Texture, Dynamic, and Colour

17 November

Today I’m thankful for art. In particular, I’m thankful for the challenge of figuring out a tricky framing… and nailing it!

It was a piece bought years ago from a photographer. It was mounted in a cheap almost styrofoam style matting and it was starting to fall apart. I took it apart to frame it properly only to find out that it was cut into unusual dimensions too. It took me far longer than I initially had expected to even find a suitable size frame. I ended up buying an inexpensive print from Ikea solely for the sake of the matting I wanted. It had equally unusual dimensions, but I had an idea. Texture and dynamic and colour would be my guides. I took everything home, made a lovely mess of our office/studio and starting really working through this other artist’s piece. I finally felt it in my fingers that I was finished when this beautiful framed photo fell into my hands. See below.

18 November

I am so thankful for homemade mac and cheese. Mine’s full of veggies and keeps us healthy and happy. Here’s the recipe.

19 November

Today was lovely. I spent the day with two lovely women doing a day’s worth of wine tasting together in the Hunter Valley. I’m so thankful to have them here and to have these weeks reminiscing of our college/uni days together. Wine country is a lovely addition too!

20 November

I’m so grateful that flat shoes/ballet flats/gladiator sandals are ‘in’. Heels are pretty and sexy, I know, but I’d rather be barefoot any day. Today was exhausting and I’m dead on my feet. They’ll be okay though.

21 November

I saw my city from a brand new view tonight. Of course that was after I worked two extra hours at work without a break. Ugh. It was a wonderfully productive, completely draining, can I have some chocolate now, type day.  I met a few friends in the tallest skyscraper in town so watch the sunset. I love city living, especially one that puts me smack dab next to the ocean. Today I’m thankful for all the cities I’ve called home over the years.

22 November

Today was me and me alone at home. Doesn’t happen often. I packed for our weekend away. I cleaned. I did errands. And? I sat. I read. I drank coffee. I’m thankful for a Friday at home 🙂

30 Days of Thankful? Read on. It’s good for you :)

Business hours, burgers, and bush fires

13 November

Today I’m thankful that my job is just a job. I’m incredibly fortunate that I love what I do. Some days are terrible. I know there will always be some terrible days. I’m glad though that I can leave my work at work. The 9-5 day isn’t for everyone and it may not always be for me either, but now, today, I’m glad that I can leave my work life there at 5pm until I’m ready to meet it again the next morning.

14 November

Tonight I went to a lovely wine tasting with two of my very best friends, then met our fellas at an awesome burger joint later that night. The wine was nice, but the burgers. Oh man. Tonight I’m thankful for beautiful beef.

15 November

It’s been raining, no, not constantly, but it feels like it, for days. And days and days. God knows we need it because of the horrible bush fires we keep having, but I really wouldn’t mind more than an hour or two of sunshine! And for that, I’m so thankful for my warm, safe home. Even more so having watching the news of those struggling with the aftermath of Haiyan in the Philippines. There are lots of organisations sending support. It’s not too late to help. Medecins sans Frontieres is just one of the charities helping. Please, give, if you can.

16 November

Today I’m wonderfully thankful for my sister and how close we are. It wasn’t always that way. As soon as we were living 12 hours apart, we realised how much we needed each other. I think it’s that way for a lot of siblings. Once you finish high school, move away from your home town and don’t have them next to you, things are different. No matter how much we talk or skype, which is fairly often, I miss her everyday. 

 30 Days of Thankful? Read on. It’s good for you :)

Walls of Our Own Making

Great news–I’ll have a few pieces in a gallery in April! In the mean time, I need your input to decide on my subject:

The theme: Here and Now. What’s affecting our generation? What do you think about, worry about, love/hate about our time?

Here are some of the most powerful answers I’ve received so far:

  • I hate that no matter where you go…it seems inflation is soaring, and people are struggling more and more.
  • How technology and social media affect relationships and become a barrier to them
  • Ignorance! To all things change and otherwise.
  • Dependence on technology
  • Communication and interdependence. Both love and am challenge by how technology creates opportunity to disconnect from others but also powerful opportunities and ways to connect
  • I’m worried about our addiction the media and it’s effect on education. Instead of opening a book, a teenager goes on Chelsea Lately’s Twitter or watches the Kardashians.

  • Also the internet’s incredible ability to provide so much on sex. A young girl watches porn and learns sex ed from it.
  • What’s affecting our generation–starting to deal with adult hood

    what I think about is work, people, music
    what I worry about is love
    what I love about our time is the sounds
    what I hate about our time is the lack of support for education and educators in the world

  • I hate totalitarianism. Especially the celestial kind in the form of religion. I hope people can let go of age-old myths and rely on reason, debate, and common ground to form the moral basis for how to treat one another” –anonymous

The photo above is part of a recent study of walls: the baby boomer generation put up walls to safeguard a happy, healthy, wholesome image. My generation, the children of the baby boomers, have our own version of walls. We still have them, but we like to think we don’t or if we do that we’re quite open-minded, carefree people. What I’m learning however is that our technological generation uses a wall of another kind. Our walls are ones that we create where we can control how we’re seen in a different way. An example: our social media profiles, they foster communication, absolutely, but we also hide behind them. My recent study, therefore, was in discovering and exploring different sorts of walls.

Come With Me

This canvas, entitled “Come With Me”, started as an original photo I took in August of 2012. These stairs can be found in the Royal National Park of New South Wales, Australia. Beyond that description though, you’ll be hard pressed to find the locale. Those woods were the largest and deepest I’d ever entered.

I printed, enlarged and transferred that photo to this canvas. I love the worn and aged look. I climbed these stairs with one of my very best friends. The journey was an important one for us. This canvas is currently hanging in our home, waiting for a home that needs some inspiration.

It’s grey scale and therefore quite versatile.

Size — 11 x 14 inch (and half an inch deep)