Edinburgh – through the red velvet curtains

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...
How to make a video sketchbook tour using an iphone

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...
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...
View from Mount Dandenong

View from Mount Dandenong

During winter weekends we tend to hide under our blankets in front of the tv and hibernate, but every so often we need to head out into the fresh air and shake our limbs out a little. There is only so long we can stay inside without going stir crazy. The thought of...
Spring has sprung – or has it?

Spring has sprung – or has it?

No it definitely hasn’t! Here I am in a chilly Melbourne in mid June with the heating on full pelt, thinking fondly of days when the weather will warm up again. I’ll admit I can’t really complain. It’s all relative. I did live in Canada for a...
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...
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...
Weekend in Balmain

Weekend in Balmain

Having the freedom to jump on a flight to Sydney for a weekend away with dad and Michele was just fantastic. Isabel had generously lent her flat, only a few minutes walk up the hill from Sydney harbour. Sure beats any taxi ride, that ferry trip past the Opera House...
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...
Corrugated cows in Heide Park

Corrugated cows in Heide Park

It didn’t bode well for our picnic yesterday when I heard the rain drumming down on our corrugated iron roof. But the clouds cleared and it turned into the most beautiful day for our end of year outing for Beth’s Art Group. Five of us headed down to Heide...