Yes I know... so much for monthly updates! Seems I've now decided to just post whenever I can. So here's whats been happening in the last few months...
I did a Liquitex workshop at "That Little Art Place" here in Singleton. Lovely Lisa demonstrated how to use many of the Liquitex range of paints, inks and mediums and we got to play with them for a few hours. It was excellent.. thanks Lisa!!! I left with a bag of goodies and have been experimenting with them...
How cool is this Pouring Medium! Just add different colour paint or ink to the medium then pour it onto your canvas. Blend a little then sit back and watch the magic as it settles in to place and dries.
This is my masterpiece...
And this is what happens when you combine it with too much coffee :)
I also bought some spray paint and acrylic inks for stenciling and creating textured backgrounds. Fun, fun, fun !!!
Now that my Dad is well on the road to recovery I'd like to mention his close call just encase it helps save someone else's life. Very vigilant about his health and fitness Dad (who's 76) had just had a routine check up and been told by his doctor he was "so fit it was sickening". He also went for a routine heart check and all was good but they decided to do a stress test just to be sure and booked a further appointment 3 weeks later. Dad went home and continued with his morning exercise routine... walking miles along the river and up and down the river bank. He has told us since that he had been feeling a little more exhausted of late but thought he was just getting old(er) and so had upped his exercise.
He hadn't even completed the stress test when they pulled it up and told Dad his heart was under extreme stress. The cardiologist was called immediately and Dad was told he had to go directly to hospital for further tests. The short version... turns out his main artery was 90% blocked and he had bypass surgery within the week. He was told he'd been living on the edge of a cliff with his toes hanging over but his fitness was compensating and masking the symptoms.. we could have lost him any day.
Dad's heart is fine now thank heavens. And so is mine. I know it is because I went and had a stress test too. You see my Mum had a heart attack a few years ago also caused by a blocked artery. Family history right there in my face. My sister and brothers have also been. It's easy and it's peace of mind.
I've been combining my love of art with my graphic art skills again and created these multi-media prints. Not sure yet if I want to go down the print making path but I'm having fun trying to figure it out.
Finally finally finally celebrated a Blues State Of Origin series win with my boys who have been waiting most of their lives. That moment, the three of us in a huddle spontaneously jumping for joy in our loungeroom... I will never forget!
And added Loom Banding to my list of creative endeavors. Thank you Cheong for risking everything to create such a fun family activity. I hope you enjoy your millions :)
We celebrated the birthdays of both my amazing boys (they're on the right) and their lovely cousins Mac and Laynie in one big bash at my parents home. It was a lovely family gathering and so nice to get together again as always.
I painted these....
Signed up for this workshop and cannot wait to get started on Sep 8th
And that brings us up to date I think.
Until next time I hope life is kind to you and you to it.
"Art has given me so much. If I can pass it on and inspire even one other person to live their own creative passions then I'm a very happy artist indeed "