Portrait of an Elegant Lady

I recently did on a online class called ‘Portrait Play’.  This is the third class I’ve done with Alisha Burke, she has a variety of art and craft classes at a reasonable price. Here is the link to her website – Alisha Burke.

As soon as I finished the class I couldn’t wait to draw a portrait.  I painted the background, used coloured pencils for the portrait and used some tropical leaves graphics to enhance the picture.


Mail Art: A Mini Art Journal

Mini Art Journal

September’s Mail Art Swap was to make a Mini Art Journal.  It was so much fun, you start with a piece of good quality art paper any size, then paint it.  You then fold it into eight.

Mini Art Journal

I used collage pieces on the page above and a scrap of paper from an old Danish book sent to me in a previous swap.

Mini Art Journal

The little green hearts were also sent to me from a previous swap.

Mini Art Journal

Mini Art Journal

I used a pretty flower cut out from a magazine.

Art Journal Tag

When the journal is complete you have two slots at the top and two on the side. I made these tags to put in the slots.

Art Journal Tags

Two of the tags I cut out from old tissue boxes, there are so many lovely designs.

Here is the link for the Art Swap and video tutorials: jenniebellie

Mail Art: Hand Made Paper Beads

Paper Beads

Augusts Art Swap was to make paper beads. We could choose how many swaps, each swap being 20 beads. I have never made beads before and it was relativity easy.

I randomly hand painted some A4 sheets of paper, painting the opposite way to how the beads are rolled (Photos No. 1 – 3).  I also made some from magazine pages (Photo No. 4). I played around making different shapes and decorated some with colourful threads and paua shells.

These beads can used in art journaling or to decorate gift tags.

If you want to learn how to make these beads the link is here.

Paper Beads

Paper Beads

Paper Beads

Mail Art: Recycled Tags for Art Journaling

July’s Art Swap was to make three tags for an art journal, the theme being ‘Rainbow’. I recycled some tags that are usually pinned to new clothes. I painted and collaged both sides and added a few beads and stamps.

Mail Art

Mail Art

One morning I opened my back door and there was a parcel sitting on the doorstep. My swap partner Tiana from Texas completely spoilt me and sent me lots of goodies beside tags – a texas badge, a card, packet of Lupin seeds and 2 packets of peanut brittle. I felt like it was my birthday and she was so generous.

I enjoy receiving Mail Art, no-one seems to write letters these days.  It makes a pleasant change to receive some art work in my letterbox instead of junk mail and bills.

Mail Art

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge Repurpose

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Every Painting Tells A Story

One of my jobs is to visit an old woman who has dementia and is now in a rest home.  She is a famous painter and was an art teacher.  I take her out for a coffee, go for a walk or we paint together.  Having someone to paint with motivates her and she often gives me advice.

I did this painting at the rest home, with no sketches or plan as I am only there for two hours per visit.

My other job is I do accounts for a community non-profit organisation.

Mixed Media Art

My friend holds a craft/art night occasionally.  She usually gives us prompts or themes.  The prompt of this painting was to do a sketch from a magazine.  I used water-color for the face and glued which I glued to a collage background.

Don’t you think she looks like Stevie Nick’s? from the band Fleetwood Mac.

Mixed Media Art


I thought I’d give intuitive painting a go, which is where you draw random shapes with no plan.  I did this a few days after one of my chickens had died and I was very upset.  So this painting ended up with a few egg shapes.

Mixed Media Art

Mail Art: Painted Bookmarks Based on My Favourite Books

Chinese Bookmark‘The Painted Veil’ Bookmark

I recently joined a monthly Art Swap Group, with a different theme for each month. The group selects a partner and post your artwork to that person vice versa. April’s theme was to make two bookmark’s based on our favorite books.

My first book mark  based on book ‘The Painted Veil’ by W. Somerset Maugham.  Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920’s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful but love-starved Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to go with him to the heart of a cholera epidemic in a remote village. It’s a story of how one-sided relationships can lead to heartbreak for everyone involved.


Lemon Bookmark

‘Driving Over Lemons’ Bookmark

This is a story of an English couple Chris & Ana Stewart who buy a remote working farm in Las Alpujarras, Granada, Spain. El Valero lush with olive, lemon, and almond groves, the farm lacks a few essentials—running water, electricity, an access road.

Chris a skilled sheep Shearer and a former drummer of the band ‘Genesis’, Stewart appears on the band’s first two singles.

I have read the two sequels ‘Parrot in a Pepper Tree’ and ‘The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society’.


Peace and Harmony Painting

Peace and Harmony

Peace and Harmony

This painting was an experiment which turned out better than I anticipated.  I have joined several ‘Art Challenges’ which is motivating me to paint once a week.

I have taken over the kitchen table with art supplies in the pantry.

I would appreciate any comments good or bad.

Happy Valentine’s Day


SAMOA valentine day

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge Life Imitates Art

This photograph taken at Lano Beach, Savaii, Samoa.  We were staying at Lauiula Beach Fales which was steps away from the ocean. The dark patch’s in the ocean are coral and where the waves break is the outer reef.

I painted a Samoan lady to remind me of our holiday in Samoa.

Other posts on Samoa:

Sleeping in a Samoan Fale

Swimming with Turtles in Savaii, Samoa

Tropical Paradise, Le Vasa, Savaii, Samoa