Saturday, October 31, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
It's raining here in Sydney, the perfect day to do some making. I have a plain skirt I'm attempting to sketch on with my sewing machine - not a great success but fun. I've had a lovely weekend hanging out with girlfriends.
Yesterday I spent hours with a friend who recently lost her son. I don't think I'd ever get over that and she doesn't think she will either but crying and remembering him seems to help. We laughed at his funny ways and both cried into our cups of tea. The hours fly past when you're in intimate moments with friends.
I truly love the women in my life at the moment. Some have been around for years and others for only the last 3 or 4 but they are all special to me. My lovely friend Lou has been chosen as a finalist in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize from amongst an international field of artists. I'm sooo proud of her and her work.
I'm off to Byron Bay next sunday for a week of R&R. And boy do I need it. I love Byron - the pace of life, the restaurants and cafes, the beach, the weather, the scenery, just about everything. I can't wait.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Not the best photos but I only have a camera on my phone at the moment and couldn't control the glare etc..
I'm going to try to get some photos of the brooches I've been making lately too. Recycled materials including shopping bags, old lace and feathers!!
My creative life has really kept me sane over the last couple of months while my daughter and I dealt with this.........
Sorry if you've got a weak stomach, this is my daughters femur and the rod is opening the gap in her bone that you can see on the xray. Amazing technology. And as I said before we have lengthened that gap to 5cm (2.5 inches) in about 38 days. But the worst is over and she should be walking within a month. Relief. So this friday I'm off for a massage followed by a facial and a few other grooming indulgences before a big night out with 800 or so friends (and strangers!!) What a treat.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The blessing is that my daughter and I have grown so close. She trusts me implicitly to look after her best interests (even when I've had to be the one inflicting the pain!!) As a result I think we are so much closer than we would have been ordinarily. Some other blessings have been to watch her conquer something that would be challenging to most adults and still carry herself beautifully. Through all this she has still been a caring friend to her mates and shown concern for me as I struggled with caring for her, work and my life.
The personal blessings for me have been innumerable. Feeling the love of my close friends, especially Lou. Realising I had strengths I didn't think I had. A breakthrough in the way I've used my creative life to deal with the stress and the resulting work I've produced. A renewed sense of self. The list goes on and on.
I've included a pair of shoe inserts I painted before all this kerfuffle happened. I'm hoping to upload some other work I've done since in the next day or so I have a record of the change in my practices.
In the last weeks I've also been sewing clothes, making brooches, making stuffed toys (or softies as I've found out they are now called!!) and renewing some old clothes that needed changing. That's all happened between tears and exhaustion.
Life is definitely interesting!!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
I am here with my gorgeous friend who is enjoying her last days on earth surrounded by friends and all that is beautiful in the world. I am so priveledged that she wants me to be with her at this time and I am learning so much about life and about me and about the people I choose to have in my life.
If you're reading this please send out a quick prayer or thought that all people may today enjoy what they do have and not focus on lifes problems. Life is good right now. XXX
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Last week I bought myself an opal ring. A beautiful crystal opal that flashes full colour in the merest hint of light. I bought to remind myself that I am OK. Every time I look at it I remind myself that I am loved by my friends and family. I can often get down about being single and being 43 but when I remind myself of all the love I have in my life it becomes less important to have a partner right now.
I am a lucky girl!!!!
Monday, May 25, 2009
I've had two of my 3 weeks off and have done lots of art work and even managed to get my friends ear cast in silver - that process took over 6 months to get to this stage. He had his ear bitten off 20 years ago and I'm making him a silver replacement. So far it looks great but I won't post photos til it's finished.
I've also been supporting a friend who is in end stage liver cancer. That's been hard but a few of us are supporting each other to make the last weeks of her life full of love, laughter and friendship. Who could want more than to be surrounded by love and loved ones. Thats what I would want.
That's all for today. More photos soon.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
And here are a couple more I've done this week too!!
I'm working on a couple more at the same time. This space away from working has allowed me to really look at how I fill my life and what gives me sanity when all around seems in chaos. Having a teenage daughter, work and other commitments really means I have little time to be me. Doing this kind of art work for no reason but my own pleasure is a way I can fill up my heart and make all the rest in my life possible.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Police raids, drug overdoses, fights, psychoses, suicides, verbal and physical abuse are all in a days work there. But, as happened to me today, so is a client telling you they love you, signing a tattered card and giving it to me for my birthday, designing a tattoo just for me, sharing their half eaten pastry, giving me a ratty old bracelet and telling me they made it just for me and smiling a toothless smile.
I really am going to miss the place but I have an absolute storehouse of stories. My friend Lou at Pearshaped said I should write some of these stories down. I have a huge number of photos and some sketches but I know the memories will fade so I might just do that.
Now I'm moving on to a service that helps people with mental illness in their own communities. I really enjoy working with mental illness and will probably continue doing so for quite a while I'd say. Those people are much more interesting than plants!!
Today, just to top off my final week at the Lodge we had a giant police raid. They were looking for four 'armed and dangerous' prison escapees. There were police everywhere acting on a tip off but no escapees to be found!! I hope thats the highlight of my week - I can do without adding to my memory bank of "Things That Happened at The Lodge".
God bless Sydney's homeless!! I love them all (or at least some of them).
Monday, May 4, 2009
Knitted a chunky scarf.
Noticed the colours of the harbour.
Thanked god for where I live and all the love and beauty in my life. (And prayed he'd send me a boat like this one day.)
Keri Smith is an absolute gem. You might all know her already but she is new to me and I LOVE HER!! So many cool and wacky ways to get creative.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Often my eyes are closed to the beauty right in front of me.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Today I finished two pieces of silver work that have been waiting patiently on my bench. I wore them out tonight and someone across the room noticed them and commented. Often thats all I need to kick start a new run on my creativity. I have two paintings that I started about a week ago that I might do some more work on tonight.
My daughter is away for the night and the dog is asleep. Perfect night for some doodling.
I might try to upload some photos. This is all so new and I really lack patience in learning new computer skills, give me a new craft skill and I'm all over it but this...........?
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
This is kind of like making my small part of history, 21st century publishing. I just hope I have enough to say so that it doesn't bore me to tears or anyone who stumbles over it.
Lets see where it goes.............