Welcome! Please join me as I explore my world through the use of art journaling, pens, paints and splatters in all the colours of the rainbow. I love rainbows. I collect them (ask my family). Maybe it is because rainbows show such beauty and promise after a drenching downpour. That says a lot.

Life isn’t always easy, but it has taught me a lot – especially how to appreciate the small joys around me. Sitting and sketching the detail in front of me takes me away from my worries and lets me focus on the moment. Pulling out my watercolours and sploshing a page with hot pinks, purples, limes and yellows brightens my day – literally. I hope my work brings joy to you too.

My latest post ….

Family tree calligraphy and my convict ancestors

I spent about six months in 1994 drawing up this family tree for my mum. She had done all the research over many, many years, the slow and painstaking way, long before anyone dreamed up ancestry.com! It was before my now adult children were born. I worked Monday to...
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Standing up for my floral friend

I drew this a couple of months ago. I really enjoyed the process, the experimenting and then playfully adding polka dots just for the fun of it. I never shared it because there was such a mixed reaction from a few people - it is something you either love or hate...
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Edinburgh – through the red velvet curtains

When Beth googled "magical places in Europe" to visit during our big adventure, I noticed a shift in my thinking. It wasn't just castles that seemed magic, but it was like there was some indefinable sparkle in the air where almost anything seemed special. I suppose...
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Drawing during the brownie ban

It's a bit rough when you are just trying to support your teenage daughter's future as a pastry chef and she bans you from touching the chocolate brownies that are sitting on the bench. Especially when she has just called for help in setting up a brownie photo shoot...
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Happy Carers Week 2016 – free poster

[Please note that this poster was available for a limited time until 22 October 2016. Signed prints can still be ordered through Etsy] Happy Carers Week 2016 to all those family members, support people and unpaid carers who do so much for others. Thank you. Thank you....
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How to make a video sketchbook tour using an iphone

Am I the only one who excitedly grabbed my iphone and filmed a sketchbook tour only to find that the video stood sideways on its tail? This will probably be one of those “duh” moments to the more mobile phone oriented amongst us, but I struggled with working out how...
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Video of my Clairefontaine sketchbook – still drawing through Europe

Six weeks into our European adventure I started my second sketchbook - a huge achievement for me as I have never filled a sketchbook so fast - or at all really, if I am honest! It was a bit tricky getting used to the skinny, wide landscape format of the Clairefontaine...
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Video of my golden sketchbook – drawing and travelling through Europe

Ok, so my Strathmore mixed media journal isn't really made of gold, but the metallic paints meandering over the cover and the gold edges inspired by illuminated manuscripts have given it something of a reputation as a golden sketchbook. This was the first sketchbook...
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Oh the possibilities! A painting for the Boroondara Stroke Support Group

Like life, this painting started as an unknown, a blank canvas full of promise. It went through its ugly and difficult stages, bloomed slowly and unexpectedly bit by bit, adapting and changing to the odd challenge thrown its way. It dug in its roots, clung firmly to...
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Bodiam Castle, East Sussex – the land of knights

“Castle!” calls my daughter from the back seat as we round the bend in the highway. It is our third day in England and we still can’t believe that castles and medieval churches seem to pop up on the landscape every few minutes, interspersed by Tudor buildings and...
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Robertsbridge and the land of my ancestors

My mum was a very keen genealogist, and long before the internet she spent years researching our family history in person, gathering birth and death certificates, visiting cemeteries, hand searching shipping records and writing letters to potential relatives. It was a...
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The Netherlands – my childhood home

I figure that I am spiritually about 10% Dutch. I lived in Holland for six of the first ten years of my life, and I have wonderful memories of that time – memories that have been soaking back into my veins and reclaiming my soul since the minute we stepped on a KLM...
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Magical mystery tour – Europe 2016

As I type this I’m looking out over the English countryside and a historic village dating back to 1176. To some people that may not sound like much, but as a Melbourne girl I can’t believe I’m sitting here with this view in front of me. It is simply magical. For at...
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Rainbow bookshelves – a Marie Kondo inspired declutter

By the end of last year I was totally worn out, both physically and mentally. I had turned 50. I was exhausted. I felt like my body was beginning to wear out, and every day there were aches and pains and I was struggling to get going in the morning. I felt totally...
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Why, what, who? Courage & colour pencils

I recently bought Pip Lincoln’s e-book about blogging called “Shake it up”. You can find it here - http://meetmeatmikes.com/shake-it-up-my-ace-ebook-for-bloggers/. I have challenged myself to work through it in search of my blogging mojo. I thought it might help me...
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Mum’s gift to me – a love of colour

You may have noticed that I am absolutely in love with colour - not just any old colour, but brilliant, super dooper bright jewel colours. Hot pinks, mango oranges, lemony yellows, lime greens, teal blues and precious, royal purples. When I need to paint a shadow I...
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Welcome, we care

Download poster here About a month ago I shared a free poster acknowledging the courage it takes to ask for help. It's not rocket science. I'm sure we've all struggled with reaching out - whether to ask for a hand with the kids, or making a doctor's appointment, or...
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Learning not to be “a fixer”

[This is not a new story of mine by any means, but I am gradually trying to explain the reasons for my artwork that have been made into prints on Etsy. Looking back, this story still holds true. There are always things I wish I could "fix" in lots of areas of my life,...
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It takes courage to ask for help

Download poster here Every day I see articles in the news about people struggling to come forward and ask for help - be it about domestic violence, mental illness, child abuse, gender issues, self harm, cancer, crime, homelessness, poverty...  I could go on and on,...
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A pirate, a quilt and a brand new baby

Pirate, dragon rider, dreamer, artist, super hero, poet or adventurer ... don't be afraid to follow your dreams, little man, and be proud just to be you. As a very special little boy entered the world this week I wanted to celebrate the moment and share that message....
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A taste of my sketchbooks ….

Splashing paint around for the Optimal Health Program …

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