Sunday, February 25, 2018


It seems that you are never too old to learn something new.


This is just too much fun to stop doing!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

It's Been A While....

....and I don't have a good reason. Nonetheless I've not been idle.  Have been experimenting with the latest craze, acrylic pouring,  After a week of frustrating efforts I've eventually arrived where I want to be.


These are only 4"x4", but a good starting point to explore the technique.  Eventually I might be able to manipulate the colours enough to make backgrounds for paintings, collages, or whatever takes my fancy.  After all I'm a dilettante, not a REAL artist.

Saturday, October 7, 2017


This the theme for the 2017 Apron Project.  Run by Sallianne McClelland (events manager extraordinaire) the project invites artists to decorate aprons for a charity auction to benefit the Hornsby Kuring-Gai Women's Shelter in Sydney.

This is my apron for 2017: Hand painted with collaged felt butterflies and the sentiment printed on fabric.

2017 - HOPE

All the aprons can be seen, and bid for, online at Galabid. There are some amazing pieces!  Registration is free.

This is my third year of participation, and I hope I can do so each year.



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

It's been a while...

.... but I'm back.....tho' not quite in full swing yet.  The International Collage Exchange is up and running on:

My piece, 'Wishing For A Better Solution' is SOLD and soon on its way to the USA. (Thanks Julia Payne, a fellow collagist)

Wishing For A Better Solution
old book page, found objects

I love working with discarded objects and papers.  Makes an awful mess in the studio...but is so much fun.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


As an 'artist' one must get used to having one's work rejected from various exhibitions. Fortunately it happens less as time goes on....until this year.  I seem to have had rejection upon rejection.  Perhaps I'm losing the plot?

rust-dyed muslin, waxed cord, painted and found papers, acrylic
on 20 x 20 x 3.5 cm wooden panel

painted and found papers, acrylic
on 20 x 20 x 3.5 cm wooden panel

These two works were submitted for the Lethbridge 10000, but not hung in the Gallery (first time for four years that I've missed out).  Mind you, am in their 'online' selection, but it's not the same as being 'hung'.  
It's a little disappointing start to the art show season but hey, I paint and collage because I'm obsessed and can't stop, AND because it's the thing I most love to do.

Onward and upward.......

Monday, April 24, 2017

Remember 'Small Changes' ?

 My blog of March 15th showed how I had altered a small painting for the better (I thought). Well, nothing is ever finished until it is....

NEWS FROM THE EAST (version 3)
....and maybe it is now (but don't be too sure).

Meanwhile I have been making painted papers for collage. 

FAUX MARBLE - I love this effect.

MARBLING - I've tried not to be fussy with these, and to keep them loose.

Of course, each time I enter my workspace the first thing I encounter is a bench covered with papers, and bits and pieces.  It is SO distracting, I just can't help playing


The page is from an old book on fuzzy logic, combined with a circuit board, some old metal washers, and a small wishbone.  Maybe now I can do some painting.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Vive Las Vegas

Vive Las Vegas is a US company that makes fun and funky rubber stamps. I buy from them to make ATCs, cards, and the fun stuff I do when not doing 'real' art. 

Each month they have a challenge and, on a whim, I decided to participate this month. The theme was twilight, dusk, northern lights, or twinkling night skies.

I found an image of the Northern Lights, painted and altered it, then added stamped coloured images from VLVS. I added sunglasses to  'skinny minnie' .

The word bubble was photo shopped on top.  I do like my whimsy.

Back to the studio today.