The Netherlands – my childhood home

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...
Learning not to be “a fixer”

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...
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...
Mum’s collections

Mum’s collections

Okay – I’ll humbly confess that I am VERY late with my Sketchbook Skool homework. Months in fact. But I have been really looking forward to this break over Christmas so I could have the luxury of sitting in bed with my coffee and my ipad, going over the...
Sketchbook Skool – discovering “my peeps”

Sketchbook Skool – discovering “my peeps”

I am so proud to have been one of the founding students at Sketchbook Skool, much as I still struggle with the spelling! Even when klass is run in the kloud (yes, in this klass we have to use “k”s), I run true to form – the student who doesn’t...
ANZAC Day March, Melbourne 2014

ANZAC Day March, Melbourne 2014

It’s a while ago now, but I thought I’d share a sketch I did while standing in Swanston Street with my daughter watching the Anzac Day parade pass. A hundred years after Gallipoli the ANZAC spirit is still strong, and it is easy to feel a lot of pride for...
New year’s resolutions 2014

New year’s resolutions 2014

With a new year comes new resolutions – or at least a determination to gain new strengths, both physically and mentally.  I’ve been playing around with my inks and favourite black and white pens to find a way to write this stuff down, and I’m sharing...
This is the moment

This is the moment

I’ve been playing with doodling and zentangling a fair bit lately. It is just so relaxing to sit in front of the tv coloring in randomly with black pen (or even better, white gel pen on black paper). I can just zone out – which is great, because I...
Paris

Paris

Unsurprisingly, this was my last journal entry for France. We got to Paris and the last five days of our trip went by in a flash. I was pleased with our conference presentation. Proud just to be there really, although still shocked that I got to go. I never imagined...
Nimes to Paris

Nimes to Paris

It was sad to say goodbye to the millhouse which had treated us so well, but exciting to head off to Paris. After all, I had a conference to go to, so there was work to be done! We caught the fast train, carrying along a picnic of baguettes, smelly cheese and red...