Two weeks tomorrow

and I will be on a plane.

My full time hours have finished and now is the time for the final preparations.

No class this week as we had term break but I never showed off last weeks “quicky”

Yes, a little lizard. Painted in less than half an hour as most of the class was spent on some composition theory.

It needs some adjusting but it is a fun little paint.

Words aren’t happening tonight…

Changes are happening.  I am building a new blog.  (hint lizard happy art)

And although I wont be closing this blog, I am not renewing the domain name this year.

More details when I get my shit together.

I’m not sure how much of my trip I will be blogging as I wont have my laptop with me, but find me on Instagram if you want to follow the adventure.

Hope to be back here again before we leave.

It’s so close now.


Less than February

First it was months, then weeks and now it is days.

27 days and if I know you on Facebook then you will have noticed that I am posting a daily countdown with a link to something holiday related after being challenged by a mate.

In fact, at this time in four weeks, I should be in a Qantas A380 somewhere way up high, on my way to New York via LA.

And yes, excitement is building.

Now I continue to watch the exchange rate, hoping for a miracle and keep my fingers crossed that our immigration and border people sort out their industrial stuff quickly.

I’m thinking of traveling clothes and how many pairs of undies I need to pack.

The kids are already making placating noises as I start to repeat myself about the little things like who to call if there is a problem.  Yes, I know it is really too early to be fretting about such stuff but I am a little bit of an over organiser as you all probably know.

It’s the end of another term of art classes and after finishing the kookaburra, I have decided not to start another big project until after the trip.  I have nothing I desperately want to paint so I plan to work on technique by knocking out a few quickies in the handful of classes I have still have before the trip.

Speaking of, I did these two last week

The green one is gone, gifted to a work mate who has been having a bit of a tough week.  Really just simple exercises in values but it made her smile which makes me happy.

Something else fun from art class.  As I might have told you before, classes take place in the back yard studio belonging to my teacher who lives in a picture book country township not far from my home. Her garden is a constant delight, always with something flowering no matter the season and often filled with birds of all types. However we did get rather excited to see this fellow, just beyond her back fence.

Believe or not, for most of us, seeing a koala is not an everyday event.

In all,  it was a pretty good weekend.

Sunday I went to the city with my young friend Miss S.

We had a lovely lunch, a wander through the shops and even ice cream.

There is a square not far from the markets, recently refurbished with plenty of grassed areas and a new water feature.

It was a glorious day.


I took my shoes off

And got my feet wet

See, further evidence that Winter has been banished and better weather is happening.

So, until next time

Keep smiling, and keep dreaming.

heart-trishPs  Apparently this is my 500th post on this blog.  Probably should have had a party.


naked toes

Yep, you read that right. I have naked toes. And uncovered arms.

And today I might even have raised a sweat as hubby and I walked along the cliff tops in glorious sunshine.
So I am  going to ignore the next week’s forecast of a return to miserable cold and rain and declare “Spring has arrived”

I even killed my first blowie today.

It’s  a little amusing to admit that after all this bitching and whinging about our winter, I am excited beyond belief that in only 36 days I will be trading it willingly for three weeks of Fall.

36 days.

Months of planning and saving and it is now just a little over a month.

I am back to full-time work. That is the main reason I have been a little quiet here.
Just for a month while someone is on holidays so the extra money will be nice.
I am just about over this lurgy too. Two weeks so far of coughing, and a voice that comes and goes with a less than delightful squeak and rasp.

Not fun.

What is fun, I think, is this now finished painting.
My kookaburra (who needs a proper name)


Very happy with it too.

18″ x 36″ Oil/acrylic on canvas.

Not sure what I will do with it now. Obviously it is for sale.
I think it might rate as an exhibition piece so perhaps I might do that in the New Year.

Now I just need to pick a new project.

Talking projects, a lot of you know of my friend “Rabbit’ as he was known here in the blogging community.
If not, he is the person I give the most credit to for getting me started in my painting.

When I “met” him, it was his edgy writing, the slight darkness and his big heart that attracted me.
His art has passion, beauty and pain, and encourages you to think.
And as we became close friends, only then did I learn, what a life journey he has traveled and the challenges he has faced.

Although he doesn’t blog so much anymore, he has been busy building a presence on YouTube and has been making videos as his drag identity “Dazey Mayhem”.
Some of these are lipsyncs, some are reviews of last season’s Ru Paul Drag Race.
Recently he has joined a group of other queens as part of a You Tube channel “The Galactic Collective”.

Now you guys might be sitting there thinking “blah blah, there she goes, pimping a mate” and you are kinda right.

In Dazey’s latest video for this channel she covers a serious and very personal topic. The reality that is living with HIV.
Now I am gong to put the clip just here and let you go check it out if you would like to.

It is an important message. I hope you take the time to watch what she has to say. HIV hasn’t gone away, it still doesn’t have a cure and it doesn’t discriminate.

I finish my US adventure with a week with Rabbit.  Finally meeting him  and hopefully creating art together.  Hubby insisted that it be the last part of the trip as he thinks I am going to find it very difficult to tear myself away.  There may very well be tears at Dallas airport.

Time to get off my butt and go hang another load of washing out in this lovely sunshine.  Might even dust off the barbie tonight and do burgers.

Keep smiling





48, 56 & 61 days

September 1st

First day of Spring here in the southern hemisphere.

A typical spring day really.  A little windy, a little sunny, and a few showers of rain.

I’m not at work today.  Laid low by a bit of a virus thingy that has left me with a husky voice and a bit of a sore throat.  Actually hit me Saturday so I am on the tail end of it hopefully and after going to the doctor yesterday, I am feeling a bit brighter but not quite ready to face the real world.

So a pajama day, tucked up warm with a cuppa tea beside me.

Daytime TV is pretty sucky for content but makes bearable company while I have the house to myself.

From today I can now say my USA adventure is “next month”.

It is getting so close now.

We booked another “must do” on the weekend.  A helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon.

The exchange rate is dismal, but at least everything important is sorted.  I have spent some time investigating all the touristy things in NYC that might make the “must do” list.  So many options.  We are never going to see it all but it is going to be awesome.

So apart from obsessing about this trip and allowing a stupid virus get the better of me, what has been happening in my life?

Well my chook painting has moved to it’s new home and looks amazing against the blue wall it was hung on.


And I have been busy working on the kookaburra FB_IMG_1440209138926



Still a way to go.  Those leaves are driving me nuts and the fence will probably undergo a complete colour change.  That said, I am liking it.

Birds seem to be my fascination at the moment and I am thinking my next project might even be lorikeets from a photo I previously tried to paint and discarded as a complete disaster.

Holiday, art, …work is ok but going to be pretty busy with extra hours the next four weeks, life in general is good.

Father’s day and our 23rd Wedding anniversary this coming weekend. Family dinner Sunday for the first and hopefully vaguely romantic dinner for two on the Saturday for the second.

Time for another cuppa I think.  Plenty of rest and fluids was the direction from the doctor.

Bye for now


Paying it forward

You all know by now the story of how I got started painting.

I met a guy, we became friends, he got sick of my “one day I might” procrastination and replied with “shut up and scribble”

Well he said more than that, but it was the proverbial kick up the bum I needed at that time and so I picked up that pencil and scribbled, and painted and here I am today, actually getting paid (sometimes) to produce something people love (hopefully).

And you know that one of the messages of this blog that I try to convey is that anything is possible if you give it a go.

You just have to stop talking about one day and just try.

I started with a ratty pencil and paper scrounged from the kids.  All the fancy brushes and paint came after.

Now let me take you back nearly 30 years.  Before the internet, before Facebook.

My first marriage had collapsed, my world was in turmoil and my best friend at the time took me away from the sad and angry and we spent New year with her family in a coastal country town.

We partied, and I found my laugh and realized that life would go on.

And it did.

But she moved north, life happened and despite best intentions, we lost touch for the longest time.  And it made me sad.

There was always the intention to ring, or write, but it wasn’t until Facebook, that we finally reconnected.

Her life is so busy.  5 beautiful children, all boys, keep her on the run and being so far away (the opposite end of the country), we really don’t get to talk like we once did.

But she is in my heart and my thoughts and last week I sent her a gift of flowers.
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These  flowers.

Not the first painting I have given away, but the first I have given to her.

And the text I received when it arrived left me smiling ear to ear.

She loved it, as I hoped she would.  But the icing on the cake was the interest her youngest son had for the painting.

He loved the colours and next thing he had picked up his pens and was busily creating his own work of art. Not flowers, too girly, but a “wild west cactus” in a pot, in front of a red couch. 

There was a skull and cross bones in the corner as well.

Texts flew back and forth about the type of cactus it was, there was googling.

And I felt that I had been given the perfect “payment” for my gift. My little painting had inspired someone else to create.

And while dollars are wonderful (and essential to feed my passion), and there is always a thrill in selling a painting. That little picture of a cactus is probably the best gift ever.

Maybe, just maybe I might have inspired a new artist.



63 days to go.


After all these months, hubby is finally showing a proper interest, to the point of printing out a map and plotting our trip.

We have agreed that a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon is a “must do” and will decide a little closer whether we will prebook or just keep our fingers crossed it will happen on the day.

