Forty One

I turned 41 this week, wild! I started the day by waiting for an Officeworks to open so I could get myself pen and paper gifts. With coffee! Bliss.

It was just one of those days where things were normal and incredibly lovely and very, very funny.

 

Arting and a couple of art classes coming up.

Good day, it is beautiful and sunny here today.

I rearranged my lounge room recently to place my drawing board in a spot where I can get the most natural light. I completed one drawing and I am still struggling with another as I have been for years. It’s an interesting one, I can see the evolution of my drawing style changing. Which is part of the challenge because part of me doesn’t like seeing the old style but the other part of me is thinking this is important – FINISH IT.

Here is a cropped detail of the completed one:

I’ve been up to 2AM some nights sketching new ones. The landscapes have been the focus recently as they are safer for me now, on multiple levels. They are an escape. I think I am a bit cautious of human content however I am still collecting material because it is an important part of my practice.

OK now, CLASSES.

I am running two drawing workshops at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Saturday the 20th of Jan and Saturday the 3rd of Feb. You can book here: LINK

If you have been to one of my classes before I still set exercises for everyone to do but I will come around individually and give you guidance on what you want to focus on.

LMM

Sketches from Tasmania

We sat in a little place to eat lunch that had views of the habour and I sketched these little boats. 

At an art store in Hobart I purchased a nib pen and a little pot of ink to play around with:

The little pademelon came to visit each evening, sometimes her joey would make an appearance.

The bottle of ink was leaky so I gifted it to an artist in residence in Queenstown as I knew he would put it to good use.


I was also doing a drawing of Mt Owen but did an art swap before I got a good picture of it. The Western Tasmanian landscape is inspiring so I am sure to make more in the future. I am so glad to be home and I know it’s xmas time but I am going to use this time to make art 🙂

west

Daughter and I just got back from Tasmania. We went to Hobart, MONA via the ferry and then drove out West to see the Franklin River, waterfalls, artists – mountains.

The whole trip was memorable in that not everything went according to plan. I said to my daughter “We are creating memories! And not all of them are good” 😛

We were both inspired and spent most of this trip drawing. When we got to Queenstown we stayed in the apartment above where I did an art residency years ago and that night we were up very late draw draw drawing.

It was really special to take her to the part of the world that inspired me so much. Show her artists spaces and exhibitions. She didn’t care for MONA tho 😀

I’ll post some of the skecthes soon. Good to be home, I missed my cats.

Ending of the year

Wrapping everything up for the year. I have more time to see friends, spend funny and wonderful times with Teenager, walks to look at birds and trees, enjoying my cats, super cute dates and precious alone time.

DRAW.

I go in and out of being blown away that I am in my fourth decade of life. It’s like, how? But then I am acutely aware of how lucky I am to be here.

Teenager and I are not huge fans of Christmas, we keep it super quite and basically keep away from it as much as possible. Goodluck to all this holiday season. Don’t let people pressure you into spending too much money and doing things you don’t want to do just in the name of Christmas. It’s not worth it.

 

Seven years

HOW is it less than a month to Christmas – and is that something I say every year?

Probably.

The year coming to a close, a good thing. The garden is going gang busters, I have a holiday with Teenager coming up (SO excitement) and I’ve just hit the seven years sober mark. I like this time distance, I don’t think about it being in my life and I can’t see it back in my future.

I’m grateful to the sky overheard and my time. A new lease on life I have.