Tuesday, 31 July 2007

It Used to be Tidy!!!!

I can't stand tidying up toys anymore!!! Yep, I am over it! Well, for this week anyway. I have never seen one child have so many toys. Our home used to look pretty good before all the toys came along.



These photos were taken in 2003, before Luca was born. We kinda had some sense of style... considering most of our furniture is STILL in storage 4 years after we moved back here from New York. (Oh NY, how I miss thee!)

Now there is a sea of primary colours absolutely EVERYWHERE. They get under your feet, especially the matchbox cars, and hurt like crazy.


Today is of course Kindy Day. Master "L" happily went off to Kindy this morning, and I have a lot planned. I did the grocery shop this morning, and am ready to get on with the happy, creative part of the day. I am planning to finish a few paintings that have been sitting on the shelf for some time looking at me. It feels like they are half naked, just waiting for me to put some clothes on them and send them on their way. Ooh, they must be cold!

Keep Smiling,
Mon.
xo

Friday, 27 July 2007

A First Time Quilter

I have been working on making a quilt for the last week. I cut all the fabric and started sewing it at my sister Leanne's house last Friday. I put the last pieces of the quilt top together yesterday. It was a pretty basic brick pattern for my very first quilt, and I have to say that I found it quite therapeutic at times, and just plain painful at others, I think painting comes much easier for me. All the math involved in quilting hurts my brain as well. At least I can understand the inches and yards thing after living in New York for almost 10 years. It's trying to get so many different shapes out of a fat quarter without wasting too much that confuses me. Lucky I have a quilting sis to answer my annoying questions.


My quilt is quite a large quilt, 68inches x 78inches, I think that's a single bed size. I will get Leanne to put the backing on and quilt it for me on her big quilting machine, and maybe I can persuade her to put the binding on as well. I am kind of over that quilt already. I just want it finished now to keep me warm while I sit on the couch. Here it is just waiting to be quilted...


Now that I have finished the Lotus quilt front, I want to start cutting into my Freshcut fabric. Little Luca has been keeping himself busy playing off and on for a few hours each day, since he has decided he no longer has a daytime sleep, so it gives me some time to do some things I like to do. Thanks little buddy!

He is growing so fast, which means we need to spend more time doing things together because before I know it, he will be off to school. We made brownies this afternoon, just cause it's fun! Daddy will be happy.



Happy weekend,
Mon
xo

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

A Few Days in the Country

It has been about a week since my last post, a little too long to wait - sorry, but we've been having so much fun- none of it painting though. I had all good intentions to get some done today but instead I caught up with my lovely pregnant friend. She is, of course, glowing! I am so happy for them.

We had a lovely time last week at my sister Leanne's house. I took Master Luca to see his cousins for a few days. He wore himself (and me) out every day. We had so much fun outside in the cold playing in the cubby house.

It was amazing to see all the lovely flowers in their garden out in bloom. It almost felt like spring is on it's way - except that last week, it was the coldest yet this winter. Here are a few pics of her lovely garden... how beautiful are these.



I really like succulents, so I especially like these Ogre's Ears - is that the technical name for them??? Hee haw.


The bees were having a wonderful time on these Fried Egg flowers (another technical term).

My sister and I had a lot of fun just chatting for three days straight. She even gave me a refresher course on sewing. I have all this fabric and am too afraid to cut into it. A few years ago, she made me this quilt. It is a favourite of mine, and Luca decided it is his "favourite and best" as well. He sleeps with it on him every night. It is getting worn pretty fast - or should we say it is very "well loved".

My sister has all this lovely fabric displayed nicely in her cupboard. She is in the process of setting up her studio, and most of the fabrics are still in the many storage containers she has around the room. She has a million quilting projects of her own, as well as her job as a Quilting Teacher, and her other job Machine Quilting everyone else's masterpieces. Oh, and they have 3 beautiful boys to keep them busy as well - Ethan, Oscar and Archer. Hmm, kind of makes me think I need to get it together a bit better. That organisation thing that I wrote about the other day... still hasn't happened. I have managed to start a few new projects though. For one of them I am using this Amy Butler Lotus Fabric to make Amy's Lotus Brick Path Quilt. I have almost finished the quilt front and I will post a pic when I am done.

Here are a couple of close up pictures of the things in my sister's studio. A few yummy fabrics, some quilting magazines, embroidery threads and a shelf in the fabric cupboard.


A few quilting mags... I think there are about 10 piles of these.



I had to add this awfully cute picture of Luca - his hair is growing so fast these days.

That has to be it for today. I'm tired and I am going to have a lovely uninterrupted sleep (wishful thinking) Luca likes to visit at all hours of the night. He says our bed is more comfy than his. I have to agree..

ZZZZZzzzzzzzz
Mon
xo

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Another Art Show...


I ran around like crazy yesterday after checking the date of the Mosman Art Prize submissions. I checked their website at 4pm and found out that I had to submit yesterday between 8am and 7pm. Eeeekk!!! I thought I had a few more weeks to get something done. I decided to just submit my "Breakers" painting and hopefully it will get selected. Talk about a last minute unorganised scatterbrain.

Anyhoo, I got my painting there in time. There were hundreds of entries all piled up. It's a difficult exhibition to get in to because the standard of the work is SO high, and there are works by really well known artists (Ken Done).

Last years winner Dong Wang Fan has won quite a few Art Prizes in the last few years, and has a really distinct style. Once again, I'll just wait to hear if my painting is selected. My hopes aren't too high considering how rushed I have been lately.

