Author Archives: Helen

Flower Shoe #2 Running Postman

Running Postman, Kennedia Prostrata, is a scrambling ground cover native to southern Australia.  It was my choice for my second flower shoe painting.  Sometimes the design of an art piece takes longer than the painting!

🙂
Helen

Flower Shoe 2

Flower Shoe Running Postman by Helen Lock

The Reason Is…

No posts since early November because I’ve been busy – painting!

In the last 3 months I’ve completed:

  • 7 50cm square paintings in my Blue Stars series, which is under wraps for now
  • A small painting of a bowl of petunias
  • Produced 4 experimental works using acrylic inks
  • Four flower shoe paintings on canvas board 20 by 30 cm

For me this is prolific!

This is the first of my flower shoe designs featuring Australian wildflowers.

😊
Helen

Blue Stars Shoe

Blue Stars Shoe – 8 x 10” – Acrylic on canvas board – by Helen Lock

Noinkvember?

It’s always a relief to complete Inktober!  I thought it’d be easier to do a daily inking when at home for the whole month – not so! So much gardening and socialising this time of year – I was under pressure.

I added some green ink to our Halloween Visitor after my last post but otherwise there’ll be no inking for me in November – I want to get back to painting my series of Blue Stars with acrylics.

🙂
Helen

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Halloween Visitor – with green – #Inktober2019 Day 31

Halloween Visitor – #Inktober2019 Day 31

We only had 1 Halloween Visitor – a baby duck! This was surprising as we live near the top of a hill and there is no pond or creek near us.  It was also surprising that it was found undercover on the pavers near a back door!

We followed veterinarian advice and left the grumpy duckling in a safe place outside until dark – hoping that its mighty cheeping effort would attract its Mum.  We kept an eye on it but no duck appeared.

After a night indoors in a bucket (because it escaped all the cardboard boxes we tried!) with a bit of food, water and bedding the bub was vigourously cheeping again – to no avail. So we took the little cutie to the vets – they will pass it on to a carer to raise until it’s mature enough to be released back into the wild.

🙂
Helen

OOPS! I forgot the green – doh!

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Halloween Visitor – #Inktober2019 Day 31

The Tree Of Life – #Inktober2019 Day 30

On Day 30 I was lucky to go to another exhibition – this time to Made Here By Hand at Midland Junction Arts Centre. It was a display of artworks created by workshop participants.

One participant had created a beautiful, intricate piece of textile art called The Tree Of Life.

It reminded me that tree of life symbolism has a very long history, crossing many cultures.  The Tree Of Life symbolises many things including:

  • Connection to all things
  • No one is an island
  • Continuity through generations
  • Growth
  • Strength
  • Rebirth
  • Immortality.

Celtic people had a profound appreciation for what trees provided – food,  shelter, warmth, home for many animals and insects, and special powers to take care of  all life on Earth.

I think we need more Celtic like reverence for trees.

🙂
Helen

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Celtic Tree Of Life – #Inktober2019 Day 30

Frilly Knickers – #Inktober2019 Day 29

Frilly Knickers – Thysanotus Multiflorus – or Fringe Lily – are now blooming in the reserve behind our garden.  They are a clumping grass like perennial with attractive narrow, bluish-green leaves and masses of beautiful, delicate, purple fringed flowers.

Fringe Lily is native to Western Australia and, happily, not threatened.

The one I photographed has many buds yet to bloom.

🙂
Helen

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Frilly Knickers – #Inktober2019 Day29