Tag Archives: Ink

Cowslip Orchid Shoe #1

My first Cowslip Orchid shoe design rendered in ballpoint pen and yellow ink.  Yellow ink because the only yellow ballpoint pen I could find was fluoro.  I guess there’s not much demand for them…

I was inspired by seeing a beautiful group of Cowslip Orchids growing wild when walking in the stunning Porongurup Ranges in south western Australia.

This is the fifth in my Wildfower Shoe Series #2.


Native Cowslip Orchid Fantasy Shoe by Helen Lock

Cowslip Orchid Flower Shoe – by Helen Lock – Ballpoint pen and yellow ink


It’s always a relief to complete Inktober!  I thought it’d be easier to do a daily inking when at home for the whole month – not so! So much gardening and socialising this time of year – I was under pressure.

I added some green ink to our Halloween Visitor after my last post but otherwise there’ll be no inking for me in November – I want to get back to painting my series of Blue Stars with acrylics.


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Halloween Visitor – with green – #Inktober2019 Day 31

Halloween Visitor – #Inktober2019 Day 31

We only had 1 Halloween Visitor – a baby duck! This was surprising as we live near the top of a hill and there is no pond or creek near us.  It was also surprising that it was found undercover on the pavers near a back door!

We followed veterinarian advice and left the grumpy duckling in a safe place outside until dark – hoping that its mighty cheeping effort would attract its Mum.  We kept an eye on it but no duck appeared.

After a night indoors in a bucket (because it escaped all the cardboard boxes we tried!) with a bit of food, water and bedding the bub was vigourously cheeping again – to no avail. So we took the little cutie to the vets – they will pass it on to a carer to raise until it’s mature enough to be released back into the wild.


OOPS! I forgot the green – doh!

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Halloween Visitor – #Inktober2019 Day 31

The Tree Of Life – #Inktober2019 Day 30

On Day 30 I was lucky to go to another exhibition – this time to Made Here By Hand at Midland Junction Arts Centre. It was a display of artworks created by workshop participants.

One participant had created a beautiful, intricate piece of textile art called The Tree Of Life.

It reminded me that tree of life symbolism has a very long history, crossing many cultures.  The Tree Of Life symbolises many things including:

  • Connection to all things
  • No one is an island
  • Continuity through generations
  • Growth
  • Strength
  • Rebirth
  • Immortality.

Celtic people had a profound appreciation for what trees provided – food,  shelter, warmth, home for many animals and insects, and special powers to take care of  all life on Earth.

I think we need more Celtic like reverence for trees.


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Celtic Tree Of Life – #Inktober2019 Day 30

Frilly Knickers – #Inktober2019 Day 29

Frilly Knickers – Thysanotus Multiflorus – or Fringe Lily – are now blooming in the reserve behind our garden.  They are a clumping grass like perennial with attractive narrow, bluish-green leaves and masses of beautiful, delicate, purple fringed flowers.

Fringe Lily is native to Western Australia and, happily, not threatened.

The one I photographed has many buds yet to bloom.


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Frilly Knickers – #Inktober2019 Day29

Degreening – #Inktober2019 Day 28

Sadly, deforestration is a major environmental issue in Australia as well as in many other countries.

Way back in 1971 Dr Seuss’s book The Lorax was published.  It chronicles the plight of the environment. Lorax is the character who “speaks for the trees” and confronts the Once-ler, who causes environmental destruction.

The advice of the Lorax is still pertinent…


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Degreening – #Inktober2019 Day 28


Open Studios – #Inktober2019 Day 27

What could be better than spending time with friends in the Perth Hills visiting Mundaring Hills Open Studios?!

This year 49 artists participated over a 2 week period.  On Day 27 of Inktober we only got to a handful of studios but still enjoyed colourful, creative mosaics, wonderful sculptures made from found / discarded objects, interesting prints, imaginative paintings of animals and more. My sketch does not do justice to any we saw so take a look here to see the real deal.


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Mundaring Hills Open Studios – #Inktober2019 Day 27