Welcome to my back yard.

currumbin morningThis morning I went for my early morning walk and I always walk along the sand and paddle in the waves.  Yes – I know, I am very lucky to have this beautiful ocean as my back yard.  Today the sun was shining, the water was glistening and it was just perfect!

glistening morning

As I stroll along the sand I am always on the lookout for beautiful, perfectly shaped pebbles.  If you have visited my shop on Etsy, you will have seen that I paint beautiful little green tree frogs on these pebbles either as paperweights or rubbing stones.  Every pebble is unique as no two stones or little green frogs for that matter, are ever the same as I paint each frog to suit the pebble.

finding pebblesSometimes it is not easy to find enough of these pebbles however I acknowledge that the ocean gives these pebbles as gifts whenever it wishes, not when I require them.   So I am always grateful.  Today I was lucky to find two lovely specimens.




Anyhow to get back to what I was intending to talk about today – the ‘Dog Friendly; Beach.

Near where I walk each morning is a ‘Dog Friendly’ section where people can take their dogs to walk and play on the beach and swim in the ocean.  It is always such a joy to watch these canines and their owners have such a great time.

catch that ball a Watching owners throw ball for their dogs is entertaining and I have noted that it is often the dog who controls the ‘catch ball’ game.  I love the way the dog drops the ball on the sand just far enough away so the owner has to walk to pick it up.  I personally think that this is the dog’s way to remind their owner just who the master is in the relationship!

Anyhow it is all very entertaining to watch.

catch that ballSo I hope you enjoyed these photos of my back yard as much as I enjoyed my morning walk.

Thank you.

Red Eyed Tree Frog (Australian)

As a child, I can remember the wonderment and joy I felt when I came across a small tree frog in the garden.  This fascination with tree frogs has continued into adulthood. However it has been many years since I have experienced the joy of discovering a small tree frog in my own garden.  It is said that frogs are the barometer of our planet’s health, so it is important to protect and maintain their future existence.

Froggy #1aTherefore I  often paint Tree Frogs as a reminder to us that we must do what we can to protect our endangered species by reducing our use of pesticides, stopping the clearing of wildlife habit and taking action to preserve their fragile environment.

So I thought I would give you all a little information about  these most beautiful little creatures.

Red Eyed Tree Frogs are bright green in colour on their back with a yellow coloured, granular underside. In adults the back of the thighs may be purple/black in colour and the inner part of their hands and the top of their front legs are yellow.

They have large finger and toe pads with their fingers being three quarter webbed and their toes being almost fully webbed. They have horizontal pupils and the iris is golden near the pupil but becomes red towards the outside of the eye.

In rare cases they may have randomly placed yellow spots on their back. Their call is several long moaning “Aaa-rk” followed by soft trills.

Red Eyed Tree Frogs inhabit the wet sclerophyll forests, rainforests and grasslands of eastern Australia.

Red Eyed Tree Frogs feed upon insects.

Breeding occurs after rain during spring and summer in temporary ponds, ditches and streams. Males call to attract females and eggs are laid in small clusters attached to twigs and stems.

Red Eyed Tree Frogs are also known as:

Red Eyed Green Tree Frog

Orange Eyed Tree Frog

Red Eyed Tree Frog is a common name for two types of frog. This one, Litoria chloris, is found in Australia and Agalychnis callidryas is found in South America.

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I’m Excited to be invited to join the Australian Wandarrah Group on Etsy

I am very excited to accepted as part of the Australian Wandarrah Group on Etsy Australia  which has 1756 members.  Please click on the 2 inks below to see the fabulous hand-made items available from my fellow Australian artists.  The two links are Shop Australia NZ and Pintrest Art and Photography  – just click on each link.  You will be amazed.

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24 ways to create art – Methods Five and Six

Continuing with the 24 ways to create art.  Method Five is Animation. and Method Six is Cinema

 Animation, a variant of cinema which basically includes drawn characters

animationAnimation is the process of creating motion and shape change illusion by means of the rapid display of a sequence of static images that minimally differ from each other. The illusion—as in motion pictures in general—is thought to rely on the phi phenomenonAnimators are artists who specialize in the creation of animation.

