A MothersLove in a time of no water...

This unfinished piece had been haunting me for months.  It's a big canvas - 24"x24" and it had completely overwhelmed me.  They were beckoning me for ages to finish them.

Part of why I couldn't move forward with this piece was because I wasn't sure what I was going to do to finish them.  I decided to use an element of my daily life at the moment. 

 24"x24" - I'm busy editing this and it will be up in my class later this week.

24"x24" - I'm busy editing this and it will be up in my class later this week.

With our lack of water and the dryness I see and feel all around me, I've become almost desperate in my need to see green all around me.  So I keep buying green indoor plants with big green leaves so wherever I look I can see this beautiful color.

My soul feels parched and we are all feeling it as we patiently wait for our rain to arrive.

The nights are cold but the days are still so hot and dry.

I am afraid, we are afraid.

Still studying things...

I am loving this so much.

Who knew something so delightfully simple would make me so happy.  I continue to look around me for things to paint.  I have two more indian stamps to paint and the matching saucer to my sweet little teacup (that I truly had no idea I could paint) and one or two other little things.

And then... who knows what I'll find.

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For now my studio feels like a place of experimenting and testing little things.  It feels like I have little pockets of this going on in one corner and that going on in another.  I am still feeling a little all over the place and I'm trying to pull it altogether but mostly I'm just enjoying myself.

Gilly is away teaching in the USA so we are spending this time catching up on things we didn't finish and doing some exercises until she returns and then we dive back into class and schedule.  For now I'm just showing up and getting used to set hours #inmystudio working on things.

And loving it.

TheStudyofThings...

Can I just tell you how much I loved this mini exercise.

I had no idea painting paint tubes would make me so ridiculously happy.  This project isn't for anyone else, or for any particular reason.  It's just something I have been wanting to do for myself for some time now.  I think I silently needed to know if I could paint anything other than a face.

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6"x6" Stretched Canvases - Primary colors in different brands

There is something about painting the mundane that hugely appeals to me for some or other reason.  Maybe it's in line with my photographic project about finding a beautiful moment in each day and capturing it.  Even the beauty of weathered tubes of paint.

So for now I'm playing here slowly and just enjoying the process.

Lost in Translation...

It's been such a big week and I've been utterly overwhelmed.

News about our Orvieto class went live this week and within 3 days it had filled up.  I have to say both Ivy Newport and myself were so utterly blown away and humbled in every way.

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Thank you for the beautiful friends, new and old who signed up.  No words can express what this means.  Now we wait for that sacred special time.  So much goodness to look forward to.

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

If you were hoping to join us, we are looking to expand the spaces so please use our wait list in case more spaces become available.

TheStudyofThings... Hand of Mary

I found this wooden stamp the other day and I'm particularly fond of it.

Visually, I find it beautiful but I know there is much history and messages to this hand in various faiths.  I kind of love that.  I remember seeing it in my brother-in-law's home once, he is Israeli and I was intrigued because I didn't realise it was an Israeli symbol, amongst others.

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4.5" x 4.5" Stretched Canvas, The Study of Things #1

This is what I've found out...

 
  • In Judaism they refer to it as the hand of Miriam, to honor the sister of Moses.
  • In Levantine Christianity it’s known as the hand of Mother Mary, after Jesus’ mother.
  • In Islam it’s known as the hand of Fatima, after Muhammad’s daughter.

I loved painting this wooden block.  I wasn't sure I was going to be able to do it.  I started slowly and procrastinated a bit.  I worked in stages until it appeared and I was a little surprised when it turned out how I hoped.  I am delighted.

xoxoxox

Come join us in Orvieto, Italy...

I've been waiting for this day to arrive so I could share this exciting news with you.

Next year September, I'll be returning to my Beautiful Orvieto but this time I will be returning to teach alongside my special friend and wonderful teacher, Ivette Newport.

I'm beyond honoured and thrilled to be working together with Ivette again.


Come weave a...

 Creative Tapestry of Orvieto

with us in September 2019

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"Soul Ties" - to a hilltop village far far away  12"X16"x1.5" Stretched Canvas


This will be the 4th time returning to Orvieto and every time I go, it's a kind of private pilgrimage and I do highly recommend you taking this incredible journey for yourself.  It has deeply and profoundly changed my life, my art and my soul in every way.  It has captivated my every being and I don't think I'll never stop dreaming of creating in the upper room at the Monastery and taking in the incredible ancient world of Orvieto.

