Sunday, 26 July 2015

#InMyStudio - AntlerGirl

Can I just tell you how much I wanted to try this and for how long too.  And how in love I am with her Antlers. I love the colors here and the simplicity of this piece.  I wanted the emphasis to be on the Antlers and I guess I didn't want to detract myself from that... 

I am delighted with her.

Now that I have proved to myself that I can do this... I would like to incorporate this into some of my other works.

I'm so glad I finished her.

#SundayHappyDance over here!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Dealing with loss...

"this year is leaving an echo that is haunting.
my heart is completely captivated and completely connected"
It's what I asked for but I wasn't expecting it in this way...

The tender moments of loss this year have been large and I'm feeling every moment of them.
My heart is heavy and achy all the time.  No one prepares you for loss.  There aren't pre-loss courses you can take to help shield you from the blows, that might come.  You get thrown into the the deep end of turmoil and you are expected to survive.
It's on the job training.

I understand death - but for me the pain I feel isn't for the death itself.
It's the devastation it leaves behind. Watching people I care about, suffer so in the agony of their loss, it is that, that breaks my heart.
I find it excruciating.   And this year, we are surrounded by it.
It's leaving an echo in my soul that is haunting.

In truth, I don't know how to be or how to help or what to say.
I'm here quietly, gently and deeply holding you so close to my heart.

An exciting journey...

So we had to wait to get last week behind us... before we could move forward with Corks...

While she was doing the Knysna Cross Country Marathon Mountain bike race, a talent scout spotted her and believed she had something special on the bike.  After much discussion - it became apparent - Corks needed a coach.
And it did pose the question - do we take the next step?

She is definitely showing potential and signs of being a fabulous young rider.  And she's at a perfect age.  It has taken us quickly down the road to finding someone to help us, help her.  As we don't really know the dos and don'ts of how to train a young lady.  After much research and talking to a few top SA women cyclists - we have found her a lovely coach who will train her for the next few months, with technical riding skills, bike technics and obviously a fitness regime, incorporating her trail running and school schedule.  Her program has officially started this week.  Together as a family, we are so excited for her.  And more so, so is she... 

Exciting times.

Friday, 24 July 2015

New project...

I'm spending July trying to iron it out the logistics.
It's not a new idea but it's just one I want to start venturing into.
It's with my beautiful Instax instamatic/polaroid/instant camera.

I want to take a photo everyday for 365 days.
I'm test running a few things with a new blog to share the journey.
It's taking a bit of time to set it up... but I'm getting there.
I'm calling it FlowrsDailyLove.

I am still doing some research how to store the photos and how I'm going to document it but I think it's going to be a visually beautiful journey of love and gratitude.
Look forward to sharing the journey with you.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

#InMyStudio - July #1FaceaDay...

So this month I seem to be doing more drawing than painting.  When my days are so insane (as the past week was - with late night school pick ups, every night) and we aren't even going to talk about the cold... sometimes all I can manage is my pencil and paper and myself wrapped up in a cocoon in bed.... so here is some of my July journey.

I'm loving the muted tones... it's kind of matching my mood this month.

For this middle one... Kitty girl sat for me.
I am seeing some resemblance to her... and that's pretty exciting for me.
I absolutely love her beautiful face.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

#InMyStudio - A haunting beauty...

This is a complete makeover of an old piece I did in April 2014 and it was buried deep at the back of old pieces.  I never finished it - the size and complexity of it overwhelmed me so I hid it away.  Do you ever do that?

Leaving it that long and coming back to it now, meant I had completely outgrown it.  I love the magic of gesso.  I started working and reworking and this hauntingly beautiful face appeared.  I love how unusual she is... she's captivated me for sure.
I'm excited to finish this piece... it's big but not huge.  It's 20"x30"canvas board.
I can't wait to get back to finish her.  I will keep you posted.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

#InMyStudio... Anchored

Last year started me on a journey of painting hands.  I did a few successful pieces last year and some not so successful pieces.  But it was really this year has helped me face my dread around them and they are appearing more and more, in my pieces as I grow in my confidence with them.

They are difficult at times and not at others, but mostly they are.  I'm discovering what I like and what I don't like, and I mostly like elongated fingers, like in this piece... perhaps even slightly exaggerated.

But most of all I'm discovering that it is definitely a journey.  Most times they kick my butt and they take me the longest time on any piece.  But I know it's practice, practice, practice.  As I did and do with the face.

I hope with both my hands and faces it will be something I continue to mature, grow and improve in, ultimately each time adding a new dimension to the greater storytelling.  There is still so much I am learning in each new piece.

But for now, I am delighted!