Friday, November 20, 2015

Paint Party Friday & Getting Tubed

I was chatting with my babe Memphis who's home from university, we were talking about stress, I believe the more we multi-task, the more we take on, the more we need to unwind (I choose art as my de-stress 1st choice, vino a close second)... ANYWAY... with no time to 'unwind' due to lectures/tutorials major assignments/essay deadlines (now cosplay outfits to make)... she hadn't time to 'chill' as she normally would by immersing herself in a late night video game... she compared her situation of having to be 'on top of things' with a past Sims game she played as a teen... in Sims reality, things were fine, she had duplicated our family in this virtual reality program, then for some reason, she didn't play for a few weeks, came back & Big F (dad) had gone off one day and not returned, I had lost my job, and her sister Trinity had given birth to a vampire baby named Paulette... see mum, she said thoughtfully, things can spiral out of control pretty fast if you leave your post... 
Soo true... But let's take a few minutes off, because it's FRIDAY (woo-freakin-hoo) yes Paint Party Friday, & I although I don't have long to chat (as after our mother/daughter talk, I am now filled with dread that if I don't keep up with my heavy workload, I will one day be an abandoned unemployed grandmother with a vampire granddaughter severely adding to my stress levels)...
So for just a bit, let's chat art (although that future vampire grandchild is never far from my thoughts)...
I have just started a Youtube Channel... (insert polite applause here haha)... Many (many) years ago in New York, not only did I eat the BEST cherry pie in Soho (yes I'm a big Twin Peaks fan) absorb dumplings from 'the BEST' dumpling house in Chinatown (it said so on the chalkboard outside) I also got to ferry over to Liberty Island and stood in awe of the great BESTEST babe herself... Big F & I climbed right up into her head & looked out the windows in the crown, not the greatest for my claustrophobic tendencies but a memorable experience & breath-taking view... A prompt from Martha at Ayala Art (& 29 Faces) had me thinking about this, and how much the 'real' world has changed, it's not just virtual ones that can change so rapidly, so, I couldn't help but take up the challenge to draw/paint Liberty's face & if you want to check out my rookies attempt at capturing it on video please feel free (it goes for 3.5 minutes) ;)

Also there is my first experiment in chaos & paint on my Youtube site... it goes 30 minutes, it is a bit well (dare I say) UN-PROFESSIONAL... but if you are doing nothing on the treadmill please give it a go, oh & I haven't figured out the 'How to Subscribe' do-hickies & thingies yet to attach to my posts, but yeah, love you to subscribe, if you want to & know how ;)

That's it fellow bloggers & PPF enthusiasts except one thing... a BIG thank you as always to the Paint Party Friday hosts Eva & Kristin! Now have the BEST weekend ya-all x

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances...

I have missed so much school, the sports carnival, I was looking forward to getting a few more blue ribbons, oh well, I hope I am able to get better in time to compete in the swim carnival, I love swimming, butterfly and backstroke the most, last carnival I let my best friend Erica beat me in the finals, her mother came up to us just before the race, she said she would kill her if she didn't beat me in backstroke, I got upset, so did Erica, we trained together, swimming side by side, we took home 1st & 2nd in that race, my parents were proud of me, I thought they may have been disappointed I let my friend win, no they said, we are disappointed in her mother.

I have had a lot of time to think, thinking I want to be a sports teacher, or a teacher, or maybe nurse... I don't have to decide yet. I love kids haha, my sister Shelle doesn't like them much, mum said it's different when they are your own, then your world orbits them.

Oh a few weeks ago I was allowed back home, Aston's Circus was at Parramatta Park and all the girls from 'Our Lady of Mercy' were going, Sister Edith got Erica and I front seats, it was fun, it looks glamorous, but I could see all the runs and ladders in the trapeze artists sparkly tights, sweat on the lion-tamers face cracks in the clowns makeup, Shelle said you couldn't see it from further back.

