Sunday, 7 December 2008
They and the two friends stayed the night and we had a BBQ breakfast the following morning -bacon, eggs, pinapple and ginger/honey bread baked by Caren - under the awning of the camper van. The warmth of the summer and the trees and bacon made it seem like we were camped by the seaside - plus good friends of course!
Thursday was our work team dinner after work - not late - very pleasanr. Friday was the Christmas lunch put on by work - in the next door church hall with the secret santa gifts. I got a fancy notbook and I gave a book on NZ shrubs in the bush for Mary at work who is into bush walking.
Saturday I worked on the pencil portrait of Darren's (son-in-law)Father who died 4 years ago. It is hard to get the skin tones right with a photo takn by flash but I think Darren's mothe rwill like it. In the afternoon Alan and I went to the Wilderness Writer's group Christmas picnic - this year at French Bay over the other side of Auckland - very pleasant. John brought his kayak and we had discussions on trees, birds, the differences between rooks, ravens, crows, magpies (Pied crow in NZ).
Sunday I finished the portrait of Gareth and took him to the picture framers. My daughter will pick him up.
Sunday afternoon up to Dave and Caren's in the country for a scumptious lunch. She is such a great cook, all the flavours balanced - chicken with capers, fresh green salad with mustard sauce and potatoes gratin with cream not cheese.
Dave, Alan and I had a wander into the bush to get some ferns Alan wants to put in down the back of our house. I haven't uploaded them yet.
Caren had invited their 4 neighbours for afternoon tea nad done a heap of backing traditional German cakes - liebkuchen is the only one I remember the name of - and waffles with cherries and cream AND THE MOST devine cheese cake with strawberries - made with quark so not heavy. My birthday cake.
After the neighbours had gone Dave flew the kite and we sat on the grass in the shade and watched him. No one's stomach wanted to have another game of pentanque.
All-in-all the perfect end to a lovely week.
Friday, 21 November 2008
Finished 4 pastel paintings - 3 from photos I took in England 4 years ago, one of hubby's brotherand Sister-in-laws dog Pol who died a couple of years ago.
Above are Towards Fowlmere and Pol.
Started another 6 weeks of the bush walk and talks.
Granddaughter Charlotte had her first birthday.
Went on another 2-day pastel workshop with Larry Blovits - great
Friday, 27 June 2008
My brain was just not coping with having to sit down after a day at work and read and thing. I really sympathise with Dave. Did his last assigment go OK?
Now I do not feel guilty doing art. Or reading.
When I knew I had to study and couldn't make my brain work, I stuffed around and did not do much. When I did do a bit of art I felt guilty so consequently I didn't apply myself to much. Most things were time fillers, time wasters.
On the internet I've been looking at calligraphy. Some great art out there and I'll add some links.
Anyway - going to tidy my room so I have some space to make a mess. LOL . Hey may even get enough space to ROFL. Me? with a tidy room?
Poor DH has a bad cold. For the first time he has lost his voice. I bought some soup and crumpets to entice him to eat. He's just got up and having a shower. Just in time for lunch.
Friday, 20 June 2008
Visited one of my favourite blogs - Greenish Lady - and she has a Friday Feast where she answers questions posed and one of the questions was What Colour Pen do you Write with?
I had to answer - loving colour and writing! - Oh I love purple too! I write with black in my scrapbook photo album but I usually use blue on daily writing because purple is harder to come by.
In my journal I aften use pen and ink and then I can do purple, brown, red, green, what ever.
One colour all the time is depressing
Any way, I thought I would join in the Friday feast to write at least once a week!
So it's Saturday - close enough:)
If you could live on another continent for 1 year, which one would you choose? I would pick Europe. If I had that chance I would have enough money presumably to travel around it. I really loved England and would love to explore that more and paint. I loved the German people but there is so much more of Europe I want to see. The old houses, the country, the villages.
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how much do you know about the history of your country?
Now how do you measure this? I know the backbone and major dates. Some names of primeministers and other Important People. Having lived here 60 years, that part I know.
7 out of 10 becuase the feel of it is more important than actual dates.
Finish this sentence: Love is… Aaargh - one sentence? Love is all encompassing.
Have you ever been in or near a tornado? No. I've seen a little one starting but we don't have many in NZ.
