Monday, June 12, 2017

Studio Snapshot- June 2017



What is on your easel? what are you up to ? We have had a super wet long weekend here  and I have had some time to try and sort things out and take stock in my life and in the studio. 


I was shocked to discover recently I have been here over 2 months- wow where did that time go and how am I still living in chaos? Thank you to lovely Kathy for the reality check and the talks.


So while I did grab a few moments to appreciate the beauty of the rain on my surrounds- I do love raindrops and could have totally photobombed this post, how cool is the vulva tree in my hedge?


I took this shot looking into the studio from outside I can see my blue parrot over there against the other window. 


I mostly worked on tidying up and cleaning  and getting
"THE GARAGE SALE" ready.
I have had stuff in storage for so many years and it is finally all in one space and of course we have grown out of tonnes of it so I am getting it all sorted and ready and selling it off. 


I did also spend some time resetting my studio alter and my Tree as Spirit journal is safely sitting there soaking up all the lovely energy now I just need to sort the rest of the studio for this weeks classes. 


Monday, May 29, 2017

Tree (as Spirit) is ready


I have been making my Tree journal
for the next round of the Australian Art Journal Swap
that I run through our facebook group
the Australian Art Swap Group


I am a passionate tree lover
and see trees as sacred
 and have so many ideas of pages to do on this theme


My journal is made using Stonehenge print making paper for the signatures - this is my favorite mixed media paper ever and I usually use it for any hand made book binding I create, and I used some repurposed Arches heavy weight water colour paper for the covers. I wanted a really heavy strong cover as I knew I wanted to include a "tree" 

 The tree I wanted to include I found in a local street it is an actual branch but resembles a whole tree and has been flattened by being run over by cars but was still so beautiful I saw it as a metaphor for life, so often we can be run over but we do still have a real beauty.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tree (As Spirit)



I was well enough to finally start my travelling art journal today and its coming together very nicely :)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New Rounds of the Australian Art Journal Swap


It is very exciting over at the Australian Art Swap Group with us all getting ready for the next round of our Art Journal round robin.

Positions are filling fast and there are some fabulous themes being considered. To keep the circle tight and length of swap manageable we are slitting into 2 groups Round 4 and Round 5 


I am going with
TREE
 because I am a tree lover
I lover their beauty and their meanings
i love there space in our world
I love the sound of the wind in their branches
I love the life cycle of deciduous trees
I love the promise in a seed
I love to get my hands in the earth and grow trees
I love to watch them grow
I love to climb them , sit under them, look at them.
I love trees

There are also a plethora of clever and lovely art journal pages online about trees to inspire my fellow artists. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Myth and Magic Mini Art Journal Swap


I am trying to create a very safe and inclusive environment for the Australian Art Swap Group, I don't always achieve this and sadly there are some who have left the group because they did not feel either of those things, however for those of us still there I am  constantly working on improving it.

One of the ways I strive for inclusion is to encourage everyone to host or co host swaps or to share their ideas for swaps or any other group activity they would like to see happen. Consequently we have a wonderful diversity of artists who all bring different skills and inspire us in different ways. 

Janie O'Brien, one of our ladies recently introduced a mini booklet swap  and her theme was Nature. I was looking for something to work on over the long hot summer holiday time and remembered how I had enjoyed working on "Birds on the Brain" so ran a "Myth and Magic" mini art journal swap.

I  enjoy this swap format, it is 12 A5 size pages - just 3 A4 sheets folded and bound and is an ideal size to really explore a theme and the number of fairly small pages is really manageable. It also fitted easily into my bag so I could take it out and work in it and some days it is just nice to art out in the world, particularly on those hot and humid days we have been having lately, the peace and calm of the air conditioned library was such a relief.

I explored the Wheel of the Year and wanted to make it look old and weathered, like it has been a well thumbed reference for many years, laying about in kitchens and getting splashed on, taken on long rambling walks and journeys, carried about and shared.


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Friday, February 10, 2017

Art Journal Prompts



Every month in our Australian Art Swap Group I am putting up art journal prompts - this one is all about layers and is one of our February prompts. 



It was created for a travelling Art Journal and we are getting ready to launch our next round of the Australian Travelling Art Journal, it will be round 4 and numbers are strictly limited. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Inspiration Deck Swap



The friendly bunch over at the Australian Art Swap Group are really hopping this year, with swaps travelling to all corners of the country, we are always welcoming active new members as long as they are residents in Australia. 


So far this year we have been making Dottee Dolls, a few rounds of A.T.Cs, a Myth and Magic mini journal, deconstructed art journals,  journal prompts for our own journals and Joan has started another amazing monthly prompt- dot...to....dot that is bringing out some incredible art. 


We are also running and Inspiration Card Deck swap where we all alter half a deck of playing cards and then they all come to me to mix them all up and send them all back- sounds like fun :) 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Monotone Travelling Art Journal



It was a real pleasure to receive my mums travelling art journal- Monotones, and have it in my hands, to touch and look at and then to play in the remaining pages.

I wanted to try and work in the colours not present yet and it was pretty hard because this gorgeous journal already had a rainbow


Monotones is a bit of a challenge for me who is very partial to the entire range of colours and using them quite liberally. I found there was no gold and no red so I went with them. 


The first 2 pages were play and fun and I am also using them as journal prompts in our Australian Art Swap Group and the third one was much more personal.




 I recount memories from a long ago family holiday and include some natural elements from that trip.
I have another page in process and am leaving a double page for my beloved mama to play in and then her whole journal is filled!


I did this little on on the back page and I made a video if you want a look through the whole thing. It features many artists work from the Australian Art Journal Swap.

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