Wednesday, March 9, 2011

By the river

Whhooo.... what a week!
It was my first week at uni and back into study. The last time I was at uni was 7 years ago. The the driving force of me going back is for that fancy piece of paper and some acquired knowledge. Well, I'm super excited to be playing the role of student again because all my classes are based around creative thinking. So I put my thinking cap on this weekend and worked my way through the processes of creativity. I have to produce 5 works portraying my views on the trigger text, 'restrict' and 'collar'. ( I will elaborate on this process during another post) And also produce 20 photos in narrative form evolved around the text, 'Retreat'.
So I got my trusty Vivienne view ( Olympus SP-57OUZ ) out for some happy snaps.
These images are unrelated to my homework for uni, yet there are some pretty lovely shots of Perth river during sunset.
The building amongst these photos was going to be turned into an art gallery but politics got in the way and now is just sitting there all lonesome. Must get more details on this. :)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Paris 1974

Every year we get older and our folks do to. This year my dear mother hit her '30+30' birthday year. And for a lady who really doesn't like clutter or many bits and bobs, I was a little stuck for ideas. Pouring through some old photos it occurred to me that an appropriate gift would be to paint a picture of my mother. Now what do you paint? A picture of her at her dear older age of 60? Or maybe a golden era of her youth?
The most inspiring photo of my mother, is a picture of her walking up the Montmartre stairs in Paris February 1974. Its downward view into a winter bound city shows its beautiful perspective of that romantique capitale. Oh how I do like a little romance in life. Maybe that's why I was living in France for the last year and a half. Yes, I think this photo of my travel curious mother inspired me greatly.
So for this lovely 60th birthday surprise I used water colour paint, student grade and a unknown paper given to me by a dear French friend of mine.
Bonne Anniversaire ma mere.

Sunday, February 27, 2011


Well I'm learning to manage my posting time around study and work. But I then realised that as this is a reflection of my creative life, work and uni is apart of this creative process. I'm either inspired by unique characteristics of customers,the way the plants droop on humid days or just generally the art that displays on the walls at work. If you get a chance and your in Perth W.A then pop into 'VENN' , a creative hub of local art, unique gifts and fantastic food and beverages at the cafe. To be apart of this local creative community is very rewarding and gets the creative juices flowing. :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

She has nothing but a red face.

This is an oldie but a goodie.
I was living in Staines UK at the time. ( Yes the real Staines and no I did not see
Ali G.) Most of my time was spent drawing the hours away while listening to The Smiths with my best friend :)
This was an 8 minute progressive crayon drawing inspired by a P J Harvey picture at the time.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Portrait of Hank

Late night drawing, early morning painting.

Pencil repositioning

The blogtastic world commences again after another big move. For the first time in over two years I have officially unpacked my suitcase. This means my pencils and paints finally have a place to spread their bristles and pointy bits. My creative space is still in repositioning stage until the vibe is right, you know these things take sometime ;)
Moving house, wisdom teeth extracted and acceptance into uni as a mature age student, things are looking up in my 'little' big world. So this means I hope to be a more frequent blog artist.
I thought I would share a few images of my humble space and a few things that inspire me.
Thanks for being patient folks.:)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Devil with Attichude!

I guess young boys love to draw anything that's fire a brimstone. As for my fantastic nephew Ryley and one banana smoothie later, I'm faced with his interpretation of what the devil would look like to him.

Discriptoin (description)of my Devil, by Ryley.
Attichude ( attitude) - angry and mean
Colour- red body wight (white) horns, black beard, chest hair, arm pit heras (hairs) and howvse (hooves).
What he wears- sunglasses and blue shorts.
Has a 17 pack of abs and two clestwoon (?)and muscles on each side.
P.s smokes a segared (cigar).

Well this devil certainly has attichude!

Its a bit like Chronicles of Narnia meets suburban 'Bogan' meets the Godfather.
Thankyou Ryley for your super awesome imagination and drawing skills. xx
P.S I love the way the devil is delicately holding a flower. :)