The one I remember most is 1991 when we were in South Africa and phoned home to our daughter who was baby-sitting our house. She was all shaky as a tornado had just gone past and shaken the whole house. The main damage was 5 miles away - fortunately only trees - but she was by herself and it scared her. We timed our call well.
Saturday, 10 May 2008
I have started another leaves drawing in CP. Taking lots of photos now as the leaves are really changing colours. All trees seem to be on different timetables though LOL.
On the subject of art, I have added a link to maggie Stiefvater's blog. She has lots of advice and writes in a very chatty way with a great sense of humour - tickles my sense of humour anyway! She also picks an artist of the month to discuss. Well worth a visit. Oh, she is ALSO a writer - published.
And talking of publishing, I have three haiku in 'the taste of nashi', a book of NZ Haiku just out organised by the Windrift haiku group of Wellington.
behind the sheep truck
of grass and hills
a marshmellow sun
in the mist
my horse snorts
summer picninc -
a moth flies out
of my husband's wallet
Monday, 28 April 2008
Saturday I went with Caren to the demonstrations that are a part of the World Tai Chi day - http://www.worldtaichiday-akl.org/
Very interesting with all the different styles doing massed displays. Each school had their own style, even when doing the same 'form' there were variations between schools. Some of the uniforms - very Chinese with tunic and loose trousers - were very colourful.
There were none who were doing the 42 form exactly the same as the SIng Ong Tai Chi school I learn with.
I have started another coloured pencil work of leaves. It is hard to take a photo where the leaves have a natural composition and if the sun is shining, removing one or two from the composition, or rearranging them is impossible because it is too hard to work out the three-dimensional sapcing and the affect on shadows onto other leaves.
There is a bank near work and the council workers have trimmed branches off one side of some trees because they were getting close to power lines. They are diciduous trees but I noticed some new shoots even now in autumn where the tree is trying to replace branches. And how do they know the branches have gone? How do they know they are now unbalanced or have a hole in their side that needs to be filled up so they have a nice round shape?
Can anyone tell me? And how do they know to space their branches out anyway and grow to a certain shape depending on their type?
Saturday, 19 April 2008
Went to my monthly writer's group meeting yesterday. I had no writing this time as I had been finishing the Green Leaves. And I've also been working on the hodge podge of a nature journal.
Changing subject, can anybody say why things have to be plastic shrink wrapped? Is it just me who does not see the sense in for example, having shoelaces in a little plastic (useless for anything else) tray with cardboard stuck on as a backing.
And when you buy something from a big store where the plastic is thick and you just about need a degree in knives/saws/bolt cutters to open the packaging - why,?
Next time when I have brought something like that, I will stand in the store and not leave until they have opened the darn thing. And they can keep the plastic too .
I'll let you know how that goes.:)
The leaves are oh so slowly changing colour. Here I am with my camera at the ready saying come on come ON. I want to do another work in coloured pencils of autumn leaves.
I'm starting a pastel of Bro-in-law's dog. We stayed ith them in Christchurch and I offered because I can and they are so hospitable. Their dog died last year - he had been around the world with them and lived in Australia, Hong Kng, France. He must have been at least 20.
So of fto do some work. More like play really.
Saturday, 5 April 2008
Natalie, another pastel artist, picked me up on the Thursday and showed me a lot of her part of the country. All the years I've been visiting Palmy and never explored the countryside as I didn't have my car but flew down or went by train. 15 years of study almost ended. We went to Shannon (lovely jewelry and art shop and cafe, and interesting 2nd hand shop run by Gypsy)Foxton - (Mill, Murals, Shire horses, interesting art gallery), Foxton Beach and finished with art gallery in Palmerston North. Natalie knew the owners of the galleries and other people so made it doubly interesting.
Natalie took the photo of me helping with the shire horses as the drvier's helper hadn't arrived.
I had to take some last photos of the beautiful grounds of Massey campus and the valley with the Turitea stream running through. I got up on sunrise the first day. Being further South the sun is lower and took longer for the valley to fill with sun so time to go from spot to spot to find the best shot. And I took some in the evening but not as spectacular as the morning ones.
Sunday, 23 March 2008
You Are Impressionism
You think the world is quite beautiful, especially if you look at it in new and interesting ways.
You tend to focus on color and movement in art.
For you, seeing the big picture is much more important than recording every little detail.
You can find inspiration anywhere... especially from nature.
I also added some blog links. But now I have to go and do some shopping for Mum, then do some ATC's for a swap that has to go out tomorrow.