We are expecting the class to fill up quickly so be sure to get on the list because there will be limited spaces.  We are both so excited and I couldn't think of a wonderful teacher to work alongside.  Thank you Ivette and Michelle, Adventures in Italy for this incredible opportunity.

#365TinyCaptures - March is a wrap!

It was a big month.

I love having these beautiful little keepsakes to remind me of the goodness of each day.  When the days and months are long and hard, these are beautiful reminders of the goodness too.  It's good to have touch stones.  This month, I listened to 2 great books, pretty life changing actually.  I have been showing up almost everyday to paint, albeit slowly I did manage to finish 3 pieces and do 2 drawings this month, so I'm happy dancing.  It's been good.  I'm working on some other things, I'll share more soon.

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I am still working most days in the City for the filming season.  We had a few public holidays this month and the extra days off where a treat.  I also managed to squeeze in a 2 day book binding class. Having family was also a treat and the girls are both on holiday now for around 10days.

So on that note, farewell March 2018.  Thank you for all the beautiful!

Garden Love...

Thank you for all the messages asking about my little garden.  It's settling in and I have to say I love how it looked after the 2 days of rain we had this week.  It was so good for my soul.  My Frangipani plant is doing beautifully and my Rosemary is flowering.  My Star Jasmine hedge has survived and the ones in my pots too.  Most of my lavender is doing okay and my water wise plants are beautiful.  I am about to move into the second phase of my yard project now that this has settled down some.  I spent the morning measuring out and walking around and getting new ideas and I think I have a new plan.  I'll start executing it in around a weeks time.  I love how it's settled and I'm excited for my new plans. Like all things, it takes time.

We are heading into our rainy season and we are holding our breath for our rains to come.

We are hopeful!

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Autumn is here...

We have entered into beautiful Autumn and I have to say as I've got older, it's become my most favourite season of all.  It's nostalgic and deep and contemplative. I am not sure what it is, but there is just something about it.  It's staying darker for longer and the mornings and evenings are getting colder and the days are mild.  I do love it.  Our fur-babies are already anticipating the colder weather.  Riley is like me, he doesn't do well in the cold.  He definitely gets the winter blues.  We have to put his bed right next to the wall heater to help him cope.

The cold is coming and they know it.

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A Grand Affair...

It was that time of year again, when my folks come down to Cape Town for the South African Cheese Awards.  It's the Creme-da-la-Creme of the Dairy Industry, excuse the play on words.

The past few years have been really incredible for my parents and this year was equally as precious.  They made history again this year and they asked my Mom not to miss this occasion.  They were the first dairy ever in the history of this competition (185 years old) to win Gold medals in the Cows, Goats and Sheep Dairy categories.  They won a total of 8 Gold Medals of which 3 were Cow's cheese products, 3 Goat's cheese and 2 Sheep.  Plus they won 4 Qualite Awards which means their Gold Medal cheese reached a certain percentage.

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 It's pretty remarkable really when you think they are a small boutique cheesery.  To achieve what they have is mind-blowing.  I am so proud of my folks.  They are both 71 this year and they don't seem to be slowing down any time soon.  I know it's keeping them young and getting to do what they love every single day... it's what life is all about.

 I love their work ethic so much.

They have beautiful purpose and their love and passion shows.

#soproudofmyparents

The Counsellors...

I am still playing with this theme a bit and I already have a new one in the works on my studio desk which I will hopefully start today.

It's playful but seems serious too.  It feels deep.  I am not exactly sure why but whatever it is, I am going with it and I'm moving gently and slowly.  I have a few pieces juggling at the same time.  I had some old abandoned canvases from last few years that got gessoed and painted over and I've started working on one of those big ones.  It is completely green and I'm in heaven.

I'm back in learning and experimental mode and I'm loving it.

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SOLD 18"x24"x1.5" Stretched Canvas - The Counsellors

A beautiful day in the country...

We had a mid-week public holiday and we took a two hour drive up the coast and out of town.  It was a beautiful peaceful drive.  Lots of laughs, banter and moments of quiet.  I love road-tripping but more than that, I love making memories.  It's something we have always done as a family and I hope it's something we continue to do.  Getting us all at the same place at the same time, is taking more effort these days.

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We had brunch at a Slow Food Restaurant called Graze and it was well worth the drive.  We arrived hungry and the beautiful organic veggies brought in by the locals, was a highlight for me.  It also meant I didn't have to stop for supplies during the week which is always an added treat.

