Saturday, August 31, 2013

Soul Food-Early Bird

Blogged about this also last month, you know I am part of this exciting on-line workshop WITH delicious family/kitchen secrets and recipes from the artists teachers ;) Oooooh this is going to be so scrumptious, you shouldn't miss it ! And the early bird special ends 31st August, so this is the last day and I thought to post this as a little reminder..........don't delay..........



Class runs from December 30, 2013, through June 30, 2014.
You can enjoy unlimited access to all class material through December 31, 2014.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pigs Fly !

with a hand-stamped and aged metal tag
 box with medium sized metal alphabet stamps
Finished this box just yesterday, but didn't get a chance to share it yet. Then today the tag even makes sense ! I heard that the design I entered for the mural contest got selected as one of the 6 finalists ! This is a bi-annual festival in the "mural town" of Katikati, so I feel like I am flying too.
you can click on the images ↓ for more info....oooh I am so excited !

Friday, August 23, 2013

Dare to be Free

'Dare to be free' - oil on canvas 12 inch square

This painting is a play with my oils and a semi-abstract idea. Also there is a dried flower made golden and Sgraffito. Finished the top of the painting with a cold wax protective layer that encapsules the flower at the same time.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

at Peace

 I have been playing a little bit with my Fresco techniques again. There are still a couple in progress in the studio, but this one I finished yesterday. She is a Madonna inspired iconic portrait in true Fresco on linen stretched on cradled board. There is gold leaf in the halo, I made the sides look aged with my faux verdigris/patina combination and finished her with a cold wax protective layer

she is available here 

learn Fresco with me here

Friday, August 02, 2013

The declaration of you - TRUST

This blog post is in support of a new book by Michelle Ward and Jessica Swift called The Declaration of You. The Declaration of You will be published by North Light Craft Books this summer, with readers getting all the permission they’ve craved to step passionately into their lives, discover how they and their gifts are unique and uncover what they are meant to do! This post is part of The Declaration of You’s BlogLovin’ Tour, which I’m thrilled to participate in alongside over 100 other creative bloggers. Learn more — and join us! – by clicking here.


trust [truhst] 


reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
confident expectation of something; hope.

- a journal entry form a few years ago -

Such a small word with such a BIG meaning.

Trust is something that comes so hard to me, trusting my creations that is. I always do everything, take on everything, work hard and make things work, and then I start questioning myself, not trusting myself..........self-doubt kicks in, not trusting my initial decision. Trust that what I had decided to do or to make or to create is okay, is enough, is worthy. It seems a quest I am on each and every day. As an artist every day I start to paint means every day I battle the same trust issue, I need to trust my brushstrokes. I need to get into a meditative state and once in that zone, I do trust and this feels wonderful. Then once the work is finished, the trust is often no longer there, because I fear the comments. The funny thing is that in the case of trusting others {which can also be very hard -after being let down, surprised at unexpected moments by others I thought were trustworthy-} I learned to trust only myself and a selective few close to me. So yes I know how to trust myself as a person and I believe myself to be a very trustworthy person to others. Trusting my own creations is something I need to keep working on though. So writing this post is possibly very good for me to realize this and deal with it better. Referring to my first image I posted here, I do trust there are guardian Angels. Especially after having been right in the midst of the big quakes on 21/02/11 and through thousands of earthquakes and aftershocks in Christchurch (2010 / 2011) I feel more than ever I can trust those Angels, maybe that's also why I started making them ? {Angels at my table}

Worship - detail