Friday, 29 May 2015

You lookin at me?

My post title can be used for two things
the first is the actual title
that I've given my bird painting
that I've finished at long last.
 Well, look at that face, doesn't
it just say "You lookin' at me?".
The second title is a little more scary
as I think that it'll be me saying that 
after thursday next week.
Well, I've finally done something that's 
either very dumb or rather clever,
that is to be determined
(keeping in mind that I'm blonde).
I've ordered a pair of graduated glasses
cos I'm fed up with wearing two pairs
and yes that is at once.
If I need to see something more than three feet away
 I need my long distance glasses
but to see anything close up I need my reading glasses
and many a time I have both pairs balanced precariously
upon my nose.
So it's graduated glasses for me.
Now I'm going to call them layered glasses
because I only went to grade 12 
(high school to non Aussie countries)
and I'm blowed if I'll put some stuck up glasses
onto my nose that think they are better than me
and "graduated" college.
So layered it is, just like my paintings
layer upon layer of goop

and ink

and paint
you get the picture.
When I went to order my glasses they kept on
saying, you'll adjust to them easily,
just follow your nose.
Now that is a scary thing in itself,
imagine following your nose everywhere.
If my nose is a bit bent at the end
I could find myself spinning around in endless circles
just like a dog with it's tail.
Or I could be permanently cross eyed
trying to focus on my nose and nothing else.
Argh, the mind boggles.
What have I done??

At least I was a little clever,
I've finished all of my paintings for
an upcoming show.
They just need sealing now
I should have at least three coats on the boat
before the dreaded layered eyes arrive
and I've drawn up and started another canvas.
Now I just have to hope that my nose
leads me into the studio
and not into the wall.
Mind you, that could knock some sense into me.

Linking up to PPF.


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Back to painting and a win for WOYWW

I've been AFK (away from keyboard)
as my kids would say, for two weeks.
Yes, it was the dread of all parents,
school holidays.
I survived with just a little bit of art but now
I'm rearing to go.
One good thing I did on the holidays was
to get a huge skip bin, toss out heaps of
stuff and complete my evil plan
to take over the lounge (mwa ha ha).

It's mine, all mine, ha ha ha ha ha.    
See that big space in the middle, 
I'm going to get a huge piece of heavy plastic
 and use my long fold up table to do lots of sloppy
prep coats on lots of canvasses at once. 
 That way I can keep on working in my studio.
It'll be like a big production line of canvasses
all at different stages.  
You may notice that I have a lot more inks on my Ikea
trolley and in the pot on the floor.  I came into some
unexpected money!!!
Remember this painting that I took to a show?
It sold and I won the Peoples' Choice Prize!!
I couldn't believe it. The prize was cash so I 
bought a heap of inks to play with.
Which brings me to the scary part.
I am going to attempt to ink this canvas
at home, all by myself with no De Gillett,
my lovely teacher, to help stop me screwing it up.
 So, if you feel the earth rumbling and shaking tomorrow,
don't panic, it's just my knees knocking together in fear
 as I squirt copious amounts of ink all over my canvas.
I have a paper bag handy just in case of hyperventilation,
hmm, might need it now just thinking of what I'm doing
tomorrow.... ARGH....
While I go suck on a paper bag,
may I suggest you go over to
and see what's on the other desks around the world.

Breath in, breath out,
yep that feels a bit better,
just hope I can keep it together tomorrow...

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Eyes, beaks and a little less punk for WOYWW

