Tag Archives: Australia

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

A Bunch Of Love – #Inktober2019 Day 10

On day 10 our Wedding Bushes were in full bloom, as they always are on our wedding anniversary.

Ricinocarpos tuberculatus, more readily remembered as ‘Wedding Bush’, is endemic to Australia. The bushes have thick, dark green, beautiful foliage and are covered in masses of white flowers in spring and early summer.

To celebrate them and our special day, I picked a bunch of love for our garden.

🙂
Helen

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A Bunch Of Love – #Inktober2019 Day 10

Inktober 2019 Day 1 – Channelling Andy Warhol

This will be my fifth year of joining in Inktober! This year my self imposed constraints are:

  • Green ink in addition to black
  • An association with the environment
  • Relating to my day.

On day 1 I worked on a painting of beautiful Blue Stars (Chamaescilla corymbosa) which are native to Western Australia. I’m working to simulate the style of Andy Warhol’s iconic Marilyn Munroe artwork.  So I decided to do likewise in ink for Inktober.

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#Inktober 2019 Day 1 – Blue Stars Aka Andy Warhol

Inktober is a great incentive to play and try new things.  It also helps one to get used to publishing the less than perfect!

I didn’t manage to obtain an even flat green so edited the scan to get a more Warhol effect.  Is digital ink cheating?…

🙂

Helen

 

Don an Apron!

Sam Kekovich did more for the Australian lamb industry than anyone else I can think of.  Certainly more than my lamb recipe illustrations.  Sam’s ‘tongue in cheek’ diatribes were enjoyed by millions over a number of years.  Link to the 2006 ad here and you’ll understand my choice of title for this post!

Maybe a few will enjoy my sketches.

Balsamic & Rosemary Lamb Cutlets

Balsamic & Rosemary Lamb Cutlets

Balsamic Lamb Backstraps

Balsamic Lamb Backstraps

Lamb Burgers

Lamb Burgers

Lamb Koftas

Lamb Koftas

Spicy Lamb Cutlets

Spicy Lamb Cutlets

Hooroo,
🙂
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!

Leucojum

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