Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

To my mother, all mothers, and all those who fulfil mothering roles , I wish you a very Happy Mother's Day to day and every day of the year. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Faces for Tag Tuesday

 For Tag Tuesday's theme FACES , I am revisiting 4 of the 29 tags I drew and painted for the 29 Faces Challenge in February. These are my Bush Babies inspired by the May Gibbs' characters. Earlier this year, I went to an exhibition at the NSW State Library in Sydney, celebrating 100 years since the first publication of May Gibbs' books - children's fantasy stories about the Gumnut babies and friends who live in the Australian bush and this has reignited my interest in Australian literary folklore. My favourite book is still "The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie". The opening plea from May Gibbs  is still relevant for our environment  today "‘Humans Please be kind to all bush creatures and don’t pull flowers up by the roots’.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day ... Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on the environmental issues that the world faces. In 2017, the March for Science occurs on Earth day (April 22,) Respect our environment ... 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Heritage : Tag Tuesday

Today, 18 April is World Heritage Day and today, on Tag Tuesday , I am the featured designer , Naturally , I chose the theme Heritage .  Hope you will join us and create an art tag and put your own link on the Tag Tuesday site. If you don't want to make a tag, just go to the link and have a look at the tags others create - each fortnight, there are lots of new ideas!
My first tag uses a torn section of one of my photos of a temple dancer carving in the World Heritage complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The background is so far removed from that - it is waxed and painted 'butcher's paper' but I like the aged look it has.
 The second tag is very simple - a manipulated photo ( again from Angkor Wat) transformed into a line drawing for the background. The panels pasted over the top are strips from a magazine page. And the gold blob is my attempt to gild one of the visible statues.

A couple  of years ago, I also made a 'family heritage ' tag so thought it should also be included in this line up. Yes, that is a baby photo of me on a photocopy of my birth registry document with a few embellishments. Today is a good day to acknowledge the diversity of cultural heritage and the vulnerability of  heritage sites worldwide.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Eggs

I love this way of decorating eggs for Easter - it is a natural process and we can eat the eggs without too much guilt or damage to our waistlines. All I did  today was boil up some brown onion skins /peel. I prepared the eggs by cutting up some nylon stockings and placed a leaf down over the stocking and then the uncooked egg on top. Then I pulled the nylon stocking tight around the leaf and egg, making sure the leaf was placed where I wanted it, and secured the parcel with a rubber band. I put the eggs in the dye bath and slowly brought them to a boil, let them cook for about 10 minutes, and let them cool in the dye bath for at hour. I think the better results came from the heavier, stronger leaves -   the upper left is grevillea, and the lower left is rosemary or perhaps you prefer the more delicate prints from the ferns? Happy Easter!