Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Busy Painting Lady!

Well my next art work is nearly done - just another day or two....
I have just been in contact with my art teacher talking about all the art stuff I am doing this month and I counted up that I will have 19 paintings on display somewhere around the area during this month!
Freaking 19!!!!!!!
Hard to believe, that just over a year ago I had not even painted one thing!

Please, please please let there be a sale somewhere......
Lisa has started me off for April - thanks Chicky babe...I hope the red family like your purchase!

First of April - I talked to my class about self realisation last night.
A mighty task for everyone to take on in their lifetime.
A call to arms - to become oneself and attain their full potential.
Indeed I have been doing this through my art work - trying to get to my full potential.
Better late than never...
Saw a guy on TV yesterday.
He was 75 and had the body of a 35 year old through exercise and weight training.
What a role model! Good on him!
Now back to my paintbrush and chocolate eclair!!!!!

Monday, March 30, 2009


Goth Angel

Red Baby Angel

Just in case you thought I had not been painting!!!!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Good news - I am an exhibiting artist!

Well, I did not sell my artwork at the show.
Have just been to pick it up - but not many pieces sold, so it wasn't only me.
the good news is that I am now going to be exhibiting three of my art works at a real fair dinkum Gallery at Tighes Hill from this Thursday for one month!
I went to see the owners last week and asked them to check out my web sight, and they did and got back to me on Thursday inviting me to take part in their next exhibition!
I cant be any prouder!
We'll see how this goes eh?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

"House Angel"

I am sure I will burn out soon!But till then, I am painting!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


I did this one today as a trial of an angel series I am considering working on.
Am happy to sell this one for $40 plus any postage and handling!

It is acrylic on Canvas
20cm x 25 cm
Gold edging and ready to hang.
Let me know if you are interested!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Pic No:13 for 2009

This is my beautiful Aleksandra.
This was hard work. It was a great lesson and I was guided along the way by my teacher's advice. It did not come easy, but I am pretty happy with the result!
Portraiture is definately an art form that requires patience and skill.
I hope to get there one day!!!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Hi Ho Hi Ho its off to "Hardly Normal" we go!

Gee... they just don't make things to last do they?
Our oven died a few days ago - we have only had it for 17 years!!!
Could have lasted a few more years....but no, no, no...
so we had to make a mad dash around town to find a new one and I had not realised just how expensive they are?
For Christ's sake I just want to bake things...
so we ended up making a purchase at "Hardly Normal" ( better known as Harvey Norman )
and the man is busy trying to install the bastard!
I wanted to sleep in this morning after an awful night of waking due to being bitten to near death by mosquitoes but the small black dog has a built in alarm clock that rings at 6.30 every morning at which point I am to wake up and go downstairs and feed him and then entertain him.
I was not in the mood this morning and yet my darndest efforts at trying to ignore the constant barking could not be followed through as I was scared that one of the neighbours would come and complain about the noise..

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Bad dreams and back pain

Had the most awful dream last night and am suffering a bit with pain the the neck and back - last night before I went to bed it became excruciating.
I guess it is a sign that the cooler weather is starting. I am always in more pain during the winter months and I had a brief reminder of it yesterday.

A tug boat is my next art project - as I managed to capture one yesterday when I headed into town for some inspiration.
I have been waiting for over a year to get a tug boat picture - never there at the right moment, so I was quite thrilled to see one tied up on the city side and flew out of the car with my camera.

My first art competition is on this weekend - The Newcastle Show.
I picked a big one to enter. There will be a lot of competitors so I am not expecting anything other than some exposure and, of course, the opportunity to sell the item.
We do get to go to a champagne and finger food night next Monday to meet the other competitiors and to see the winners get their awards.Quite thrilling.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Pic No: 12 for 2009 Lemon Tree Passage

A few weeks ago I visited Michelle at Lemon Tree Passage and took a photo of the moored boats.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pic No:11 for 2009

This is my new one!
Newcastle Obelisk

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Beautiful day at Bondi!

To tell you the truth,Bondi is just like an upmarket Newcastle beach...
It is an iconic spot in Sydney for sure, but does not outshine our beaches...one thing that was nice though was a patch of grass and trees to sit under and enjoy the view.
The shops are very average - but for a chocolate shop just opening ( heaps of these in Melbourne) - where everything is made with chocolate! The shop speciality is a spanish dipping biscuit and melted hot chocolate (YUMMMMMMMMM).They gave us a try of this delicasy and asked us to come back when they open up on Monday.
I walked passed a few of these when we were in Melbourne and never walked in.....wasn't I stupid???
We walked and walked and walked yesterday with baby girl spending stacks at Paddy's market and Sydney was inundated with sailors from all the war ships in the harbour - we watched the march past and gave them all a cheer!
All those mariners!!!!
Great fun.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Full Moon and Fri 13th - Messing with your head!

