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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!


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.


Blue Stars Shoe

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


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.


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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.


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.


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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.


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Frilly Knickers – #Inktober2019 Day29

Degreening – #Inktober2019 Day 28

Sadly, deforestration is a major environmental issue in Australia as well as in many other countries.

Way back in 1971 Dr Seuss’s book The Lorax was published.  It chronicles the plight of the environment. Lorax is the character who “speaks for the trees” and confronts the Once-ler, who causes environmental destruction.

The advice of the Lorax is still pertinent…


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Degreening – #Inktober2019 Day 28