Art is in the eye of the beholder and so too are the images that inspire. My work varies from painting, drawing , sculpting and photography. I get my inspiration from artists that I love, things that surround me, my family and my imagination.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

3D memory Canvas

I started this canvas months ago and finally managed to get it finished now that I am on holidays.

Firstly I collected bits and bobs that were meaningful to me eg.  a baby shoe, the first letter of my name, a cross, old jewellery, shells ect...
I glued gunned them on or you could use Atelier Modelling compound, which I used for the shells.

 Next, I spray painted  it with a brown toned spray paint
I then used Dulux, wash and wear white paint and did a few coats, so as to not have brush strokes.

I then used Jo Sonja's Glaze Medium between coats of burnt Umber acrylic and white paint.

 I wanted to achieve that old/vintage look.  After all had dried, I used the dry brush method of highlighting the items with vintage gold acrylic paint.  And ta da- my 3D memory canvas.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Clay canvas

Today I went to an art workshop where I learnt some fabulous painting techniques. One of them was using slip (very wet clay) , PVA glue and acrylic paint. Basically you mix them together and smear the mixture onto the canvas to create whatever textured image that you desire. I will post the photo's tomorrow as my phone won't seem to allow me to insert photo's. So stay tuned!

Friday, September 17, 2010


See my new blog for teaching children art.

My first post is waiting for you viewing!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Father's Day

At the last minute I decided I would make dad a fathers day card.  I started with a 'practice' design.
Then bambino no. 2 wanted to do some drawing too....

Pencil first then pen after.  Pretty cute hey?  It is a King Fairy for grandad.

I was going to go over it in pen, but time permitted and I thought it looked OK without the pen. So there you have it, a home made card for dad for Father's Day.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Lanterns @ Twilight

Well, better late than never!  Here are some pics of Lanterns at Twilight a few weeks ago.  The night started with Fire Twirler I hired and then the parade of lanterns.  The Fire twirler then did a performance for the children.  There were 350 people in the parade hinted with mystical music and lanterns.  What a beautiful evening!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Lanterns are on their way!

My school is having its second Lanterns at Twilight on Wednesday night.  The children from years Prep-Yr6 have handmade their lanterns and will parade with them around our oval.  Stay tunned for Wednesday nights photo's!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Patterns in nature

These photo's show the wonderful patterns found in nature.  Line, shape, colour, texture.  How lucky I am to be surrounded with such beauty!

Friday, July 9, 2010


I having been wanting to do this all holidays, and I finally got around to giving it a whirl!.
Firstly these were a series of drawings I did whilst away on our trip to the beach....

I used dense printing foam from Speedy School Supplies.  This foam is harder than polystyrene foam and is easily scored using a pen.

The materials I needed, I didn't photograph the plate that I put the ink onto for rolling before adding it onto the printing plate.

I have only completed 6 prints in this series and this was the last one.  Note how the image is the negative of the scoring.

Framed and ready to display!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Down by the sea......

There's nothing quite like the feeling of the salt air and sound of crashing waves to inspire one to build a sand castle!  This is what I have been up to for the past week whilst on holiday's!  It's hard, but someone has to do it.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Modelling compound x4 mini canvas'

Here you can see how I have embedded sticks, leaves, seed pods, egg shell, chiffon ribbon and calico into the modelling compound.  I then painted over the piece with acrylics and rubbed over with gold.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


I created this monoprint last year.  It is a 'blind' continuous line drawing of a girl's face- found in a magazine.  Once I had completed the drawing, I spread printing ink onto a peice of perspex with a roller, photocopied my drawing and attached a piece of paper to  the back of the photocopy and then I placed the 2 peices of paper onto the rolled out ink.  I then carefully traced over the photocopy with a ball point pen.  Once traced over, I took the print up and a beautiful print is revealed on the other side of the photocopied drawing.  Remove the photocopy and dry.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Lavendar Fields

Lavendar Fields
My favourite essential oil is made from lavendar.  Simply beautiful!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Child's work

This gorgeous piece of work was created by my 7 year old daughter.  I conduct an Art Club as a cocurricular at the school where I work and this was the piece that they made.  It is a series of 6 small canvas' that have a different painting technique used on each. 
1.Modelling compound with a variety of things installed in it(top right)
2. Pointalism- acrylic with cigarette filter dots (top left)
3.Scrofido(scoring) of painted acrylic surface (middle right)
4. Scrofido in modelling compund (middle left)
5. Modelling compound applied with a palette knife (bottom right)
6. Acrylic's spread using corrugated cardboard (bottom left)
The base is a piece of MDF- painted black and glossed with imposto gel in a cross hatch pattern.
All canvas' were then covered with impasto gel and glued onto the MDF surface with a glue gun- Simply beautiful!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Very Easy Canvas

Very Easy Canvas
I made this canvas a few years ago and everyone who sees it comments on how much they like it.  I put a base coat on the canvas (something nuetral) .  Allow it to dry then used a combination of deep maroon and burnt umber acrylics to do long sweeping brush strokes with a broad brush.  I then concentrated on the left side to make it much darker and then used the bottle of paint (maroon) and stood well above the canvas and let it dribble up and down the canvas.
I have done this for a class canvas before and added leather with brass beads- it added yet another demension to the painting.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mum's Mothers Day Pressie

Another Pen drawing using two colours to give an added effect- Mum loved it!

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Journey

A few years ago I made this bust at a sculpting workshop with some Year 11 students at the school where I teach.   While the students endeavoured to sculpt the human bust to its perfection, I opted to create a female form when pregnant.
A bit of smoothing out was still required.

Before I added the scored pattern .

After first firing.  Notice the scoring of swirl pattern on the stomach.  I started the swirls from behind the neck then continued over the somach to the thigh.  This was signifying the journey of change that a female's body goes through during pregnancy.  I haven't glazed this piece as yet- might put that on my list of 'to do's ' for this year.  I do love this and it sits in my lounge room for all to see.

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