A new direction

DuCK N weave Collective, Exhibitions, Painting

I was sooo relieved when the Christmas holidays arrived… ¬†I’ve been getting very little work done recently, and our DuCK N weave Collective’s exhibition for the Fringe Festival is looming!!

I have recently completed a commissioned piece, but have a hundred other ideas piling up in my brain… I’d love to have lots of new work to choose from for our next show. We are planning a community art piece as part of it too, which will complement some of my other art.

As an added… bonus??… one of my DuCK N weave colleagues has encouraged me to put two other pieces¬†in another show during the Fringe. ‘Bouquet’, by the Port Adelaide Artist’s Forum (PAAF), is exploring floral painting in the 21st century. I was pretty excited about incorporating some of my birds into big, colourful bunches of flowers!

A Noisy Bunch 1 – work in progress

I finished A Noisy Bunch 1 on Boxing Day – not bad considering I only started it 10 days earlier. I have to admit, my parenting/cooking/cleaning has been on the lax side as a result!

At the start of December we had this little bloke join our family. Obviously he had to take part in on of my paintings eventually!

If only my subject would sit still…



Roots doing their thing.

Once upon a time, I found a ‘Lucky Bamboo’ plant which had been left behind in a shopping trolley. I do wonder if the purchaser had a change of heart back at their car, or if they simply overlooked it, perched in the toddler seat.
It now lives in a milk bottle in our bathroom. The sun shines through the root-filled water and highlights to me this tiny world within. Some days,I wish sea monkeys lived there. I still haven’t ruled it out…


This single dainty petal blew into the front yard today. I know the plant it comes from, a pelargonium, is two blocks further along the street.
The colour jumped out at me from amongst the fallen gumnuts and leaves, and I had to walk back to it for a closer look! I am intrigued by the gorgeous detail in the centre – almost feathery looking.
I have been playing with pattern and tesselations lately… This pretty lends itself nicely to the process!

The painted sky

Inspiration, Painting

These are the things I look at. A LOT. The principal at school asked me the other day where I was, as I stared out the staff room window… We are on a hill, so have beautiful, uninterrupted views of the changing skyline. A little distracting at times – look at all that different blue, and those textures, and that LIGHT…

In February, I began a project painting cloudscapes, some of which I plan to add to with automated bits and pieces. But more on that later.

This collage shows my first three paintings from the series – the painting itself is finished, but the ‘artwork’ is not yet complete.

Three of the cloudy pics I have started work on.

And lately, I have been braver about working a little larger (not much, but a bit!), and a lot bolder. This is only half done, but let’s see where it goes… I’ve been making a time lapse video of the progress, which is fun to look back on!

Big, bold, cloudy day