Just a quick note to let you all know if you have a look at my SnapShots Blog you will see that four photos have been added.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
I would like to share this story with you that a family member passed onto me. It is about a story of Love, Compassion, Friendship & Loyalty. It makes one think about our own relationships and how many have to overcome obstacles along the way. There are many images that help tell this story but even though I am on dial-up I had to be patient so that I could read the story right to the last page. Click on A Tale of Two Cockies and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
So my friends unless I can find a user friendly Internet Cafe, this will be my last post for the next two weeks. Take care and think of my husband and I relaxing by a beautiful beach sipping red wine, Cheers!!!
technorati tags: Cockies, holiday, beach, red wine, relationships, love, compassion, friendship, loyalty, family, husband, pencils, camera, laptop, story, art magazine
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
It is a shame I can't find a script that will do all my holiday preparations and packing then that would leave me free to concentrate on my creative jobs but alas one could not be found so there you have it, no painting to post today.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Mount Remarkable was discovered and named by the first explorer into this area; Edward John Eyre. More can be read by going to Adelaide Library website. This is a quote from the page that will be viewed.
From our present encampment a very high and pointed hill was visible far to the N.N. W. this from the lofty way in which it towered above the surrounding hills, I named Mount Remarkable.
Surprise surprise, even I am surprised; my fingers did get pastel dust all over them today with some work achieved on this painting shown in this post. There will be no painting tomorrow because I have a full day of shopping along with appointments in readiness for my holiday that is fast approaching. With a temperature forecasted around forty one celsius, I can't say that I am looking forward to it.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
On a much happier note; at the moment my local supermarket is suppling very cheap seedless grapes. Before gobbling these succulent orbs up a quick sketch was the order of the day and once completed ..... oh what a sweet flavour the grapes did have.
it isn't working!
With my commissioned oil paintings finished I decided to dig out a pastel that was started a few months ago. Putting it on my easel I am hoping my inspiration to paint it in the first place will return to me so that the work can be completed. So far it isn't working! Maybe laying my pastels out tomorrow will do the trick with a post tomorrow telling all about it.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
For your interest I didn't tick any of the boxes on the W3C Link Checker page before starting the search. Also I searched my whole blog rather than individual posts.
The Art Gallery of South Australia
The Pastel Society of Australia
Friday, January 12, 2007
As the titles say, this rose sketch is completed and already thinking about my next mini project........ maybe another rose
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Getting back to why a WIP; simply it is a life size sketch that I started today and I ran out of time to complete it amongst many other jobs that were on the agenda.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
As many of you know I do have a number of Squidoo Lenses that are listed on my Lens Masters page. I was invited to join the Everything Photography Lenses today, which I did and thank Janet for asking me, as it should be a lot of fun at the same time a learning experience with how it all works. Have a look here and Meet the Group master’s page to see more on this Group.
The second thing that happened today was coming across this sketch when hunting down my sketching books in readiness for my holiday later next week. Yup it is my lipstick that was retrieved one evening from a pocket on my handbag while working as artist in residence at Wilpena Pound. The sketch isn’t what I consider finished though have no intentions of doing anymore work with it.
I just remembered! Who has the January 2007 issue of the Australian Artist? On page 50 there is Works in Progress (WIP’s) using mechanical pencils by a very talented young artist. Her name is Tanya Anchugov. If you don’t have the Australian Artist magazine you are in luck as Tanya also has a website called Elaborate Art.
Ok time for me to post this then head off for my evening walk before I think of something else to add.
Monday, January 08, 2007
Admittedly when signing up to the Blog Carnival early December it had me scratching my head as to how it all worked. My first edition was back on the 4th of December 2006 and as it was a tentative test, I posted my own story without advertising it here. This edition today is what I consider is a new journey of being a serious Carnival blogger that will be posted once per month. As more stories are submitted I may consider posting editions more often.
What caught me unaware was how many submitted to my carnival before even posting my next addition date
What caught me unaware was how many submitted to my carnival before even posting my next addition date. Even though the stories were excellent they didn’t all fall into the category of what my carnival is about. In saying this I did come up with an idea of picking the best post for unrelated story for "fine art" to add at the end of my edition. Please be aware that all information provide by the authors has not been researched further by myself and is up to you to take the information as true or false.
