Monday, 24 November 2014

#InMyStudio - Tiny Stolen moments...

Mystery is at the heart of creativity.
That, and surprise...As creative channels, 
we need to trust the darkness".... Julia Cameron

When I'm out of my studio - I try find other ways to creatively play.
This pic was taken while driving to our weekend away and layering up with different photo apps.  Sometimes these images can take hours and you can really get lost in the process... which I just love.

We left our weekend away really early - we rushed home because my folks were arriving for the last part of the weekend.  I still had to sort out things at home and make sure we were sorted for their visit.  They arrived late due to an airport delay - so while we waited patiently I stolen some moments #InMyStudio...

Being out of my studio for a whole week and weekend and not painting everyday, fears creep in.... like will I even remember how to paint.  I feel fearful and disconnected.  I know it's silly and crazy - but as soon as I start playing, I start feeling okay and I'm reminded why I just love this so very much!

I did some warm up exercises as I have to get back to my #100Faces and #TeaBagGirl project I'm working on and I have a commission to work on... more about that later.

Yay - my first #16 (slowly gaining ground)

My November and December is crazy busy (like every year - no matter how I try and guard against it).  I'm embracing it this year.  I am being deliberate about certain things so I don't loose it all along the way.  So I've decided through what's left of this month and next - I will wake early and paint most morning before work and life.  If I work wisely - I can score up to 3-4 extra hours. I have lots of art course material to get through... and when you don't have the luxury of free days - then you have to be wise... time wise.  This year my holiday will fall on the other side of Christmas.  I want to slow down enough to make some decisions about my schedule for next year.

I love #15

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Supporting the PaperBoys...

 The view from our little cottage and our daily visitor

I came back from a week of being out of town, I didn't even unpack... I just repacked and come Friday afternoon, we headed out the door for a weekend away.  Digby had a team event in the country and we were supporting - Team West Coast Paper Traders.

Team West Coast Paper Traders
What a magic bunch of guys!!

 I was having a hard time getting my head around this weekend away... I needed to be home.  I knew we would have fun - that was never an issue and we were going with excellent people.  It was just my homebody self and my need to be home.  Plus I have lots going on and the girls had studying... etc. etc.  That being said - we really did have a wonderful time.  I know how important it is for the guys when their people are there to support.  When exerting yourself like that - you need to feel the love.  And I get that.

My PaperBoy... big love!

Car shenanigans while waiting for the PaperBoys...

My Camera Girl - love her

And our little cottage for the weekend.  Precious, isn't it?
We had a surprising little discovery when we got there... that there was no electricity!!!
That was a pretty major gear shift - it was rather incredible...  Solar lamps and gas stove... right down to boiling the kettle on the stove.  A reminder of how spoilt we have become and how we take convenience for granted.  Remember... it wasn't so long ago that the loo was an outhouse.  Hahaha - I guess my connection issues are being challenged and reminding me to pull back, disconnect and shut off from time to time.  I know this much - I want to go back and spend some time chilling there with no agenda.  Reading, sleeping, eating etc... 

The view from my bed... 

Friday, 21 November 2014

#InMyStudio - Evolution of a TeaBagGirl...

1.  Fresh Herbal Tea                                              2.  Infuse with hot water

3.  Empty bag and dry                                             4.  When dry Gesso

Birds eye view...

First clip...

Second clip....

Small example...

a flit into the City...

I needed to get to the City for work and some training for my one client.  So eventually put my big girl panties on and caught my flight.  I'm not sure November was the best time for me, it's my busiest time of year and I'm more than a little stretched.  More importantly I am not a fan of big cities, especially this one.

The thing I forgot about this big city, in particular, is the sheer size of the place.  And how long everything takes to get from A to B.  Living there for 4 years of my life, 3 years back... was soul destroying for me.  Going back is still a little hard for me.  One of the things that totally broke my spirit previously was how many agonizing hours I spent behind the wheel a day.  I was reminded of that.  It's not a easy life.  And I look at everyone else coping and I wonder what was wrong with me - why couldn't I cut it?  But when this way of life, big city living is all you know - it's your default setting.  But when you know an alternate way of life - giving into that literally broke my heart.  It's like my whole being, body and soul resisted it.  It felt like I was in a constant inner war.  Being a true blue introvert - the hustle and bustle of big city living wasn't for me.  I am a small town kind of gal.