Animations can be recorded on either analogue media, such as a flip bookmotion picture film, video tape, or on digital media, including formats such as animated GIFFlash animation or digital video. To display animation, a digital camera, computer, or projector are used along with new technologies that are produced.

Animation creation methods include the traditional animation creation method and those involving stop motion animation of two and three-dimensional objects, such as paper cutouts, puppets and clay figures. Images are displayed in a rapid succession, usually 24, 25, 30, or 60 frames per second.

Many TV shows today use animation and animation gives them that more of a unique look, allowing them to do more than what they could do with actors.

In formation sourced from Wikipedia.

cinema Cinema, the art of creating sensations with recorded movements and dialogues

The process of filmmaking is both an art and an industry. Films were originally recorded onto plastic film which was shown through a movie projector onto a large screen (in other words, ananalog recording process). The adoption of CGI-based special effects led to the use of digital intermediates. Most contemporary films are now fully digital through the entire process of production, distribution, and exhibition from start to finish. Films recorded in analog form traditionally included an optical soundtrack, which is a graphic recording of the spoken words, music and other sounds that are to accompany the images. It runs along a portion of the film exclusively reserved for it and is not projected.

Films are cultural artifacts created by specific cultures. They reflect those cultures, and, in turn, affect them. Film is considered to be an important art form, a source of popular entertainment, and a powerful medium for educating—or indoctrinating—citizens. The visual basis of film gives it a universal power of communication. Some films have become popular worldwide attractions by using dubbing or subtitles to translate the dialog into the language of the viewer

In formation sourced from Wikipedia.

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24 ways to create Art – Method Three and Four

sydney opera house Architecture, the art of projecting and designing buildings, and managing space
Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements. Architecture has to do with planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience to reflect functional, technical, social, environmental and aesthetic considerations. It requires the creative manipulation and coordination of materials and technology, and of light and shadow. Often, conflicting requirements must be resolved. The practise of Architecture also encompasses the pragmatic aspects of realizing buildings and structures, including scheduling, cost estimation and construction administration. Documentation produced by architects, typically drawings, plans and technical specifications, defines the structure and/or behavior of a building or other kind of system that is to be or has been constructed.  For example the Sydney Opera House, a superb piece of architecture and it is instantly recognised world wide

In formation sourced from Wikipedia.

Graffiti is writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface, often in a public place.] Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and it has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.graffiti-art3

In modern times, paint (particularly spray paint) and marker pens have become the most commonly used graffiti materials. In mostcountries, marking or painting property without the property owner’s consent is considered defacement and vandalism, which is a punishable crime.

Graffiti may also express underlying social and political messages and a whole genre of artistic expression is based upon spray paint graffiti styles. Within hip hop culture, graffiti has evolved alongside hip hop musicb-boying, and other elements.[3] Unrelated to hip-hop graffiti,[citation needed] gangs use their own form of graffiti to mark territory or to serve as an indicator of gang-related activities.

Controversies that surround graffiti continue to create disagreement amongst city officials, law enforcement, and writers who wish to display and appreciate work in public locations. There are many different types and styles of graffiti and it is a rapidly developing art form whose value is highly contested and reviled by many authorities while also subject to protection, sometimes within the same jurisdiction.

In formation sourced from Wikipedia.

24 ways to create art – Method One and Two

An artwork is a representation of personal expression created with a variety of materials and techniques including but not limited to: drawing, painting, photography, digital art, sculpture, mixed media, installation, performance, and mixed media.  Through this physical creation we reveal our interpretation of learned topics combined with experiences and memories.  An artwork is a product of our imagination.

Creating a piece of artwork means constructing a visual image, whether it is three-dimensional or two-dimensional, to reflect your understanding of the assignment.  An artwork can be created in many different ways.  As long as it possesses your personal touch and demonstrates your thought process and message, it may be considered a work of art.

We have identified 24 different ways you can create art and we will cover each of these over the next month.

Method No One:

Drawing, the art of creating meaningful shapes from nothing, generally on paper

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Drawing is a form of visual art that makes use of any number of drawing instruments to mark a two-dimensional medium. Instruments used include graphite pencilspen and inkinked brushes, wax colour pencilscrayonscharcoalchalkpastels, various kinds of erasers,markersstyluses, various metals (such as silverpoint) and electronic drawing. An artist who practices or works in technical drawing may be called a drafter or draftsman or draughtsman.

