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Thursday, January 31, 2008

A new flock just flown in

I've been busy making lots more bird brooches this week after getting low on stock at the markets last weekend. Here is the new flock !

I have added a number of new drawings to my repertoire. They include a chicken, a willy wagtail, a bowerbird and two canoodling lovebirds. I've also made lots of the little nondescript bird because he seems to be popular. I will be at Rose Street Artist's Market this Saturday and next selling all my little bird brooches as well as my etchings and screen prints.
I will also start to list these brooches on etsy, I'm waiting for the right weather to take photos!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Up early for market.

Hello to everyone I met at either Rose Street Artist's Market yesterday or Camberwell Market today. Camberwell was a wee bit quieter this week so I got a bit of drawing in. Here are some keen bargin hunters getting ready to pounce.

While I was at Camberwell today I bought this lovely cusion. I love it!

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Cellist

Last night I went to a fundraising gig of a friend of mine. At the end of the evening a cellist played. He had a great expressionfull face and played beautifully with fingers stretching wide. I love the cello, I think it's one of my favourite instruments. It's a shame, though, that when I draw musicians I can't hear their music because I'm concentrating too much on what they look like!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

On the beach at Wye

At the start of January Jeremy and I went down the Great Ocean Road and joined his family caravaning at Wye River. I bought a new sketchbook specially. Here are some of the things I saw on the beach at Wye River...

Monday, January 21, 2008

My new toy

After wondering what a gocco print was from seeing so many mentioned on I started researching into this medium. It is basically a simple home screen printing set invented by a japanese man about 25 years ago. This was before households had computers and he believed everyone should have the means to print their own invitations and cards. I became fascinated by this machine, and wooed by the beautiful images other artists had created using print gocco. So I bought myself one on ebay, found the instructions in english on the internet (the ones supplied were in japanese!) and last week I made my first print. I'm now hooked.

Seven Australian Magpies

This is my first gocco print.

Three Female Satin Bowerbirds

This is my second gocco print.

Now I need to buy more paper so I can make more more more!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Immigration v's love

I am currently gathering up evidence in order to apply for a de facto visa, which I am applying for in March, so I can stay here in Australia with Jeremy (he's Australian.) I was in a such a bad mood after phoning Immigration I've decided to counter balance all this foul temper with a bit of love! These are a few of my handmade heart brooches, made with salvaged card and japanese /decorative paper.

I have just restocked Birds Gallery in Kew and Thread Den in North Melbourne with more heart brooches in the last two days so have a look! Or look online in my etsy shop at or simply click on the hearts above.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

If I remember to bring my camera with me.

A while ago I was standing at the train station, waiting for my train when a pair of pigeons caught my eye, they were perched on the electricity wires and I took a photo of them. From then on I've been taking photos of birds on electricity wires, as long as I remember to bring my camera with me. Often the best opportunities happen when I've forgotten my camera, but here are a few I have managed to capture.

I love the lines of the wires dissecting the image and the bird silhouette breaking up those lines.

Friday, January 11, 2008

In The Beginning

So, this is the start of my exploration into the world of blogging. It's been a good incentive to draw more because I want to post my work on here, work which normally would sit inside a sketchbook on a shelf, probably forgotten. I also want to show work that I am currently selling, on or in galleries etc. and I have ideas of every month or fortnight or so to feature the work of someone else who I admire. 

These are my ideas at the moment, a lot of it depends on whether I get my computer fixed or not, I am currently using Jeremy's computer as my computer has just died, taking all my photographs with it. Hopefully I'll get them back, I've had a few suggestions as to how.

Ok, now, what do I do?!