Thursday, 10 August 2017

Painting landscapes

I suppose landscapes haven't really been my forte over the years. I preferred animals or flowers, but the further I venture into art in my middle years I have realised how much I really do admire artists who painted only landscapes and how many times I see landscapes and think 'I wish I could paint that'.

In 2015 I painted my first real landscape painting 'Billabong Wonga Wetlands' which is a local area which is rich in bird life - recycled farm land. Because I spend a great deal of time there bird watching and discovered all kinds of rarities there, to me it is a special place, and I find that I can paint better having some kind of connection. Also, this painting was the first I did onsite for a very long time. The Billabong itself is often home to tortoises, carp, Kingfishers, Darters, and various honeyeaters in the trees overhead. The water is a brown colour, but on good days the sky and scenery does reflect down into the waters. Although the painting could have been worked a little more, I really like it as it captured the day I was there so well.

049 'Billabong Wonga Wetlands' 2015 acrylic on canvas

It wasn't until 'Three Brothers' that I felt that each tree has its own personality and connection with the land. This scene, from a photo I took at Tumut, these massive gum trees relatively close together felt like they were related and connected together somehow. I loved their gnarly branches and bark and the colours of the afternoon light. It was hard to paint, and took almost 2 months to complete.  Although each tree was different (the one to the right looked like it had even been struck by lightning at one time), at first glance they look similar, its not until I looked more closely that I could see how different they were in shape and experiences.
126 'Three Brothers' 2015 acrylic on canvas
 I did this sketch of a misty forest at a Lookout near Pambula, NSW. It reminds me of a painting that plagued my childhood as it was pasted on a door at my primary school - one of Hans Heysen I think, which was probably much faded. One day, I would like to make a proper painting like this that shows that mysterious quality of a thick forest lost in fog. You kind of get the feel for it below.
'Misty Forest sketch' 2012

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Baby Boy Card Aug 2017

I think I've only ever done one baby boy card before and it was mega traditional, so I thought about it for a long time and then came up with this card for the Cardz4Guys challenge. I suppose I channeled what all my friends tell me, wishing baby could arrive well short of those long 9 months.

OK, it is a bit different. But I'm really enjoying giving my take on cards a more creative spin!

Baby boy card Aug 2017 digi Cardz4Guys challenge
I will come back and put ingredients in.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Somewhere Aug 2017

The August 2017 Artastic challenge with the information on artist Joshua Miels really inspired me to put together this page. I really love the ice blue with the blacks and white but not sure if I've ever done it justice before, so I didn't go looking for another colour but stuck to the ice blue. I loved the mirror image of the painting, and used it to show the reflection of the past versus myself now.

I had a whole mess of fun pulling pieces together from different collections to get the balance just right to keep that paintery graphic effect yet at the same time that organic feel which I love when I get it right (or what I think feels right!).

Somewhere Aug 2017 - digi scrapbooking layout

Artastic August 2017 challenge black, white +1 colour

ingredients :
Basic Grey Digital Euphoria Textures - Texture 1 (daisies), Cilenia Curtis Art Box 13 - B1-2b (splashes with butterfly), ADS Fall Fantasy Border 5 (leaves), Basic Grey Digital Stella Ruby Flourishes STE - Flourish 4, Far Far Hills Vintage Style Ornaments Elements 0010 (3D scroll with flower),  Far Far Hills Vintage Ornaments Kit 0017 (black flower with swirls),  Fayette Designs Happy Faces E1 Background Scatter 2 (swirls/circles/paint splats), Cilenia Curtis Inklings 2 - Florals no 2 (thistle), TD Capture The Moment Element 13 (blue and white butterflies),  L Grier Disasterspace no 1 - Paintstroke 1, Fonts Stencil and AlwaysForever, journaling text : century gothic

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Summer Holidays Jul 2017

Well clearly, being an Aussie, Summer Holidays do not take place in July! My Summer Holidays coincide with Christmas break, which means a trip to Mum and Dad's for the silly season. Yes - that does mean the coast, but I prefer to spend time with the folks, family and friends and rarely end up with enough time to lay about the beach or swim in the ocean. That's what this page is about.

