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Make More Art

No posts since Inktober?!!

Not good that 2019 kicks off with the same resolution as 2018 – Make More Art!

There has been some progress on my latest tree portrait….

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Started in 2017! Still going…

and lots of creativity of the stitching kind:

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Seahorse and Butterfly – Inspired by the fabric

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Seduced By Cute Fabric

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The pattern said Fast and Easy – It was not!

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Inspired by an Op Shop sheet!

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Old Became New

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And Reversible

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A 5 pocket shoulder / bum bag from scraps with Boro front pocket.

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The back pocket was ready made!

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Seduced By Cute Fabric – Again!

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A Girl Has To Have Coordinating Accessories!?

And I crocheted and stitched 15 Xmas presents.  Yes I need to focus on the main game!

😊
Helen

Let The Sunshine In – #Inktober 2018 Day 1

Let the sunshine in. Brighten up my day.
Let the sunshine in. Blow my blues away.
Let the sunshine in!

(With apologies to Georgie Fame)

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Let The Sunshine In – #Inktober 2018 Day 1

Sadly, three tall Jarrah trees close to our house were felled, for safety reasons, on day one of Inktober 2018.

But now more light streams into our home to chase any blues away.

My self inflicted restrictions for Inktober 2018 are:

  • Black and yellow ink
  • Sunshine reference
  • Related to my day.

The hardest part of Inktober is posting- especially when I feel there is a whopping mismatch between idea and the outcome!

🙂
Helen

 

 

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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

Painting With Chocolate!

Preparations for Christmas have taken lots of my time lately and I’ve been more productive in the kitchen than the studio this month.

Does painting with chocolate count as art?

Chocolate Bark - Helen Lock

Chocolate Bark – Helen Lock

Best of wishes to all for a happy & peaceful festive season.

🙂

Helen

No Naked Ladies Here Thanks!

The beautiful, showy, naked ladies from SW South Africa are very fertile, so much so they tend to elbow out natives.

Naked Lady is a common name for Amaryllis Belladonna which blooms in the Perth Hills of Western Australia during our early Autumn.

Here these ladies are considered an environmental weed so by picking the ornamental flowers I have a gorgeous bouquet for indoors and help prevent them propagating via seed – win win!

Amaryllis Belladonna became the fourth subject for my series on weeds and my first painting of 2015 – even then I may classify it as a practice piece and have another go – if there is time!

 

Amaryllis Belladonna - Helen Lock

Amaryllis Belladonna – Helen Lock

But maybe I should heed Coco Chanel’s advice:

Don’t spend time beating on a wall hoping to transform it into a door.

🙂
Helen

 

This Is Not Art

This is not

“Something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings”     – Merriam Webster dictionary

This collage does express visually to me why it has been nearly 4 months (?!!) since I posted here and how I feel and it is important to me, so maybe it is art, albeit not good…

Daily Sketches and photos

This Is Not Art

I find some comfort in Salvador Dali‘s words:

Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it!

🙂
Helen

A Snowflake Is Winter’s Butterfly

The only snowflakes we get to see here in the Perth Hills of Western Australia are the botanical kind but we do get to see them in Winter.  Our Snowflakes are native to Europe where they bloom in Summer – it’s a fun world!

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Snowflakes – Helen Lock

This is the third pen and watercolour painting in my series on Western Australian weeds.  These beautiful Snowflakes (Leucojum Aestivum) were blooming a couple of months ago when I captured them on paper.  I just love the finger like tepals sporting green nail varnish.

Leucojum is a genus of bulbous plants native to Europe.  They grow here up to 60 cm tall in winter wet habitats.  They are a priority species for control in conservation areas.  So, another plant for us to contain but not only for the sake of indigenous plants but also for the safety of our children and animals as all parts are poisonous, especially the bulbs.

Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy.                                                                 – Paracelsus

How true!
🙂
Helen