Tuesday, March 30, 2010

It’s the Chocoholic’s time of year again…

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Well it’s that time of year again(chocolate and Hot Cross Buns galore…Yummy). I’m sure it was Christmas yesterday and here we are at Easter, how does this happen?!?!

I did this illustration a little while ago but I think that it’s appropriate. Easter bunny is checking out Mother Hen’s handy work, she seems quite pleased with it, her babies are all dressed up ready for the holiday!

I’m going to take a short blogging break over the holiday week-end so I will see you all soon, hope you all have a safe and restful time.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Five Faves

This week I’m playing the Meet Me at Mikes meme Five Faves again, you can play too just go here.

Sometimes it’s a good discipline to remember the good things in our lives and to feel grateful!

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1. This old guy, he’s my shadow.

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2. This amazing photo by Finnish Photographer Kalle Katailia. We had a live Skype interview with this emerging artist this week at Art Forum. I think it’s just incredible.

3.This Blog. Just beautiful artwork, very original.

4.This Mook ‘Dumbo Feather Pass it On’, and getting back issues arriving in the post, nice to get letters that aren't bills!

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5.This is one of my favourite artists Gustav Klimt. This particular painting is entitled ‘Hope’. It’s amazing how contemporary this image is yet it was painted back in 1906-7. Aren’t the colours gorgeous?

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Absolutely no reason whatsoever…

I am up to my eyeballs in homework at the moment. Art Forum Reviews, T-shirt designs, labels and packaging designs, work placement etc etc…. and you know what I am not really enjoying it! I feel stressed, spread too thin and just a little bit over studying all together.

So, when it all gets too hard sometimes I just need to take a step back and remember why I started doing this in the first place. It was for love!  The love of creativity, drawing, bringing something into the world that wasn’t there before and making it exist…

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…and doing it just for me. Not an audience, not for a client or lecturer or prospective employer not even for friends and family, just for my own pleasure. So that is what I did today. I drew this just because I wanted to and that’s all, nothing conceptual or clever, no story, just purely for fun.

Got to get those ducks back in a row….

Illustration Friday - Rescue

I think sometimes boys get bad press, and as a mum of two boys I know for a fact that they have soft hearts and will help in an instant, especially when it’s a case of coming to the rescue.

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No worries about interrupting a game of cricket to help out a little baby bird in distress, he did fall out of the nest…mother bird is not quite sure what to make of it all though!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My Creative Space

Sorting through my wool collection this morning I found amongst the lost projects pile these half finished knitted slippers. I thought to myself, I no longer have anyone small enough in my house to fit these particular little slippers but I will finish them off anyway and give them away (maybe with some other fun, secret stuff too!), so keep an eye out here and I will post when I have finished them and am ready for my give away.

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In the mean time I thought I would share the pattern with you as they are super easy (they would have to be for me to bother) and can be made to fit all members of the family just in time for cosy couch time this winter.  If you are new to knitting this is a great pattern for learning the basics and there are plenty of tutorials on You Tube if you need a hand. If you have a go let me know, I would love to see how they look.

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(unfortunately I don’t know who made up this pattern but it was given out freely at our Steiner Playgroup many moons ago)

You will need

50g 8ply knitting wool
4mm needles
Soft Leather 15x15 (Optional)

This pattern fits 1-3 year olds. For older children, vary the ply and needles, or add more stitches as appropriate. For babies, use 4ply wool and 3mm needles.

Cast on 56 st and knit 26 rows in plain knitting
Cast off 12 st at the beginning of the next 2 rows (32st)
Knit 22 rows
Next row: K2 st together and repeat right across the row (16st)
Next row: Purl
Next row K2 st together and repeat right across the row (8st)
Next row purl

Break off thread leaving about 15cm, and thread through large needle. Slip through the 8 stitches and remove work from needle. Secure thread then sew up to ankle using a flat seam (a-b). Sew the back seam (c-d). Fold down top.

(Optional)Cut 2 soles from your child’s foot. Stitch the sole to bottom of slipper with strong thread.

See? Super easy! Go on,give it a go!

 

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Just too cute!

A couple of things I found while blogging around my virtual blog neighbourhood (nope that word is NEVER going to be substituted for jogging) this morning that are just too cute and I need to share.