I think I was imaging the page to be something different - crispy white and lots of bold patterns. It didn't quite work out that way. But I did feel inspired by the CSI challenge #234.

Summer Holidays Jul 2017 CSI #234 challenge

The Scheme - check, Evidence : clouds, check pattern, flowers, transportation, animals, jar, transparent stuff, triangle, sun. Testimony: document a summer getaway, make your story meander around.

Ingredients :

Frou Frou Crafts The Bright Side no 8 (background patterned paper), American Crafts Digital Enchanted Pattern Paper - Tortoise (check), Tiramisu Designs Poppy Smell - Element 26 (frame), empty jar (internet), American Crafts Digital City Park EP - Details - Sun (felt),  Helly Designs Leave This World Behind - Flower4 (blue flower), Lara’s Digital World ‘For Lara’ - Paperflower white, orange paper flower sprig (scanned), Scrappers Garden - pink leaves (scanned), Scrappers Garden - berry sprigs (scanned), ValC Designs Fly With Me - BalloonHeart no 2, Fayette Designs Happy Families - Cloud1, We R Memory Keepers 72 and Sunny Collection - cardstock stickers - squirrel (scanned), Just Because Studios- Fresh Love - Sticker21 (journal label block), Adobe Fireworks.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

It's a duck thing... July 2017

I admit it. I love ducks! Sure, I like bird watching in general - the thrill of the chase, the rare something, and of course Raptors that rule the skies, but ducks have always been my favourite and I am best at identifying them no matter how dismal the day or poor the light. Hardheads, Grey Teal, Pacific Black Duck, Musk Duck, Pink Eared Duck, Wood Duck, Chestnut Teal, and Australian Shovellers are all found in my local area, if you can weedle them out.

So, when I saw The Studio Challenges "No People" challenge for July - I thought great - finally I can scrap some of my duck photos!

Shoveler July 2017 digi scrapbooking page - The Studio Challenges - 'no people'
I will come back and list my ingredients.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Small - July 2017

It's one thing to look back at childhood photos and remember places, events and people, but its another thing to look back at photos where I was so small I just don't remember, and to come across such photos or movies in my 40s after so many years is quite amazing.

I'm sure I've seen Dad's home movies many time over the years. As kids we begged him to bring out the film projector and the amazing screen which glistened like diamonds, and we'd watch us as little kids and be totally embarrassed (as Dad occasionally swore when the reel went wrong), and the time before when Dad was a bit of a movie buff making cigarettes pop out of their packets and filming friends and family puffing ciggies like models at the local golf course, occasionally in technicolor.

But as time passed, and the movie camera and projector packed it in, the screen made it across as movie shifted to slides, but even they all disappeared after a bit for photographs.

So when Dad presented me with a CD a few years ago with the surviving home movie footage I watched in amazement and most of which I had forgotten altogether. Unfortunately, with no video software, I used screen grabs or camera shots at the screen to get photos, and then used a number of these in scrapbooking.

And I continually ask myself when I look at these photos, was I ever this small?

Was I Ever This Small? Jul 2017 digi layout - Artastic July challenge

Artastic July 2017 challenge + pen
For the Artastic challenge I loved all the busy angles and colours and linework in the background so I focused on that and reproduced it as minimally as I could to give it that child-like feel. I used my own handwriting as the title. The text reads : "Apparently this is me in 1969 having my first bath which my Dad filmed with his movie camera which was converted to CD a few years ago. I screengrabbed these pics from it."

I really enjoyed the colours and doodles. Not something I do very often.

Ingredients : L Grier Disasterspace 1 - paintstroke 6 & 8, Basic Grey Digital Hello Luscious Flourishes no 8 (border scribble),  Lorie M Designs Cherish - Doodle 2,  Lorie M Doodle Borders no 12 (love hearts), Mommyish Cabochon Flowers No 3 - flower 1 (white polymer flower), LouCee Creations Little Flower Beads no 5 (pink polymer flower), Aliya Designs Because of You - Element 52 (photo frame)

Sunday, 16 July 2017

A Rose Is A Rose Jul 2017

I don't know if I've done many pages on my love of films - particularly older ones (1930 - 1969 - I always extend to 1969 to get in movies like The Sound of Music and some later Audrey Hepburn films, but consider personally anything after Jaws as a modern film!) but when I saw the Kraft challenge 'Roses Three Ways' july 2017 all I could think about was the 1952 movie Singing In the Rain and the song Moses Supposes or A Rose Is a Rose. Being winter here, I've watched a spate of my old films on the cold nights in front of the heater, and it just reminded me of the musicals I do love.  I like some musicals, but far from all, so I do not consider myself a Musical Buff. Musicals with too much singing and not enough story bore me to death.

