Monday, 24 November 2008
Herein is my latest piece of artwork titled "Lady Oceania" or "Lady Ocean". I have merged together a number of themes and styles. The flavour is very much oriental - loosely based on 'old school' Japanese fashion, with an oceanic theme. You will particularly notice that when I drew the back of the dress it is similar to the tail of a Chinese Fighting Fish.
Sunday, 23 November 2008
It has been quite a few weeks since I have felt inspired enough to create fresh artwork. It feels great to have done something after such a long break. When I get that creative block it often leaves me feeling restless. I cannot stand that feeling. In an idea world I would be able to move from project to project without pause.
What names should I give my Chub Babies?
Friday, 7 November 2008
I was searching the internet for inspiration, particularly with baby clothes, when I came across this Visual Journey excerpt on rose detailed motifs. It came from a blog dating back about 3 years ago by a lady named Vivienne.
This blog entry is definitely worth a look in for the crafty inclined, particularly if you are looking for some early 20th century inspiration.
One day ago my Nanna passed away.
It is difficult because I only really just started to get to know a bit more of her history. I already miss her.
Nanna's name is Elizabeth and is sometimes known as Betty. She originally came from, Portarlington, Ireland. She twice lived in England and later moved to the state South Australia where she spent the remainder of her adult years. Nanna married Timothy Garry, whom came from a neighbouring village back in Ireland. They met at a local dance hosted by the village that Nanna lived in.
My memories of Nanna...
- She kept a pressed flower set and because of that I began a childhood hobby of pressing my own flowers between the pages of books.
- Nanna grew strawberries and she used to let me have a couple each day for morning tea when I visited for the holidays as a child.
- She had a collection of willow china. So now whenever I see willow china I associate that with Nanna.
- I have a collection of postcards in my old photo albums that came from Nanna whenever she visited Ireland. The below postcard was the last bit of mail that I received from Nanna.