That being said, some of my dearest people are there so I have to be brave sometimes so I can see them.  And from that aspect - I had a beautiful trip.  I got to do my work and training with two mighty woman and we had a brilliant time, albeit it work related and brief.  Feel so blessed to have had that time with them.  And my client.  Such good people.  We finished up quicker than expected... so I took Wednesday off, had breakfast at my favorite restaurant, Billi Bi's with two of my dearest friends, Sonia and Rene.  Two woman I miss in my life, daily.  Billi Bi's always getting my meals spot on.  Thanks Cliffie, this family miss you!!!  After that, I headed to my parent's farm to spend the day, it's about 40km out of the city.  I love spending time with my parents and being on their incredible farm and hearing their brilliant stories and adventures.  I'm mad about them.  And I'm super proud!  I'm thrilled to say they will be popping into Cape Town on the weekend to see the girls.  3 long years overdue.  It's hard living on opposite sides of the country from each other.

I love this picture on the left - she escaped her pen and found the feed and
literally dived into the bagged grasses and started munching away - 
I think she was literally smiling.

I love these sweet little things...

 I didn't stay on the farm because of work and being close to the airport etc. so I got to spend some time with one of my all time besties, Sonia and her hubby, Clifford.  I love her with my whole heart and absolutely adore her precious family!  I felt so embraced and being in their home and slotting into their life was sacred ground for me.  And it was Zara's birthday and I got to share early morning celebrations with them.  I miss our friendship so much, the day to day stuff.  Planning more visits.  I wish I had more time to see some of my other special friends and my brother.  But as you know, I can't bear being away from my hubby and girls for too long.  I feel frantic to be home.

Stolen moments... #soblessed

I've come home a little tenderhearted.  A little pensive.  Completely exhausted.  I'm heading into a quiet weekend... hoping to unpack some of my emotions from this week.  And I'm missing my studio terribly.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Weekend news... and studying blues....

Early Saturday Morning Meanderings.... love starting my weekend #InMyStudio
HappyHeart!  HappyDay for me.  But study madness is flowing through this house as we enter into a 3 week long exam cycle.  My least favorite time of year.

Live music and picnic in our little park until the rain came pouring down... so oooover winter!  Come now summer - I'm feeling desperate.  I'm back in winter warmers.

I had an old stretch canvas that I broke out of it's box frame.  I was using this  loose cut canvas under my paintings when I worked - I gessoed over it the other day and thought it would be nice to use it.  It's a new love I have.... painting on pieces of loose canvas (not stretched or on boards)  I love the softness of the soft loose canvas... so this is me just painting with Stabilo and Gesso - it's really something I just love doing... painting with gesso.  I might just leave this piece right here!!! Totally i love with this.

Packaging up and creating parcels.... gives me so much joy.
Off to the Post Office for me!!

Home improvements and wall art....

So most of the home and garden improvements are behind us - it was a hard week.
Headaches and blocked noses from paint fumes, running to the hardware shop, grouting tiles, etc etc... I'm over it.  Painful going through it but the rewards... oh so worth it.  I will share a video of our old farmstyle kitchen soon.  I'm stoked.

Here is a little clip putting up some wall art in Kitty's room... I love her space.  Such fun!


Saturday, 15 November 2014


So I've been asked quite a bit regarding my process about painting on these teabags and I'm just loving how this has ended up being a thing, a special thing.  I will share more about it soon.  But for now - this is what my studio is looking like.  I'm overrun by beautifully naturally dyed teabags...     

This weekend I only managed to add one new face to my #OneHundredFaces
(bringing me to 15) but I did another 8 in total.... 

2 as gifts and 6 for a commission... these 6 little TeaBagGirls are going to their new home next week and they will be framed up and distributed as gifts.  I love sending them out into the world.  It feels precious that my pieces will end up in homes of people I don't know.  They tell a story, their own story, perhaps a little of my story... to the people they will live with!  And I kind of love that. 

So grateful that I got this commission!
Getting to do what I love daily = pure happiness.