To get the 'roses three ways' was actually a challenge. I used photos of real roses, then some petals I pressed and scanned that were from flowers at my Nan's funeral, a black mask of a rose and a leaf, an old vintage rose which I turned into a 'tattoo' on my face, some patterned paper with roses on it, and the wording from the Moses Supposes song. I also used rose twice in my title. So way more, in the end, than the three ways!

A Rose Is A Rose digi Jul 2017 - Kraft challenge

Ingredients: Chip Chop Shop doily white and red (scanned), Tiramisu Des Vintage Patterned Papers Vol 6 no 9 (roses), Alexis Design Studio Decadence Alpha (round letters), Angie Young Get Crafty Collage Sheet no 25 (journal block), Free Vintage Clipart - pink roses cascade (tattoo’d on my face!), Basic Grey Hello Luscious Flourishes no 1 (black rose) and no 4 (leaf) (, Vero CU Roses Volume 153 red rose 1, 2, 5, red rose petals (pressed and scanned from flowers from my Nan’s funeral), Moses Supposes lyrics from Singing in the Rain movie, fonts : courier new, Blackadder ITC, Far Far Hills Freebies Kit Shabby Clock 007,  background: Photo Textures Vol 1 Sarahh Graphics - Text Beige.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Pastel July 2017

What are the odds of two comps turning up with pastel colours in the one period? Pastel! Artastic AND Double D? Not my favourite style. Its so soft, so dainty, so very girly that its not a style I use that often. So it was a challenge.

I have done cross stitching and small stitching work most of my life. I got cross stitching. I can't knit or crochet - my grandmother and mother gave up trying when I was young because I was the only left handed person in the family. And most of my female family member didn't use a pattern - they did stuff from memory. But I enjoyed following cross stitch patterns and eventually, made some of my own.

But its been a while since I did anything in the last few years, until I came across these Zentangle stitching projects. Its a black line work thing on a cheap piece of cloth with a selection of threads thrown in. And you can stitch it any way you please. Plus, the tight weave of the cloth and whiteness of it, makes it possible to use a black pen and draw in extra bits, thus making it more your work. I've been using a long-stitch type effect and just going for it. Its not finished. I've been doing it almost 12 months. But I LOVE it.

So I took a photo of my work so far and used that in the pastel page even though it is not pastel coloured. It's always a challenge for me as a digi scrapper to get some items to 'go pastel' when they are bold colours originally - for some it just doesn't work and for others it just takes more time than usual to get them to that state - like the ribbon and the paper flower.

Stitch Me - I Dare U - digi Jul 2017 -  Double D July
Although I initially had this page in the Artastic July comp - I don't qualify for it - I accidentally used it for another comp which was not a sketch. oops. So I created another page for the Artastic July comp - see Small.
The stitching shaped text run says "I love my Zentangle stitching challenge - I can do it how I like, add my own bits and pieces, and use whatever colours I like . It's like painting - but its stitching." Artastic also required use of a pen on the page - so I used my own scanned handwriting for the "i dare u" title text.

The colours and shapes in the Double D inspiration inspired me to use the paper flowers, ribbon, and rounded shapes in the background like the balloons in the photo.

Double D Pastel challenge

Ingredients: Cilenia Curtis ValC Designs Fly With Me (balloon shapes),  Akizo WAH [Paint 1 and 2, doole (stars), Flower 3 (paper flower), Foliage 3 (leaf)], Geld Changes Paint Splotch, Far Far Hills Feast Love Skimersan 0011 (ribbon),  Feli Designs Gentle Spring - Stitches (around photo), Traci Reed Designs Bad Sewing Machine no 18, set 6 white (border)


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