Sunday, 3 May 2015

#InMyStudio... messing around

12.5" x 10.5" on antique music sheets

I just so enjoyed painting this.
It was loose, free and generous paint.
Sometimes we forget to be generous with ourselves.
This reminded me to be... whenever, I do - I always love the result.
I want to learn how to make paint strokes like this on bigger pieces.
With the same kind of abandonment.

So good for my soul.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Sweet beautiful soul...

We keep this love in a photograph
We make these memories for ourselves.
Where our eyes are never closing, hearts are never broken
Time is forever frozen still.

Photograph - Ed Sheeran

This is how I will always remember you.
You, with your Ted.  The Kindest Love I've ever seen.

Thank you!

Thursday, 30 April 2015

#InMyStudio - #1FaceaDay - April you kicked my butt!

I'm not going to kid you - April kicked my butt good and proper.

I arrived here at the end of April, 2 days late.
I played catch up most of the month.  But I'm okay with it.  I have to be.
This project is a mammoth undertaking for the whole year.  And some months will be tough.
Did April throw me some curve balls - yes.  I started April strong with my hands, in class and everyday.  But half way through I had so much admin, sending out packages, post office wars, family visitors, events and the second half of April was brutal. Together with some days, where I had no desire to paint and actually just couldn't produce anything.    So I played with clay instead.
I considered including them here but then changed my mind.

But for now - goodbye April.  As tough as you were I still absolutely love what came through this month.  Some of my absolutely favourite pieces in this project.

#1FaceaDay - you continue to challenge me, mature me and push me to grow.

Thank you and let the journey continue.

Monday, 27 April 2015

#InMyStudio - messy play!

 My heart has been too heavy to paint.
But I needed studio time... I had this armature that Heather made for me about 2 years ago.
I was ready to play with it with my beautiful plaster bandages.
It was a good place to get lost in a therapeutic mess. 

I'm all hands.  It's awkward sometimes but I'm getting more comfortable with sculpture.
I need to learn more - this I know.  And the beautiful thing, is I want to.
I want to try do something weekly.  I really want to grow in this area.

I love this tender soul who showed up.
I love that her face is turned upwards.  I think I needed that.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Bank holidays, family time and heavy hearts...

I love cold autumn days at home!
I love this capture of my beautiful girl.
I think she's the one of the hardest working people I've ever met.
Her work ethic astounds me.

What a blessing to have kids that just get it... 
that in spite of gifting - it's hard work that will set them a part!

My family being so gracious and tender with me. 
The morning after hearing about Sweet Lorraine's passing away.
And the tears just kept seeping out.  It was a beautiful day in the city.
And it was good to go exploring with my heavy heart in tow.

Coffee and creme to soothe the woes. 

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Hard heavy weeks.... trying to show up in spite of life.

Oh my little darlings...
The past few weeks have been really hard and it's feel like we have been hit from all sides.

I keep asking myself, why am I so exhausted and I can't understand what's going on...   But I guess I do actually know what's going on.  Life is full on right now.

I'm trying to go gently as my sweet friend, Anne always says to me.
And make time for things that matter.

Deep breaths...

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Spending time with family was good for my heart...

My parents live about 1000miles away from me so making seeing each other a challenge.  Also for them running their own farm and dairy {Belnori Cheesery} doesn't give them liberty for long breaks or time away.  So when they get to come into my neck of the woods - it's such a treat.  And I always cherish our time.

  They arrived Wednesday in The Cape for the SA Cheese Awards.  I picked them up from the airport and brought them home with me and we spent the afternoon together with Kitty.  Corks missed them because she had a cross country meet.  We joined them for the Award event and Gala dinner.  Always a nice treat for us to get out to a gala event.  We had great fun with them.
 I'm always up for cuddles from my Pops.  Digs and my Dad raving.

Love these guys.  So proud of all they do and have achieved.

Granny always brings treats for her girls.
Well and for me.  I am allergic to cows milk so she supplies me with my Goats and Sheep products.  How spoilt am I.  Both those items cost much if I had to purchase them commercially.

One happy girl today!  Goats Milk Yoghurt.
Yummy much.

I took Thursday off too and we had coffee together before heading into the City to show them Bree Street.  Just a delightful trendy artisan food street.  And to take them to see a new deli that will be stocking their products.  (Good news for me) and then we headed back to the airport and we got to have lunch together.  And just spent a few hours chatting and really connecting with our hearts.  I can't tell you how much I needed it.  Was really sad to send them off.

Luckily for me as I was sending them off, my brother was arriving and coming to spend sometime with us.  I'm being spoilt!