I finished my Picasso inspired acrylic painting on Day 14. Imagine the green inks as vivid and muted shades of oranges, yellows and reds – and the black inks as various blues!
Abstracting my Blue Stars design with the use of brush strokes, shapes and colours was harder than I had imagined. I now have a deeper appreciation of Picasso’s art and other abstract works!
Done With Picasso -#Inktober2019 Day 14
Breakfast preparations were put on hold on day 13, when my husband called “The chooks are out!”
Our entire flock had decided to take the opportunity to escape from their large run, where they are safe from cats and foxes, to head towards our veggie garden!
We had a very late breakfast!
Our chickens biorecycle our kitchen scraps,weeds and grasses, produce manure for composting, provide a better alternative to the excessive environmental impact of factory farming and provide more nutritious eggs for us, family and friends. Gotta be happy with that!
The Great Escape – #Inktober2019 Day 13
On day 12 my husband and I enjoyed visiting the Open Studio of Sally Edmonds in Kalamunda, Western Australia. Sally shares her love of birds by creating detailed images , using coloured pencils, pastels or acrylic paint.
Blue Wrens are a popular subject for the artist and her followers.
Interestingly it seems that Superb Fairy Wrens are equipped to combat climate change, as a 10 year-long study shows the native bird can strategically alter the size of its laid eggs to help its chicks survive in harsher conditions.
A Green Blue Wren – #Inktober2019 Day 12
Day 11: I started an acrylic painting of Blue Stars in the style of Picasso. Each version of my Blue Stars is teaching me a lot about famous artists, techniques and challenges.
The line drawing for my latest piece came into being easily – not so the painting. I’m finding I’m having to experiment a lot with colours and shapes to get an acceptable abstracted, somewhat cubist outcome!
Channelling Picasso – #inktober2019 Day 11
On day 10 our Wedding Bushes were in full bloom, as they always are on our wedding anniversary.
Ricinocarpos tuberculatus, more readily remembered as ‘Wedding Bush’, is endemic to Australia. The bushes have thick, dark green, beautiful foliage and are covered in masses of white flowers in spring and early summer.
To celebrate them and our special day, I picked a bunch of love for our garden.
A Bunch Of Love – #Inktober2019 Day 10
Day 9 was a day of domestic bliss(?). One satisfying task though was cutting up one of my husband’s old t-shirts for rags – the parts that were not thread-less or covered in some unidentifiable substance that is!
We keep such clean rags in empty tissue boxes. One box is kept on the kitchen bench where the rags help us reduce our use of paper towels – reducing our impact on our environment and our budget.
Repurposed and Reduced – #Inktober2019 Day 9
On day 8 a BFF and I went down to ‘the flats’ to run a couple of errands. On the way back we made the most of the opportunity to stop at the Anglicare Op shop. I scored an as new lightweight jumper for $6! I wonder who donated it and why… maybe it was given away as it is not in fashion… Happily, I’ve always been so out of fashion I’ve sometimes wondered if I’m a trend setter. Maybe I’m just dotty!
Anyway, it is a win for my wallet, for the environment and for the charity – but not a win for de-cluttering my wardrobe!
Opportunity Knocked – #Inktober2019 Day 8