Archive for February, 2016


Are you looking out or looking in? What do you see? Something to enjoy or fear? Perhaps someone or something looking back at you?

Windows are interesting, just the perspective of whether or not a viewer is inside looking out or outside looking in says a lot in an image. They don’t even have to be a traditional window; some people say that the eyes are the window to the soul. What kind of window appeals to you and where does it take you?

This week’s prompt is to create an image on the topic of windows whatever that means to you. It doesn’t have to be profound, if nothing else take a look outside your closest window and record what you see.


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About the only thing I knew I wanted to do with the unfamiliar prompt was to play around with a medium that I didn’t use very often as opposed to a subject matter. This became tricky in itself because I have a lot of different materials in my studio that I use fairly frequently. I had a sort through everything and settled on oil pastels which I find myself using less than other medium in my regular art practice. Generally if I want to use oils I paint and if I want to use pastels I use chalk ones that I can smudge and get a large variation of marks with.

I played around with turpentine to loosen the pastels and create thin painterly effects as well as using them thicker to create texture and layering them pure on top of each other to blend colours which I think is one of my favourite uses for them, much as I do with paint I suppose.

I included a picture of the blank page next to it because I used it to clean my pastels and brushes. I do this a lot in my sketchbook and journals and it leaves me an interesting addition to incorporate as a layer in some way on the next prompt.

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The challenge this week is to create an image using something that is new or unfamiliar to you whether it be a different medium, technique, style, colour etc. The choice is yours. The idea is to push yourself into trying something out, even if it doesn’t turn out quite how you expect it to, let it be and learn from it.

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Stone And Seed 1

“The life force is there even though it isn’t immediately apparent.” I was inspired in this one by the different energies of stones and seeds. Stone felt like layers of colour hard and compounded in a set space, hard and slow moving but no less beautiful than the more obvious and fluid energy that the seed illustrates as it grows. The same energy, the same colours, the same marks but different manifestations. This piece is one of my recent favourites. It is small in size but packs a really interesting punch.

Stone And Seed is an original acrylic painting on canvas measuring 5 x 7 x 0.7 inches full of interesting marks and texture, a mix of green and purples, dark browns and metallic bronze highlights. It has been signed on both the front and back.

This painting is available to buy from either my website or Etsy store. Prints are also available from my Redbubble shop.

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My muse has been in hiding, still unable to be found, making creativity difficult. The kidlets decided they wanted an arts and crafts afternoon yesterday so I decided that I would sit with them and work on my challenge prompt. I took out a drawing pen and started doodling hearts and flowers, nothing more, nothing less, but I enjoyed doing it which is what counts for me this week. I also really like how this photograph of it turned out which I took and posted on instagram straight after finishing it.

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Tree Of Life 1

“Connecting all realms of existence since the beginning of time.”

The tree of life is a symbol that has found it’s way into many systems of belief over time. It is said to connect all of the realms of existence and hold the knowledge of each within it’s branches. Is it any wonder that the tree then is reminiscent of a brain? Tree Of Life is a silhouette painting over a setting sky, peaceful and forever present and rooted on the hillside.

Tree Of Life is an original acrylic painting on canvas measuring approximately 8 x 8 x 0.7 inches . The sky is made up of layers of muted acrylic colours that have been roughened for a worn, slightly aged look which sets the dark brown of the tree silhouette off nicely. It has been signed on both the front and back.

This painting is available to buy from either my website or my Etsy store. Prints are also available from my Redbubble shop.

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“What does it look like to get lost in spring? Green of course, with hints of colour and light breaking through.” I love spring, the colour, life and new growth after the long cold winter is warming and energy giving. This is what spring looks like to me, so many fresh hues of green, growth for the sake of growth; natural, chaotic and yet with dots of colour and purpose as spring flowers bloom. Allow yourself to get lost in the energy of spring.

Lost In Spring is an original mixed media painting on canvas measuring 8 x 15 x 0.7 inches with unpainted white edges. It has been painted in acrylic and shimmers in areas with gold highlights. Smooth orange/red flower beads and black seed beads have been added for a splash of different colour and texture against the layers of green. It has been signed on both the front and back.

This painting is available to buy from my website or Etsy store. Prints are also available from my Redbubble shop.

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