Monthly Archives: April 2016

A First Rate Soup..

A first rate soup is more creative than a second rate painting.

The quote is attributed to Abraham Maslow.  He’s not around to ask what constitutes a second rate painting, or a first class soup for that matter.  No matter!

My sketch of a bag of frozen Chinese dumplings:

Chinese Dumpling Sketch - Helen Lock

With a Photoshop background to illustrate a soup recipe:

Chinese Dumpling Soup Illustration PNG

Kurt Vonnegut cheered me up:

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.  So do it.



Choko full of goodness!

Illustration for a choko soup recipe:

Chokoes - Ink & Watercolour - Helen Lock

Chokoes – Ink & Watercolour – Helen Lock

With a photographic background of choko leaves:

Chokoes - Photoshopped

Chokoes – Photoshopped – Helen Lock

I rather like the surreal look created by the contrast between the drawing and the photo.  What do you think?


Summer In The Light, Winter In The Shade

March lived up to Charles Dickens’s description of March, “…summer in the light, winter in the shade”, for us in more ways than one.  The month was full of swings from high to low in terms of hopes, dreams, energy and happenings as well as in weather.  My collage for the month records this.

2016 Mar Collage PNG

You may be able to detect that we had some happy times with family, enjoyed visiting Sculptures By the Sea at Cottesloe and were busy preparing to go on a 6 month long caravan trip.

As part of the preparation I started writing a recipe book to take with us.  I also developed some ideas for illustrating the recipes – learning to use Photoshop Elements to change the backgrounds to my sketches in the process!

Other photos record:

  • the last of the Experimental Drawing classes I attended ( spot the collaged long faced self portrait!).
  • the hanging of the crop circle inspired plaques made by my potter friend Brenda.
  • the drought breaking rain on the 19th – more than 40ml in a couple of hours!
  • the variety of birds that dine with us.
  • the beauty of the bush that surrounds us.
  • sad news.
  • “Round, like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel, within a wheel…” – Alan & Marilyn Bergman

As we begin a new month I wonder if I deserve Ambrose’s definition…

April fool, n. The March fool with another month added to his folly.
~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary