It wasn’t that hard..

to bang a nail or 6 into a cafe wall.

Not sure why I was so panicked.

But I was.  Incredibly anxious about it all.

The weekend was spent taping, wiring, labeling, and wrapping 13 of my best paintings ready to be hung in Lucia’s Spaghetti Bar in the Adelaide Central Market.

Not all of them made it onto the walls.  I ended up only hanging 11 but they look amazing.

I was a little worried about the dark wood paneled walls, but my paintings just seem to pop because of them.

Big C was supposed to help, but he had to work.  I had already asked Miss S and in the end, roped MJ in as well.

And yes, they are friends now and there is only occasional awkwardness when they get together.

Being the control freak I am, I ended up wielding the hammer.  The kids kept busy handing me the dropped nails, and the paintings.

There was a short wait for the last customer to vacate his table to allow us to hang the last three paintings but we got it done in the end.




Thursday night we are having the “official opening” with the paintings remaining on display until the end of June.

So there you go.  This would have to be the biggest step out of my comfort zone that I have done recently.

As I drove the kids home after the job was done, my stomach was still churning with anxiety.  We stopped for icecream at Maccas but it wasn’t until later that evening when I finally felt the stress of the previous few days lift from my shoulders.

My first exhibition is in place.

Who would have thought that when Micael (Rabbit) told me to “Shut up and Scribble just a few years ago, that I would have a room full of my art in the cafe where politicians drink coffee and visiting rock stars and celebs get their breakfast.

It really is pretty cool.

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Minutes drift into hours, hours into days and then another page on the calendar is revealed.

In front of me, it is a nice set of abs on a silver fox of a firefighter, but that is just one of my simpler pleasures perhaps.

I am sitting in my studio, being serenaded by the sound of the washing machine, sipping my coffee and ignoring the mountain of mess in the back room while I take a moment to breathe and assemble my thoughts.

I could say “life has been busy” but life is always busy and as such I am simply stating the obvious.

The roof has been fixed, finally.  The reason for the mountain of mess.  It did seem such a good idea to use the repair of the walk in robe ceiling as a motivator for a grand scale clean out, little knowing that such a monumental chore would require more motivation than I can summon today.  Happily, I can close the door and work on it slowly.

A baby has been born, I have a new nephew, and my oldest has turned 21.  Simple celebrations for both.  I visited the baby.  Took flowers and gifts.  Made the appropriate admiring noises but avoided a cuddle.  He was fussing.  There had been some anxiety.  A long story, no longer relevent.

A family dinner for MJ.  And our personal tradition of breakfast for mother and son.  He had waffles with chocolate and ice-cream.  I had eggs.   No party.  He didn’t want one.

And yes, I feel old

Hubby has spent most of the weekend, including Friday, assisting with an archery tournament being held in the heart of the city. If they don’t shoot straight, it could be the answer to the pigeon problem, although I am fairly sure the city’s birds and others will be perfectly safe.

I am contemplating a wander in to see the excitement of sticks hitting circles but given my mood, that might simply be too hard..although that sunshine is tempting me.  It may just depend on getting that washing done.

My long awaited exhibition plans are finally coming together.  Art will be hung on the 11th May and there will even be an opening on the 14th.  I am yet to tell work that their plans for me to work extra hours on the Monday will need to be changed but for once, I am putting myself first.

Of course, I need to wrangle the kids to help me actually get the bloody things on the walls.  Hubby has used up all his free days and management good-will recently, and wont be able to come and help me bang in required nails, but it surely can’t be that hard to hang a painting or nine.

This is so far out of my comfort zone.  Putting my art up for public scrutiny in one of the oldest and most iconic cafes in Adelaide is both exciting and terrifying.

Hoping I will sell, even just one, would be nice.

But even if I don’t, I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to even display my art like this.

I was back to class yesterday.  Spider declared finished and signed and then I worked on my little waterfall.

Mostly the leaves of the lilies.  Fixing placement, changing shapes, adding light and shade.20150502_115451
More work still to be done while I start thinking ahead for another project.

Minutes in to hours and weeks fade into months.

Less than 6 months now until my trip…


And they danced


Usually, at least lately, Sunday is my day of art.

The day will start with a few loads of washing, a bit of general household chores and then some time in my studio.

But not today.

Oh the washing got done but then we spent the most of the rest of the day with friends, essentially for the boys to do some archery stuff, but with the benefit of lunch and a bit of shopping for us girls.

The city was our destination, and after hearing me talk for the last couple of months about a local American themed cafe east of the city centre it was declared a “pre-trip training day” and lunch consisted of burgers, fries, sweet potato fries and sweet potato fries drizzled with Nutella – an odd combination but surprisingly tasty.



After our glutenous culinary adventure, we headed into the city centre so the boys could measure and check an area in Victoria Square where they are planning an archery event.



To me, this is a somewhat curious choice of venue, but instead of hanging around in the cold, us women, did what we do best.

We went shopping.

A quick walk to the main mall, then a stroll from west to east, stopping at a few shops before heading back to collect the men.

It was a cool but clear day at least.  The rain held off and we even had some sunshine.

With the archery stuff done, our friends decided that it would be fun to return to the cupcake diner to try the desserts.


My key lime pie, while tasty enough, was a touch dry and perhaps I probably should have left it all at just the burger.

Still, it was a really pleasant outing and made more fun with good friends.

It really was a friend filled weekend.

No art class this week as classes are on a term break, but one of my artist friends visited me yesterday and together we priced and catalogued my current stock of completed paintings, ready should I ever get my shit together enough to mount a proper exhibition.

It will make it easier too, should anybody actually want to buy something, to have a price ready.  And I really need to sell some of these canvas as I am simply running out of room to keep them.

 Still working on the spider.

it is getting closer to finished though.


And more work on the little waterfall.  Well last weekend anyway there was painting.  At least these should be dry enough to add to by the time I get back to my studio.
20150412_143359So that’s been my weekend in a nutshell.  Food, more food and much art talk but little actual art.

Less than 200 days now to my big adventure and I go from quiet excitement to sheer moments of panic.

Winter is settling in, work is kicking my butt and life goes on as normal.

Quick, quick, slow, quick and twirl.

It really is all, just a bit of a dance.


April showers

Grey skies and dropping temperatures are seeing off our Easter weekend and the garden is loving the long-awaited rain.

Me, perhaps not so much as it has been a while since I have needed to stop typing and rub my hands against the cold.

I could perhaps pop the heater on, but that would be admitting that Winter is hitting us and I am still not quite prepared to go there yet.

But jeans, jumper and ugg boots are the order of the day and it has been a somewhat lazy last day of my Easter four-day weekend.

Actually the whole weekend has been pretty lazy.  We really haven’t been anywhere and done anything.

There was a lovely lunch on Friday with friends who wanted us to adopt one of their adorable baby long neck tortoises.

I was however strong and stuck to my “no more pets” policy.  And we already have 5 tortoises.  And truly, 5 is enough.

The moon was full and gorgeous, but I think was messing with my moods.  I seemed to have been dealt a couple of deep blue days, and Saturday was an angry teary day.  Hubby was safely out of the firing line, Archery still happening despite the holiday weekend, and he had had his share of crazy bitch the day before.

In the end, the only thing that really lifted my mood was an art supplies sale and some lovely reflexology.  Something about those 45 minutes of self-indulgent self-care that seem to set the world right and the day got a little brighter.

Our clocks went back on Sunday morning, another sign our Summer is behind us, but the day dawned fine and sunny and we enjoyed bbq breakfast on the patio with my parents and in-laws.

A glass or two of bubbly and a good feed of bacon and eggs is always a good way to start the day and left the afternoon free for some work on my spider painting.

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It’s fiddly work and the oils are challenging me, but we are getting there slowly.

Which brings me to today, the last day of my weekend, and the coldest miserable day of the four.

Washing is hung under the patio, out of the weather in a show of optimism and after spending the morning organising my digital photo library (something I somehow was silly enough to start the night before), I headed back in the studio to fiddle some more.

Giving Spidey some drying time, I found this image and remembered that I had thought it might be fun to paint “one day”

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And as there is no day like a rainy day to be a “one day”, I have started the under painting.

Again with the oils.  Probably silly when acrylics would be quicker especially as the temps are dropping but it is what I had on my palette and I was too lazy to set a new one up for fiddling.

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(it will get better, I promise)

So my weekend is almost over, and not a lot has really been achieved.  No idea what dinner might be.  Hubby is out and Big C has a mob of friends currently filling the back room.  Well there is 5 teenagers total,but the sheer volume coming from the room is enough to declare “mob”.

I confess I am leaning a little toward takeaway maybe, although there is chicken snitzel thawing.  (will keep until tomorrow if need be anyway)

So what has filled your Easter weekend?  Did you get time off like we did?

Back to work in the city tomorrow.  Back to the heavier work and the longer drive.  Starting to think it might be time for a change..

Oh and before I go, I showed my Mum her birthday present, the painting of her little dog, and she was just thrilled.

Best feeling ever.


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Oil on canvas   16″ x 20″

Not for sale

Finished on Saturday and now has to dry, which as it is oils, could take a while.

Remember that post a while back?  In which I referred to oils as my nemesis?

Well I am very proud to say that I think I have figured them out and I kinda like them.

Despite the incredibly long time they take to dry.

Still working on the spider and thinking I might even start a landscape over the Easter break.

No set date for my cafe installation yet but it will happen soon hopefully.

Not much else to mention really.

Life is good.  And there is only four days of work this week followed by a four day weekend.

Keep smiling and CW I hope you are starting to feel better.


Thank you

Firstly, I need to say thank you to all of you who sent prayers and good wishes for my father in law.

At this stage they seem to have discounted the more scary and serious stuff and he will be returning to hospital soon to have his gall bladder removed with key hole surgery.  Still concerning but definitely a whole lot better than what it might have been.

They have still taken biopsies and I guess they are covering their bets but at least he is being looked after by his doctors.

We can hope that with the surgery, what ever is the problem will be fixed but I guess only time will tell.

The week was a busy one and one I was happy to see the end of.

My own parents were away and we had custody and responsibility for their little Pomeranian “Toffee”.  She is a sweet and energetic little thing and we spent a lot of time playing ball down the passage..

She went home today, and after a bit of a cleaning frenzy (dusting mopping etc) I started what I hope will be a birthday or mothers day gift for my Mum.

No face yet so still looking not quite right but not too bad for a couple of hours and my new oils I think.

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Not the best pics but as it is still a work in progress,I know you will forgive me.

And remember, don’t tell my Mum.

Also still in progress, my spider.

I ended up making it larger, I wasn’t happy with how it was originally sitting on the canvas.

Its still pretty messy but I am happier with it and next week, I shall add more definition to the back and legs

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So just a short post today.

Thank you again my lovely friends for your support and caring wishes this week.  It was so very much appreciated.

Time I went and made a potato salad.  Friends popping over for a BBQ as we make the most of the warm days before Winter lands on us.

Oh, and would you believe that it is now less than 7 months before my grand adventure.  Accommodation and airfares all booked and pretty much paid.  Still a rental car to organise for us to use in Texas and also  I need to decide just what I just can’t possibly miss in NYC.

All suggestions appreciated.

Better choof.  Taters to toss and such.

Hugs and smiles



A simple request

Its kinda hard for me to write this today, but I need to ask a favor from all my blogging friends.

Not something I think I have ever asked before.

My father-in-law isn’t well.  He hasn’t been well for a while and after some recent routine blood tests, something needed further investigation.

Since then, there have been a lot more tests.  Ultrasounds, MRI and two stops in hospital in the past week, the first for an endoscopy.

There is an urgency in the way the specialists are treating him which has me worried although so far either we are not being told the worst or they still don’t know.

Mentions of a shadow on his liver as well as the irregularities in the blood tests are about all hubby and I know at this stage.

I’m not asking for your stories of illness, or comparisons to others that you know of. We will leave the diagnosis to the doctors.  I am already imagining too many worst case scenarios

I am simply asking that you include my wonderful sweet father in law in your prayers and thoughts for me.

He is a simple man with simple pleasures.  A craftsman and a fisherman.

And we love him so very much