New Etsy Shop for Children

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

AnimalFaces Etsy Shop

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.

Working on my McDuck Family

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.

McDuck Group pics

I look forward to your feed back.

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Australian Animals Reading Bookmarks

One of my favorite pastimes is reading. When I was younger my Mother used to call me a Book Owl because I would rather sit and read a book than do my chores.  I therefore thought I would paint a few images that I could use for bookmarks as I love to slip a bookmark into all the Birthday Cards that I send to family and friends.  I chose the theme for these bookmarks of Australian animals enjoying the pleasure of reading.

This bookmark series has just been added to ArtiSueBee shop on Etsy – .ArtiSueBee

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Pete the Pelican: I love watching these fellows. They always look so intelligent and I’m sure they would enjoy a good read as much as I do!

Ollie the Owl: with his thick reading glasses and intense gaze, he definitely looks like a ’Book Owl’.

Jackie, the kookaburra: I love listening to their laugh. They always look so cheeky and I’m sure they would enjoy a good laugh when reading a Joke Book.

 Joey the Kangaroo: Joey certainly loves his Mother reading him a bedtime story.

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Kenny the Koala: He certainly looks like he is enjoying his favorite story in the branches of a shady gum tree.

Blackie: My magnificent Black Cockatoo is enjoying reading a good yarn.

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Eccy the Echidna: Such a prickly little fellow but this means he is left in peace when he reads with no one bothering him.

I hope you like them.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Too see more of my lovely little tree frogs, click on this link :

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/227027935/unique-hand-painted-australian-natural?ref=shop_home_activ

Shattered Memory

Shattered MemoryThe other week whilst we were vacuuming and moving furniture around the bedroom, we accidently knocked a small figurine off my bedside table.

Whilst the figurine was neither an antique nor an extremely expensive piece of porcelain, to me it was priceless, a part of my life that has been on my bedside table for over 30 years.  Throughout all the moves and all our different houses, this figurine always sat on my bedside table.

It has given to me by my Mother as a congratulatory gift when I successfully applied for a position as District Manager for a Global cosmetic company many, many years ago.   When I acquired the position I was the youngest Manager for that company in Australia.

Throughout the years, whilst I dusted the figurine, or moved it, I would be reminded of, and think fond thoughts of my Mother and the enjoyable years that I spent working for that Company.  This got me thinking about how an inanimate object can hold so much power and evoke such memories.

Throughout our lives our various experiences are usually associated with loved ones, friends, special places objects, music or fragrances.  Our brain organizes and reorganizes itself in response to your experiences, forming memories triggered by the effects of outside input prompted by experience, education, or training. Later whenever we come across one of these triggers, our mind immediately takes us back to that time or place. . Depending on the circumstances that surrounded that precious experience, we are reminded of pleasurable or sad memories and we relive again in our minds what that memory was about and the feelings we experienced then.  Finding old holiday pictures usually does this and they help us appreciate relationships and experiences in our current life.

Now when dusting in the bedroom, it is with sadness that I have come to realise that I no longer have that visual reminder anymore and I must now rely on my own memory to trigger  my thoughts to take me back to that time

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