My desk this week is pretty bare
and waiting for me to start
back on my bird painting
 I've been madly painting
eyes and beaks this week.
My parrots were living up to their
cheeky, naughty reputation
by fighting me all the way.
I just couldn't get the beak right on the front bird,
I was pulling my hair out at one
stage and all that did was hurt,
me, not the bird. 
After a lot of swearing and threatening 
to wring their rotten necks,
they finally started to co-operate
and the faces were in
They'll need a little bit of tinkering but almost there.
I resisted the urge to add rings through the beaks
as I knew their punkness would be toned down
in class today.
Tone down is an understatement.
Those who know me well, know that I really
hate the colour brown, don't know why,
but we discussed this in class today and the 
general thought was that in the eighties, the colour 
for most houses, both walls and fences was
mission brown.  I don't know if you had that colour overseas
but here in Australia it was everywhere.  If it stood still
it was painted mission brown.  
The trouble was mission brown was the dullest
most ugly brown you've ever seen and my parents
loved it (ugh).  
We think my hatred of this colour stems back to
seeing that awful hue everywhere and
having it burned into my retinas.
My lovely teacher, De decided
I should tone down the punk colour with,
you guessed it, brown....
Of course I hated it, so we compromised and
added some purple, much nicer but still very brown.
As usual and I say this with my eyes rolling,
she was right and the colour was just right.
Sorry about the picture angle and the lights shining.
The pic is still very wet and my arms are very short.
Here's one a bit closer.
My punk birds aren't so punky now.
I bet the top bird can't wait to get his feet painted so
he can land on the branch.  I bet his wings are getting tired,
ha, that'll teach him for making it hard to paint the beak!

Next week I'm going to turn up to class with
"Yes De, you were right"
written on my forehead,
that way I can just flash it at her each time she is right,
AGAIN!!   (sigh)
Well, that's my week and desk.
If you visit
you can see what's on the other desks
around the world today.



Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Punk birds and splodges for WOYWW

It's been a big week again
with things happening on
four different canvasses.
Firstly to my desks
Some of you may remember that in a
moment of sheer madness a while ago
I cleaned up my studio
(I still shudder at the thought of it).
Well, you will be surprised to know that 
it is still reasonably
 (that might be stretching it a bit)
 (please note, you can see the floor).
There is just a bit of mess on the desk but it looks 
far worse than it actually is (cough, cough).
All those bits of paper up on the high notice board are
my filing system for phone numbers and
the rest are bits of paper with ideas on and general
junk that lands there.
This is my gooping station, where I put all my goop
in bags to keep it fresh and ready to play with.
Here is my storage area, where my paint, inks and 
all sorts live.  There are a few shelves with my
"pretty things" on.  Whenever I feel flat or I
can't find my mojo, I look at all those lovely things
and it helps with the inspiration.
I haven't shown you all the corners, 
hey a girl has to 
have some secrets!!

So painting wise, I sealed my bird painting,
finished the jelly fish painting and sealed it as well.
Just have to add the hangers when it is really hard.

Most of the week I've been bent over my new bird canvas
and yes my back really aches.
I've nearly finished gooping, just the bird to go now.
I've got so much goop on that sucker
that it's gonna weigh more than me
and that's saying something!!
If you visited me last week you would have
seen my cockatoos (here).
Well they have had a little change in attitude.
I give you the the new
Punk Cockatoos
Oh yeah, this is really in your face type stuff.
I'm starting to really panic now.... 
I trust my teacher but this is pushing the envelope a tad.
There is a lot of glazing to come so it will quieten down some.
If I keep saying that I might convince myself it'll happen.
I am painting in the faces and feet this week,
hmm, wonder if I should paint in some piercings,
maybe on on an eyebrow and one through a beak.
What do you think?

That's my little corner of the world for this week,
why not hop over to 
and visit more desks around the world
this wednesday.

I've got some head banging to do to
get me in the mood to paint these birds. 


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Tap heaven for WOYWW

I have been madly working on
my jellyfish painting this week.
I'm entering an art show that I thought
was ages away and it turns out it's only a couple
of weeks away (oops).
The Jellies are closest to finished so they are going
in along with my finished bird painting.
My desk is full of inky goodies
with bottles of straight ink and some mixed with clear ink
to make it less dark.  I use a paint brush to glaze areas
that I want darker so the jellies stand out more.
I still can't get the turquoise to come out and it isn't bright blue, it's violet! Argh, cameras hate me!!
I still have a bit of adjusting to do but you have to wait for
it to dry before doing the next layer, drives me nuts
and that's why I don't use oils anymore.

I also had some gooping fun with the bird I drew up last week

Still a long way to go but looking good so far.

My liposuction parrot (from last week) is looking really nice now
she's all inked up and raring to go...
Just need to do a head and foot transplant  :)
Still some poocack to go into the background.

But ... and it's a bit but
the best thing has happened...
I need new taps for our upstairs bathrooms
because the water is coming from the taps instead
 of the spouts and I saw the perfect taps.