Off to get a few things done while Master L is at Kindy today.

Cheers,
Mon

Saturday, 14 July 2007

:: BIRTHDAY WISHES ::


H A P P Y . B I R T H D A Y . L E A N N E
H A P P Y . 3 0 t h . B I R T H D A Y . G R A . G R A
My big sister Leanne and my little brother Graeme, born on the same day, seven years apart. They have been lucky enough to share their birthday for 30 years. They are both wonderful people and I am very lucky to have them as siblings. Lots of love to you both.
xxoo

Thursday, 12 July 2007

A Blue Sky Day


The blue sky is shining and it looks as though it may be warmish outside - oops, my mistake. I opened the balcony doors and in whooshes a chill of brisk cold air. It feels like I need to open all the windows to let the breeze go through, just like in the warmer months. But I will have to wait a while yet, with a snotty kid and a flu-ee husband, maybe we will try to keep it warm in here for a few more months.

The last leaf on my Frangipani tree seems to be stuck on. The other leaves dropped off a month ago, but this one just keeps hanging on.

My Orchids seem to be loving the cold weather and are just about to bloom again.

And my little Money Tree (Jade) is just happy to be alive - after the few months of neglect.

I did manage to get my painting finished yesterday. It is called "Somewhere". I am pleased with the results, and it was fun working with a palette knife and impasto. I like it better than the previous pic that I posted of it. Hopefully Mika likes it too.

So, organisation is the key to today. I want to get things in order. Actually, I don't know if I could ever be truly organised, but I will try. I have a small window of time while Mr L is sleeping today to get a few things done.

I'm off to get stuck into it now...
Have a happy day,
Mon
xo

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

A Fat Lip Smile

Thank you so much to everyone that called or emailed me over the last week to congratulate me on the Honourable Mention.

I was back to it on Saturday, producing this painting...

...which is for my Sister-in-law. It was meant to be done in June, but I have had so many commission works to do, as well as works for shows, I have only just gotten to it. The commission works are coming along as well ( I will post pics when they are done). I thought this one would be a nice quick change in between the others. I have a little more to do on it though, maybe a layer of transparent brown wash rubbed over to give it more depth. The white is a bit stark for me. It isn't what I would normally paint, but it has been fun. Another large one - 36x36inches.

Today was supposedly a 'Luca at Kindy day', but it turned into him having a really bad cold, staying at home and wanting 100% attention from me. With that, he jumped off my knee and smacked his mouth into the coffee table - blood everywhere. He is ok though, just a split lip, and a cute sore fat lip smile. Oh what a fun, productive day it has been. Hopefully tonight and tomorrow I will get more painting done.

Hump day tomorrow,
Have fun,
Mon
xo

Friday, 6 July 2007

::I WON A PRIZE::


I went along to the opening of the Warringah Art Exhibition last night, not even thinking that I might win a prize, and lo and behold, I won an Honourable Mention for my Breakers painting in the Open Category, how cool is that!!! A nice little $$$ bonus. There was a really diverse group of about 100 works on display. Each of them was completely different in every way. Some of the Under 18's works were excellent. I had a few of my family and friends there which was an extra bonus. The champagne and sushi went down a treat as well. It is the kind of thing that makes you want to just keep on painting. There you go, self inspiration.



Off to paint some more while the little one is sleeping.

It's Friday - yay!
Keep smiling,
Mon
xo

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

I got selected!


My husband arrived home last night, and as usual, got the mail from the letterbox on the way in. To my surprise, there was a letter stating that my painting has been selected as a finalist for the Warringah Art Exhibition. I am so happy that it was selected after fighting through the flu to finish it last week.
Anyway, I am on a high, so, today being Luca at Kindy day, I have a ton of painting to catch up on.

Happy Tuesday,
Mon
xo

Monday, 2 July 2007

A Finished Painting and Quilt Fair


I finished this painting for the Warringah Art Exhibition on Saturday afternoon after a few hiccups. I decided to varnish it on Saturday morning, but when I brushed the varnish over the green section, the green paint absorbed the varnish so fast that it started to go gluggy and bubble. Anyway, I freaked out a little and decided to repaint the whole green section again with Gel Medium mixed in, to give it a glossy varnished look. It worked and I was very happy at 3pm when I dropped the painting off. Thank goodness that is over. Now it is time for the waiting game - only until tomorrow though, when I will find out if my painting has been selected for the Exhibition. Wish me luck!
The picture below just shows how I painted all of the sides to make it complete, and not have to be framed.


Yesterday I spent the day with my Sister at a Craft and Quilt Fair at Darling Harbour. My Sis has asked me a few years in a row to go with her, and this time I did. I was really surprised that I liked it so much. My Sister is REALLY into quilting, and she is just the most excellent at it, so we had a really lovely day together, no kids, no husbands, just us! We ran into our Aunty and Cousin while we were there - what a lovely surprise that was. Nicole Kidman was walking around the show as well. Nothing like mixing with the rich and famous, there weren't even any paparazzi snapping pics of her.
Oh yeah, I did buy a few things at the fair. Just a few fabrics for Luca's new quilt,

and a few Heather Baily Freshcut Fat Quarters to make a quilt from. I must say, the Freshcut fabrics are so much more lovely in real life.

I also bought this pattern to make the fabrics in to this quilt. Yummy!

Now though, after a week of sick flu yuckiness, I must get back up to date with the cleaning and laundry. It is going to be a busy day!

Have fun!
Mon
xo