Sunday, 29 November 2015

333 Faces of 365... almost there.

As you know I spent much of last week going through these faces.
I trimmed all the edges and painted the sides.
Pulled out the ones I'm considering framing and block mounting.
It's pretty exciting!

333Faces done and one month and 1 day and 32faces left to go!

Bring on December!

Road Tripping to Whale Country...

I've been trying to get out to Hermanus (Whale Country) all year to visit Annie Hamman but gaps haven't been forthcoming and for me to block book out a chunk of time with my schedule, the girl's schedule and Digz' away schedule this year, hasn't proved easy. 

Getting out of Cape Town on a Friday is no easy feat, so I got there a little later than expected and we didn't want to waste any time - we headed straight into the studio after a lovely Sushi Dinner, into the FullCircleClassroom to watch some inspirational tutorials by Misty and once again, completely inspired.

We painted self-portraits intuitively - not for face likeness but for emotive likeness.
We ended up working until around 1.30am.   Crawling into bed with happy hearts.

Still a WIP but I am completely inspired to finish her.

Always a gap for a selfie in my beautiful room.
Annie is a gracious host and I was completely spoilt.
Paint, Eat, Stories and a little sleep - repeat!

My little space in Annie's Studio.

We awoke on Saturday, had a big brekkie and after watching some of Annie's incredible tutorials for the various courses she's working on - our inspiration was there.  (She's working on LifeBook, Let's Face it and Soulful Art)
Check out her website for more details.

Both Annie and her hubby are wonderful film makers and editors in their own right.
We decided to do a collaborative piece and record it too.  We each drew up our own girl and started painting her.  Then we would swap over and put our own marks on each other's work.  Then when we were happy, we would swap back and finish our original side.

the draw up                            stage one                          the first swap

Filming in progress and Annie finishing up.

I called it done - I was exhausted.
We painted for almost 5 hours straight.  I don't think we realised how quickly the time passed.
And I don't think we realised the outcome until we stood back - I was astounded.
The journey was nothing short of extraordinary.

I never knew how I would ever feel about someone painting on my work but it was liberating.
Our objective - to develop our own individual unattachment to outcome.
FC, Annie's hubby asked if we wanted to kill each other in the end - but we really didn't.
We were so stoked and it was so inspiring and just WOW!
I didn't expect the outcome - but I was truly blown away.

In case you don't know my final side is the left and Annie, the right.

Annie will finish editing our video and will share it shortly.

Annie is a creative force and being in her studio was powerfully inspiring.
She's creative on every single level of her life - in her home, with her hubby and beautiful daughter and obviously in her studio.
And let me tell you - it's contagious.

After our shoot and long session of painting, I was exhausted.
Annie kindly let me sleep well into the evening. She was still up and about - I can't believe her strength.
When I arose Annie made me a Russian salad - it was divine.
We headed back into the studio. We chatted so much about art and artists all weekend, about teaching and art and life.
It was truly inspirational, then we watched one more of Misty's tutorials before bed.

We decided to tackle this exercise in the morning - I was just too exhausted.
Stabilo Pencil and white paint.  It was a simply beautiful way to end our weekend together.
I started packing my car and it was with a heavy heart, I said goodbye.

I didn't realise how much I needed this weekend and how much I needed the creative inspiration.
Getting me to work on 3 pieces...  Just WOW!

Check out Annie's Blog for the beautiful pieces she created this weekend.

Thank you Annie - I will never forget this time.
And thank you FC and beautiful little Tullulah for being so gracious with us. 

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Last Clay Play Date for the year...

I managed to get a cancellation sitting for one more session for this year.
Having these sessions this year has made me so incredibly happy!
Our classes are at a very old Catholic Convent School and the grounds are incredibly beautiful and peaceful.
I couldn't resist to stop and capture this bird sitting on the top of the cross.

Evolution of a Clay Plate

Delicate and soft
I chose a Cornflour Blue this time.
I think it will be stunning!

I'm besotted with Indian Hand-Carved Stamps
And there is a collection in this studio that takes my breath away every time.
They are decorative in their own right.

A beautiful creative evening with beautiful creative gals.

Thank you!

Monday, 23 November 2015


While I have been doing #1FaceADay, once my daily face was done, I packed them away.
I haven't really gone back to look at them once done.

After seeing 70 of Anne's #1FaceADay pieces and how powerful they were grouped together, I was quite curious to see my faces together.  I laid them all out, which took up most of the floor space in this room.  I grouped them into sizes and themes... and interestingly enough, there was cohesion.

I just can't believe how many there are and these aren't all of them!
What a crazy wonderful journey!

Weekend News... in pictures...

Almond Milk Cuppa

We had a go slow weekend and nothing makes me happier.
I had an exhausting week, so much sleep was the way it went.  No complaints from me.
I even slept in on Sunday - a luxury I don't often allow myself.  But it was delicious!
Just like my Almond Cuppa

Girlie Sushi Date

A firm tradition - when Digz is away.
Sushi and a sleep over with Momma.  I absolutely love these stolen moments.
Digz was doing the Double Century cycle event {200km in one day}
We have another Sushi date coming up.  In true November fashion, our schedule is full on.

Sunday Sweet Spoils - just because.

Life size portraiture

 Cork's final art prac finished and delivered.  She got her results for this final project today.
What an excellent way to end the year!

Kitty hasn't been keen to run with me this year but I'm delighted to say, she's had a change of heart.
 She has grown so much this year and is taller than both Courteney and me, her growth spurt made running, physically painful.  I'm pleased to say she's turned a corner and we had much fun on the trails yesterday.  I'm a happy girl because I'm always looking for a running buddy.

Almost finished.

Stolen moments of rest this weekend...
On the road and at home.  

Found this beautiful wall in Woodstock.
I love the artiness of Woodstock - we want to explore more.
{Secret messages}

My paintings have arrived safely at their destination.
Nothing gives me greater joy than seeing my pieces in their new home!

A sweet capture....

Anne and me at her Exhibition... big smiles!
What a wonderful evening, won't easily be forgotten.

Photo Cred - Anne

Saturday, 21 November 2015


Not sure if you remember this pic I took of my girls a while ago.
My one Instagram friend asked if she can use it as a reference.
I love it when people ask me that.  It means so much to me.

Well... I was completely blown away by her result.
Seriously incredible!  Thank you for capturing my darlings so beautifully!!
That's so deeply moving!

Check out her Instagram feed... Sandra2Paint
 Her skills are quite something!