Thursday, 17 January 2019

Reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose...

...renew, upcycle - whatever you call it, making the old into new is a passion of mine.

'I Should Have Listened to Mom' cafe curtains

discarded wine bottles and glasses into table art, 


cigar boxes into keepsakes,

empty paint tubes, beer bottle caps, vintage hair clips and outdated costume jewellery into paintings

wine and beer bottle caps into gardens, 

torn and pages-missing soft cover books into a table sculptures,

and the list goes on and on.  My passion  obsession for making the most of things means that I look at everything with an assessing eye, knowing it could be something entirely different.  (Don't worry, John, you're safe . . . so far.)

Word has it that there is going to be a Trashion show here in town in May, where artists are encouraged to turn trash into fashion.  Anybody got any used dryer sheets they can spare? I feel some new clothes coming on.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

When I think about celebrating... first thought is always about friends and family, because they are lighthouses that I return to all the time.

Alice Saltiel (linked to her blog) Marshall has been a friend (think sister from another mother) for many years now, so today I'm celebrating her, her artwork, and her extraordinary be-ing.  When you check out her blog, you'll see that she has been dealing with cancer for the past few years; yet she remains a vibrant light in this world.  Her generosity, kindness, and zest for living are incomparable.

Alice has been a long-standing mentor in my art world - her facility with a paintbrush is pure magic.  Some of my favourite paintings (and she has done, literally, thousands of them) by her include:

'Creation' 8 x 24 © Alice Saltiel

'Stem Dance' 6 x 6" © Alice Saltiel

'Dancing Queen' 5 x 7" © Alice Saltiel

'Fireweed at Grassi' 7 x 10 © Alice Saltiel

'Crimson Blush' 6 x 6 © Alice Saltiel
'Midnight Magic' 12 x 9" © Alice Saltiel

'Icicles, Claresholm House' 12 x 16, oil  © Alice Saltiel

'Lily Bright Light' 8 x 10" © Alice Saltiel

'Portes de Roussillon' 22 x 30 © Alice Saltiel
'Alice in Wonderland' © Alice Saltiel

'Market Sunflowers' © Alice Saltiel

'Red Hot Harmony' 18 x 24" © Alice Saltiel
From abstract to wild animals to florals to mixed media whimsy and still life, her passion for painting and life shines through.  Alice's life philosophy can be summed up with this Charlie Brown cartoon:

Do pop over to Alice's blog, check it out and give her some love!  She's just the best and would love to see your comments.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

2019... definitely something to Celebrate!  And if that's not a large enough clue for my word of the year, let me show you some photos...


It's a word that has been coming up for me since mid-October making its celebratory way into my psyche, and letting me know that it's something I neglect.  So 2019, I'm celebrating you, my family, my friends, a creative life, the beauty in the world, colour, pattern, texture, line, mediums (mixed or not ☺️), opportunities, travel, and much, much more.  I'm grateful for every chance to do so.  Thank you, Universe - more please!

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