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Goodbye 2016

Yay – I finished my journal for 2016 and my last visual collage for each month!

Our December was packed full of family, friends, events, house and garden projects and preparations for the festive season.  The only painting I did was with yarn, fabric and chocolate – not together but that might be interesting…

The artworks in my collage (days 15 and 17) are by Angie Lewin whose linocuts, wood engravings and screen prints I admire.  On these days my time was mainly spent on mundane tasks and I found distraction / inspiration for better things by looking at her work.

December 2016

December 2016


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.



My Art Is A Lie!

As I compiled the photo collage representing my month of July 2016 I was struck by how little it told of the whole.  In truth, disappointment, sadness, worry and illness dominated our July, yet my visual diary communicates only creativity, gifts, the beauty of nature and happy occasions with family and friends!

I thought that my art was misrepresenting the quote attributed to Picasso –

“Art is a lie that tells the truth”.

I decided to research the quote and found a translation of a very interesting statement made by Picasso in 1923 which reassured me.  In it Picasso states

“The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.”  If I’d not let you know you may have believed my lie!

July 2016

July 2016

Yet the partial truth is not a lie.  The happy, creative and memorable moments captured here were real and enriched our lives.




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!


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!

One Mans Flowers…

Many of the wildflowers in our garden at Balligar in Western Australia have turned out to be weeds – officially declared pests! This has led to much thought about the concept of weeds – or “matter out of place” as described by E.J. Salisbury (a botanist) – and germinated the seeds of a new series. This is a prototype inspired by the Arum Lilies that grow in clumps in the lower part of our property.

Arum Lilies - WA Weed

One Mans Flowers… By Helen Lock

Done using permanent ink and watercolour pencils on Arches Watercolour paper. Border and text added using Publisher.

All comments, critiques, recommendations and suggestions welcome!