course involves attending art forums and writing reviews so I thought I would share one with you about the work of Ken Yonitani. His work was shown at the last Venice Biennale and I find it quite inspirational and currently he is creating working here in Mildura for the 2011 Palimpsest.

Ken Yonetani stated that he ‘lost his life’ when struggling with the move from his native Tokyo to Australia, and he may have taken a round about route to becoming an artist, but he has certainly ‘found’ himself now.


We belong to a world full of wonder and surprise, a treasure trove of the extraordinary and diverse. Who knows how long the world has existed relatively unchanged existing in a bio diverse balance, and yet due to man’s advance there has been rapid decline in the worlds health. The past couple of hundred years has seen a devastating tole being wrought, and both our land and oceans are paying a high price for our insatiable desire to consume. Yonetani’s work seeks to explore these notions of modernisation and consumerism and the impact it plays on the natural environment through his art practices.


His 2004 exhibition was an interactive object lesson on the fragility of our natural eco systems. Producing over an eight month period, 2,200 fumie tiles featuring eight endangered Australian butterflies, these fragile tiles were laid over the gallery floor and the gallery attendees then walked over them crushing them into irreparable rubble. Eight months work was destroyed within the hour!


When viewing footage it was insightful to watch how people reacted to the experience. Some seemed to take great delight in the destruction their footsteps caused while others futilely tried to avoid the shattering results, and there were even those who could not resist saving the few intact tiles left and placing them out of harms way.  What a metaphor for how the environment is treated today and humanities response to the situation. This was a truly inspirational and thought provoking experience that creates an intense sense of loss, reminding us how hard it is to create and how easy it is to destroy.


Yonetanis sculpting skills have since taken an unusual turn. In response to the coral death surrounding Japans Okinawa, due to polluted run off from sugar cane plantations, Yonetani has again produced a deeply skilful, thoughtful and engaging work. Massive
life-like coral effigies have been created from the very sugar that is killing their real counterparts, startlingly white, much like the dead or dying bleached coral.


Placed on a Zen garden-like bed of raked sugar and with blue lighting simulating the play of water and light we are invited to contemplate how Yonetani sees sugar ‘as a much larger metaphor for our desire to consume and its environmental impact. Sugar becomes a metaphor of human desire.’ We begin to question ‘how much is enough’?


Like the fumie tiles, even when we don’t want to inflict harm we somehow inadvertently always do. One is forced to consider how that teaspoon of sugar in your coffee plays a part in the destruction of an eco system.

Currently working in Mildura in central Victoria, Yonetani is embarking on a new work for Palimpsest 2011. The sculptures made from salt will revolve around the salinity problem that plagues the Murray River and the towns that rely on its waters to fuel the production of food for the nation. His new work will be eagerly anticipated as we look forward to the insight and commentary that will arise from the work.

Regardless of where we are born or the language we may speak we are all touched by the same concerns for our environment and artwork that raises such awareness and challenges the status quo is always to be appreciated.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

IF - Transportation

Bear without a cause

Well I’m going back to front this week for Illustration Friday, instead of  leaving it to the last minute I’m doing it straight away(which means I’m not doing homework first, shhh don’t tell anyone)!

I think my Bear here is kinda ‘cool man’ with his goggles and soul patch, I think he might be on his way to a poetry slam or jazz gig. ‘Yeah, Outa sight!’

I would really like to do a version of this as a vector but it will have to wait till I have more time. That’s one of the things I’m looking forward to when I finish Uni, doing a lot more experimenting with different mediums, and spending more time on refining my illustrations.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

IF - Beneath

Dream Boat-4

Almost didn’t make it yet again this week but managed to squeak in at the last moment. Seriously looking forward to Uni ending and getting back to this much neglected blog….I have soooo many ideas buzzing around in my brain I want to try out, but Uni comes first and I will just have to be patient, not too much longer YAY!

Oh I suppose I should explain the picture cause you might be forgiven for thinking this is ‘above’ instead of ‘beneath’, but your wrong because no matter how far up you get your always still beneath something. Just a thought. x

Monday, October 4, 2010

Almost there!

Love what you do_Banner_final

Well it is now officially three weeks till I finish my degree. The above is my final banner that will go into the end of year exhibition. Only one more assignment to complete and I am half way through it already…light at the end of the tunnel I can see you now!