When we visited Tasmania, I immediately hit the bitumen. Like a modern-day explorer, I use bitumen roads and highways to seek the natural beauty of Tasmania. However, whilst these highways traverse and float over the land acting like a magic carpet to take me wherever I wish, combined with today’s ever-growing civilisation, they tend to mask the real Tasmania.
This piece is initially painted in many layers of blues
greens oranges and purple to represent the colours of natural Tasmania – it’s beautiful
trees, mountains, lakes, rivers and sky.
This montage of colour is then covered in grey and white to
represent today’s continual encroachment of buildings and development on the
landscape. Grey and white signifies tin,
concrete and steel, all dull uninspiring colours. Then over that, is painted harsh black to
represent the bitumen.
Tasmania’s natural beauty is hidden beneath civilisation. As
we traverse the bitumen to get where we want to go, we must delve deep to see the
natural Tasmania. Look through the black,
grey and white, it is there underneath, waiting to be discovered.
I have been working on a very large canvas to go on the living room wall in our home. Our living room opens to the front balcony which is up among the treetops of a beautiful leopard tree and lovely poinsettia tree. It is such a lovely retreat to sit on the deck and be surrounded by waiving leafy branches away from the rest of the world.
So when I was trying to decide on a suitable subject matter for this large painting, it took quite a while. Did I want to do a colourful abstract? I wasn’t sure and as I don’t paint in a traditional style, a landscape was out. One day whilst reading out on the deck, it finally dawned on me, paint my treetops!
I took some photos looking upwards into my treetops and then played around with them in Photoshop until I settled on a suitable composition.
First sketch the tree trunk and branches.
Then I had to paint in the tree canopy and all of the leaves. This took quite a while until I was happy with the composition.
It was quite a task to hang this large painting as it had to be hung in a very high position above our staircase. This involved ladders, tressels and the help of a builder; however it is finally up and looks great. What do you think?
I have just opened up my new AnimalFaces Shop on Etsy which will feature animal art aimed initially for children’s nurseries. When you have a moment please visit and let me know what you think of it, just clink on the link below
As everyone knows I love painting animals, especially Australian flora and fauna. My friends are starting to call me the bird lady!
So for fun, I thought I would invent a Family of Australian Wood Ducks. Where we lived on a canal, in our last house, we had these cheeky little fellas who used to swim up to our boundary and we greatly enjoyed feeding them and their little babies.
So I have created the McDuck Family.
Please meet Mr and Mrs McDuck and their 3 children – Tilly, Ellie and Liam. Mum and Dad are very proud of their children; Tilly loves to shop (she particularly likes shoes and is always adding to her collection), Ellie loves the beach and is wearing her new polka dot bikini and Liam spends all his free time down at the skate park.
As times goes I imagine that I will introduce more members of the family eg Grandma and Grandpa and I’m sure that as the children grow, they will and have boy and girlfriends, get married, have children!
Over the years I see myself adding to these family portraits and maybe maybe writing a story about their lives.
I hope that children become to love them and would like them on the walls of their bedrooms.
In today’s busy world it seems that Inspirational and/or Positive Posters are a new growing trend as a method of self-help. Inspirational posters are very much here to stay as a daily tool for happiness. It makes sense because in today’s non-stop, hyper-active world and it’s often hard to find time to read an inspirational self- help-book — but you can always find time to read an inspirational poster.
There are many ways we can change negative thoughts and self-criticism to more realistic and positive thoughts. Focusing on all of them at once may be overwhelming, but focusing on a few at a time and reminding ourselves of these positive approaches regularly can change our self-esteem.
To this end I have now added Inspirational Quotes superimposed on my art as a downloadable print. A downloadable print enables people to have their chosen image printed in any size and on any medium – such as heavy-duty watercolour paper, canvas or paper. They can also print the image more than once.
I list here some Positive Thought Strategies that we should always try to embrace in our daily lives:
Accentuate the positive.
Accept flaws and being human.
Replace criticism with encouragement.
Don’t feel guilty about things beyond your control.
Don’t feel responsible for everything.
Do feel responsible for your feelings.
Treat yourself kindly.
Give yourself a break.
Choose the brighter side of things.
Forgive and forget.
Focus on what you CAN do, not what you can’t.
Using just one or two of these strategies on a regular basis can greatly increase your positive self-image and self-esteem.