Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Words To Live By

Green Bottle

"Eyes, what are they? Colored glass where reflections come and pass.
Open windows--by them sit beauty, learning, love and wit."

~ Mary Elizabeth Coleridge



Green Bottle


I love this poem, but am in danger of misinterpreting its meaning.  


Green Bottle


To me it seems to address the issue of our obsessions with how others perceive us. 


Green Bottle


Like our distorted image in the reflection in a colored bottle, it is not us, it is not our truth rather an image of influenced by elements unique to the observer and beyond our control.


Green Bottle


Look inside and clearly see your true beauty, you are unique and wonderful just as you are.


Green Bottle


(This sketchbook page of a "Green Bottle" was done using Sennelier Watercolors in my Stillman & Birn "Zeta" Series Sketchbook.)

Thanks for checking in. xx


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holiday Colors

Red Tulips


This month I am thrilled to be hosting the monthly theme for The Sketchbook Challenge.


Red Tulips


My choice for this month is "Holiday Colors".  I love this time of the year, with all the glitter, sparkle and shimmer of the season.  It is a feast for the eyes and creative fodder for the sketchbook.


Red Tulips


Capturing the colors around us at this time of the year is glorious.  So many people around the work celebrate December in so many different ways.  But the thing that I love the most is the difference in the seasons from one hemisphere to the other. 


Red Tulips


Winter is blasting its way across the Northern Hemisphere with little subtlety, and summer is settling it's warm embrace over the Southern Hermisphere.



Red Tulips


So, for The Sketchbook Challenge, I thought it would be fun for everyone to capture the colors of celebration around them.  The various icons of sacred celebrations, the images of December, the colors.



Red Tulips


I love The Sketchbook Challenge.  It is a monthly program that has been going on for several years.  It got me started to feverishly into sketchbook art and is always to inspiring.  If you're looking for a little more inspiration in your sketchbook art, then pop on over to The Sketcbhook Challenge website and check it out, there is so much there for any artist to enjoy.





Red Tulips


This page was done in my Stillman & Birn "Epsilon" Series Sketchbook, using Delta Ceramcoat Acrylics, Luminarte Twinkling h2O's, Gold Leafing, and Prismacolor Colored Pencil.  It perfectly captures the holiday colors of December for me.

Thanks for checking in. xx

Monday, December 9, 2013

Mastering Twinks Open Access - Early Bird Special



I am thrilled to announce that Mastering Twinks Part 1 - Twinkling Discoveries is now available as 
OPEN ACCESS.


This hugely popular class has traditionally had limited places and has sold out very quickly with many people missing out on the opportunity to take the class.  So after three years of limited runs, Mastering Twinks Part 1 is now available as an indefinite, self-guided, full access class. 


Participants get complete access to all the lessons and materials from day one and have ongoing access to the class room and all the materials indefinitely.  This means that you can take your time through the abundance of videos and PDF.


Play around with the techniques, exercises, and projects, and come and go as often as you like as you build up your skills and supplies.


Open Access means you can work at your own pace and engage with other participants, ask questions, and share your work in the privacy of the Mastering Twinks classroom.


This is a wonderful, exciting, glittering class that takes you on a gentle journey through watercolor technique using Luminarte's beautiful Twinkling h2O's luminescent watercolors.


To celebrate, throughout the month of December you can register for Mastering Twinks 1 as Open Access for the early bird rate of $65.


Please join me on this amazing, glittering journey into the art of luminescent watercolor. 

http://www.diondior.com/p/mastering-twinks-i-twinkling-discoveries.html

For more information, click here.


Thanks for checking in. xx




Thursday, December 5, 2013

Megan's Cupcake

Megan's Cupcake


Last weekend my gorgeous little girl turned 8 years old.


Megan's Cupcake

As is my tradition, I marked the occasion in my sketchbook with a cup cake especially for her.


Megan's Cupcake

We had a wonderful birthday weekend, the highlight of which was a birthday party at a Circus School with several of her school friends.

