Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
This scene was hardly the Townsville of my childhood and I am embarrassed to admit that it surprised me that the atmosphere was so cosmopolitan , contemporary and "with-it".
Of course, both my sister and I made purchases. Neither of us has ever needed an excuse to "buy" something we don't really need, and who can resist the temptation here to buy and support local "handmade" and know that whatever you buy is unique! We were both so impressed with the packaging, too!
I really recommend a visit the Renegade Handmade Gift Shop if you visit or reside in Townsville or check out their Facebook page. Make sure you have a few hours to spare because you will also want to look around The Katz Alley ( vintage and rockabilly) and Otto's Food Market( fresh produce, handmade bread and pies and brewed coffee) all in the same shopping arcade - Warrina Shopping Centre, Illuka Street, Currajong . If you are feeling even more energetic, try ice skating in the tropics, in the same complex or if you just want to chill out, take in a movie in the nearby cinema.
The last words about Renegade Handmade belong to the creative founder in this short video following.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
This week, Tag Tuesday happened while I was in transit to my sister's. I caught up today, albeit with limited art resources - newspaper, a blue art marker, black pen, grey and white pencils, and a scrap of cotton. This is another little newspaper sketch of some cups and spoons. My interpretation of the " Cups and Cutlery" theme.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Before the announcement, I chose Olivia Parsonage's wall brooch, "how do you get, how do you get to Parry Street?" as my favourite amongst the 120+ brooches in the exhibition, and purchased it. Now I am so happy I will be the owner of the first prize winning brooch, especially as there were many at the exhibition opening vying for Olivia's work. Olivia has long been one of my favourite artists and you can read other articles I have written about her here and here.
Thank you also to Sylvia for the generous mention of both my entries, "Silver Lines" and "Bees" amongst the commended.
This exhibition is only open at Timeless Textiles until Sunday 2pm, so hope you are able to see these beautiful small works of art.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
However, I have used a completely different technique and the style of houses and the "moon" are also different. I cut out some columns from the travel section of the Sunday paper - some of the words relate to housing and buildings and pasted them down on a magazine page. I then used black felt tipped pen to draw in rooftops and houses. The section of visible street is also a newspaper photo from the same section of the newspaper. I like the idea of lights shining through windows, so made this a "night" scene with a very large full moon. The moon is a piece of dyed absorbent paper, which just happened to be lying around on my desk - left over from the 'bees" project.
I haven't been able to find time to do these weekly challenges with Tag Tuesday for a couple of months, but have thoroughly enjoyed the last two I completed. There are artists who never miss a week, so hope you might visit the blog and check them out.
Walter and Rose Sophia Jones with their son, James Alfred Meet the Jones family.... The photo is of Walter Jones, his wife Rose Sophia ...