This week hasn't been my best, I've been so tired, but tonight I feel better, I was really angry and scared yesterday because Father Scott gave me 'last rites' I told him I didn't need them, but he said it was to give me strength, so guess that's ok...

My nails are so long now, I used to bite them, they were awful, but Diane one of the nurses always paints them, 'frosted amber' at the moment, I love my new nails, and my hair is now growing back, everyone thinks it suits me, I like it, it is thick and has a curl.

Hey did I say? My oldest sister has a boyfriend, us other siblings liked to sneak down & spy on them kissing in the TV room after we were supposed to have gone to bed... I'm 15 years old now, never been kissed... Shelle says a girl at school said you can practice kissing with an orange, I want to learn piano when I go back to school, but not with cranky old Sister Pascal, she hit me across the knuckles when I missed a note, I packed up my music book & put down the piano lid after that lesson, she said she didn't believe I never got hit at home & I told her none of my family hits anyone & left the room. 

I miss the pranks we got up to back home, squirting doorbells, invisible ink, the funny woopee cushion slipped under a pillow waiting for a guest to sit on & seeing them go bright red when it farted... and the pretend competition dancing nights... 1, 2 chachacha...

Tonight I was hungry, and all the family were here, even dad, he got out from hospital last week, the guys walked to the shop and bought take-away hot chips, I only had 3 or 4, dad has been home with my sisters and brother, helping Grandma look after the house and kids, he said apparently she nearly killed everyone the other night, she got the cayenne pepper and chicken stock mixed up when she was cooking the mince hahaha, everyone laughs and hugs each other, we are family. My other little brother is here in hospital with me, we are in the same room, he is so small, and white... He got sick the same time as me, he doesn't sleep in his bed though, the doctors bought in an old lounge chair, mum sits all night, and my little brother sleeps on her, it is good my mum stays with us, during the day she goes visits my dad when he is in hospital, but now he is discharged she stays with us, and everyone comes here to visit, it is late, the family have just left, I so want us to go home with them, I told mum tomorrow I will sit in the sun, outside our hospital room, and when I am stronger, and my brother is ok, we will all go home.

Witches in Fiction 2015 'Death Rites and Remembrances' is hosted by my friend Magaly Guerrero and her celebration of those we honour through stories, art & memories is why I wanted to share a small part of my sister Bernice's life. She died that night, and to this day, I swear she was in the car and travelled home with us, her presence so strong, I was 17 and pulled over the car over because I knew someone was in the back seat, we did not find out until the phone rang when we walked in the door back home that she had died just after we left.


Detail "Home"

Please enter Magaly's give away of my artwork & so many other goodies donated by the talented & generous bloggers taking part in this celebration by commenting on posts listed here & adding "Magaly, do throw my name into your witchy cauldron!" Much love to those celebrating & remembering all who touched our lives & were taken away too soon.

Monday, September 21, 2015

29 Faces in September... Days 12, 13, 14, 15

It was a long week, I hadn't won Lotto (AGAIN) & sat chained to my computer slowly churning out job after job that 'almost' pays bills, eating too much bread & cheese, and because I realised I 'should', throwing myself on my old rusted treadmill that seems to groan more than I, each time I step on her, wondering if her loud high pitched 'squeals' as I start her up are mistaken for early morning lovers by people who are walking their dogs on the road below, I get ready to start the day... TV remote control in hand to get my fix of vomit worthy political back-stabbing or back-slapping news depending on the previous days events, Ipad perched between 'calories lost' & 'kilometres walked', so I can access other entertainment & check Facebook updates, my phone within reach atop a pile of washing (reminiscent of the empire state building) in the laundry basket beside me, switched on incase my girls ring, or there has been a shark attack at the local beach where Big F goes surfing each day... I take a big breath, realise I am exhausted already, but made it right through to Friday afternoon before THIS happened...
 Big F had realised that it was FRIDAY, it was after 5pm & we had nothing (as in vino) to have with our traditional 'Friday Night Cheese-plate, Downloaded (of course it's NOT a pirate) Movie & Wine Night'... It was fast, it was stupid it was a BIG F-up. He raced downstairs, jumped in the car (we live on the side of a hill with a driveway so steep it could be classed as vertical) whipped it into reverse, realised he should grab his glasses to read wine labels, jumped out & the car took off through 2 trees, across the neighbours property & did a spectacular (think Russian Olympic gymnast) double flip & perfect side landing on the street below.

