Friday, April 30, 2010


I’ve been doing more scribbling in the sketch book of nothing…..
I have stretched a beautiful 90 x 90 cm canvas and it is on the easel…..
My palette and brushes are clean…..

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Adrift... in a sea of creative bliss.

I’m still riding the wave of creativity from last week. I’ve been scribbling more in the “sketch book of nothing” and have spent another blissful evening in the studio painting. I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but I’m even happier with this piece than I was with last weeks “Freedom” painting.

So with out further ado let me unveil “Adrift”.

oil on canvas
 600 x 900mm

I can’t stop looking at it, it’ so calm and dreamy. My creative space is my favourite place to be right now. With a glass of wine and some tunes on, its paradise. I so agree with TinnieGirl, who recently said “I feel so alive when I paint”. My hearts beating a little faster and there is a skip in my step; please let this feeling roll on and on!

Do you have any tips for staying on top of a creative wave? I’m sure all of the support and fabulous comments I have received from all of you lately have helped keep me here. Being an artist was a lonely path without much feedback in the past. But blogging is putting an end to those days for me. I am so grateful to have you all along for company and feedback on this creative journey.

Inspiration and support abounds among the ever growing band of creative spacers. So pop by Kirsty’s and indulge in a little creative space surfing.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Beautiful Bees in the Basil

I snapped these beauties last week when we planted our autumn veggies. Ellsea commented when I posted this spider shot that she wouldn’t have wanted to get that close to a spider as she has a bit of a phobia. I was actually more scared shooting these bees, as I am allergic to bees. But I couldn’t resist getting up close and personal with these guys!
Those of you who have joined me over on the Chasing Purple Dreams Facebook page know that I had a great night last night. More details on that soonish…….

Monday, April 26, 2010

Saggy Baggy...

A couple of weeks ago whilst taking in a swag of Creative Spaces I found Fell4U Crafty Stuff, Mandy’s little space. She was making a set of Saggy Baggy Elephant blocks and I knew I had to make them mine, well I suppose Little Guy’s as he is the one with the Elephant collection!

At this stage Little Guy is most interested in stacking them up and knocking them down, but they will be fun for him for years, as he learns how to use them as a puzzle and put the images back together.

Thanks Mandy, they are so sweet and will be well used and well loved.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Sheepish Shadow Shot Sunday……

Standing guard over the entrance to The Witches Chase these quirky sheep sculptures are photographed by the majority of people who walk in. If you’re ever in Mt Tamborine you really must drop in and visit them and while you are there pop in and sample the delicious cheese and beer made on the premises and enjoy a meal in the restaurant. You won’t be disappointed.
Share in the Shadow Shot Sunday fun over at Hey Harriet’s; it’s so much fun and more than a little addictive to chase shadows.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bring on the puddles….

I’m all set. These beauties are sure to brighten up any rainy day and inspire lots of puddle stomping!

Friday, April 23, 2010

F is for and Flickr and Facebook on this Fabulous Friday……

I’m branching out on to Facebook and Flickr. I figured I might as well go the whole hog with this social media gig! I joined Flickr to add my pin cushion to the group and it just rolled on from there. I still have setting up and tweaking to do on both, but if you want to jump in on the ground floor feel free to pop by and check out what I have done so far.
I have just about maxed out my monthly down loads on Flickr already, so I will have to wait until next month to add more artwork!  But there are lots loaded already, along with some of my favourite photos.
If you have any tips of things to do or groups to join on either of these sites to help me make to most of it please let me know. If you want to “like” me over at Facebook  (they have decided to move away from the “fan” term) I’d love to have your company over there too.

I hope you have a fabulous Friday.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Feeling triumphant!

I’ve been so productive in My Creative Space this week.

Little Tweet Tweet is finished! I spent Tuesday at Rod Art Studio working on him and was so happy with how he was looking.   Then at the very last moment – literally, I was just about to run the polishing cloth over for the last time..... the chain snapped. It was so frustrating there was no time to repair it and I couldn’t go home wearing my adorable new pendant like I had imagined all day.
But with a few more hours work on Wednesday I had him ready to go and even better than before. What do you think, worth all of the planning, work and waiting?? I definitely think so, I can’t stop looking at my quirky, one of a kind, hand made necklace!

But that’s not the only creating that’s been going on for me this week. I have been painting, properly painting, with my oils and on the easel painting.  It’s been soooooo long!
A little while ago I started a little sketch book of nothing. I was inspired by Little Guys two year old scribbles, so free and joyous. So I sat down with a charcoal pencil and scribbled and doodled nothing at all. It was fun and freeing, but then I just put the book away and didn’t think of it again. Monday night I ventured into the studio and pulled it out. This little sketch caught my eye and I was inspired to develop it further.
I had to do a lot of rearranging in the studio to clear the easel, but as soon as the paints were spread out and the first glaze was mixed, the smell of the oils brought it all back and I just fell into it.

I’m thrilled with this, my funny, scribbly, painting of nothing! I have called it "Freedom", I just felt so free and creative and comfortable as I painted it. I’m on a roll and I plan to build momentum, I remember now how addictive this feeling is.
oil on canvas
101 x 76

I also been to the fabric shop and picked up some really great fabrics for more flower brooches. Ooooh and I got some vintage earrings for embellishing the brooches.  But all of that and more is going to have to wait for another post!

