Show and Tell

My art supplies have arrived , this makes me so happy πŸ˜€

Lots of sketching in the pipeline.

I am anxious to get started, looking forward to Friday which is my next free day. πŸ˜€πŸŽ¨πŸ–ΌπŸ¦‹

Baby Animal Sketching

Those of you who follow my blogs will know that I am learning to draw.

Most afforable local art classes are booked out until 2020.

I found this bargain book at the newsagent.

I cannot find my tin of graphite pencils, still packed somewhere after my move 5 months ago. I had to make do with one HB pencil.

I enjoyed sketching 12 baby animals. Getting the right proportions was a challenge and also not having my good pencils for shading No worries as the saying goes here in Australia, I like them, I hope you do too.

Guess what I have ordered more pencils and also art paper.

My next challenge is to draw a dinosaur for my grandsons 5th birthday. I found some on Google which I have been using as a guideline to practice …..wish me luck.

Have a wonderful day everyone whatever you are doing.

Memories of Mum

Today I made a batch of Shortbread. My Mum was the queen of making shortbread.


250g of softened Butter, 1 cup of Cornflour, 2 cups of standard plain flour, 1 cup Icing Sugar.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Sift Cornflour and flour together. Mix sifted ingredients into creamed mixture. Knead well. On a lightly floured board roll out to 0.5cm thickness (I did mine thicker). Shape into rounds or cut into slices. Place on a tray lined with baking paper. Prick with a fork. Bake at 150 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes or until pale golden.

I put too many on the one tray.

Enjoy with a nice cuppa. I should add this comfort food only to be eaten in moderation. Most of the batch is now in the freezer just in case there are visitors.

My October Challenge

October seems to be the month for creative challenges. I am not sure why it is in October. Anyway I thought I would go with the flow but probably won’t be following guidelines or rules exactly. I don’t like rules as that means stress to me πŸ˜‚.

I actually started this challenge on Monday September 30th, it made sense to start then… rules🀣.

This morning with no real effort and definitely no stress I created the first seven days. I enjoyed measuring and cutting out the small square cards. It looks a tad childish but I don’t care.

Tomorrow is a public holiday here in Brisbane I might utilise the day to try and declutter more stuff.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy weekend ❀ xo

PS: The treadmill didn’t get a mention. 10 Minutes a day when I am not having chest or scoliosis pain. I try to use it daily but unfortunately sometimes it might only be 2-3 times a week.

Country Landscape with poppies completed

I ruined the original sketch with poppies. I had used watercolour pencils, when I applied a wet brush to it I tried also to add more colour…big mistake. I plan to trim off the poppies and use them on another project.I have completed the Country landscape that I painted during the weekend. I am a novice artist and should not expect perfection. I am happy with my effort. I have forwarded a picture of it to my friend that I am gifting it to. He replied saying “cool I love it thanks “. …that makes me happy.

Country Landscape

Country landscape waiting for the poppies to appear.

Yesterday I learnt to draw poppies. The challenge today is how to draw some on my country landscape. This subject is a gift for a friend who asked me to paint it for him.

I just had a light bulb moment. I reckon I could use a chalk marker to sketch on the poppies. I am going to the shops on Monday where there a good craft shop. I am open to suggestions please 🌝

Teddy the cat….Update

This is a drawing I have been working on for a dear friend who sadly lost her cat.

I completed the drawing and framed it before I had my first cataract done last week. I am second guessing myself now that I can see more clearly. I don’t want to alter the cat but I am wondering if I should add some more embellishments around the border or leave it as it is. Sometimes less is best. My friend knows I am not a professional artist, she will appreciate the gift.


Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement.

My friend was very happy with the picture I made. πŸ˜€πŸ¦‹πŸŒΎπŸ’“πŸŒΌπŸŒΊ

Ally’s Flowers

Today I tried to draw flowers without a picture or a real flower to use as a guide.Looks more like a spider resting on a plate of red.A new species of blue and silver rose with a hint of pink.Another go at drawing a rose.Just a simple flower.More doodling