Drewzel from Stitchy Britches had a lovely Crewlwork pattern for an owl (don’t know how to do Crewlwork but will do something with it)

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and also had a link to Pimp Stitch and this cute as a button little house.

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Oh and on Drewzels Five Faves list you have to read this for a good giggle, seriously, I nearly wet myself!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Five Fave’s

1. This store http://www.clothkits.co.uk/ and these to die for bias bindings and the fact that they come on these dear wooden bobbins.

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2. Boys who hang out washing (no matter how clumsily)!

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3. Etsy Fave http://www.etsy.com/shop/shecological I’m all for SLOW, and bags!

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4. Little Birds found in Canberra.

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5. This is my mystery tin. It turned up in my backyard when I was away, turns out my grandma gave it to us as it was full of birdseed and we have birds. It made me come over all nostalgic. Remember when the you could take the wrapper off the Sunshine milk tins and there would be something like this underneath? Wish we still did nifti stuff like this with our packaging, don’t you?

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Postcrossing Postcard

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Just for fun, this is another card I have been working on for the Postcrossing.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Illustration Friday - Expired

This week's topic is "Expired", suggested by eva russo (http://prunellascreation.blogspot.com/).

“He's not pining, he's passed on. This parrot is no more. He has ceased to be. He's expired and gone to meet his maker. He's a stiff, bereft of life, he rests in peace. If you hadn't have nailed him to the perch he'd be pushing up the daisies. He's rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-parrot!” ~ Monty Python

Funny, Yes? I love Monty Python. However instead of following a slightly morbid theme I have chosen to illustrate that moment when love is in the air and the one you have been crushing on reciprocates. Your heart flutters, the stomach flips, the knees go weak and your sure your about to die of happiness! Ahhh,amore.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

And so to procrastinate…again

As you may or may not know I am involved with Postcrossing a postcard sharing site. This week I received post cards from Finland, California and Russia and I in return will be sending the postcard below to Germany, Canada and the USA. Woot!

So, I have just spent all afternoon (instead of doing assignments like a good girl) making this little postcard instead of buying the nasty generic variety at the local newsagent, she’s kinda cute don’t you think?

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Cute as a button

One of my favourite online creative sites is Lost at E Minor, and this morning over my coffee as I read my email this image and article caught my eye! I want it!

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Netherlands-based, Studio Ditte, sought out forgotten buttons for their newest wallpaper print. The result? Well, it’s as cute as a button, really!

Tagged: Button Wallpaper, cool wallpaper design, studio ditte, wallpaper

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My Creative Space - Grapho stuff

So now for a preview of my other life, I guess you could say this is what’s happening in my creative space at the moment.

First up we have a concept design for a t-shirt. The aim is to get a message across without words. The concept here came to me today when I witnessed a obviously harassed mum verbally abusing her young children down the street. It made my heart ache especially for the little guy who was trying so hard to help. I know parenting can be so hard at times but the thought that sprang to my mind was “Weapons of Mass Destruction” our words can be so destructive!

So this is entitled Words of Mass Destruction our words can be like bombs into the lives of others.

 

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Next we have my entry into the DG Design Competition.

A digitally collaged piece  that includes some scans of exquisite origami paper and a  geisha drawn by me in Photoshop, all created with the OZ Graphix magazine in mind.

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Now I have to come up with packaging, labels, advertising and brochures for a commemorative wine bottle assignment *sigh*

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Your Place and Mine - Pink

Your Place and Mine has had another change of address and is now being hosted by Hellowl, she says…

“This weeks theme is PINK. I'm a mother of girls. So for me..it's kind of a package deal. But for you. How does pink fit into your life? Do you love it or hate it? I'd love to hear your side of the story..
Show me something pink in your home and for some reason there's is no pink in your house..don't be afraid to step outside and search for it.”

I’m actually a red girl but I certainly was a pink girl when I was younger. I guess red is just pink on the wild side. So how does pink fit into my life? Well there’s my bedroom wall for a start although it’s a strange kind of pink cause some days it kind of goes, ‘I’m feeling more orange today, so how’s them apples?’ or on other days it can be quite dark and moody, I think I have a wall with attitude!

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These are a few of my fav’s my nearly falling apart blouse on the left that always makes me feel pretty, the scarf I instructed my family to get me (with minute details of were and what colour) for mothers day one year, and a crocheted beanie that I spied in Jaquie E one year and refused to by for too much money so went home and made it myself!

