Sunday, November 15, 2009

Time for a challenge

I am excited to offer you my very first challenge. It all started when I came accross the saying "Peace starts with a smile". It inspired me to make the above aceo and I wondered how many others of you out there would be able to come up with something related to Peace, after all, we could all do with a little of that in our lives! So here's the challenge. Send me your link in the comments below to your Peace creation. (I am giving you two weeks to enter incase you are starting one from scratch) It can be any medium, from jewelry to painting, pottery to sewing, it's your choice, as long as it 's theme is Peace. I will need the entries by the 30th November. There will be a draw from all the entries for a prize of a custom photo canvas made by me. I will ask the winner to email me a photo of their choice which I will then prepare into a photo canvas similar to the ones below. Just click on the photos below to take you to my shop where you can read more about them.

I thought I would share with you this lovely poem that was presented to my 17 year old son Jordan on his graduation. Thought it kinda fitted in to the peace theme.
Because of you

Each time a child is born the world changes
When you were born there was a new person for your family to love and care for
And because of you there is one more person who can love and care for others,
Because of you there is one more person who will grow and learn and one more person who can teach others.
Beacuse of you there is one more person to share with
And there is one more person who can share feelings and ideas as well as things.
Because of you there is one more person who needs help and one more person who can help others.
When you help, care, share and listen, you are being kind.When two people help, care, share and listen to each other, they are friends.
When people from different countries help, care, share and listen to one another, it is called peace.
Even something as big and important as peace begins with something small and precious.
It might begin....
Because of you.

Poem by B.G. Hennessy

So there it is. I hope I have inspired you to show me what you've got. Oh, and by the way, I thought I would put together a little Etsy treasury of a selection of the entries. That is also going to be a first for me so I had better get my head around that one!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

More Paua!

Well, I have been busy making the most of my recent fascination with New Zealand paua shell. This painting is 20" x 20" and what fun it was to make! I started by gessoing the canvas, then random texturing the surface so as to give it some interest. Then I played around, scratching the surface of the gesso to reveal a spiral shape and arranging the paua according to this shape and when I was happy, I adhered it with impasto gel. Then the real fun began, the part where I applied the paint: two variations of blue and green with touches of white, (artist quality acrylics of course - you never know who will be around in a couple of hundred years to enjoy my creation!). Lots of layers of this carry on and then finally a few touches of silver dimensional paint. Now I'm off to give it a coat of satin varnish and hey presto! my New Zealand Paua Spiral Painting is complete! I'd love to hear any comments you have. Be sure to check it out in my Esty shop too.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Also known as 'mother of pearl' or 'abelone', and probably many other names, this beautiful shell is my inspiration for my latest aceo, 'Paua shell cross aceo'. Paua shells come in various sizes and have a lovely shimmering appearance. This little one in the photo is from my local beach and is the smallest intact shell I have found. Compare it to the size of my aceo beside it. (the size of an aceo is 2.5" x.3.5").

Follow the link to my Etsy shop for more of my aceo's. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy creating them!

And for more interesting and artistic ACEO's take a look at the Etsy Aceo group - You'll find a great variety of talented artists there!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

We all need a holiday!

Last week our family took off for a few days and headed to the snow. It's the first time we have gone skiing as a family and wow, did we have fun! I hadn't skiid in 20 years and the kids were new to it. But they learn fast! By the end of the second day we were right up to the top of the mountain, and I might add managed to make it down again in one piece, shaky legs and all.

I took some great shots on the way down, travelling though the early morning mist. I have lots more of them on Flikr so take a look there too.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

I'm featured on Etsy Studio Blog!

This week I have an article on Etsy Studio blog. This is run by FolkArtbyKerry who is doing a fantastic job of promoting fellow Etsians. She has stunning artwork in her shop - why not take a look at both her shop and her blog - you will enjoy it!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Fun with Magnets!

Well, I've been up to some fun. I have these magnets that I am recycling and turning into cute puzzles. What a buzz! I sand the fronts well so that my gesso adheres properly, then away I go with the design in acrylic paint and pen. Some sgrafitto (scratching off) here and there and to finish off taking the photo is even fun. Hope you like them.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I have been pondering over the word 'Shalom' after reading it on the CAC blog

What an incredible word that has so many blessings attached.

I did a painting a while back with the words 'Shalom - peace that passes understanding' on it. Here it is for you to view.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


I had fun decorating this wooden template for my daughter. Though she is only 15 she has amazing dreams for her life. She seems to have caught my travel bug, loves different countries and peoples so whilst she is away on her first missions trip and with a birthday looming, I thought I'd put this together for her.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Well, I'm onto ACEO's (art cards editions and originals) in a big way. Can't stop making them. This is my latest series. I'm not finished there's more to come..... Keep a check on my Etsy shop......

Sunday, April 5, 2009

This painting was an inspiration I had last Easter. It really sums up for me what Easter is all about.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Upcoming exhibition

I'm in the process of preparing for a local group exhibition. Still have a way to go. I have an idea brewing in my mind of a little third world child. I will see what comes of that. My style is more contemporary so I'll see how I can bring the idea together. My daughter (15) is off on a mission/aide trip to Vanuatu in the Pacific in 3 weeks time so our focus is on supporting her and those she is going to help.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

ACEO Firsts

Just completed my first ACEO's. Such a great idea and I can see they are going to become addictive. I love creating them.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

My Fave Beach

This is a photo of my local beach. I was down there early morning to watch the sunrise. It was so still and peaceful, just what I needed to start the day. Snippits like this are such a blessing in my day. One really needs to take the time to appreciate them. Once I get home, things get into full swing, what with a busy family (two teenagers and a nine year old), work and of course fitting in the most important part: CREATING.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

This is a painting I did for an exhibition recently. It's called Take Time. All about taking time to enjoy the smaller details of life.