I raced out onto our deck in time to see Big F running down the driveway after it, nimbly jumping what was left of the native trees waving his hands like he was some F-ing wizard that would be able to freeze the car before it landed, smashing panels, windshield, ripping exhaust pipe, & mudguards off on the way.

Now for the Faces, getting there, s l o w l y (unlike the sad & costly descent of the Jackaroo)...
Day 12 - Dog Boy

Day 13 - Dream On

Day 14 - Cry Me a River

Day 15 - Yesterday's News

Still plugging away at the 29 Faces in September Challenge thanks again to Martha at AyalaArt for hosting the marathon, and now if you excuse me, I need to go walk to the shops to get some bread ;)

Monday, September 14, 2015

29 Faces in September - Day 10, Day 11

Sorry, (if you hate politics or LOVE PM Abbott, skip down to next paragraph) OK... those left, well I warned you... I am sooo listening to politics same time as writing this post, distracted (SORRY) the man who laughed heartedly at the joke of having water lapping at the doors and wiping out our neighbours on the Pacific Islands (because his lack of action on climate change seems to be assisting this outcome) has been challenged for leadership, front stabbing, not back stabbed by one of his own ministers... OK exciting times in politics in Australia, PM Tony Abbott had way too many nasty captain's calls & kicking the Aussie people in the guts, crippling families with job cuts, unemployment sky-rocketing, almost doubling deficit in 2 years, bringing back knighthoods, cuts to services, pensions, cutting shelters while domestic violence out of control & women dying & countless abused every week as they are turned away, saying the indigenous make a 'lifestyle' choice by staying on their ancestral land & that gives the government a right to cut them off from roads, supplies, support, trying to privatise higher education so only the wealthy will see their children get opportunities it can bring, bombing Syria when a few weeks ago they couldn't drop food for refuges because they said terrorists may be there & take it (so unaware of civilians whereabouts), a xenophobe, homophobe, misogynist selling out Australia to be pillaged & mined by big foreign corporations, handing out 457 visas, so any jobs irregardless of an Australians qualifications or training will now be handed to foreign workers... having his daughter sit in a Sydney harbour-side tax-payer funded mansion paying $250 a week when it is more likely to be rented at $7000 a week on the open market...

ANYWAY... although Australia has been buggered by a monarchist with dubious papers to even be PM (that is a whole other story, as well as him munching raw onions with skin on) Australia is a pretty cool place (we ain't fond of politicians though)... This morning after I dropped off my babe Memphis at our nearest train station (half hour away at Nambour) for her trek back to university, I drove through the beautiful cane fields & dropped by our beach & watched Big F get a few waves.
Then I went on back to the driftwood palace...

& did some early morning catch-up for 29 Faces in September...
Day 10 - Alone (in sketchbook with acrylics)

& Day 11 - In the Pink

Well, look, sorry about the politics, but I believe all people should get a 'fair go' regardless of wealth, I believe we need to look after our earth so there are resources for our children, and look after our old who have paid taxes all their life, and our sick, our homeless, indigenous that have shared this amazing land with 'new' Australians, I believe in supporting the retrenched until find employment... and I believe money may buy the best houses (& that's ok) but all deserve the opportunity of a good education, as intelligence & talent ain't reserved for those that are born with the richest parents ;)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

29 Faces in September - Day 8, Day 9

Day 8 - Breathless
Day 8 - I asked my Big F what face I should do... he said 'underwater', when I asked my babe Memphis visiting home this weekend (also doing the 29 Faces Challenge, but pesky university essays taking up bulk chunks of drawing time) what I should call this, she said 'gulp' which I hope means it has captured the 'underwater' feel ;) so still on that path, but thinking 'breathless' as final title for Day 8... Limited Palette again - Banana Leaf green & Cyan (with carbon black & white) acrylic in my sketchbook.

