Tag Archives: Watercolour

No Naked Ladies Here Thanks!

The beautiful, showy, naked ladies from SW South Africa are very fertile, so much so they tend to elbow out natives.

Naked Lady is a common name for Amaryllis Belladonna which blooms in the Perth Hills of Western Australia during our early Autumn.

Here these ladies are considered an environmental weed so by picking the ornamental flowers I have a gorgeous bouquet for indoors and help prevent them propagating via seed – win win!

Amaryllis Belladonna became the fourth subject for my series on weeds and my first painting of 2015 – even then I may classify it as a practice piece and have another go – if there is time!

 

Amaryllis Belladonna - Helen Lock

Amaryllis Belladonna – Helen Lock

But maybe I should heed Coco Chanel’s advice:

Don’t spend time beating on a wall hoping to transform it into a door.

🙂
Helen

 

This Is Not Art

This is not

“Something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings”     – Merriam Webster dictionary

This collage does express visually to me why it has been nearly 4 months (?!!) since I posted here and how I feel and it is important to me, so maybe it is art, albeit not good…

Daily Sketches and photos

This Is Not Art

I find some comfort in Salvador Dali‘s words:

Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it!

🙂
Helen

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!

Leucojum

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!
🙂
Helen

Too Much Of A Good Thing…

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful” said Mae West

but whilst a host of golden Gazanias is a wonderful sight, too many of these natives of South Africa here in Western Australia take up space that our own natives might otherwise occupy.  There may also be a flow on effect to native fauna that depend on native flora.

So like many other things in life (too many?), moderation is the key.  Here is the second in my new series on the weeds that grow in our garden.

Gazanias Laugh At Drought

Too Much Of A Good Thing – Helen Lock

I have painted Gazanias before and posted more about them here.

Having enjoyed over 50mm / 2 inches of rain in the first 24 hours of this week, here in the Perth Hills, we’re laughing at drought too.  Long may it last!

🙂
Helen

Balligar Open Studio Day!

To reiterate Steve Jobs‘Real artists ship!’

Now you have the opportunity to see if I and two creative friends, Brenda Faithful and Michele Caddies, are real.  We’re holding the first open studio day at Balligar on Sunday April 6th 11am – 5pm.

Balligart Open Studio 140406 Flyer v0.2

Brenda is an experienced potter who honed her skills under the expert eye of Greg Crowe.  Brenda likes to make functional pots that are also loved.  She mostly uses white stoneware clay, which is modeled on a wheel or by hand.  Brenda makes her own glazes and uses an electric kiln.  Here are some pots waiting to be fired:

Michele  is a very productive sewer in her spare time.  She focuses on quilts and home furnishings – from functional doorstops to romantic garlands and everything in between!  All beautifully finished.

You can see more about Michele and her creations at Michele Sews.

As for me, I think my About page says enough!
We look forward to meeting those of you who make it to our first open day.  Here’s how you can find us in Mount Helena, Western Australia:

Balligart Open Studio 140406 Flyer v0.2 Back Page

Feeling cobblywobbly,
🙂
Helen

Run Postie, Run Run Run!

Christmas is almost upon us so it seems appropriate to give some thought to the postmen that are running hard to deliver the billions of cards and gifts across the planet that represent so much love and care between people.

When communication by email first became popular there was a concern for the future employment of our ‘posties’.   Now the popularity of online buying means that Australia Post has coped with the delivery of 20 million items every day this year – to a 11 million addresses.   These statistics don’t include the mail handled by all of the private courier companies!  The population of Australia is only 22.7 million – approximately.

These ‘postmen’ were running in our garden as early as Spring:

Kennedia Prostrata

Running Postman at Balligar

Also known as Kennedia Prostrata, they run along the ground forming a tangled mat.  This rendering of them in pen and watercolour is the last in the series of 12 wildflowers found in our garden this year that I painted in a style reminiscent of stained glass designs.  I’m looking forward to creating more paintings in various styles in 2014.

Meanwhile I hope the festive season brings love and care to all and a happy, peaceful New Year.  It’s nearly here – run postie, run!

🙂
Helen