Not cheap, especially with the Aussie dollar being fairly pathetic at the moment but totally worth it.

Still swinging from excited to terrified.  3 am is the worst time for my brain to torment me with the “what if’s”

But it is going to be AMAZING.  THE BEST ADVENTURE EVER.




Last bit.


New work in progress.  Working title “Kookie”


Until next time.


Sold …and sold

Both chicken paintings are now “sold”.

Hold on, I didn’t show you #2 now that it is finished.

Here you go

“Funky Chicken”


I’m pretty happy and so is the private collector who has agreed to purchase it.

On to something new on Saturday.

In other news, it’s still fucking Winter.  It’s cold, wet, windy and horrible and I am over it.

Yes, there are hints of spring.  A few brave flowering bulbs making their way through the masses of weeds.  Some trees are optimistically sprouting blossom and new growth.

I’m not convinced though.

And of course, as soon as the weather gets better, I will be trading some long awaited Spring for Fall.

It’s getting closer.  We now have international driving permits.  Simple process.  A photo of each of us, a fee paid.  Although we still have to carry our local driver’s license when we do drive on American roads.

I am making a “must do list”

There does seem to be a lot of food “must dos”

And museums

But I want to see a squirrel as well.

We don’t have those here.

So tell me, what else should I add to the list?

Remember, we have a week in NYC, a road trip from Phoenix to Las Vegas via the Grand Canyon and then a week based in Waco Tx.

I am open to suggestions.

I think I might have settled on my “traveling clothes” (I am a girl, it’s a very long plane trip, such things are important)

I even have an “adult colouring book”  or more simply, a lovely book to colour while I enjoy those many hours on that plane.  Colouring being the newest trend and an awesome way to relax.

I do plan to sleep though.  I am lucky in that I can generally sleep when I fly.  I will have books and my ipad.  There is always the movies and food.  As long as I can get up and stretch I am sure the 20+ hours from Sydney to NYC (via LA) should pass quickly.

One should not add the traveling time up when planning such a journey.  And don’t even mention time zones and jet lag.  At least there are no lengthy waits between flights and only 2 stops from home to hotel.

It’s raining again.

At least I am in for the night.  And I think I can convince the hubby to go collect the youngest.  (who would have normally driven himself to work except he left the car lights on last night and flattened the battery).

Feet are up.  Dinner is done.

Time for The Bachelor.  A girl is allowed a guilty pleasure like that.



If it aint broke..

Don’t fix it, or upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 unless you want to spend some time untangling things.

Of course it could have just been me and my computer but it has been a weekend of password changes, moving things around and finding new programs to replace old ones that simply wont work anymore.

Always fun.

Still a good distraction from the mind fuck that was last week at work where I had stupidly volunteered to introduce our newest staff member to the quirks of the job she beat me to.

After the huge rave that boss had given her, I thought it would be, here is your desk, the loo is that way and you find the postpack there but of course nothing is ever that simple.

Despite all her amazing qualifications, and varied experience across different areas of the company, actual experience in the way a business hub works was virtually non-existent and I found myself teaching her to do things that I have been doing for years.  Yep, the superwoman, despite being a really nice person, beat me to the job with less experience and skills in actually doing the job she has been hired for.

And yes, it rankled just a little bit.

By the end of the week, I was struggling.  There was a melt down, with tears.  Not directed at her.  I like her.

Directed by my frustration at the whole system and management.

As I said, the whole situation was a complete mind fuck and left me drained.

Tomorrow however is another day and she should be fine now without my direction.

Enough about work.

You come here for the art.

FB_IMG_1437785965637  “Are you my mother”   Finished. Possibly sold.

Also possibly my best work so far if you believe what my teacher says.

I know it got a friend excited and so I am painting another chicken painting. I started class feeling a little tentative with what I had done the week before. Not loving it, but reasonably confident I could pull it together. 20150725_110435

Thankfully by the end of class, it was looking better.


I reckon I might even have it finished by the end of next class.

The countdown of days has reached double digits now, with around 80 days left before our trip.

I have found myself some lovely walking shoes.  We have had our photos taken ready for getting an international drivers permit and my browser history is full of searches about NYC and Texas.

I haven’t looked too much at some of the tourist stuff we might encounter on our road trip to Vegas part of the holiday.

I’m leaving that challenge up to our awesome local tour guide.  I have heard she is the queen of list makers.

The weather is still atrocious.  i am starting to wonder if it will ever start to warm up.  We had needed rain this weekend at least.  The weeds in the garden are loving it.

So that’s whats been happening in my life.  It’s now Sunday night, the shoes are off and the feet are up.

Hoping you are all having an awesome weekend.