Tag Archives: Watercolour

I’m No Picasso!

Everybody has the same energy potential. The average person wastes his in a dozen little ways. I bring mine to bear on one thing only: my paintings, and everything else is sacrificed to it…myself included.”
Pablo Picasso

I spent lots of time in my studio during February but not a lot on art.  My studio is also my sewing / crochet room and home office.  I don’t think I’m wasting my time on all my other activities but it certainly reduces time and energy for painting.

I did refine my Winter Donkey Orchids – Mundaring Weir painting

Winter Donkey Orchids - Mundaring Weir

Winter Donkey Orchids – Mundaring Weir

and worked on the design for the next in this new series – I’m not game to show it yet!

I was more productive on my sewing machine – creating dresses for little girls and busting my stash!

Flower Power

Flower Power

Flower Pot Pinny

Flower Pot Pinny

Blue Fusion

Blue Fusion

My March output may be even less as we’re preparing our home, garden, vehicles, caravan and ourselves for a 6 month caravan trip starting in April!

Hooroo,
Helen
🙂

 

Amanda and Eliza

I started the New Year with a list of things I want to achieve in 2017.  It’s now the end of January and I’ve only achieved what’s not on the list!

I completed a portrait of a mother with her new born daughter whose strawberry marks give her a beautiful intense look.

Amanda and Eliza

Amanda and Eliza

I played with an idea for combining landmarks and native flowers in a painting.

Donkey Orchids - Mundaring Weir WA

Donkey Orchids – Mundaring Weir WA

I created with yarn and fabric:

Footstool cover

Footstool cover

Toddlers Pinafore Dress in Progress

Toddlers Pinafore Dress in Progress

Tea Towel Topper

Tea Towel Topper

I’d better make a Chinese New Year Resolution to tackle what is on my list!

Hooroo!

🙂
Helen

Choko full of goodness!

Illustration for a choko soup recipe:

Chokoes - Ink & Watercolour - Helen Lock

Chokoes – Ink & Watercolour – Helen Lock

With a photographic background of choko leaves:

Chokoes - Photoshopped

Chokoes – Photoshopped – Helen Lock

I rather like the surreal look created by the contrast between the drawing and the photo.  What do you think?

Cheers,
🙂
Helen

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

Hooroo
🙂
Helen

When You Are Not Aware Of The Time Ticking…

When you are not aware of the time ticking, that is always a sign that you are enjoying something. Hannah Ware

I must have enjoyed February – or at least some of it!  It’s been and gone already!

February 2016

February 2016

This collage reminds me of only a few of the things that kept us so busy we’re always wondering where the time went.  It reminds me:

  • I made some progress on my tree portrait.
  • A friend gifted us locally grown figs – yum!
  • I made Olive and Fig Tapenade, Fig and Mango Chutney & Chocolate Fig Olive Oil Cake
  • Our own harvest of cherry tomatoes continued to demand attention.
  • A spinal surgeon gave me news I did not want to hear.
  • We celebrated friends’ birthdays.
  • I crocheted slippers for winter – yes even in 40 degree C heat!!
  • I started writing a recipe book.
  • G’s daughter Kate flew off with a work visa for adventures in Canada.
  • Of Valentine’s Day :)x
  • G & I had new ‘tablets’ for our birthdays – & new challenges!
  • Of taking Ballicart to be serviced ready for our next adventure.
  • I attended an Experimental Drawing course.
  • We looked after Molly, a silky terrier with attitude & health issues, while friends were away.
  • We walk each morning in a beautiful reserve.
  • I found a pack of erasers in my desk so made one into a ‘chop’.
  • I kept a daily journal & made sketches for the majority of the days in the month.
  • I received some lovely gifts including flowers, diamonds and ‘crop circle’ plaques.
  • We had a lovely extended, blended, 3 generational gathering to celebrate our birthdays.
  • The extra day in the year was used to start preparing our place for our house minders while we’re away.  The laundry cupboard has never been so tidy!!

The stuff dreams are made of for me and many methinks.

Hooroo!
🙂
Helen

 

No New Year Resolutions Broken!

I didn’t make any New Year resolutions so that I wouldn’t break any.  Thought it better for self esteem…

Somehow though resolutions seem to be bubbling up into my consciousness.

I’ve kept a diary since January 1!

As well as I writing I’ve sketched or taken a photo of something representing each day – it’s amazing how much I recall of a day by viewing its image, which prompted me to make a photo collage of my January.  (Maybe I’m still under the influence of Inktober…)

I’m keen to keep doing these things for the whole year so does that mean I have a resolution or three?!

My January 2016

My January 2016

Hooroo!

🙂
Helen

Oh – and I may well post a collage monthly – does that make four?..

Peace, Love and Joy

to you and everyone.

Pink Galah With Gum Tree Branch

Galah With Gum Tree Branch

Pink and Greys (Galahs, also known as rose-breasted cockatoos) appear more frequently in the Perth Hills of Western Australia around Christmas time, so  it seemed an appropriate bird to choose to bring you the best wishes of all – peace, love and joy for 2016.

🙂
Helen