JUST ME :: and a stack of blank pages

:: Living creatively ::

About me

This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realise it is play. The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is. I’m here to tell you that the path to peace is right there, when you want to get away. When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious!

Friday, January 27, 2017

The end of an era - closing this blog


Well, this is a milestone in my life. I've been posting my art here since April 2009 and now, finally, I'm closing this blog. Here I've watched my art style grow and improve over the years and it's been a most enjoyable journey. I've met wonderful artists and friends and picked up many useful tips and encouragement along the way.

But now I'm spending most of my time posting my art on RedBubble, which I joined in September 2010 and it's really a lot of double work posting there and posting here as well. Another thing that's happened is that I found a lot of my work from here posted on other sites, some of it for sale! with no credit to me at all. It's amazing what some people will get up to.

I hope we can stay in touch, so please feel free to visit me on RedBubble where you will find all of my art plus some lovely goodies to buy for yourself or as gifts for family and friends.

Wishing you all the best,

Cheerio,

Maree

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Herbs - inside or out?

W&N watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm watercolour paper 12″ × 8″
Herbs on a shelf in my potting shed (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa)

Herbs can be grown indoors and out so the choice of where to plant them is a personal choice. Many people prefer to grow their herbs in their kitchen where they can be easily accessed during cooking. You can buy herbs as seedlings at any nursery or garden centre, or you can choose to start your plants from seeds.

If you are starting from seeds, just about any small container will do. If I’m going to be panting the herbs outside at a later stage, I normally start them off in egg shells filled with a bit of potting soil, put in my seeds and when they’re big enough, plant them outside shell and all.

I have quite a collection of various sizes of Terracotta pots, and the small ones are ideal for sowing some seeds for a kitchen window sill. This way you always have fresh herbs at hand and it also makes a nice display.

Some of my favourites are Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Basil, Chives, Garlic and Mint.