Friday, October 31, 2008


Finally had some pictures framed - the Blue Sun Orchid and the Elephant, which is a gift for a 16th birthday. Very happy with how they turned out. Many thanks to 'The Art Scene' for their wonderful framing staff!

(Like the reflection of the photographer in this one?!)

Nieces - WIP#6

The never-ending portrait continues...

I am a detail freak obviously. I'm going to have to find a way to free up so I can complete work a little faster. Also, a 4 week break hasn't helped!

Photo not the best as I took it at class and had to use the flash, so some colours washed out a bit.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Flowers not in my garden

Visited my mum's the other day and her garden is looking great. Took a couple of photos.

Crabapple blossoms

Mum has planted a really nice range of colours along her garden wall

This rose has just bloomed for the first time since Mum planted it.

The Pigface does really well in our drought conditions

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Day out in Sydney

On Thursday, I took K. and her aunt and cousins to the city for the day. K.'s cousins had never been into Sydney before even though they have visited us heaps of times over the last few years (helping to set up my mother-in-law in a hostel rather than visiting for fun).

I drove into the city as we were able to get parking for the whole day near Darling Harbour for only $12 because we were visiting Sydney Wildlife World. We walked across Pyrmont Bridge, which the girls enjoyed, although the breeze was a little cool.

The girls really enjoyed Wildlife World, although they were more interested in the giant statues of creatures likes snakes, spiders, wombats and kangaroos than some of the real animals.

I'm really pleased with my new camera, a Canon IXUS 970IS. The photo of this python was taken through glass and it has turned out really well.

K. got into the spirit of things, touching any of the animals that were out for show. Here she is patting a Bearded Dragon.

I couldn't resist taking a shot of these frogs. Pity they were in the shade.

The three girls were all very interested in touching the python that was on display. I even touched it - it's scales felt a lot smoother than I thought they would.

After Wildlife World, we jumped on a ferry from Darling Harbour around to Circular Quay. A large cruise ship was docked in Darling Harbour. It was huge!

K.'s cousins were excited to see the Opera House for the first time. We drove over the Harbour Bridge on the way into the city, so it wasn't so exciting anymore!

The ferry picked up passengers at Milson's Point, right next to Luna Park. K. wanted to get off the ferry and walk through the face right then and there!

We took the girls for a walk around the Opera House, most importantly up the stairs, and down the stairs and up again.

I took this photo of the Manly Ferry for a friend overseas who has enjoyed many trips to Manly over the years but is a long way away right now. Sorry you can't be here to enjoy the harbour.

We let them have a run around in the Botanic Gardens before heading back to catch a train to Town Hall, then the Monorail (one and a half times round the circuit) back to Darling Harbour. All three girls were tired by this time and it was so great to be able to just get in the car and drive home. K. was a trooper considering she is three years younger than her younger cousin. She loves to walk and keeps on going like the Duracell bunny!

The three girls decided that the best things about the day were the ferry ride and the monorail ride. We'll have to go to Taronga Zoo next time the cousins visit, and catch a ferry to get there!

Friday, October 03, 2008


Here is a painting I did a while ago but hadn't photographed. Background to be done, but I put it aside for a while.

Spider Orchid - WIP#7

So, I have done some more work on this, but still need the background to recede a little more. The light area also needs to be toned down a little and maybe it's shape revised.

To be honest I think this one will go into the 'don't know what to do with it' pile and I'll have to start again with a new plan. It has been worth the work though as I am learning what I don't like and also to start with the darks and work towards the lights, which improved this for me.

I really don't want to lose this flower though as I am very happy with the way it has turned out.

Nieces - WIP#5

Here they are again. A little more work done. Class was disrupted as I had to go home early so I didn't get as much done as I'd have liked.

I still have to decide what I'm going to do with the background. I'm going to go to the art shop and buy a couple of small pieces of Canson the same colour and experiment a little with colour and see what I come up with.

Class is on school holidays at present but back the week after next. If I get the chance to work on this in the meantime I will.