Megan's Cupcake

Her extended family were also there and it was a true delight watching her Dad twirl the hula-hoop, her Grandma spin plates on a stick, and her Aunt walk the tightrope.

Megan's Cupcake

Birthdays for 8 year old's are definitely the most fun.

Megan's Cupcake

Happy Birthday sweet Megan!

Thanks for checking in. xx

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Australian Sketches

Australian Sketches


Australian Sketches


Over the past few months I've been sketching as much of the essence of Australia as I can. 


Australian Sketches

A couple of my sketches, like the Bush Telegraph (above) and The Drover (below) were done from photo reference rather than in the flesh.

Australian Sketches


But we've been taking lots of opportunity to get out and explore this beautiful country.  Coastlines, national parks, mountain ranges, they are all here and they are beautifully unique and full of surprises. 


Australian Sketches

Of particular interest to me has been the outback cottages and shacks.  Where we are on the Bellerine Peninsula, there is no shortage of glorious rural and coastal architecture to sketch.

Australian Sketches


Australia is such a gloriously colorful place and trying to portray the light and colors in my sketchbook hasn't always been easy.


Australian Sketches


Australian Sketches


These are all pages from either my Stillman & Birn "Zeta" or "Beta" series sketchbook, using Sennelier watercolors and ink.


Australian Sketches


Australian Sketches


Australian Sketches

I love sharing my sketches of  this beautiful country with you, these books hold amazing memories for me now.

 Thanks for checking in. xx

Friday, November 29, 2013

Simplicity in a Cup

Flower in Cup


Happy Friday everyone!  It's been a rather torrid week for me and I'm very glad to be facing the weekend.


Flower in Cup


My sweet baby girl turns 8 tomorrow and I'm so happy to be turning my mind to a happy celebration.


Flower in Cup


Next week is the start of December, the holiday season.  This year we will be having a hot summer Christmas, probably on a beach somewhere.


Flower in Cup

But for today I have been making time to create simple art in my journal, something that reflects my desired state.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Thanks for checking in. xx



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Frangipani Yellow

Frangipani

Do you ever stop and think about how color affects your moods?  

I have a fascination with color and it's effect on our psyche.  I know that color has a profound affect on me and I'm always amazed at how at certain times in my life I am drawn to certain colors.


Frangipani


  I have a lot of books on color theory and the psychology of color, and I recently came across a link on Facebook that addressed just this topic.  So I refreshed my understanding of color and decided to use it to transform my mood.

Yellow is my go-to color today.  According to PositiveMed.com..."Yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment, and happiness."  Just what I need right now.


Frangipani

The same can be said for light.  Sunlight is so uplifting and energizing. I know I am solar powered and when I feel drained and depleted, a good does of sunshine always does wonders.


Frangipani


The frangipani is a remarkable flower of the tropics that reflects both color and warmth.  Much of northern Australia is littered with these exquisite flowers and their perfume is intoxicating.  The frangipani holds many memories and associations for me.  Some of my happiest times living in Sydney were sprinkled with the scent of the frangipani tree, so when I need uplifting, this is my flower of choice.

Thanks for checking in. xx

Monday, November 25, 2013

Messy Poppies

Messy Poppies


 Not every day do I feel calm and in control of my art.  That's the beauty of art journaling!  It is a dynamic reflection of the phases and stages we pass through in life.


Messy Poppies


Right now, I'm going through transition with lots of changes taking place in my life.  Some good, some not so good, but all necessary. 


Messy Poppies


One of the hardest parts of being an artists is finding consistency and satisfaction. I often wonder if those concepts are an elusive contradiction to creativity? I admire those who can continuously, and rigorously turn out beautiful art...I can't!


Messy Poppies



Messy Poppies

I'm finding a lot of discombobulation in my life right now.  A clash of priorities and pulls on my time in all directions. It's leading me to a crisis of confidence, a state of high-anxiety, but as with everything, I must allow myself to go with the flow...even when I don't want to!

This journal page is a good reflection of my current state...messy!

Thanks for checking in. xx