Day 8 - Ethan
Ethan is a character from a HUGE tale, he is 14 years old with a mega back story, the story may one day be a manga/anime/card game (it should be) & I have been privvy to it's birth and development & often found myself sketching/painting one of babe Memphis' creations in a style half way between manga & well, god know what... and as I picked up my pencil today, I wanted to try something using my pastels, I now am covered in pastel powder, those little suckers spread pigment dust like nothing else, next time I use them I will not wear black ;)

Friday, September 11, 2015

29 Faces (well 6 & 7 from a slacker) & WOOHOO it's P.P-FRIDAY

Joining for a record SECOND TIME this month (call the Guinness Book of Records)... I am posting in Paint Party Friday (with the sweeties Eva & Kristin as hosting) which ALSO overlaps with my still in, but puffing & falling swiftly behind like a 3 legged racehorse in the Melbourne Cup, the AWESOME '29 Faces in September' Challenge... hosted by the ever energetic Martha (AyalaArt)... My sweetie Memphis (MangaMem) is also in the Challenge & texts me in-between lectures at uni while standing inline at the Dumpling House with touching mother daughter texts such as "DO A FACE..."
Mmmm, short & sweet ;) So yes 2 more below, & Memphis is home for the weekend, so expect MORE Faces from yours truly as she takes time out from her essay writing to force me to my art desk to catch up (if only I wasn't so easily distracted), & don't forget, not too late to join 29 Faces, all levels welcome!

Day 6 "Pretty in Pink"

Day 7 "Deer Me"
MangaMem suggested a limited palette & I loved working with black, white, emerald green & a beige...

...there was to be a small bird perched nibbling at a spider in it's web spun on sprouted horns, but it remains the ghost of an idea, just pencil whispers remain.
Thanks for dropping by & let's have a creative weekend all!

Monday, September 7, 2015

29 Faces in September... 4 & 5

Crappola, is it possible to fall behind so quickly(?) yeah, sure is, but still having fun & going to blame celebrating Father's Day with my babes and way too much YumCha in BrisVegas as my excuse ;)
Day 4 & Day 5 are both in charcoal & white gesso on ripped/pasted/embossed papers with Day 5 getting a splash of blood red acrylic.
Day 4 'Before'

Day 5 'Gaijin Geisha'

Friday, September 4, 2015

29 Faces in September & PPF!

Day 3
'Glamour Puss' following hot on the tail (insert weak pun here) of yesterday's post ;) Thinking I'll turn to pencil/charcoal next (sans animal accessories)... change is as good as a weekend ;)
Speaking of which... Also joining my much missed & always inspirational Paint Party Friday (with the sweeties Eva & Kristin as hosts) combining the 2 challenges because there may be some babes at PPF who want to join Martha (AyalaArt) who is hosting '29 Faces in September'... this is an awesome blog month for those who like to explore noses & what surround them hehe, all mediums & levels are welcome, and the idea is to do 1 face each day, challenge yourself & have some FUN along with a bunch of awesome dudes pushing pencils & boundaries :) Thanks muchly for dropping by & hope to catch ya over the weekend ;)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

29 Faces in September - Day 2

Well, I started another Day 2 face, then we sorta fell out... truthfully, we quickly were not on speaking terms, so I went back to another I had been sorta playing with...
Explanation... when enthused & left-over paint still pooled on my alfoil, rather than toss I try to use it priming a surface, along with ripped sections from vintage magazines combining with chucking on some textured or origami papers, & then leave them for another day (or another year)... Anyway, sometimes pulling one of these boards out can spark an idea ;) There is a rat-sack logo plastered and lurking behind the paint on this canvas... hence face, and addition of one of mother natures own rodent catchers. But, now I'm thinking this one may be using mind control to catch it's prey ;)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

29 Days in September

Day 1...
I will post more but need to do this NOW... Thank you Martha... thank you Memphis... but for now, I made it, & really hope you all join in this fun, 29 Faces, have a go, all levels & mediums accepted & appreciated :) hosted with love & patience by AyalaArt :)

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Thanks to Oma for yet again hosting this OZtravaganza!