What is a blog carnival?
- It is a collection of posts on a topic that I and many other bloggers have chosen to host on a blog.
- Carnival bloggers submit to myself or other members of Blog Carnival using a submission form with this example by clicking on Arts & Stuffs.
Why do it?
- Participating in Carnivals is a great way to promote your own blog because a published topic will generate traffic from the host blog for your published submission.
- Blog Carnival itself promotes participating blogs with a direct link back to editions that the hosting Carnival blog has posted.
- It connects you to other bloggers of the same interest as yourself.
- Adds additional interest to your own blog
Laura Young presents Are you Creative? Developing Your Creativity, Part 1 posted at Dragon Slayer's Guide to Life.
This article is the first in a series that has been featured in the book: A Guide to Getting It: Creative Intelligence.
Nick Franklin presents Amateur Illustrator : Community of Illustrators posted at AmateurIllustrator.com
The story I want to create is centered around the terrible subject of cancer. I don’t want to be morbid in my tale, but I definitely want to portray the seriousness this disease represents (hopefully in a non-intimidating manner). This way children and parents could read this together and potentially gain some insight from my experiences. I do not want to teach a lesson, or preach to anyone.
Nick Franklin presents Amateur Illustrator : Community of Illustrators posted at AmateurIllustrator.com.
Nina Paley’s career began in 1988 with her self-syndicated comic strip, Nina’s Adventures, which appeared in several alternative newspapers and two paperback collections, Depression is Fun and Nina’s Adventures.
Nick Franklin presents Amateur Illustrator : Community of Illustrators posted at AmateurIllustrator.com.
In this lesson we are going to look at some elements of good character design. This is not a drawing tutorial. This lesson illustrates principles that are the building blocks of good character design. Understanding them will help you in developing a process of good design in which drawing is only the last step.
I divided this lesson into two phases: the conceptualizations phase that deals with understanding your character and the realizations phase which deals with bringing it to life.
Show us your Art
D.A.N. presents Untitled Black & White Photo Gallery - Abstract and Artistic Photos posted at Sights & Sounds from the Fifth Column - Music, Art, Articles & More.
This photo series is a set that I took while in my first year of college for an artistic photography class. I don’t take a lot of photos but for some reason this set of 17 continues to have some of my favorite pictures.
Best Post for Unrelated Story to "Fine Art"
Amanda presents ChaCha: World's Worst Search Site posted at Take A Five Minute Break, Then Relax.
The worst idea of a search site to ever cross my path. Certainly this could be useful to those who couldn't turn on a computer, much less search for something simple on the Internet. ChaCha is Indiana's idea of a cruel joke. You use real live guides to help you search for whatever it is you don't know how to go Google yourself for.
That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of
arts and stuff using this carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on blog carnival index page.
Upcoming Edition Dates
Submissions deadline: Feb 11, 2007
Next edition will be post on Arts & Stuff: Feb 14, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
My husband has finely found time today to make the frame up for the last commissioned painting. Tomorrow my job for me will be to mount the painting in the frame, take a photo and then send the snapshot off to the client.
I can write my posts on my trusty laptop while lounging around near the beach
Over the next few days it is vital that I get a lot of my jobs tidied up because my husband and I are heading off for our annual holiday by the beach as we do every year. I made a purchase of a USB Flash Drive in the hope that I can write my posts on my trusty laptop while lounging around near the beach and then copy it over to my blog along with photos at an Internet Café. This way I will be able continue on blogging while on holidays and you won’t miss the dribble that I post here.
It is odd really as I often think I can’t be bothered going away on holidays but now the time is getting closer I am so looking forward to it. A lot has been packed into this year and it is going to be busier during 2007. Those subjects I will cover in this blog at the appropriate time and I know it will be a dizzy time for me as I won’t know if I am coming or going. Bet that has you all wondering what will be happening.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Is your monitor off?
monitor might just need to be calibrated correctly
Not surprising when having a conversation about web and blog background colours someone will mention what they can or can't see on their own monitors. For example seeing washed out hi-lights can happen because of the graphics card or type/age of monitor that the person has or the monitor might just need to be calibrated correctly. There is sure to be other reasons as well.