Saturday, 15 March 2008
He said there is a new forum through World Haiky Club (Yahoo club) for beginners and said I could join for a refresher. He suggested I write a haibun so this is for Possum.
This autumn it is dry. The toadstools and fungus are absent in the undergrowth.
I am glancing in every part I can. Slow going. Our cat is unlikely to have wandered this far, but it is almost a week since she vanished.
I identify the evening bird song – blackbird, tui, little grey warbler.
The leaves of different trees make their own patterns on the sky. Different patches of leaves on the ground.
with orange pine needles
a tabby coat
Distant music. The cricketer’s cars departing from the club pitch that the track skirts around. The scrunch of the gravel under my sneakers. I walk here alone.
I see only trees, leaves.
from an unknown bird on the path – puss-cat
can you still catch birds?
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Our cat possum was last seen on Sunday evening and no sign of her since. The house seems very empty without her.
Alan has spent today making flyers and going around all the neighbours but there is no sign of her. She has never wandered away before and we've had her about 10 years.
We live up a long driveway and she never goes down to the road . She wasn't sick or old and decrepit. Here one day and gone the next.
The background is a lotus leave with some acrylic and a sprinkle of walnut ink powder . I haven't decided yet on the placement of the
small copper pieces. The sqaure and the copper cover edge have been altered with liver of sulphate . I heated the small piece in a candle flame and like the orange and purple of that better though.
the book has plastic pouches (scrapbook type)and we sewed brown paper arounD the edges so the plastic seems more in keeping with the nature journal.
i'll show more as I go.
It's fun collecting the bits and pieces.
Saturday, 1 March 2008
This weekend I did a bit more on the green leaves, my friend Caren came around and I finally posted the last 3 Postcards I was sending out as bonus draws in the OWOH giveaway.
Firstly, the green leaves now have some colour on all the paper but a way to go yet. The leaves are too yellow and I'm toning them down a little, Thebackground will have more depth with some darker, some blending and some of the blending will be with a light colour.
Caren and I were going to go on a bush-walk but it was too wet. We went to the Scrapbook Warehouse and managed to not spend too much even though we took half an hour to give the whole store the once-over. I put my name down for a nature book class which looks intriguing.
We then went to the Art Space Depot in Devonport then around the shops, still not spending too much. Home for lunch, then three hours of art. By then the rain had stopped and we went for an hour's walk. Lovely fresh air, a wind but not cold.
I've joined a new group on yahoo and making some ATC's for a swap. I had to make one for myself LOL and gave Caren 2 and here are some of them. Zentangles ( I used to call it doodling!) the swap is with face zentangles.
This one I called The Weaver
It was hard to think of names.
Friday, 22 February 2008
Friday, 15 February 2008
And the winners are - with the help of the random number generator ....
This girl remembers
Please contact me with your email and postal address - email@example.com
And it was such fun I will send a little something also to
Thank you everyone for participating and the great comments
Saturday, 9 February 2008
|What color is your soul painted?|
Your soul is painted the color orange, which embodies the characteristics of balance, heat, enthusiasm, flamboyance, playfulness, aggression, over-emotion, danger, desire, strengthens the ability to concentrate, attraction, adaptability, and stimulation. Orange falls under the element of Fire, and symbolizes glory and fruits of the earth.
Quizzes and Personality Tests
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
Saying that, I had better actually do some more on it. Been toobusy visiting others' blogs!!
Tuesday, 5 February 2008
I am offering two lots of three postcards - a mixture of collage, homemade stamps and hand drawn and painted.
The draw will be on the 14th February. About to happen!
89 comments and no more as I will pick two from this list.
DRAW DONE!! This is exciting.
And the winners are ....
This girl remembers
Please contact me with your email and postal address - firstname.lastname@example.org
And it was such fun I will send a little something also to
I liked doing this so much, I have started another with green maple leaves.
The biggest news during my absence from posting, is the birth of our grandaughter, Charlotte Alessandra.
It's February and the locusts are starting to drown out the bird song.
I have been doing a lot of walking and taking photos of the bush and anything else - mainly plants, the cat, Charlotte and Xavier, birds. Half of the bird ones get deleted as they are too small or out of focus.
It's funny how you take a photo and the pose looks weird or impossible because the camera catches a movement part-way through. Our eye sees the end of a movement and not the middle.