You Can’t Choose Your Family

‘You can’t choose your family,’ said the eighty-nine-year-old man to his five-year-old great-grandson. These are the very words that set me on the well-travelled family history trail; ducking and diving through swathes of digitised records, crawling in and out of rabbit holes lined with red herrings and eventually uncovering a family that you would definitely…

The Escapee

Barney – you taught us that life is short and to enjoy it. You taught us to go out and meet our neighbours. You taught us that a friendly encounter can make your day. You taught us that life isn’t profound. You taught us to just do things – with a good attitude and a…

Unconditional Love

This is Pepi. He was one lady’s best friend and he stuck by her through a failing relationship and very rough times. When she was finally out of that situation and safe, she walked the road of regret over leaving Pepi – even though she had no choice. Her heart had been broken in so…

Encounterpane – SALA 2016

A counterpane on canvas, incorporating print work with loom items used during the Onkaparinga Woollen Mill’s 121 years of operation.  Can you find the nine circular patterns created with the base of a yarn cone and the sixteen Northrop Loom Dropper Drive patterns within Encounterpane? The opportunity to weave history into my art has broadened…

Day Nine – Outback Memories

Memories – Acknowledge them, talk about them, write them down, draw them, paint them, record them – value them. Memories are a gift – they enrich us. Just like other intangibles (hello feelings) they’re stored organically via twitching neurons on our biological hard drive and backed up every time we access them. They’re often taken…

Validation is good for you

Don’t worry about what others think, carry on regardless, be true to yourself – cliche basket empty (for now).  An artist is hit with these relentlessly, and sometimes it’s all you’ve got to cling to as you watch another screwed up ball of paper fly through the air towards the bin – a bittersweet score. …

Happy Accidents – painting becomes drawing

Don’t you just love them? Not all accidents are bad, this one was almost comical as I carefully selected my watercolour paints that would create the stripes you see. My guardian angel and mentor, Anne, saved me with only seconds to spare – you see, I’d drawn the picture in what I thought was a…

Day Eight – Wandering Weave

Weaving is one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world, and even before textiles were discovered, branches and reeds were used to make fences and baskets. Weaving today, is a task for all – some use words, relationships, appointments, schedules, art, digital media, textiles (still!), chemicals, food and more – a recipe is woven…

Day Seven – Break the Drought

He said of Tropical Cyclone Stan, ‘it was bitter sweet, even though destruction was imminent, so was RAIN.’ Since the year dot, water has been the life-giver, so why, after thousands of years of knowing this, why are we still struggling? Day 7 is a bird’s eye view over drought stricken Queensland; through the clouds,…

Day Six – Remembrance – Keep the faith

Red poppies for remembrance; keep the faith with those who died on Flanders Fields and all soldiers lost in battle. In this painting, an Englishman saw a red poppy watching over Flanders Fields between the white crosses of fallen soldiers. A Scottish suggestion was ‘an angry eye over a landscape’, which might be the centre…

Day Five – Reflections of Innocence

‘Reflections of Innocence’ is an amalgamation of two suggestions; the first (from Scotland) – Graves of Innocents, blood red lands with pure blue crosses depicting  wars killing those who cannot avoid them; and the second (from Australia) – Autumn lake reflections in the Mt. Lofty Botanical Gardens. These ideas have the ability to disable each…

Day Four – King Arthur’s Berth Pool

Day four depicts ‘King Arthur’s Berth Pool’ in Baschurch, England. However,  Bodmin Moor and Cornwall often come to mind when thinking of Excalibur and King Arthur, but, according to authors, Graham Phillips and Martin Keatman (King Arthur the True Story), the Berth Pool  near Baschurch is where the real ‘Excalibur’ was cast. True or not,…

Day Three – Blizzard in Spring

Day Three named ‘Blizzard in Spring’. Unusual weather events inspired every entry to name this painting – global warming is a hot topic. Thirteen squares left to name, it’s not too late to add your interpretation to the list. Click to see the full painting, Chilli Chocolate.

Day Two – Sunburnt Country

Day Two named ‘Sunburnt Country’. This suggestion came from a talented textile artist in Sydney, Australia, who was inspired by Dorothea Mackellar’s classic Australian poem, My Country, click here to view the whole poem on the official Dorothea Mackellar website. Fourteen squares left to name, it’s not too late to add your interpretation to the…

Day One RESULTS – Chilli Chocolate

Day One named ‘Two Moons on Mars’. Chosen because Mars has two moons, Deimos and Phobos, it’s extremely cold and is often referred to as the Red Planet. Happy accident for this artist, but a keen observation from a blogger in the USA. Fifteen squares left to name, it’s not too late to add your…