I love looking at a LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), especially with video but do not own one. My CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) graphics monitor sits proudly on my desk in the office taking up quite a bit of the space and I love it for editing my images. I would imagine with technology moving forward at an incredible rate the LCD monitor will soon match my CRT screen if not better but until that time happens there will always be a CRT monitor on my desk because it is a tool for my trade.
I did write a post sometime ago how to go about calibrating a monitor and that can be found at Calibrate Monitor and may be of some help to you.
As often does; a Google search did bring up two interesting websites that goes into more detail about the differences with LCD and CRT Monitors.
Design: talkboard has a good writeup with
One of the most overlooked and undervalued purchases that many designers make when budgeting for a new computer system is the display screen.The website then goes on to speak about monitor sizes, LCD or CRT and picture quality. It is very informative and easy to read.
The following website at About.com has some very good information as well.
The primary advantage that CRT monitors held over LCDs was their color rendering. The contrast ratios and depths of colors displayed were much greater with CRT monitors than LCDs. While this still holds true in most cases, many strides have been made in LCDs such that this difference is not as great as it once was.About.com goes on to write about the Pros and Cons of LCD and CRT monitors with two further links at the bottom for understanding the two types of monitors, also written by the same author.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Before I made my changes I did post a question about it on WetCanvas with the title Black or White blog background? . As you can see it is neither black nor white. A girl can change her mind can’t she! I do thank the WetCanvas members for helping me to come to a decision. The New Blogger also makes it easy to change the colours of my blog so be prepared, you might see an over the top coloured version down the track.
A change of subject now. This watercolour painting is one that was promised some time ago that would be posted here on my Arts & Stuff blog. I completely forgot all about it until I spied it in my drawer for my art paper. I don’t consider myself a watercolourist because I haven’t had much experience using a watercolour medium. It is rather fun to see what evolves when working with such an unpredictable paint and admit to being a bit surprised that the end result isn’t always a complete loss. Even though some of the trees have been left out because the area is so dense in this part of the creek at Wilpena Pound, the likeness is still there that I would recognise it in an instance when walking upon it.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
The sketch of the eye was posted yesterday and now here is the ear. As you will see I pushed the darks more in today’s sketch and rather pleased how it turned out.
Catch you all tomorrow with another post on my blog, as here in Aussie land my bed is calling me much earlier.
Click for a larger view
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
My daughter returned to her place of living today after spending Christmas and New Year on the farm with her dad and I. With our son and partner now settled into the second house on the farm for some weeks now and also our eldest child and her husband coming and going during the festive season, life is now back to what I call “normal” even if it means that my daughters are many kilometers away. It is also a signal for me to find my routine to produce work on a more regular basis for my blog as well as self satisfaction as a working artist.
Today’s post of an eye which I enjoyed playing around with though could be improved on does have the right date and is my fair dinkum effort to have more art on my blog. My blog will always flow over into other subjects and the Labels will help isolate said topics from the art related ones for those that are not interested. Saying this though I do hope some of these unrelated posts to artworks do offer a broader understanding of me as an artist.
Click for a larger view!
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Considering not much time was spent on this sketch I am rather pleased that a reasonable drawing was achieved. Mmmmm…. Reckon more effort should be made on my part during 2007 and fill up some sketch books. Nope I am not going to make it a New Years resolution and end up not doing it!
Sketch of coffee jar using mechanical pencil
Monday, January 01, 2007
Quite awhile back I came across a way to add emoticons to blog posts without using links back to an image storage space on the internet. For example Photobucket and ImageShack. Today I was reminded of this when I came across the same blog and now put into practice emoticons on this blog of mine. If you want the same for your blogger you can learn by visiting Tricks and Thinks blog or go directly to Emoticons for Blogger.
Hopefully these little faces will help my readers to understand that I am an easy going Aussie…..for the most part!
On that note it is New Years Day in Australia and I am off to organise a few prawns for my evening meal.... cheers!