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Summer In The Light, Winter In The Shade

March lived up to Charles Dickens’s description of March, “…summer in the light, winter in the shade”, for us in more ways than one.  The month was full of swings from high to low in terms of hopes, dreams, energy and happenings as well as in weather.  My collage for the month records this.

2016 Mar Collage PNG

You may be able to detect that we had some happy times with family, enjoyed visiting Sculptures By the Sea at Cottesloe and were busy preparing to go on a 6 month long caravan trip.

As part of the preparation I started writing a recipe book to take with us.  I also developed some ideas for illustrating the recipes – learning to use Photoshop Elements to change the backgrounds to my sketches in the process!

Other photos record:

  • the last of the Experimental Drawing classes I attended ( spot the collaged long faced self portrait!).
  • the hanging of the crop circle inspired plaques made by my potter friend Brenda.
  • the drought breaking rain on the 19th – more than 40ml in a couple of hours!
  • the variety of birds that dine with us.
  • the beauty of the bush that surrounds us.
  • sad news.
  • “Round, like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel, within a wheel…” – Alan & Marilyn Bergman

As we begin a new month I wonder if I deserve Ambrose’s definition…

April fool, n. The March fool with another month added to his folly.
~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary


A Horse is A Horse Of Course, Of Course

Except when it’s wooden maybe?  I received a gift of a little statue of a horse in February in celebration of my birthday.  The statue also commemorated the Chinese Year of the Wooden Horse.  It’s only about 6 cms high but had such presence I just had to draw it.

I found some paper called ‘Elephant Hide’ at a local art supplies store which had an antique look to it that I thought went with the theme of representing the long standing culture of the Chinese and their Zodiac.  I tested the paper out and it takes all manner of media well including heaps of water – but it doesn’t take erasure!  Nevertheless I decided graphite suited my purpose and the paper best. This is the result – in a frame that also seemed to suit the style!

Graphite on Elephant Hide

2014 Year of the Wooden Horse – by Helen Lock

I’m very happy that it raised funds for a worthy cause at auction 🙂