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I tried swathing my small girl child in pink up until she could talk and inform me that she hates pink, dresses and being neat or clean! Oh well.

Monday, March 15, 2010

WHY?

Why is it that when you are most busy you get sick?????

After returning from my Canberra trip it was back into the Uni assignments which are all due this week,plus we had an extra project given to us Friday in which our third year class has been split up and each of us have been given two second years and three first years students so we can come up with a name, logo, slogan and all the other stuff like posters, brochures, website etc for a design conference that is being launched by our Uni at the end of the year,it’s like a competition, no pressure! On top of all this I have to write a proposal for work placement and then find someone to take me on for 5 days…..and then what happens? I get sick, Savannah gets sick and the dog needs to go to the vet which of course costs the national debt of a small third world country.
Humph! I’m sounding a bit whingy aren't I, sorry, Ok shaking it off now. Righto.

When I’m sick I like to look at beautiful things,eat vegemite toast and drink hot chochy while I snuggle my pillow, ahh pillow I love you.

Here is one of my favourite Illustrators Jeannie Harbour work something beautiful to look at, you can find more here How beautiful are these?  The colour and detail is amazing.

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Oh and another thing when I’m feeling all sooky and down it’s much better to get over myself and to think about others that are far worse of than me so I would like everyone to know that the Softies for Mirabel is happening again and below is an example of what some lovely person has come up with for this very worthy cause.
How cool are these guys they kind of remind me of what I look like after I’ve taken some pain medication, just a little starry eyed,he he he!

Bichanos/Cat by Reino Já Cheguei.

What do you do when you are sick? Do tell.

Illustration Friday – Subterranean

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This weeks Illustration Friday theme is subterranean.

Just imagine if you had a secret tunnel under your house, I wonder what you would find down there?

Living in Australia most houses are one level with no basement or attic, maybe it comes from having so much room here and a relatively small population. Anyhow, I have always dreamed of having one of those houses with either or both an attic or basement sooo cool!  The closest I came to a basement was an old cellar in the outside laundry of a house I lived in briefly as a child, I was brave enough to venture down it once but it was way to spiderwebby and spooky.

On a more technical note, I am persisting with practicing my Photoshop skills but I still find it very limiting and stiff just like learning to draw all over again, thank goodness for Ctrl Z! This is a different style yet again I don’t know if I will ever find a consistent voice?!?!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Illustration Friday - Brave

 

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Only the brave catch stars.
Sometimes I get quite overwhelmed when thinking of the future and what it might hold for me. I get insecure about my abilities and if all my hard work and sacrifice will ever pay off. But I keep reminding myself that it’s about putting it out there, reaching for those stars, and one day I will catch one.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I don’t think I’m the jet setty, travelling type…nope!

This has been my week as of last Friday…I suffer for my art!

 Friday- Get on bus to Swanhill at 10.00am get off bus and board train to Bendigo at 12.20 arrive Bendigo 3.05pm in torrential rain, and I mean it, flooding and everything oh my goodness!

Saturday - rest

Sunday- 9.00am drive to Melbourne airport arrive 11.00am board flight to Canberra 12.00 arrive 1.00pm check into the canberra 2010 006

lovely Novatel (these are views from our fourth floor rooms) then take a look around the city…I hate to admit it but I’m not too keen on Canberra it’s a little lacking in something that’s hard to put my finger on. It’s very concrety and blockey. Went to the movies and saw ‘Men Who Stare at Goats’, soooo funny!canberra 2010 009canberra 2010 008canberra 2010 007

Monday- Its the big day!!!!! I ‘m going to see all those wonderful works of art at the NGA.

First some breakfast at this cafe downtown…

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We arrive at the gallery 10.30. you have got to be kidding me check out these photo’s…

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this is the end of the line to get into the gallery which you can’t even see from here. We are actually standing next to a separate gallery called the National Portrait Gallery….

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…this is another shot of the line looking back towards the portrait gallery you can’t see the end from here…

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…This is about half way down the line looking back towards the NGA which you still can’t see, and when you actually manage to get inside the building you still have at least another 100 meters to go. So how long? 3 hours wait!!!!

