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!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

HOME Décor - throw pillows

 African Indaba

You may be interested in purchasing some of my art printed on throw pillows, the perfect décor accessory for any home, with a wide variety of colours and themes. You can head over to my site at RedBubble and on any artwork, click on the THROW PILLOW option.

Redbubble’s new Throw Pillows are really something to get excited about! As soft and comfortable as an alpaca full of marshmallows but considerably better looking! The super soft 100% spun polyester pillows come in 3 sizes to suit even the most extravagant of couches. And with such a vast range of excellent designs to choose from it’ll be a breeze to personalize any room.

  • Selected design printed on both sides
  • Three square sizes available: 16”, 18”, 20"
  • Concealed zipper for aesthetic wonderment
  • Soft yet hard wearing 100% spun Polyester Poplin fabric
  • Available with or without 100% recycled polyester fibre insert
Care Instructions: Dry or Spot Clean Only

Affirmation for Healing the Earth

 African clay pots - Ethnic series

African Lion - Ethnic series

A word lovingly written

Cosmos beauty

Daisies in Spring

Kingfisher Daisies

Daisies postcard

African Tribal dress


Thursday, May 22, 2014

French Marigolds

W&N watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm – Marigolds in a pot in my garden

Marigolds (Tagetes patula) are easy to grow and they help keep the away aphids. The relationship between plants and insects is known as ‘companion planting.’ and it’s by far the safest, natural way to garden organically.

Annual Marigolds can be used anywhere to deter beetles and many harmful insects. They are also known to repel harmful root knot nematodes (soil dwelling microscopic white worms) that attack tomatoes, potatoes, roses, and strawberries. The root of the Marigold produces a chemical that kills nematodes as they enter the soil. If a whole area is infested, at the end of the season, turn the Marigolds under so the roots will decay in the soil. You can safely plant there again the following spring. The flowers are hermaphrodite (having both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects. They are noted for attracting wildlife. The leaves of the marigold are coated with oily glands that produce a pungent scent.

Did You Know? Marigolds, which are from the Aster family and the Calendula genus, were first discovered by the Portuguese in Central America in the 16th century.

Some interesting info :
In addition to colouring foods, yellow dye from the flowers is also used to colour textiles. The whole plant is harvested when in flower and distilled for its essential oil. The oil is used in perfumery; it is blended with sandalwood oil to produce ‘attar genda’ perfume. About 35 kilograms of oil can be extracted from 1 hectare of the plant (yielding 2,500 kg of flowers and 25,000 kg of herbage). The oil is also being investigated for antifungal activity, including treatment of candidiasis and treating fungal infections in plants This info from Wikipedia


Friday, May 9, 2014

Looking back at your art

Looking back at my art since early 2009 when I started this blog, I've come to the pleasing conclusion that my art has improved, I have grown and I seem to have developed a "style". Style comes about by our preferences - preferences of the colours we use, preferences of subjects and preferences of how we look at things. I think every artist's fear is stagnating and getting nowhere, doing the same thing year in and year out.

My subjects have stayed the same - landscapes, birds, wildlife - the things in nature that I love. I did branch out into portraits, and there was a slight improvement, but I found that portraits were not really my forté at all, so I don't do many of those. I also now and then try acrylics and oils, but unless I spend a LOT more time practicing in those mediums, it's not going to get very far!

Early paintings

Recent paintings

What do you find when you look back at your art? I hardly ever throw anything away. Even though I cringe at some of the older paintings, it's a reminder of where you were. I love scratching through some old pieces, finding something that might have some potential and adding to it. Often something of value appears, if not, it's then destined for the dustbin. It's amazing what a feeling of freedom arises from the fact that it doesn't matter whether you botch it or not, it gives you a free hand to really go for it!