Friday, January 23, 2015

Just begin

Ever have those days where you want to draw, but you're not really feeling all that inspired? 

I either have a million and one ideas that are desperately trying to burst out of my head and I can't get them down on paper fast enough - or I have nothing.

Today was one of those days - the blank piece of paper was staring back at me mockingly (cheeky thing!) so I decided to just begin with a circle.......which evolved into a sunflower........which is now unrecognisable as I just kept adding detail and pattern. 

I'm happy enough with the result and the side benefit is that whilst drawing this my inspiration switch flicked to the "on" position and I sketched out my next project in between filling in the black areas on the sunflower design. It is surprising how often this will happen. I'm a big believer in the more creative you are, the more creative you become - sometimes you just need to give yourself a push to just begin. Draw something......anything......then the ideas will follow. 

This year we have had a population explosion of kookaburras - they're always here, but we are noticing so many of late. Kookaburras have a very unique call  - you can hear it in this audio file - this is what I wake up to most mornings.

With quite a few visiting the garden, I've been able to get close enough to take photos.

A trio of young ones.

Have a good one!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


I've been in the process for ages of curating, and redrawing my pattern reference folder - it's something I do on and off  when I'm in the mood (more off than on - I'm only up to the D's). I initially drew out patterns that I liked quickly and in basic format, now I'm going back and being a bit more adventurous with them, randomising, adding shading, etc, etc. It's a great way to revisit ones I have forgotten, put my brain in neutral, and get the odd idea, too.

When drawing out Dawn's lovely pattern Blossom - the zig zag grid got me thinking, the end result was this pattern:

I had some fun experimenting with the fill options:

If filling with black as above, you could ditch the initial horizontal lines and just do rows of zig zags.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Alternative approach

In my previous post I showed a page from my Pattern Journal in which I drew the pattern 63Y by Hsin-Ya Hsu  using an alternative approach.

I've had a few requests asking to show how I did it. Here are the steps I used to create the base framework.

Steps 1 & 2 are the same, instead of doing the Y shapes in step 3, I draw a vertical line in the centre of each diamond shape then connect with another zig zag line. 

I find doing it this way makes it easier to randomise, too.

Hope that helps :)


Friday, January 16, 2015

More Pattern Journal

Lately I've had a renewed interest in working in my Pattern Journal - this is a small book (A5) in which I play around with a single pattern, click here if you want to see previous Pattern Journal posts.

Breaking down patterns is something that I love to do. I am fascinated by their construction and love to see the steps that have been used to get the end result. I admit though (as our minds all work so differently and what seems logical and easy to you may not to me), that sometimes I can find that the steps seem a little complicated and I'll try and find a simplified way to recreate the pattern.

63Y is a good example of this. I loved the "floral" version of this pattern and set about replicating it. I soon found the process of putting little "Y" shapes in each of the triangles and hoping the pattern would line up doing my head in, so I found an alternative method to create the base structure.

Here's the finished page from my pattern journal:

I really like the way the honeycomb angles of this pattern shape the petals and love how it appears to be bulging and contracting across the page.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Fresh New Year

A new year! Don't you love it? It feels like a clean slate, a beginning - I always feel motivated to make big plans and get things done. Yes, lots of things. I also feel compelled to begin an Art Journal every year, but that only lasts about 2 days. LOL.

This year I want to focus on:

  • My Cutting Garden (which is looking fabulous, I must say, but I want to expand it so, so much!)
  • Creating a large Bee/Herb garden near the house (this was going to be the dedicated potager, but I've revised my plans - this will be a very long term project).
  • We've also got lots of fencing/shedding/home improvement plans on the go this year and just got our solar hot water installed a few weeks ago. Love it!
  • Getting my Diploma of Permaculture sorted (I completed the certificate, but ran out of time/motivation to get the Diploma done last year).
  • Do a photography course (I can muddle through o.k. with my camera and take a lot of good photos, but I'd like to understand more of the how and why).
  • Take a calligraphy course (I've just always wanted to.....maybe this will be the year!)
  • Get a regular blogging schedule worked out (this is probably more of a fantasy than a reality - I'm too fickle to work to a set posting format, but, it's now officially on the list I'm going to give it a go!).
  • Hoddles Creek Farm blog - this is a work in progress - I have lots of stuff to flesh out, but I definitely want to spend more time developing it this year. This blog focusses on our farm: life/philosophy/projects and will be pretty image heavy. Check it out if you're interested.
  • A Little Lime - I want to provide lots of fun, inspiring content for you this year - I've got lots of sticky note ideas all over my blog Idea Board just waiting to happen. I've spent today streamlining the Home page - there is now a Search feature, the blog archives can be reached via a drop down button, and I have pared my unwieldy label list down to 17 Categories (still too many, really) - this involved going through almost every post over the past 3 years, but it is done! I might even manage to get an updated photo of me up this week :)
O.k., enough of the (un)realistic goal setting, I'm already feeling tired and in need of a holiday!

I did actually do some drawing over the holidays - I've had a renewed interest in working in my Moleskine and Pattern Journals, here's one of the new pages from the Pattern Journal.

My holidays were also filled with cutting lots of flowers, new calves and harvesting so, so much garlic - I now have enough for everyone.........seriously!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Merry Christmas

It's that time of year ..........the 2014 Pattern Folio has gone out (Tuesday this week), Christmas is coming and I have to face up to the fact that not only have I done a slip-shod job at keeping up with the housework (that is how I find the time to draw) I also have a hundred other things to get done before Christmas arrives.

So, it's time to pack up my drawing supplies, close the craft room door and wish you all a very happy holiday - I hope that you get to spend lots of time with family and friends :)

Before I go tackle that's one last 3.5 tile featuring ING (using Margaret Bremner's curvING variation). I haven't been able to let go of my Inapod fetish just yet, either.

See you in the New Year!


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Breaking out the Moleskine

The sudden rush of activity? All due to the fact that we had a bit of a cold week - and me, being the fair-weather gardener that I am, spent most of my time indoors drawing and reading. The sun is shining again and hay carting is about to

Anyway, this week I cracked open one of my moleskine folios. It's been ages since I've done a bit of random doodling, so I guess it was time.

Some time back I did a series of these once a week, but I'm not really very good at long-term projects, so I didn't keep it up for long. If you're interested you can check out all the moleskine posts here.

Here's my second 3.5 inch challenge square for the FB Group: Square One Zentangle - this week it was to use Assunta. Since I've been having an Inapod romance this week, I combined the two. I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying freewheeling on the smaller format.

Around home: 

I put my name down on the swarm list with my local bee group - and got a call to come pick one up (fortunately it is a watch and learn set up because, you know, I really have no idea what I'm doing yet!) It turned out the swarm had already started putting up comb, so they were pretty well settled in - they had to be cut out of the bush and placed in the box as is. Here they are 2 weeks later, making comb on the outer frames - eventually the comb/bush will be cycled out of the hive.

Koala news!!!! We are lucky to have 25 acres of bush on our farm and earlier this week John came down to tell me we had a Koala in the bush (we've never seen one on our property), so I trotted along with my telephoto lens to check it out. So, so excited. No idea where he came from, but I feel pretty special that he chose our bush to hang out and I think it's fair to say that this guy is now my koala! He was about 20-30 metres up the gumtree, so hard to get a good pic, but if you open it up you'll see part of he's cute face and a beady little eye.

Hope your weekend is wonderful!