Yes...full moon does effect many of us.
I got up this morning with a new attitude and went straight into my 'studio' and finished a painting that had been sitting around for a few days..
I am having trouble releasing fear about my art work still - I think that is where some crazy attitudes are coming from at the moment.
This step has been really big for me - for goodness sake it has taken me 30 years to make it!
So taking that into account, I should be not surprised at how I am reacting.
Talking with my 'teach' today was helpful too.
Have a good weekend folks - I will be!!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Too boring for words...

Yes indeed I am.
Full moon and pounding headache.
Tried to get some work this week - but failed.
Had a great day at Tanilba Bay yesterday with Deb and Maureen.
Felt some ghosties and was upset at the state of a beautiful heritage listed bulding falling apart and gathering dust.
Being ripped off $8.50 for admission ( including a "talk" about the House consisting of "the furniture is not original and don't touch anything" )and crappy tea with soggy biscuits.
None the less the company was great.
Heading to Sydney tomorrow -while the man goes to a conference I will be helping the ecomony by spending Kevin's money.

Saturday, March 07, 2009


This is a pic I took of the man about 18 years ago when we went out to Pokolbin - I gave him a Tiger Moth ride for his birthday.
Its almost finished - just some touching up to do and critique from my art teacher.
How did I go?????

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Fanny Burney and the Ghostie at Tanilba House

Took a drive with Deb and Fanny Burney ( my new name for Lisa - because of a book she picked up at the bookshop with that name, plus it suits her )to Lemon Tree Backpassage to see another of the sisterhood - Michelle.
We had a lovely lunch, fantastic conversation and then headed to the local second hand book shop where Lisa was drawn to her name sake ( Fanny ).
After saying goodbye to our sweetie Michelle we decided to head out to Tanilba Bay house ( just turn right at Coles ) for a Capt.Cook.
It was closed.
Maybe a blessing?
Lisa was good enough to park while I went over the road to take a few pics of the outside of the house.
Its a well known historic site and looks quite beautiful - using the local stone in the construction.
While standing there on the grass in what must have once been a flower garden, I felt a cold shiver run down my spine, then up, then down, then all over.
I was enveloped by this..
A ghostie for sure!
He did not like me standing on that spot and was totally wanting me to get off.
I walked back to the car shaking him off with no success.
As I opened the car door, Deb said she felt something wierd and asked me what did I bring along this time, while Fanny motioned me out of the car saying "stay outside and leave your friend here!"
So I sat down on the grass and asked the spirit to leave ( betcha that would have looked a treat to anyone looking through their window), while Deb and Fanny locked the car doors.
Well, he left and then I was let into the car and we continued our journey home.

I think what I encountered was the old grounds caretaker and I was disrespecting his flower garden by stepping right in the middle of it, although it was just and empty patch now with uncut grass.

Any hoo, it may be worth another visit at some point a longer conversation with the ghostie of Tanilba Bay House!
Want to come along????

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Pic No:9 for 2009

Catherine Hill Bay - the old Coal Loader.

Bonny Baby News

Congratulations to Helen who birthed a gorgeous new addition to her family - little "Olivia Rose".
Blessings to her and buby!!!!!

All quiet with me at the moment..
Head down and bum up - trying to finish a painting that has proven a challenge even for someone as anal as I am..
Going out to see "Judith Lucy" tomorrow night at the Newcastle City Hall.
I love her humor, so dry and ripping, and I will be sharing the evening with my sister- in -law's daughter and her partner.
We plan to go to a Vietnamese restaurant in Darby street - so a big and special night out for me indeed!!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

At a low ebb...

My 50 year old brain has asked some questions to day for which there are no answers...

Niggly things that come up when I am feeling low...
Maybe my morning with mother sparked it....
Boy she must have screwed with my brain when I was little, cause it still has an impact on my life, my choices and how I view myself and the world in general.
I really do not think that it was a purposeful thing, just a survival thing.
The tactics used worked and manipulation and guilt were the way to go.
About time I worked that stuff out of me, but sometimes it still sits there prodding me to make less than perfect decisions which then bear consequences.
Someone take the shovel from my hand and help me stop digging the hole I am finding myself in....