ATC’s

Australian Landscape is the theme for these trading cards I am posting out tomorrow.  Artist trading cards (ATCs) are tiny … they are miniature artworks about the same size as modern trading cards  2 12 x 3 12 inches (64 mm × 89 mm)

These 3 are inspired by local Mallee scenery and created with watercolour/inktense pencil and pigma ink pen.

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Summertime drawing

I am fortunate that although I live in a very hot climate I have air conditioning and a pool…. finally getting some time to draw again after a very busy holiday season!  I had a great afternoon in a drawing workshop with Caroline Ellis.  I have never tried drawing an animal previously… so here is my first pastel and first animal drawing!

He certainly has attitude.  Long way to go but I enjoyed the challenge !

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Been a while

Over the past year I have been very busy with family and work finding little time for creative pursuits.  I have also injured my right shoulder making painting almost impossible at the moment.  Feeling a bit despondent I spent some time trying to work out how I could still have a creative outlet given my current situation.

And then I discovered a new and rewarding way to be creative in small spaces and in short bursts.  Zentangles!  some in the traditional format of a 3.5″ square, artist cards, and others on A5 and A4.

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I am having some serious fun with these and plan to submit some to a Canadian artist card exchange and others into the “Frameless” exhibition to be held at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery in October.

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Sizzling Summer

I think we had all forgotten what summer was really like here in the Mallee.  For the past

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A painting of the dry lake bed. Lake Boga, 2010

few years we have had hot summers but not days and days of over 40c.  We have just come out of the third or fourth heat wave and are blissfully enjoying a brief reprieve today.  Temperatures are tipped to go 40+ again for a couple of days … I am really looking forward to Friday … cooler and rain forecast (we can but dream).

There are some worrying news reports about our precious waterways.  We were promised Lake Boga would never be dry again, however water is to be pumped out again… I just hope not too much!

The Great Barrier Reef is under a new threat … as reported on Getup “Millions of cubic metres of sea floor is being removed from the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area right now. It’s the largest dredging project ever undertaken in Australia,making way for massive new coal seam gas export facilities.

This massive industrial activity is damaging the Great Barrier Reef and threatens its status as a World Heritage Site.”

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