After our meal, we popped into the some lovely shops along the main strip.  It didn't take long because the town of Stanford is rather minute.  We popped into an antique store where I found this beautiful Fallow Deer Antler.  I didn't hesitate, I bought it on the spot for around $15.  It's something I've waited a very long time for and I feel a little beside myself about it.

We took a slow meander home and it was just such a great day.

#HappyDay #HappyHeart

#InMyStudio...

For Gillian's mentorship program, I had to work out a "showing up" program and put them in my diary as appointments.  I love that.  It is going very well.  I am project / goal orientated and although I have no idea where I'm heading currently, my project for now, is just being present and here and holding this space.

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Finishing this piece that I started on the 1st January, it has been lying around here for months.  Playing with blue because it is currently and maybe always has been my favourite colour.  That combined with my "showing up" schedule and not knowing anything else = extreme joy!

I'm kind of loving researching and experimenting.

And that's enough for now.

Writing, writing, writing...

The last while I have been doing deep introspection work and writing in abundance.  We are on week 6/7 of the Artist Way and I'm truly loving the material.  I try do it every couple of years but this time, maybe due to where I'm at, has gone way deeper.  It's so good, I had forgotten.  That in combination with Gillian's class material... and the deep introspection she makes us do seems to be going hand in hand.

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I'm writing wherever and whenever I can.  I realised today it's actually my favourite time of the year to write.  We are heading into autumn and I need my morning jersey and it feels nostalgic and like I'm visiting with an old friend... myself.

A day or two in the City with a little book...

I spent the day in the City at a Bookbinding Workshop - Accordion Spine & Pamphlet Stitch today.  What a treat.  I wanted to do something that stretched my comfort zones and that was a little different for me.  I am trying to be braver in this area of taking in person classes.

It was a lovely studio and the weather made it a perfect day to be huddled in the studio making handmade art books.  Tomorrow we stitch and make our hardboard covers and spines.

 Paper Tearing

Paper Tearing

 And more tearing

And more tearing

 Paper Folding

Paper Folding

I have been collecting the most beautiful covers the last while and I can't wait to fill them with beautiful signatures... I want to get into the habit of making art books and practice my stitching skills.  When I'm not doing them regularly, I forget the sequences and I have to learn from scratch all over again.

 All ready for stitching.  The blue fabric will be on my hardboard covers.

All ready for stitching.  The blue fabric will be on my hardboard covers.

Will share more tomorrow...

Tea and Cake with Gracie...

I am so thrilled to share with you that at the beginning of the year, I was invited by Tam and Gracie from WillowingArt.org to have a Tea and Cake with Gracie interview.  That has just gone live on their website.  Please pop on over to their page.  I am having a few giveaways there, sharing a creative video, some free downloads, as well as sharing some of my story.  I will be sharing on LifeBook later this year too.

Thank you Gracie for such a special time of sharing.

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Burnt Offerings...

 
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I'm finally showing up for Portraits, Your Art, Your Way, a class I signed up for last year with Gillan Lee Smith, but never got there.  I am loving having the space to breath and get back into deep learning.  This lesson was to draw expressively with charcoal for 5 minute and then continue on for another 20 minutes, just using a putty eraser with your charcoal.  I was resistant at first but the more I got into it the easier it got and for now I'm just playing, practicing and experimenting.

Gillian's class is 4 weeks, I might stretch it out because I am currently on week 6 of the Artist Way and it has been deep and challenging and I am also in Gillian's Mentoring Group for the next six months and the we are working deep and lots.  So my heart and head and hands are full.

And I'm happy!

#365TinyCaptures...

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We are almost halfway through March and I'm still loving this incredible little project.    This year is already moving so swiftly and it makes me a little scared at the pace of life at the moment.  I would love it to slow down just a little.

How important is it to capture moments and hold onto something before they pass on by and quickly forgotten.  I am loving being so mindful and loving how visually beautiful this project is.  #SoGrateful

Klimt inspired slingbags - have arrived...

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Oh they are here and they are beautiful

I am so excited... I was desperate to try my Klimt inspired TeaBagGirl on one of my SlingBags and it has surpassed my expectations.   I took a chance and it paid off.

I only had 10 printed up and there are only 7 left.  Please follow the button below to secure your SlingBag.  Thank you for the love around my special bags - that has meant the world to me.

Truly.