Category Archives: My 2017

Re-stocking!

As soon as I finished with Inktober I started filling any spare time with making replacement stock for Kalamunda’s Zig Zag Cultural Centre.  No rest for….

My budget home Canon printer and other equipment cope well with my demands.

Hoping I’ll soon have time to take stock of my progress, my shortcomings and a very long projects list before deciding what to focus on next.  Any suggestions would be most welcome!

🙂

Helen

Re-stocking

Yin Yang, Pitch and Roll

Twin Yin Yang Ear Bud Cases – by Helen Lock

The ancient Yin Yang symbol reminds us that life is a balancing act and most fulfilling when we learn to accept its dualities: the ups and downs, the good times and bad, joys and challenges.

It was quite fitting then that I embroidered these ear bud cases whilst travelling outback Queensland roads – enduring the uncomfortable rides and enjoying the views.

It was also a balancing act to embroider them to both appeal (hopefully) to my twin adult sons and suit their differences.

Taking Floss For A Walk

I recently discovered that I could embroider as a passenger.  So before my husband & I left on our long caravan trip I bought material, threads (floss) and an embroidery hoop.  I also drafted some designs.

We’ve  now been travelling for 3 weeks and I’ve so enjoyed taking floss for a walk that I’ve become addicted.  I love creating the designs, deciding on colours, enjoying colour combinations, trying new stitches, making up stitches and overcoming happy accidents!  It provides a wonderful mobile substitute for drawing and painting.

3 weeks output on bumpy roads or in breezy shade:

All destined.to become sewn into presents.

I am collecting photos and ideas galore for ink paintings when we return home.  The Western Australian landscape is immense, unique and awe inspiring.  If you’re interested you are welcome to page through my journal here.

Hooroo,

🙂

Helen

 

The March of Time

According to Auguste Renoir

“You’ve got to be a fool to want to stop the march of time”

I worked hard not to be a fool but found it hard to keep up with the passing of time in March!  It passed like a whirlwind of preparations for our caravan trip of a lifetime, social gatherings with family & friends and day to day living.

I did manage to complete the second in my series of Landmark Flora:

Gumtree Fountain and Marri Blossoms, Kalamunda WA

We’re almost ready to go – later TODAY!!

Hooroo,

🙂
Helen

I’m No Picasso!

Everybody has the same energy potential. The average person wastes his in a dozen little ways. I bring mine to bear on one thing only: my paintings, and everything else is sacrificed to it…myself included.”
Pablo Picasso

I spent lots of time in my studio during February but not a lot on art.  My studio is also my sewing / crochet room and home office.  I don’t think I’m wasting my time on all my other activities but it certainly reduces time and energy for painting.

I did refine my Winter Donkey Orchids – Mundaring Weir painting

Winter Donkey Orchids - Mundaring Weir

Winter Donkey Orchids – Mundaring Weir

and worked on the design for the next in this new series – I’m not game to show it yet!

I was more productive on my sewing machine – creating dresses for little girls and busting my stash!

Flower Power

Flower Power

Flower Pot Pinny

Flower Pot Pinny

Blue Fusion

Blue Fusion

My March output may be even less as we’re preparing our home, garden, vehicles, caravan and ourselves for a 6 month caravan trip starting in April!

Hooroo,
Helen
🙂

 

Amanda and Eliza

I started the New Year with a list of things I want to achieve in 2017.  It’s now the end of January and I’ve only achieved what’s not on the list!

I completed a portrait of a mother with her new born daughter whose strawberry marks give her a beautiful intense look.

Amanda and Eliza

Amanda and Eliza

I played with an idea for combining landmarks and native flowers in a painting.

Donkey Orchids - Mundaring Weir WA

Donkey Orchids – Mundaring Weir WA

I created with yarn and fabric:

Footstool cover

Footstool cover

Toddlers Pinafore Dress in Progress

Toddlers Pinafore Dress in Progress

Tea Towel Topper

Tea Towel Topper

I’d better make a Chinese New Year Resolution to tackle what is on my list!

Hooroo!

🙂
Helen