Friday, 17 July 2015

Creating Blooms......

I am having fun with the first week of Regina's e-course Birds, Blooms and Butterflies.  Here is one of the exercises we did this week using watercolour paint and ink.....

Next week we work on BIRDS -  cant wait for that!!!!!!!  

wishing you all a happy creative weekend .   

much love

"Give crayons.  Adults are disturbingly impoverished of these magical dream sticks"
-Dr. S. Wolf-

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Fun with Regina again....

I am so excited to be taking my third e-course with the very talented Regina Lord of Creative Kismet  !!!   It  starts Sunday and I can hardly wait.....

Hop on over to Regina's blog for a chance to win one of 8 FREE spots on this e-course.  Her courses are always so full of fun and excitement, she is a wonderful teacher and very generous!  You are sure to enjoy every lesson!!!

 You still have time to sign up too before Sunday!  Yay!

lots and lots of creative love

Sunday, 24 May 2015

So Very Dry.....

We are in the midst of a drought here in Kwazulu Natal , South Africa.  Several of my favourite plants have died and many more are looking very sad indeed.  It is so difficult to watch your plants slowly shrivel up and die.  Pray with us for a miracle .... its winter already ... so it will have to be a HUGE miracle.  Let the drought be broken.

     last barely surviving Day Lily..........

                                            favourite shrub -completely dead


And here are a few Stalwarts still blooming their hearts out:

 Shrub (cant remember the name)

    Groundcover (unknown)




To enjoy some gorgeous gardens HOP on over to Jamie's Studio Garden Hop and you could join in the fun by sharing your garden too if you feel led to.

much love

"There is no medicine like HOPE, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow."   -Orison Swett Marden-

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Joy Catcher...

This is the mandala I blogged about last week that I drew during our Art Day.  It was done on a loose piece of  300gsm watercolour paper.  I decided it would make a great ornament for my bedroom.  So I  made it into a "Joy Catcher" .  

I added silk hand-dyed yarn , wooden beads and some of my handmade paper beads , as well as some dyed feathers. On the back I attached a nice firm piece of board so that it won't buckle.

I am thrilled with how it turned out and it  hardly took an hour to jazz it up.

Wishing you a very fun-filled and creative weekend.

much love

Seek Joy !

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Art Day : Mandalas

On Friday I hosted an art morning in my studio for myself and two close friends.  They had never tried mandalas before - so I had to share my passion with them.  First we went through the process of how to draw a simple mandala.  Then I shared a bit about colour theory and we were away..... creating the most delightful designs.  I was thoroughly impressed by their first attempts at  mandalas. I am sure you will be too.

Carina's design

Linell's design

My design

What a lovely morning we had, double chocolate cupcakes and carrot cake cupcakes, coffee, laughter, colours and friendship = FUN !!!!

Wishing you a creative week.
much love

"When you learn something NEW, you become something NEW"   - Leo Buscaglia-

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Hi Y' Owl

Lately I haven't had much energy or time to do art but I had a yearning for doing some funky little owlies.

These were done in my watercolour sketch pad with Tombow markers (gotta love those colours!)

I have been wanting to send some surprise happy mail to a few of my overseas FB friends and I decided that hand illustrated owl cards would be fun.  So these little guys will be flying off soon to their various destinations across the sea :

And finally today I got this awesome gift in the post from a very special aunt in Australia.  Just in time for Easter weekend.  So tomorrow I think I will stay in my PJs, read my book from cover to cover, drink Chai tea and eat hot cross buns.  Yay !!!

Wishing you all a very blessed Easter time

much love

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Out with the old... In with the new....

This month our journaling theme with the Paint and Chronicle group is Simplify.  Specifically by decluttering  (oh I know - its a dirty word - but it has to be said) LOL.

I glued this quote into my journal last week:  " I give up freely what is no longer serving me.  I release it to create space for what inspires me".

And so I decluttered my bedroom (I wont post a before picture - too embarrassing - seriously!!) - four years of clutter went out - 9 cardboard boxes of "crap" went to the dump!  Why had I been living with this for so long?!!!  (I am not a hoarder (family laughs hysterically in background) - I just hate tidying stuff up, I dont have the energy for it and it causes me physical pain.  So I leave it.  I walk over it, around it, pretend its invisible....

By decluttering (as tough as it was, physically and emotionally), I freed up what was no longer serving me and I was able to create a space for what inspires me.  Quite literally.  I created a little nook in my bedroom for journaling and drawing etc, which is really very inspirational.  I am so very thrilled with it.  Judge for yourself:

much love

"Give up the idea of what life should be and just celebrate what life is"
-James Arthur Ray-