There 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.
Hi again. Here is Monday’s Joke of the Week.to start your week off on a happy note.
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.
So please visit https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/ArtiSueBee and browse my Inspirational images. Let us know what you think of them.
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.
My friend Freddie wants to present Monday’s Joke of the Week.
The large sign at the Zoo warned visitors not to scare the ostriches. The floors are concrete!
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.
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.
Both of these pieces were sold and I hope the owners are still enjoying them.
Hope this brings a smile to your dial. Don’t forget laughing is good for your health!
Have a great week.