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We heard from one of the gallery staff that the line reduced in the afternoon so we took off to have a look at the rest of the other works in the gallery and the Portrait Gallery. This was a very good move. We got to see an amazing collection of works including works by Monet, Van Gough, Picasso, Man Ray, Duchamp, Rothko(my favourite artist), Hester(also my favourite artist), Dali. Oh! I didn’t know where to look first, it was like Christmas and I hadn’t even got to the Paris Masterpieces yet! 
Well we decided by about 1.30pm to give the line a go again and by that time it had dwindled to only 50 meters outside the door so it took us roughly an hour to get into the exhibition. PEOPLE ARE SO RUDE!!! So many people in there and everyone trying to push in front AHHHH! Take a breath, calm down, relax, OK.
It was amazing and I am so glad I have seen those beautiful works in the flesh but I was so over people by the end of the day. I think I was most surprised by the works by Seurat, the Pointillist works just  sung, the colours were amazing so vibrant, print just doesn't do justice to them. Unfortunately they were enjoyed so much better from a distance but then everyone was in the way. I also just loved the Van Gough work ,the line, the thickness of the paint, the colour*sigh*. SO MAKE A NOTE… IF YOU GO, GO AROUND THREE  PM THE LINE IS NON EXISTANT, AND THE CROWDS HAVE DWINDLED. IN THIS CASE THE EARLY BIRD GETS SORE FEET!

Tuesday- Check out of Novatel, wonder around the Canberra shopping centre getting pressies for small children then catch flights at 3.00pm back to Melbourne then drive to Bendigo and home by 6.00pm. I am soooo tired.

Wednesday- Reverse order of Friday…home at last. No, I just don’t think I’m a race around the world, travel bug, kind of gal. Where’s my bed?

…then fourteen years later…

This is my guy, (looking very serious) and today is our fourteenth wedding anniversary!
I have known him since I was 12 although we were just good mates and hung out in a group of friends doing neat stuff like camping, roller skating, video watching and generally have good clean fun. Then of course we all move away and have different lives, make mistakes, grow up and get a little battered and bruised and work out what we don’t want in life. Then the road kind of takes a turn and here you are seeing a familiar face again and yet for the first time with new eyes.
He’s my best friend, a terrific daddy and all round nice guy. He makes me laugh and he cooks up a storm in the kitchen what more could you ask for really? Oh, and he loves me and I love him!

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Here’s a funny anniversary story…our very good friends Michelle and Andrew, married for twenty years, decided two years to go to America for a holiday and needed to get their passports so they sent away the application forms and very quickly found out that they were in fact NOT MARRIED!!!  Despite having TWO pastors officiate their wedding twenty years ago nobody had actually registered their marriage! So now they have only officially been married for two years, what a hoot.

Friday, March 5, 2010

I’m going to Paris via Canberra….

Well sort of…

Renovations of the Post-Impressionist galleries at the Musée d’Orsay have made it possible for those of us not able to travel to Paris any time soon to get a mini taste of  it’s most famous paintings. 

Among the 114 paintings included in the exhibition are some of the best-known works of modern art. Among them are masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Georges Seurat, Pierre Bonnard, Claude Monet, Maurice Denis and Edouard Vuillard.

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‘Van Gogh's Starry night’

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Gauguin’s Tahitian women 1891

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Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (France 1864 – 1901)
The clown Cha-U-Kao [La clownesse Cha-U-Kao]
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“These works almost never leave the Musée d’Orsay even singly and never before in these numbers,” said Ron Radford AM, Director of the NGA.

So how excited am I? Lotsa!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I have spots – A Clearasil Day

This is a follow up to my spot problem!
I have not tackled them all yet but I’m getting there but…

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…this is evidence, it may not last long but I now have the photographic proof that on occasion I am spot free!

My creative Space - Autumn and life is good

I found these sweet felted creatures on flickr the other day here.
I just thought how very fitting for this time of year. Autumn would have to be my favourite time of year here in Australia the days are still warm without the danger of being fried and the mornings and nights have that pleasant chill. Cups of hot choccy before bed and snuggling under the covers…ahhh!

The only thing I wish we had more of here is the whole autumn leave colour, fall thing sooo pretty.

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Going by this photo I thought I would have a go at producing my own squirrel…HA…I guess I am too influenced by our native creatures cause he turned into a kangaroo. It’s funny when I draw trees from my own imagination, rather than looking at one, they always seem to be gum trees too. Aussie to the bone,oi oi oi!

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