Leonie’s chrysanthemums

Leonie’s chrysanthemums

Good friends who understand how things are with little explanation. The solidarity in having “been there”. That’s what these flowers remind me of. A gift of the most enormous bunch of chrysanthemums which seemed to tower over me. Lamingtons. Fruit...
Broken Hill – the Living Desert

Broken Hill – the Living Desert

My husband and I were in Broken Hill for a few days while I ran some workshops, so during the evenings we dashed around to see the sights we had missed last time  – including the Living Desert just outside town. We had a few false starts as we followed a GPS...
Pumpkin appreciation day

Pumpkin appreciation day

How on earth did we end up with so many gourds decorating our loungeroom? And why do I feel I can’t get rid of them? Is there some weird sort of attraction to the rounded orangeness of them and their gorgeous rotundness? Why did a visitor add a baby gourd to the...
Let sleeping dogs lie …

Let sleeping dogs lie …

We love our “little man” dearly – Sully, the Australian Terrier who has loyally looked after our family since my daughter was a preschooler. Now she is taller than me and about to start her last year of high school, but her four legged brother still...
Birds of paradise

Birds of paradise

I’m going through my old art journals – and realising that I’ve done a lot more artwork than I had thought. It’s always a nice surprise, though, to turn a page and remember a special moment that made me grab my pens. These birds of paradise...
Queenscliff cottage

Queenscliff cottage

Glorious summer days – and how spoilt am I? Time to get away. Time to play with my paints and pens, and avoid the boring everyday jobs. I just love to leave all the mess at home – some might call it avoidance, while I call it a holiday! I did this painting...
Baguette bag and tomatoes

Baguette bag and tomatoes

I love this cheeky little guy chewing away on his baguette! The bag he lives on became part of my background. I found it impossible to resist, and with a little white paint on top it became the perfect surface for a new collection of “Drawing Tomatoes” as...
Quissac, south of France

Quissac, south of France

We decided to eat out one night in the local village of Quissac. We had been in several times, and each visit it seemed completely different. We had browsed the local shops most mornings, attempting to speak French (in my case extremely badly) while buying some...
Table under the trees

Table under the trees

This is my sister and her friend sitting under the tree out the front of our millhouse  (notice I refer to it as “our” millhouse!) And that’s the table where we enjoyed so many amazing meals in such a short time. Every day was clear, sunny and around...
Michele’s garlic

Michele’s garlic

Okay – so it was the turn of the garlic to pose. My sister was very proud of this bunch of amazing pink garlic. Gathered together they looked just like a bunch of flowers. What’s more, they posed well, and didn’t take off mid drawing! I prepared this...
Michele’s French vegies

Michele’s French vegies

I have never seen so many different types of tomatoes in one place – thanks to my sister’s love of markets. I was trying to catch them here, but I obviously took too long, as my arrangement kept disappearing and being eaten! I used watercolours and colour...
Delicacies under the trees

Delicacies under the trees

I can’t tell you quite how much my sister and her family spoilt me in France. She and her husband had rented an old renovated millhouse near Nimes for a week, and I was invited to stay with them. The weather was sunny and glorious – especially after...