Here is where I left my elephant from my last painting session.
Today I added some high definition contrast in the form of black shadows, mostly using a foam brush. This is a pic on my phone to show that 'in between' stage.
I also relocated her eyes...she is still quite abstract in form..but the eyes needed to be relocated to add a little more realism.
This is how she currently looks below. I am nearly done.
I was so excited with my progress this afternoon.
I need to work on her eyes just a little more and I want to add some white details, especially to her forehead.
She has a story to tell, doesn't she?
I will share my finished work soon....and her story too.
Thanks for reading.
Last week when I was sitting quietly under my trees, listening to my breathe and the resident birds, I heard a rustling noise.
It sounded like a small creature was running circles in the leaves.
I opened my eyes, curious as to whether a bird was having a 'dirt' bath in the leaf litter nearby, like my chickens used to do, but I couldn't see any bird on the ground and the noise had stopped abruptly.
I got up to investigate, thinking perhaps it would be a lizard.
And look who I found!
A beautiful bearded dragon.
I enjoyed looking at him as he lay completely still under my watchful eye, even his eyes did not flicker as a random ant or two crawled over him.
Eventually I called out to The Man in the House to come and look and we swapped places; I went inside to get my camera and he took watch!
The lizard was so beautiful, prehistoric even, camouflaged in his natural environment of dirt and leaves.
After a few photos my husband returned inside and I returned to my meditation spot under the trees. It was another 5 minutes or so until I heard the lizard run quickly into the cover of the tree.
Beautiful creature, thank you for joining us and letting our trees and yard be your home too, you are so welcome to this space.
Or should I say thank you for sharing this space with me?
I googled a message from the Bearded Dragon and this is what I found...
If a dragon-lizard presents themselves to you the time has come to detach from the ego and dive beyond the superficial.
What appears on the outside in appearance no longer holds value and you will soon become more detached from the shallow situations in your life.
Now and again it is required to be detached, to separate yourself from others, to succeed in what is necessary.
Lizard-dragons will also show you how to leave the past in the past. To move on and released your attachment to what has been. The story you tell yourself of the past no longer serves you.
Dragon lizards propose immediate change in one or more areas of your life. You may need to let go of old ideas, patterns, belief systems, habits, actions or lifestyle because they block the creation of new life and new beginnings. It is time to let go.
Lizard-Dragons prompts the need to go within and examine your present reality and then, move with confidence and utmost assuredness into a new chapter of your life.
I will share an update now on the process of my current painting.
While the kids played in the rockpools at Moonta Bay, south of the jetty, I collected some of my own treasures.
I drew them carefully in my little art journal (with a black felt tip pen, my favourite), while I sat in the sand in the sun. Here are a few of them.
At home I copied these images roughly onto a canvas using dark paint and then I started my layers of paint.
You can see a rather phallic looking piece of seaweed in the centre of this pic! The others are mostly covered.
A few more layers and then I drew chalk images of fish and seaweed which will hopefully be the beginnings of my finished work.
I flipped the canvas onto it's side so the drips run horizontal now.
I am not convinced about that...but it is too late now.
I like it already... there is definitely potential for a beautiful underwater scene.
I'll keep you posted.
I don't remember seeing these caterpillars around before.
They are on my orange tree now....citrus caterpillars. I googled black and yellow caterpillars and discovered that they will become Dainty Swallowtail Butterflies.
(I am borrowing someone else's photos to illustrate my story today as I didn't have my camera with me.)
Rewind to last Saturday and The Man of the House said I should go and have a look outside as there was a butterfly on the back lawn that I might want to see; just laying there.
Busy with something, I was like, are you sure it's not dead? Has the dog or cat got it? Why is it not moving?
No....just go and look.
And this is what I found...laying flat on the lawn...
Like it was waiting for me.
It looked much like this but not exactly like this.
It had damage on one of it's lower wings, it looked like the shape of a small bite mark.
"Ohhh, you're broken", I whispered.
A bit like me sometimes, I thought.
I wondered then if the butterfly would let me pick it up...the middle of the lawn wasn't a safe spot to rest.
I gently placed my hand in front of it and, unbelievably, it walked straight on to my finger.
I barely breathed as I watched it closely.
My daughter, Miss 6, came out then to join me and she asked to hold it too. I attempted to pass the butterfly on but my movement prompted it to take flight.