What does this tap remind you of????
The clue is standing behind the tap..

But then I saw the name of the tap

Oh yeah, all is right in the world now!!!

Every time I turn on the shower I can yell
My hubbie's gonna go nuts (mwa ha ha).

cough, cough.

Well, that's mine for this week,
now why don't you have a look at the other
desks around the world.
Just press here

There's some ink calling my name, time
to go and play.


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

All sorts for WOYWW

This week has been a week of 
all sorts. I did heaps of
bits n pieces to try and
get some paintings close to finished.
First to my desk,
it's the usual mess
I have my Doctor Who mug, which is a necessity
for creating, my gorgeous art journal cover,
thanks to LLJ and numerous bits of junk 
that just land there.  
Well you don't think I'd leave it there now do you?
In the centre is the photoshopped print of the next painting
I've just started.  You can see I've marked out
 all the points I need to draw it up on the canvas.
Here are the steps I've done so far.
You start with poo,
add a little cack
and you get a poocackarama!!
Then you can start drawing it up.
I'm still drawing, can't rush these things..
I became an art surgeon this week and 
I performed my first artistic liposuction.
Mrs Cockatoo was complaining that she was was
far too fat,
and I had to agree, so I operated
I removed the excess fat and
re-sculpted her tummy to make a much
slimmer lady.
If anyone wants to lose a few pounds,
and doesn't mind being slapped with a soggy wet cloth
  and dug with a pallette knife,
I'm available and kinda cheap
but never easy!
The cockies were inked today and they look great
but you'll have to take my word for it
as stupid here forgot to take a picture.
I could show you all the ink colours used
cos they are still all over my fingers.
I like to try to write down the colours of ink that were used
 and it's a good way to remember,
I just look at my fingers and write it down.
Even then I still can't get the colour right on the next one.
I think I'm colour theory blind!

I inked some more of my jelly fish
Would you believe this is violet and turquoise, it just won't photograph.
slowly adding tentacles but still a way to go.

There was some other paint slopping as well
but nothing exciting.

Well, that bird isn't going to draw itself,
although I wish it would, so
that's it from me,
now how about you go and visit
and see what's on everyone elses
desk this wednesday.


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Belly stamping for the 300th WOYWW

My desk is all over this week,
here is where I sit and draw etc

 How I ever get to draw amongst that lot I don't
know but it works.
I just pulled all my stuff out of the box 
from art class today, so stuff all over the floor
and here is the lounge that I am slowly taking over.
I'm really gaining control now (mwa ha ha).
The only spot left is to the right of the room
and that is full with our book cases,
full of recipe books that people bought me over the years
(ha, like that is going to make me cook),
a rowing machine and a treadmill.
As you can see the gym stuff is boxed in by old cupboards
 and never used
but I think that just by them being there you can
lose weight (cough, cough).

I've finished my birdies.
I have finally joined the lovely peeps
on WOYWW and started stamping.
Unfortunately my stamping is vastly different
to the talented ladies I visit.
It all started last week when I
ruined yet another perfectly good top
with gloop and paint.
Hubby gave me an old BBQ apron to use
to save what was left of my now very 
colourful, white top.

So, with apron on, I started to goop my birds
I'm always careful to work from right to left and top to bottom
but some things have to go over others and that's when 
I have a little problem, well rather a big problem really,
 it's my belly.
I was leaning over to do the white of the bird at the top
 and my belly was hanging over the canvas
 which squished the yellow flower on the bottom of the
 canvas, all over the apron.
 That's not a problem I hear you say, 
well I didn't know it was all over the
apron and then went around the house, 
getting a glass of water, 
saying hi to the parrot,
 cleaning some bits in the laundry (you get the idea).
To my horror there were bright yellow
belly stamps all over the house, I spent ages trying
 to clean it off
as it had gone hard by then.
So I might not be a stamper in the ordinary sense
but I am a belly stamper.
Hmm, that could make an interesting canvas,
multi coloured belly stamps but why stop there,
how about bum stamps as well.
Who am I kidding, there isn't a canvas
 big enough for that!!

I was really late with my post last week,
it was on Friday,
so if you want a giggle
have a look here
and you can have a look at the other desks
around the world
on this very special 300th