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. http://blog.creativekismet.com/?p=8334 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!!!
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)
LET IT RAIN, LET IT RAIN, LET IT RAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!
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 Angella
"There is no medicine like HOPE, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow." -Orison Swett Marden-
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.
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.
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 Angella
"When you learn something NEW, you become something NEW" - Leo Buscaglia-
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 Angella
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James
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:
"Give up the idea of what life should be and just celebrate what life is" -James Arthur Ray-