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Geewillinkinwinkings – Mondayitis Strikes Hard!

G’Day or should that be Arvo?!  I’m so tired due to lack of sleep – too much fun, too much work and overnight rain.  Yes! Rain!! Yay!  It’s been so long – DO got up at 3am to ‘fix that noise’ !!!

These are some of the highlights of my week and I hope they help with any ‘itis’ you may have.

Who Was Top?

Guns N’ Roses topped the bill at Perth Arena on Saturday evening but ZZ Top topped it for us.

ZZ Top in concert

Their official site will give you an idea why but it doesn’t come with a G rating!

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A friend shared some of Dalai Lama’s thought provoking wisdom:

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama (Photo credit: Joi)

At the end of the talk someone from the audience asked the Dalai Lama, “Why didn’t you fight back against the Chinese?” The Dalai Lama looked down, swung his feet just a bit, then looked back up at us and said with a gentle smile, “Well, war is obsolete, you know ” Then, after a few moments,his face grave, he said, “Of course the mind can rationalize fighting back…but the heart, the heart would never understand. Then you would be divided in yourself, the heart and the mind,and the war would be inside you.” 

If you’d like more such wisdom go here.

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A Rose at Balligar

I like Likes and I’m intent on viewing the blogs of those who have been kind enough to Like one of my posts.  This intent leads me to interesting places where I may never have been otherwise.

This is one such place where I found a beautiful poem by Leo Rex called ‘The Rose’.

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My art didn’t get much of a look in during the past week (except for designing cards, bookmarks and postcards – watch this space!) so I’d better get going.  Did the person who said “‘When the going get’s tough, the tough get going.” say which direction?


Almost Monday – Geewillinkinwinkings!

A Monday with a Difference – Labour Day

Here in Western Australia, Monday this week is a holiday – Labour Day.

In Australia Labour Day is to celebrate the Australian labour movement and the achievement of the 8 hour working day.

Eight Hour Day Banner, Melbourne, 1856

Eight Hour Day Banner, Melbourne, 1856 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think many people will not give the reason a thought and will just enjoy a paid day off.  Ironically, for many full-time workers it’s now normal to work more than 8 hours a day (for 8 hours pay) – but I’m getting too serious!   It’s nearly Monday – time to lighten up!

Highlights of my week?

Fruits of My Labour

Yay!  After hundreds of hours, designing, painting, experimenting, getting to know Photoshop, FastStone, Publisher, our printer and EBAY, I’ve taken a small step into online marketing with these cards:

Wildflowers of Balligar

Wildflowers of Balligar

I painted these watercolours from wildflowers in our garden.  I decided to highlight the flowers by isolating them as if they were preserved in a stained glass window with dynamic lead lighting to give the feel of the breeze or the tangle of the bush.

The prints are on fine art paper and all other paper is made from post consumer waste paper.  I do hope you take a look at the flowers of my labour.

Paper Paper Everywhere And Not a Tree To Spare!

I had great fun trying out my gift of a paper making kit.  The time, effort and mess was rewarded with some beautiful (in my eyes) pieces of unique paper but maybe not as good as this.

Handmade paper panel

Handmade paper panel (Photo credit: Boby Dimitrov)

The process brought home to me how much we take the various papers for granted and how wasteful we tend to be – sorry, getting too serious again.  The experience also brought into my life  interesting  web sites related to paper making including Inspiration Earth and SyndicateMizzou.

Potheads – Not what you might think!

This is a delightful, uplifting, short video from artist Kim Jaegar – Potheads.  Thanks to Sandy for sharing with me.

I hope you can find a few highlights in your past week too and in today.


Gee Willinkins Winking! Monday Already?!


I’ve decided to focus on the ‘Wow!’, ‘Far out!’, ‘Amazing!‘, ‘Gee willlikins winking!’, inspiring and heart-warming moments of the past week to kick start Mondays.  Here are some of mine:

  • Wow! It looks so alive!

Sayaka Ganz

Sculptured by Sayaka Ganz from recycled utensils!  See more at http://www.sayakaganz.com/

  • A heart-warming and encouraging comment from Lynda on my very first post:

    ”Helen, your lovely intro touches the heart! I feel sure that many will be uplifted and gain pleasure and joy from your paintings AND your words. I certainly look forward to returning to see what you have added and know that I shall be referring a few people who really need what you and your work can bring them. Onward and upward – from strength to strength – very best wishes with all your ventures”.

  • A Steve Jobs quote in response to my first post, all the more meaningful as it was from my son Alex:

    “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

  • This thoughtful and eloquent comment from Shazzy on ‘The Moths are Loose’ post:

“It’s always intrigued me that whilst butterflies are considered beautiful moths are thought ugly. Someone may not think twice about a dead moth but shed a tear over the butterfly.  The Bogong Moth painting surprised me by its beauty and vibrancy.  We are all trying to circle our moons but sometimes our wings get singed with the ‘fakeness’.  I feel for those moths tricked by electricity into death.”

  • An explanation from my DO (pronounced ‘Doh!’ 🙂 ) of the phrase ‘Gee Willikins Winking’ which he uses frequently: 

    think it came from the nursery rhyme “Wee Willie Winkie” which I got a fair bit of as a little boy and it must have been Dad I think that used the term “gee willinkins winking” as a gently curse as he never swore at home, or much at all in fact. ‘Dash’ and ‘Damn’ were punishable with a clip under the ear.”

  • Finding this quote by Vincent Van Gogh:

    “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

These and other relatively small things collectively made my week.  I’d really appreciate it if you leave a comment about one or more of your recent, uplifting moments for me and others to enjoy.

Tomorrow I’ll introduce you to my not so small painting ‘The Wattle Song’.
I hope you have a good day and are lucky enough not to feel like this:

 “If each day is a gift I’d like to know where I can return Mondays” – Unknown