I am running late with my post (I shall blame it on camera gremlins rather than my complete inability to handle my schedule and forgetting the intricacies of how to do a 'post')... 

'Shadow of Oz' was a difficult one, I wrestled with everything, how can something under the glow of a rainbow, something that has given so much joy also have a 'dark' side... I looked up the 'scandals' that lurked around the other side of the rainbow, mostly involving oversexed & under 4 foot extras, fallen monkeys hospitalised for heat exhaustion, poisoned tin men, scarred scarecrows and the drunken munchkins that needed rescued from toilet bowls because they were supposed to be on set.

I don't even know if it's true, but it struck me that the 'Shadow of Oz' was actually a part of the Wizard of Oz's extended life, the books exploded into a cosmos of film, fan fiction, art, dolls... 'rumours' you name it... so I guess these are the 'Shadow' of Oz, and now here are 2 things I will add to that shadow... both are give aways, the painting of the 'Shadowy' Flying monkey, who really only wants to please, & a pin of the sweet Dorothy & Toto :)

If you wish to be in the draw for the giveaways please let me below know how big an OZ fan you are below & I will ask Oma to pick the 2 winners from my comments section (please Oma, I am a Libran and it is impossible for me to choose)!

Sorry I am late in posting hope to see you all on the weekend!

Monday, February 2, 2015

29 Faces - Feb 2015

I have been lured back to posting (how I've missed you my blog, that bright illuminous space you offer me to fill... I promise not to leave you for months again, tardiness is NOT my word for 2015)... Oh yeah, sorry I was distracted by an old friend, anyways I have been 'lured' (hook, line & sinker) by the Arrival of the awesome face off that is known Blogwide as the 29 Faces Feb 2015 Challenge managed with love (& massive energy input) by Martha at Ayala Art who is a creative tornado and has so much enthusiasm she has inspired my babe MangaMem who, in turn who has thrown down the gauntlet to me to 'face-up' EVERYDAY right here, with a new face (I think it's because I am much calmer when I draw and as Memmy is on uni break makes sense she doesn't want a raving loony mother 24/7... at least until her Uni semester starts ;)

So, Look forward to seeing you all, being inspired and thrilled and meeting a whole bunch of Challengers, take care & LET'S GO!!!

Day 1 - Charcoal & white gesso in one of my found visual diaries I had yet to make a mark in... felt good ;)

Catch ya soon dudes.

Crap, it's been a while & so wanted to post daily :/

OK, firstly, thank you for your patience! I am travelling around blogland to visit & be inspired by all the 29 Faces dudettes, but I'm afraid I've fallen short (but will finally get to the 29) faces, and really (really) appreciate all the comments, sorry (I really could go into the reasons why this month (actually the last 2 as well) became overload central, but I know you all have a million things on your plate too, so I will just add Days 2-16 & say how much again I appreciate that Martha (and you all) put up with me! Special thanks goes to my conscience and for all the prodding, my babe Memphis (love you sweetness).

Day 2 Pen (biro) 

Day 3 Spray paint, charcoal & acrylic

Day 4 - Sharpie & watercolour 

 Day 5 Coloured pencil & pastel

 Day 6 Acrylic

Day 7 Crayon & paint

Day 8-Mixed Media (on tissue)

 Day 9 Acrylic

 Day 10 Pastel on recycled board

Day 11 Spray paint BG & fingerpainting

Day 12, painting with white gouache & stick from garden on black BG 

Day 13 Ink

Day 14 Mixed Media 

Day 15 (realised so far from from goal of 29 Faces) charcoal & acrylic 

Take care & will keep on posting until complete, catch ya soon x