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Drawing – A Process that Starts with a Mark..

I would really like to thank my good friend Deanna Gracie, not only is she a dear friend but a fabulous Jewellery Designer living in South Shore Christchurch … http://www.nzjewellerydesign.com/news-blog for inspiring me to get back to drawing again ! 

I have a habbit of wherever I go I seem to collect interesting objects… so I have started out to draw some of the interesting things I have collected.

Just a quick tip!  sometimes it is easier to take a photo of what you are drawing to see it in a 2 dimensional way rather than the 3d way we see from our perspective… looking back at these quick sketches I can see lots of things that I needed to do to make them more 3d etc… but must admit haven’t drawn in a very long time… so will be trying to draw one a day for a while and will post on here.. will be interesting to look back and see the improvement over time 😉

Still life drawings

My entrance to the art world started about 36 years ago as a child…. “drawing”.

In those days I didn’t start out by drawing objects or  still life as I now know it, but used to copy from a favourite Walt Disney Book!

I have fond memories sitting for hours upon hours drawing, sketching, rubbing out, sketching some more and then adding colour to my finished sketches.   Then as I started High School I fell in love with the process of Art  and Painting, I painted my way through School, but  life flies by so quickly and as our lives get busier and busier, work, marriage and then family, over time I grew away from painting.  When my children were young around 5 and 10 I picked up a paint brush for the first time in years! and like an old glove I just slipped right back into it!

Who would have thought that sitting at my kitchen table at  7 yrs old nearly 36 years ago would have attributed to my major passion and focus in life today!

Thank you Deanna for 1st being a great friend and 2nd for reminding me of my Art Roots ! and allowing me to return to them for a while and share them with you all!  


Some thoughts…..

Our “Mind” is a funny thing!  I always try to think positively in my life, and try to see good in all situations, not always an easy thing to do !!

I have started up biking again to get fit and shed some unwanted excess pounds !! and I have found that I just love that time to loose myself in my thoughts !  I use this time each morning to help set me up for the day ahead, I feel it centers me and allows me to time to “just B”….

As I was biking this morning a wonderful sentence just came to mind  …

“Nice thoughts – Kind Words” 

 and then when I opened up my little book of Zen Gems tonight, this is the quote that met me!

“Mind is the forerunner of (all good) states.

Our life is the creation of our mind.

If one speaks or acts with pure mind,

happiness follows one as his own shadows that never leaves.

(Quote from The DHAMMAPADA)

Art Class – Art Using Mixed Media 3 more people needed !!

Hi all 🙂 my  Art – Using Mixed Media Class starts  Tuesday Night 26th October at Papanui High 7 to 9pm. 

 If you are thinking about joining an art class , learn about colour – tecture and different styles to paint in …then this is the class for you, phone Papanui High continuing education to book your place! 

 To enrol contact Papanui High Continuing Education (03) 3520701

 Because this class is run through Papanui High School and is a community based class it must have 10 students to go ahead!

We have 3 SPACES AVAILABLE! and then the class can run next week, please spread the word if you know anyone that is interested in coming 🙂

cheers Donna

It’s a busy old time….

I don’t know why but I sometimes feel like I hardly sit still! I seem to  flip from here to there to everywhere oh and back again! lol … it’s like my brain is on a mission with a million ideas and places to go … but all at one time!  …. mmm maybe it’s that creative part of me… I don’t think there is enough hours in the day to do what I want….

Apart from working on my new Magnet art line and other new design lines; I have been playing around with the idea of creating an unusual Final artwork made up from a selection of different image and fused into a Collage…   Once I have settled on the overall finished image I have been working on different ways to transfer that image onto different substrates … via different processes! 

I will upload some photos in the next couple of days to show you what I mean…. and what the overall image looks like once it has been created into a final collage and then transferred to a new substrate.


Shhhhhhrrrrrrr…..don’t wake the family!!!!

It’s 5 past 10 and all is quiet in the house all my darlings are tucked up in bed…

 Peace at last lol!!

Boy its been so hectic around here …. We have been enjoying the beautiful hot days and long summer nights…

Gosh I had forgotten how wonderful summer holidays are… I love the whole not having to set your alarm to get up early… no having to make School lunches… and no running the kids to here there and everywhere…. schools… sport…. etc…

I thought since it was lovely and quiet and I think I have at least an hour of painting in me I might pick up a brush and keep plodding on with my Arrowtown artwork….

I finished off the stones yesterday.. so now have started with the grass and trees… will show you some more photos soon.

Well anyway… night night all have a good sleep talk to you soon.

Cheers D 😉

My Latest work in progress Arrowtown…

I have been planning and working toward a Solo Exhibition to be held in 2011… and decided to paint larger more detailed works in oil for this… all artwork will be based on my own photography…

A work in progress - Arrowtown

A work in progress - Arrowtown


A Work in Progress - Arrowtown


A work in progress - Arrowtown

The above photo is where I am up to now … so keep watch on how this artwork progresses!

talk soon cheers D 😉