It would seem that the special moment was just for me.
The butterfly's flight took me by surprise actually, the wing damage and the tameness of it made me think it was unable to.
But it flew alright.
Very well as far as I could tell.
It landed on the orange tree and then out of sight.
"It might be broken but it can still fly." I said out loud.
Thanks for the reminder.
Oh Miss Elephant...I will do you justice.
You are a labour of love, that is for sure.
This is the second painting I started in October at my weekend workshop in Adelaide.
She has been through much transformation...and yet she still continues to grow and change. (Sounds like someone else I know)
At this point I flip the painting over to make out the elephant shape with chalk (Easy to rub off with a baby wipe if need)
And today...as she stands patiently waiting for me.
With a little photo editing she can look quite different.
With a filter?
What a beautiful girl.
She is very patient with me ;-)
I have a few more sessions to go, at least one but probably two or three.
When I neglect my creativity I just don't feel right.
Out of sorts.
Down and tired.
Like life is a bit of a drag.
When it finally occurs to me that creativity and 'making stuff' might be a part of what is missing (insert face palm), I recommit to creating and expressing myself through art or music or writing....whatever calls.
I attempt to switch off the domestic stuff, the family stuff, the work commitments....just for a little while (It'll wait)....and I decide to make something.
Do you remember as a little kid just making stuff? For the fun of it?
Last weekend I decided to do another layer of a painting that I hadn't really liked up to that point.
But....what is that??!
I hated this layer too.
I had a little tanty and a few tears...
It went something like this....
"Why do I enjoy painting and playing with colour and expressing myself but my stuff always looks like shit!!?
Why can't I hold a brush?
Why won't it do what I want it to do?
Move like I want it to move?
Why can't it look like the picture I have in my head???
A bit like that :-)
Perhaps you can relate to those feels, dear friend?
I put myself to bed for a little nap after that effort.
I had a little sleep, pulled myself together and then I pushed myself to have another go over that second crappy layer, now dry and ready for me again.
Make it fun.
I like this, remember? ;-)
I am doing this for fun.
It is self expression.
Fun and creative and interesting.
There is no right or wrong.
Just playing with paint and colour and seeing what wants to emerge.
Forget the brush.
Use my fingers.
It feels lovely.
I love swirls.
Try swirls with a brush...that isn't so hard.
Use lots of white.
I love white
Make flower shapes.
I love flower shapes.
Now....that is looking quite good for another layer.
I'll stick with that and make it the final layer.
Let it dry.
Time for a cuppa.
Try a thin outline with a black texta, gently now, not too thick but it doesn't need to be perfect....
I like it...especially from a distance (haha)
Find a spot in my home.
Arrange it with a couple of items of similar colour.
Hmm, not bad.
Pretty good even!
Take a photo.
I like it!
Now...that wasn't so hard, was it??!
What about you?
Are you needing to nurture your creative side a little more too?
A lot more?
Painting? Writing? A new garden bed? A new dinner dish? Put together a great new outfit and accessories?
Make some time when you can.
Pencil it in to your diary if you have to.. and please try not to leave it as long as I did...I am a slow learner :-)
Awww, cat lover's heaven here....
Adelaide's first Cat Cafe!
I made a booking for 5 and we enjoyed an hour with the cats...$12 inc a drink of choice, under 8's free. No food was available on the day we visited, the lovely owners had opened up the whole place for the cats to roam.
We were soooo happy there, like, take me to my happy place for sure! I sipped on chai latte and patted cute cats...ahhhh.
Here is a pic of me with dear little Tiger. She (?) walked over two other laps to get to mine, I was the chosen one, hehe.
Cats, chai and my camera...it's pretty much the trifecta ;-)
Watch out little Milk!
I had a soft spot for Milk...those blue eyes, that white velvety coat. The thought of a non shedding cat is appealing, I must admit.
Lovely Willow was tuckered out after a long laser sess with the kids
We'll be back.
Here is me and Jessie at Moonta Bay, SA
Rinsing and drying the cool tie dye shirts the kids made at Vacation Care
Pet sitting some cute baby guinea pigs for friends.
A pink hue from the sunset....awesome light.
Jessie through the rose coloured lens of sunset, sitting nicely, sweet girl.
Frangipani season. My son and I collected some flowers on our walk one evening...they smell so beautiful; summery and delightful.