Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Peacock Fall Garden Party

Peacocks like to have garden parties. Who knew? ;)

I created this design for Spoonflower's "Tables and Chairs" competition. I drew inspiration from wrought iron garden furniture. I felt it needed a splash of peacock. I spread peacock feathers on the floor of the lawn and adorned the peacocks in lovely fall colors.




How to make your own Famous Artist Costume for Halloween

Getting into the spirit of dressing up for Halloween is easy when you see so many clever ideas online. You can make them entirely yourself, rent a costume, or go somewhere in the middle by ordering a few embellishments online. A far cry from when I was little! I had the yearly option of being a clown (NO), a gypsy, or a witch. I chose the gypsy each year. It was a good match for my wandering spirit, but oh -- to be Frida, Bjork, or a painting!!!

Below are some exceptional costume themes for making a grand entrance at your Halloween parties. Below the images are some helpful links to get you on your way. Enjoy!

Helpful Links:

Great instructions for glue recipes and tutorials on making just about anything!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cat (fish) Damask

What can be more fun than sitting with a sketchbook doodling cats on a Saturday? Adding lots of colorful fish & fish scales!



---- meow! ----

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Banksia tree

This is one of the oddest trees I've ever seen. The tree bark is textured in a lumpy, but "soft" looking. Like if you touched it, it would be velvety. This was in someone's yard, so I didn't get to touch it.
There are seed pods that look like oblong bird's nests with eggs.

I snapped the above photos and went to the internet to find out what this was. 
I quickly noticed how many objects are carved from these Banksia seed pods. Oh, the possibilities! 

------- Now I need to get my hands on one! --------

Monday, September 22, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Spring Buds and Blooms - Spring in Australia

September 1 is the first day of Spring here in Australia. With each walk more and more buds are appearing and opening. The smell is absolutely divine. Especially around the Cherry Trees. I think I took about 20 shots stalking the bees and trying to capture the "perfect" pose. Those suckers are fast! Ha!

Here are my shots from the walk. I wish I could attach the scent as well!

Cherry Blossoms (& Bee!)

More Cherry Blossoms

King Protea

Pincushion (Leucospernum) Evergreen Shrub

I still cannot locate the name of this tree. (Help from anyone out there?)

Tree Lichen

I think some of these might be air plants. 
They're really pretty, but it's strange there are no leaves on this tree. 
There are only blossoms here and there. (Pink blossoms 3 shots up)

---- Spring in Australia. Hurray! ----

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mackintosh rose reading chairs

Cozy pink and rosey chairs for reading, doodling, or maybe even daydreaming. I've been looking for a spot of time to draw chairs. So, I did. Lots and lots of them. Still haven't scratched that itch. There will be more!

Reading Chairs at the Library