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And stay tuned for some brand new artworks. All being well, I'll post them here tomorrow.
I have a friend who has often made suggestions that I capture landscapes in my artwork. If leaves, why not landscapes? But that doesn't grab me in the same way that portraying a spray of blossoms or a branch of leaves or the posture of a little child hard at play does. I find this fascinating – that we 'see' or notice different things. While there are many beautiful landscapes to be enjoyed, when I am out enjoying creation, it is the small details that catch my attention the most.
Sometimes people do those little exercises on social media, something like '20 random facts about me'. Well, here's one of my random things. I can't go anywhere without mentally noting how the leaves on every tree are hanging. Some leaves hang down quite limply, while others look a lot more 'alive' and 'jumpy'. Driving to school, I'm constantly framing out little sections of trees along the way with thoughts like, 'that bit would make a beautiful artwork', or 'those leaves there are hanging just perfectly'. (It's no wonder I'm so tired at the end of the day!)
This of course means that I'm never short on inspiration for new artwork!
Last year my birthday wish was a day at the zoo all by myself. It only took five months, but we finally found a suitable day to make it happen! I spent a lovely long day there on Saturday, arriving when the zoo opened.
As a busy mum, it sure feels weird to go any where without kids. Even more so when all around you there are busy families and parents. But I buried my nose in my sketchbook and didn't pay much attention to anyone around me. So often when we are out, I wish I had a moment to draw, but so often it's just not practical, especially if I am the sole adult responsible for the kids, so this day dedicated to drawing was just wonderful!
I sketched until 2pm and then suddenly I was all sketched out. It was great to be able to immerse myself in my drawing, even if it was also a little bit confronting (they never work out as good on paper as they do in my head). I would love to be able to say that I filled up pages and pages of beautiful effortless drawings, but in reality most pages look more like a bunch of scribbles. Some animals move a lot, so drawing them was more a matter of capturing their pose with a few simple lines; others, like the rhino, pose rather nicely. The lions put on a good show – sitting, standing and walking around, but for some reason proved really difficult to capture.
Hopefully over the next while I will revisit some of these drawings and have another go at capturing them all!
If you spent a day drawing at the zoo, which animal would you draw first?
And for the cost of a simple but absolutely delicious lunch at The Beer Farm, the kids spent a couple of happy hours on this water slide! Simple fun!
Now to ease back into home life… Well, after the last pile of holiday washing is done.
We've been half a family this week. Three children are staying with friends and family in Albany, and Phil has been riding from Albany to Perth (via Walpole, Pemberton and Busselton) as part of a fundraiser. So it's just Jason, Marcus, Aaron and myself. I suppose this means that our pace of life has been slightly more normal, but it feels a little too quiet, and we can't wait for everyone to come back home. Aaron's idea of 'fun' doesn't always match up with mine, but we did enjoy a special day out earlier this week. How can you go wrong with lunch and books at Millpoint Book Caffe? From there we headed to Perth, as I wanted to check out a small business I'd discovered on Instagram. Which is actually the point of this post.
Beau Est Mein is a printmaking studio on William St in Perth. Downstairs is a lovely shop, which includes prints and reproductions by Magali Dincher. I've admired her work since I discovered it a couple of years ago, and was pleased to discover that this business is her brainchild! Upstairs is a print studio. A range of printmaking workshops are held here. Or if you are experienced in printmaking, you can make use of the studio facilities independently in Studio Access days. There are workshops for kids and for adults. Sounds like a fun day out with a friend (trumps pedicures and day spas any day in my book!)
People often ask if I'm planning on teaching another screen printing workshop. I would love to, once the kids are a bit older. Meanwhile, this is a great place at which to learn assorted printing skills.