Returning to the Studio

It has been a long time since I have been able to spend time in my studio.
And it has been a long time since I have blogged; however I am now back.

After our travels it took a while to settle back into the swing of life.  We had to catch up with all our family, get the house and garden back to how we like it, visit friends, etc and just be.

Whilst I absolutely enjoyed the travel we did last year with all the fabulous experiences, all the interesting people and the exceptional art that we saw; it feels so good to now come back to my special place, my studio.

studio-oneAs with every craftsman, whilst inspiration and innovative ideas are necessary, your work is only as good as your tools.  Therefore I have undertaken a huge revamp, repositioning my workspace and the public Gallery space in my studio.  It now works so well and I think I have got it right, my perfect working environment!

Peter has been wonderful and a great help to me with everything – cleaning, moving and updating equipment, offering suggestions of placement to achieve optimum results, etc.

Let me know what you think of my revamped studio.

I have so much inspiration and I feel the need to commence.

I also have to start making more pieces for my retail outlets again.

So I will have much to blog about along the way but first I must PAINT.

 

 

 

 

 

Blackie the Black Parrot is Featured on the Shop Australia page on Etsy.

King ParrottThere are some fabulous examples of Australian art on this months Shop  Australia’s Board on Etsy.

Please visit and enjoy all the great work currently being displayed from my  fellow Australian artists.

I am delighted to say that my Blackie, the Black Parrot is featured in the Australia Day Board.

Just click on the ling below.

www.etsy.com/au/pages/shopaustralia/australia-day?ref=pg_index_23.

Three new residents at the Fudge Shop

Today I took three of my little driftwood pieces to stay at the Fudge Shop up on Springbrook Mountain.

Hopefully they will soon find a new home.

azure kingfisherAzure Kingfisher

Scientific name: Ceyx azureus

Alcedinidae

With its combination of royal-blue plumage on its upperparts contrasting with orange on its underparts, the Azure Kingfisher is one of the smallest and most dazzling kingfishers in Australia. This diminutive species inhabits the vegetation beside waterways and other wetlands, where it often perches on low, overhanging branches, searching for its prey of fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects, captured by shallow plunging into the water. Anglers on lonely rivers are sometimes surprised to find an Azure Kingfisher perched quietly on their fishing rods instead of a branch.

 

 

 

ringtail possum 1Eastern Pygmy-possum

Scientific name: Cercartetus nanus

Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable

Eastern Pygmy-possums are tiny (15 to 43 grams) active climbers, with almost bare, prehensile (capable of curling and gripping) tails, and big, forward-pointing ears.

The Eastern Pygmy-possum is found in south-eastern Australia, from southern Queensland to eastern South Australia and in Tasmania. In NSW it extents from the coast inland as far as the Pilliga, Dubbo, Parkes and Wagga Wagga on the western slopes.

Feeds largely on nectar and pollen collected from banksias, eucalypts and bottlebrushes; an important pollinator of heathland plants such as banksias; soft fruits are eaten when flowers are unavailable.

 

treefrog 2aRed-eye Tree Frog

Scientific name: Litoria chloris,

Also commonly known as the red-eyed tree frog or orange-eyed tree frog, is a species of tree frog native to eastern Australia; ranging from north of Sydney to Proserpine in mid-northern Queensland.

This species of frog is associated with rainforests, wet sclerophyll forests, and woodlands. The call is several long, moaning “aaa-rk” sounds, followed by soft trills. Males call and breeding takes place mostly after rain in temporary ponds, roadside ditches, dams, ponds, and creek offshoots where the water is not flowing.

My very own Didgeridoo!

pandanus treeDonna's drift wood finished - Copy

 

 

My friends all know that I like to resurrect pieces of driftwood and natural pebbles

So friends often turn up at my studio with a piece of unusual driftwood or pebbles that they have found whilst they were out and about.

A while ago a special artist friend turned up with a long and interesting piece of pandanus tree that she had found washed up on Burleigh Headland.

It was bruised and battered and looked like it had been floating in the ocean for a long time, full of holes, but what an interesting and unusual shape and patina on the timber!

It was beautiful but the shape was so usual that I could not decide what I was going to do with it.

I placed it in a prominent position in the garden, near the pool, where I could look at it daily.  It took me over 4 months but I finally felt the piece ‘speak’ to me.

The Pandanus spiralis is an Australian shrub or small tree up to 10 metres in height. It has long, spiny leaves organised in a spiral arrangement. The plant bears a large, pineapple-like cluster of fruit that turn orange-red when ripe.  Wildlife including birds take advantage of the spiny leaves by living in the tree for protection. They also favour its fruit.

So I decided to continue with the Australian theme and I covered it with shapes and stripes in Australia’s earth colours of orange, yellow and yellow ochre.

When I had finished I found that I ended up with my very own didgeridoo.

Donna's drift wood finished a

 

driftwood close up

Freddie’s Monday’s joke of the week

My friend Freddie wants to present Monday’s Joke of the Week.

freddie joke of week

The large sign at the Zoo warned visitors not to scare the ostriches. The floors are concrete!

ostrich

OUCH!

 

 

 

Retrospective musings.

The other day I was browsing through images of some of my earlier art works.

In particular, it was interesting to review my early abstract pieces.  Two in particular still stand the test of time.

Red Beach Towel, Yellow Bikini

This piece was a tribute to the beach culture of the Gold Coast.  The saying goes that ‘Life is a Beach; all you need is sun, sand and sea.

This piece was done as a tryptic and was painted in oil and was my very first attempt at abstract.

Red beach towel and yellow bikini tryptic

Caged Music

My second attempt at abstract was a diptych.  Caged Music was painted in oil and was an exercise in texture.   I remember the fun I had fun finding all sorts of materials to build up the texture of the painting.

bird cage dyptich

Both of these pieces were sold and I hope the owners are still enjoying them.