A small amount of material is released onto a surface, leaving a visible mark. The most common support for drawing is paper, although other materials, such as cardboard, plastic, leathercanvas, and board, may be used. Temporary drawings may be made on a blackboardor whiteboard or indeed almost anything. The medium has been a popular and fundamental means of public expression throughout human history. It is one of the simplest and most efficient means of communicating visual ideas. The wide availability of drawing instruments makes drawing one of the most common artistic activities

From the very beginning man has made marks to record their lives.   Firstly there were Cave paintings found on cave walls and ceilings,  those of prehistoric origin,  date back to some 40,000 years ago.

All civilisations – Chinese, Middle eastern,  Egyptian, Roman and Greek – all had their own methods and ways of placing their marks or drawings to record their journey.

This mark making continues right up  to modern times.

An Artist draws because they feel the need to make their mark.

Information sourced from Wikipedia.

Method No Two:

Engraving, a variant of sculpture, generally made in smaller items

engraving4Engraving has a history dating back over 1500 years and is the method used for incising or marking a design or text on to a hard surface by cutting grooves into the substrate.  The result may be very intricate, decorative or a simple statement.  The industrial revolution changed the methods employed as machines did much of the work previously done by hand. The advent of the computer has more recently revolutionised the engraving industry.   Many different types of machines have been introduced that can do the work faster and more precisely, improving turnaround and cost effectiveness.

Information sourced from Australian Engravers and  Signmakers Association.


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Please submit your reasons for the benefit of giving ‘hand-made’ Gifts”?

This project started when I was chatting with a friend the other day and she was complaining about not knowing what to give her Mother for Mother’s Day.  I suggested she consider giving her buy at ArtiSueBeeMother something ‘hand made’.  I mentioned all the wonderful sites on Etsy.com.

She said that it sounded too difficult and she was a renowned shopper and loved visiting shopping centres and had always given manufactured items.  Our conversation therefore moved on to the benefits of giving ‘hand made’ over ‘shop bought’

This gave me the idea to ask you, my fellow bloggers, to help me compile a list of compelling reasons for giving ‘hand made’.  Let’s see if we can reach 50 reasons!

I’ll start off the first 5 reasons, some of these are reasons I have sourced from fellow artists:

  1. Giving handmade is the essence of gift-giving: When you give a friend or loved one a gift, you are really saying “I care about you.” A handmade gift conveys so much more than something pulled off the end-cap display of a mega store. Of course there are the obvious economic benefits of supporting independent makers and artists, but buying and giving handmade is, at heart, a loving act.
  2. Creativity of Artists: It is fun to see the creativity and excellence of the talented artists and designers out there. it reminds us of the days of old when craftsmanship, creativity and quality were paramount – You are buying items that are not mass-produced and impersonal but are indeed,very personal not only to the buyer, but to the maker.
  3. Support talented people: The biggest reason I buy handmade is to support the many talented people out there who are trying to get started with their business. I find the care and love taken in making everything I buy comes through when I get it. I feel a sense of extra worth and pleasure with each purchase knowing I have helped someone get one step closer to their dream. Supporting each other is after all the most rewarding gift we can give each other!
  4. Price vs. value: If you buy your best friend a handmade article instead of a mass produced one and spend twice the money, it’ll be worth every penny. Treasures are handmade with love and thought, not mass produced.
  5. Share the Artists joy of creation : I give handmade gifts because the artist/crafter who made the item probably really enjoys what they do. I know they put their imagination, best craftsmanship, and love into making that gift unique. It has heart and that’s what I want to share with the special people in my life.”

As an Artist myself, I always attempt to give hand-made items to my Family and Friends. I have also, for the past 15 years, made a point of giving hand-made Birthday Cards and Bookmarks;  it is lovely to know that these cards and gifts have been saved by my friends over the years instead of being discarded.

So, I hope you can help this cause. I also will continue to add to the list as I obtain more submissions from family and friends.

You can either make a comment via the blog or send me an email.

I will acknowledge everyone who supplies me with a Reason to add to the List.

I look forward to receiving your personal reasons for ‘Buying/Giving Hand Made’…

5 reasons down, only 45 to go!