Pop over to Kirsty’s and be inspired by creative folk from across the globe, as today is the day everyone shares the goings on in their creative spaces.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Creative excitement plus....

Today I head off to Rod Art Studio to finish my Little Tweet Tweet pendant, I’m so excited. I can’t wait to start wearing him and show him off here too! Will I go silver feet or will I choose green?
But wait……. there’s more creativity happening around here!  Is this evidence of a painting in progress???????
Stay tuned more details and a big unveiling soon.

Monday, April 19, 2010


 920 x 730mm
 Oil and imt silver leaf on linen

It’s been a few Mondays since I have shared a painting, so I thought it was about time I got back into the swing of things.
This piece is from the Dusk till Dawn collection a group of paintings that I hope to exhibit together one day.

I applied silver leaf all over the canvas which left an interesting leather like texture. I then painted over the silver, in thin glazes of oil paint, giving the sky depth with delicacy. I was so happy with how the sky and water turned out, that it took me a few weeks to gather the courage to paint the trees in! But I am very happy with how they and all of the rest of the painting turned out.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Shadowy Web

Imagine my surprise at finding a shadow on this beautiful web! It’s quite amazing where you find shadows when you start hunting for them.
I am really enjoying playing along on Shadow Shot Sunday; it’s making me look around with fresh eyes. Pop over and check some more shadows, but beware it is a bit addictive!

Saturday, April 17, 2010


While I was at the post office, I popped a couple of little thank you something’s in the mails for one very special lady. Thanks again Cam, I am still sooooo in love with my camera bag!

Friday, April 16, 2010

On its way…..

My little pin cushion started its big journey yesterday. I do hope it arrives safely and is loved by its new owner. Thanks for arranging the swap Kate.  I shall begin eye balling the postman as I await my special delivery!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Little Tweet Tweet

It’s time to end the suspense and let you meet Little Tweet Tweet (thanks for the name suggestion Missy Minzy!).
I have spent another great day at The Rod Art Studio indulging in my third silver smithing class.
I should have been working on a stone set ring, but this little guy has been floating around in my head since seeing Mitsy’s tutorial for Spring Felt Birds.
He’s not quite finished, so I’ll have to spend a bit more time in the silver smithing workshop (what a shame!).
I had Tania from Jet beads make me some lamp work beads as possible feet, but I think I will go with the filigree silver beads from a pair of earrings that were in my jewellery case.
 Which feet do you prefer?

It’s Thursday, my favourite bloggy day, time to head over to Kirsty’s and immerse myself in creativeness from all around the globe.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Taking Flight on Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A little hint……

I have had a great day creating. But you are going to have to wait a little longer for the big reveal! Any more guesses about what I have brewing?

Check out the lovely beads that Tania from Jet Beads made for me last night. Unfortunately they may not make it into this project, but I am sure I will find something special to do with them. Handmade lampwork beads are just so appealing to me, so shiny and smooth.

Monday, April 12, 2010

A sneak peek…..

This little working drawing will be the focus of my day tomorrow.
Any ideas what I’m going to be up too??? Any name suggestions for this little cutie???

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Shadowy Lights

Pop by and check out some more cool shadow shots at Hey Harriet’s Shadow Shot Sunday.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Ok this could be serious……… I might actually be on a roll with one project! So often I flit around from one thing to another; as evidenced in the array of different  projects in previous My Creative Space days. But these flowers might just have me hooked!
I delivered a range of flowery brooches and bobby pins to Handmade Heaven yesterday. They look so good on their new shelf; I’m popping back into today with a little sign and light to jazz up the space even more!
Do you have a favourite? I loved the denim one with the vintage button so much I had to make one for myself!

Go get yourself a cuppa and settle in to check out the creative feast over at Kirsty’s. Don’t miss out of checking out the slippers she just made for herself too – so cute!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Flutter by…..

I promise I am not turning this into a photo blog about critters! I know I have posted a lot of critter shots lately, but I couldn’t resist sharing these pics from the weekend.
This one I chased around out backyard for about 20 minutes trying to get a good shot.
It was easier to snap this one as we were out at the river really early and this guy was just hanging around not moving at all. I do hope he was just sleeping, because the sun hadn’t warmed him up yet……. Do butterflies sleep?

Today will be a big day in my studio making flowers. If only I could get a shot of one of these guys on top of one of one of my flowers. What a great product shot that would make!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Grasshoppers in the Garden on Shadow Shot Sunday

Not my garden, thank goodness! I snapped these little guys in a friend’s garden during the week.
I have a new custom made camera bag; it is making it so much easier to take my DSLR everywhere, so I am getting lots of great shots that I would have missed before. You really must check out this bag it is sensational and the artisan who made it is happy to take orders.

There are lots of great shadow shots to check out over at Hey Harriet’s.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Sort of! I have finally finished the very simple little knitted wash cloth that I started way back on my old blog. Knitting is not something that comes easily to me, so I’m glad I pushed through and finished it.
In the past, in my very limited knitting experience, I have just cut these endy bits off. But I have absorbed while hanging around lot of talented knitters in blog land that there is another “proper” way. I gather I am supposed to sew these bits into the stitching. Can anyone elaborate for me?