Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to all !!! 
I hope you all have lots of fun Trick or Treat-ing :)
This post is just a bit of a selection
a postcard I made my Mother (still on it's way to you Mom !)
a Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Birthday cake with a wink to Tim Burton (for a commission)
my two Trick or Treat-ers this year


Friday, October 28, 2011

Loving thoughts

I wanted to give this technique a try after I saw some of Gritty Jane's works, it intrigued me and I have to say it is a lot of fun, I called this painting "Loving Thoughts" because of the spot the heart ended up in.
16x16 inch ( 40x40 cm) wrapped canvas
I have put in-between-photos as well, so you can see how I started this play

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Halloween Party with a twist - or - "The Witch and the Quest for Jack"

A Halloween Party with a twist 
"The Witch and the Quest for Jack"

One late Halloween's Eve the witch was at her stove busy stirring and brewing her creams and potions. Smoke was emitting form under the lids and steam was puffing all around her, she had tears in her eyes.

Her black cat BOO sat in the corner, 

She knew her witch was crying because she had found a rusty box that morning filled with photographs and postcards from her grand old granny MegsieMae. 

 She'd been looking for batwings, dragonskins and toadeyes. 

She'd read about a traditional celebration called "Ol' Hallows" or "Halloween" or something on one of the postcards. And there'd been photos of fields of pumpkins and toadstools and Jack-O-Lanterns (or whatever they're called) and Witches Gatherings! Oh she'd want to go to one of those....

Now you have to understand that this witch was all alone in her neck of the woods and no pumpkins grew this time of year, so she'd decided to brew this concoction to change her broom into a time traveling vehicle as described in one of Grannies recipes (flying broomsticks, ha, what would they be thinking of next ?) She'd go back in time to Gran's time and go to one of them gatherings, yeah.
The potion  was ready now and she conjured up the spell, but it backfired and next to the sweep appeared a dragon to her surprise? Ah well, ever the adapting witch she decided to ride the beast instead. So she gave him a spoonful of the other potion and took a sip herself and *Swish*~~~~ next minute she found herself in a cold dark damp swamp at the foot of a deserted castle, this must have been Gran's swamp ! There were pumpkins to be found 

and she quickly picked her Jack and set off to find the gathering of Witches to finally have a real Halloween herself !

Thank you Vanessa for hosting this spooky feast 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Rosalita mi corazón

Rosalita dressed up as Catrina
my Día de los Muertos painting this year. She has loads of texture and layers


Mixed Media on canvas
12x12 inch
30x30 cm

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Red Bird Dreams

From my Moleskine, a quick page about the red bird in my dreams - haven't figured out what he means yet

Thursday, October 13, 2011


No I am not talking about oil as in oil-paint, but oil as in oil spill. I just needed to release my frustration and quickly do a page in my journal about the oil spill that is happening here after a containership hit a reef in front of my new hometown last week. The ship is not in a great shape and needed to be abandoned for days because of bad weather and is leaking crude oil and the beaches are now black and the seabirds are dying and the ocean is polluted, it is the biggest ecological disaster New Zealand has ever known. I have decided I do NOT like 2011 and wish for the new year to come quickly.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

a Klimt-ish Kiwi

My latest Klimt inspired work, a smaller canvas with the iconic New Zealand native bird the Kiwi. A little different from my previous Klimt, but I always wanted to do birds as well and we have some really funny (interesting, decorative) ones here ;) He was a bit hard to photograph though, I think he looks better in real life 

Mixed Media on canvas 
  12 x 12 inch
30 x 30 cm

Monday, October 10, 2011

Love of Nature

Before I do another post with my latest finished painting (...yes it is coming along soon...) I thought to share this little happy thought with you all. Maybe you remember? I did a post not so long ago about Heart-shaped   Rocks that I found in the riverbeds in the South Island. This time I was taking the kids for a walk in the area we moved to recently and....we found these clovers with heart shapes in their leaves, just had to photograph them and take some home to put in my flowerpress ! Mother Nature shares her love in unexpected places, I hope I can find them all, it's almost like a treasure-hunt (just didn't manage to find a 4 leaf clover amongst them all, ah well ;)

Sunday, October 02, 2011

~~~ My Water Serpents I ~~~ the Klimt Challenge

~ My Water Serpents I ~
Mixed Media on canvas 70x73 cm

initiated by the very  talented Gritty Jane
I was inspired of course by his Mermaid-like "Wasserschlangen"
and then I saw my Kaffe Fassett fabrics and I had to use some of those as well, how fitting they are to Klimt's patterns
I will have to do another Klimt inspired work, I am mesmerised by him at the moment, I got almost all books from the library on him out, funny how that happens