Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Meet Helena and Helen

A friend commissioned me to create these two girls.

Helena
Mixed Media
30cm x 42cm, 12" x 16"

It was challenging to work to a client's instructions and to lose creative control over my work. But I love them both and now see the artwork as a partnership.

Helen
Mixed Media
30cm x 42cm, 12" x 16"

Mixed media - monoprints for the clothes, hat and hair, watersoluble crayons, acrylic paints, pens and pencils.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Exploring Watercolor Portraits with Guada

For the past three weeks I have been participating in an online class taught by Guadalupe Brizuela Cabal called Exploring Watercolor Portraits. Guada was very generous and gaveaway two places in her class and I won one!

I had a great time and learnt so much, and I really loved Guada's style of teaching.





This was such a fun class and I'm able to paint the girls in my own style too adding some great headwear.



I even got some compliments on my girls from my husband and my mum!!  :D I can't wait to create some more.....

Saturday, 15 August 2015

My New Buzz Cut

This week it was time to cut my hair off. It had become thin and scraggly, there was a lot on my comb and a lot on the bathroom floor too, so I decided it was time. There were no tears and no party as I imagined it to be, just hubby and I having a good time!! This is my favourite photo taken by my husband of me feeling my buzz cut for the first time. Love that feeling!!






Here's some before, during and after photos:

I ordered some caps to wear:

At the moment I'm feeling quite good, have recovered from the stem cell harvest and go into hospital for the transplant process on the 25th Aug - 11th Sept.

Take care, I'll be back next week with some girls I've created in Guada's Exploring Watercolor Portraits class.


Friday, 31 July 2015

ICAD 2015 and Myeloma Update

Index Card a Day 2015 finished today and here are my 61 index cards!!! The aim/challenge is to create a little piece of art on an index card for 61 days - I managed to create 61 cards over 61 days but I will confess there were days when I was too busy or too sick to create but I did think about the cards.

For more info on ICAD 2015 check out this blog:  http://daisyyellowart.com/vividlife/icad-2015-index

Here are my favourite ones:
Here they are :


Here's how I binded them:


Healthwise - at the moment I am going through the stem cell harvest process which means that I have high dose chemo then injections to get the stem cells to multiply.  I'm tired and my hair is still falling out but I still have some!!! I'm doing ok, ups and downs, swings and roundabouts....


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Myeloma Update and ICAD 2015

Myeloma update: Last Thursday I developed a pain in my ribs on my left hand side, on my back. It was a steady pain then it would get worse and then there would be shooting pain. Anyhow I went to the hospital on Saturday afternoon after spending Friday night on the recliner as I was more comfortable there than in bed. The doctor sorted out my pain medication and I went home on Sunday afternoon. I did have an x-ray taken, they are looking for a lesion - where the cancer has 'eaten' away at the bone - causing bone pain but have found nothing and I may need a CT scan. I have been pain free since Tuesday lunchtime but this morning my rash has returned. :(

This is me on April 1st before I began treatment and on July 1st - the moon face is from the steroids I take.




Index Card A Day 2015 Update:
Day 28
I really liked this page from an old book that I had brayered paint onto especially the title "What Every Woman Knows". Then I found this quote - "Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters". How true.

Index Card A Day 2015 - the aim is to create a little piece of art on an index card, everyday for 61 days.  Here are my first 30 days/cards.

Day 29 and 30

Days 19 - 27

Days 9 - 18

Hope everything is going well with you in your life.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Beautiful Faces

Here are some of the beautiful faces I have created in Jane Davenport's Beautiful Faces class.






Here are some other faces I have created: