Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Illustration Love♥

I have been doing Jane Davenports online e-course to help keep me focused on my art during this busy time- and I am loving it! This weeks homework was to create a mood board with a theme- my theme was Summer Holidays! It got me thinking about the great days ahead.... Got any fun plans???
I used watercolours, pitt pens and black ink  for the girls. I am anxiously waiting for some aquamarkers which I am hoping to do some experimenting with. I used magazines for the holiday inspiration!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Ballet Week!

hanging tutu- kikis first real tutu!

I have a secret confession - well not so secret now! All year I am secretly smiling to myself that my children aren't involved in Saturday sport!!- no early out of bed on cold winters mornings, no waiting on the sidelines for hours on hot sticky days. It does give us the freedom to choose to do the activities we want to do or to go away with ease. HOWEVER one week each year is so super busy with ballet rehearsals that life is completely ballet! I am writing this in this week. We have done the extra practices juggling the 3 girls as they have to go at 3 different times and we have done the dress rehearsal which is normally only half an hour away but in the rain and peak hour traffic took an hour last night. I have paid for the 8 costumes and lined up to get them in the rain. We are looking towards tomorrow afternoon with more after school practices and then the 2 concerts on Sunday which will take all day.
So why do us parents do the things we do. I LOVE IT! I sit in the audience and get a tear in my eye every year. I am thankful for healthy girls with healthy bodies. I am thankful for being able to afford it at the moment and I really feel blessed!
I will post some concert photos next week but for the moment here is my beautiful butterfly number 3 about to go up on stage for the dress rehearsal.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

New series beginnings

I have been trying to carve out a little art time in this crazy term and wanted to show you a quick preview of art that I have just started working on. This simple beginning will eventually become prints and cards- stay posted!!!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Whats in a walk

A few days ago it was time , well past time for my car to have a service. We are fortunate to have service centry near our home and so when I dropped it down it seemed like a great idea to walk home- about a 30 minute trip. I'm not a super keen walker but it was a gorgeous day so with my trusty coffee in my hand I set off for home. I knew it was an all uphill trip and thought it would be interesting to visually capture some of the sights around my neighbourhood to show you all- a typical Australian suburb, well at least in my Sydney suburb!!!
Coffee- a great way to start!

Past the bike shop

My favourite store - just love it and have a house full of its goodies!

Beautiful!

Pink car- not so practical for our family of 5

Love this house- it is always so neat and tidy obviously well loved.

Home Sweet Home..... the roses are here to greet me♥

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Deck the Halls

There is no doubt in my mind that time gets faster as December approaches. It happens every year but am I wrong in saying this year is the fastest ever. Ever! I have many grand plans and designs for some fun Christmas art - just hoping I get the time to complete it all.
Onto my first project.......
I designed and painted my first set of Christmas cards! It as such an enjoyable experience and I had heaps of fun doing it! This set centres around the song " Deck the Halls" and is a set of 3 containing "Deck the Halls", " Tis the Season" and ( my favourite) "Fa la la la la". I used baubles that had been decorated using the patterns from mid 20th Century art works to  painted the designs. Some of the baubles have had fabric flowers from vintage sheets which I free motioned sewed on to the paper.There now that is the update- here is the art...enjoy...


 Now finishing with my favorite- what's yours?

Till next time
Ruth-Mary