Posted in January 2014 Maggie and Oli, Printmaking, Uncategorized

January wrap up


This month has been hectic.  I have been trying to rent out our house, sell cars, get rid of life’s clutter and do all of the jobs around the house we could have done years ago.  I have also been psychologically getting my head around moving to Germany.  I can almost picture getting on the plane.  I can’t quite picture getting out the other end.

An oasis in all the bustle has been this blog and particularly Maggie and Peter’s prints.  There is something simple, bold and solid about printing.  The process takes away the clutter and leaves the essence of what you are trying to portray.  Thanks again to Maggie and Oli for being artists in residence.  I continue to get a buzz when artwork and experiences exist because of the residency that otherwise would not have happened.

I particularly loved Maggie’s insight

I was initially worried that working along side each other might be disheartening for a young artist, but if anything, I’ve been the one to feel overshadowed!

Thank you both for your work.

I have needed the prompt to take time out this month with the kids to have a wee go at printing stuff as well. It wasn’t as much as I hoped but as I mentioned there has been a bit going on! I am hoping to have a go at lino printing soon, I have never tried it.

And I was glad to include this photo this month it brings a sense of calm to life’s journey.  The reminder that it will never be linear, but when viewed as a whole, may it be interesting.


Posted in an hour or two, January 2014 Maggie and Oli, Printmaking, Uncategorized

Week 4 Bird Prints- Maggie and Oli, artists in residence


Here are two final bird prints which conclude our artist in residence!

I was inspired by Oli’s work last week to make a wren print of my own. He says I’ve copied him, but I insist that I’m just taking inspiration from a great artist! It makes me laugh, as I was initially worried that working along side each other might be disheartening for a young artist, but if anything, I’ve been the one to feel overshadowed! I can also say that having a buddy to work with has proved to be very motivating.

Oli drew a frangipani whilst visiting his grandparents this week, and today added a hummingbird.


I was impressed again that this was done with very little fuss, over two short hour-long sessions. We both feel pleased with our work, I think we’re getting better with our lino cutting technique and have many more ideas for future work.

I can’t believe we’re already at the end of our artist in residence! Thanks for inviting us along. We have enjoyed the opportunity to delve into art again and we appreciated the gentle encouragement and the weekly deadline. I thought we would have had more time to create more, but we’re really happy with where we’ve got so far. I am pleased to report that print making isn’t nearly as messy as I remembered it, and working outside takes some of the stress out of it, leaving the kitchen table free for meals. An added benefit to our residency is that our print supplies are now organised and much more accessible.

We’ll be sorry to say goodbye, but we’ve resolved to set aside some time every Tuesday to continue the journey. I’ll let you know how we go!


Thanks so much Maggie and Oli.  I have been really inspired to lino printing a go and will be over for a lesson soon!

Posted in 15 Minutes, Printmaking

Fingerprint Birds

Maggie and Oli’s printmaking and birds combination sparked a memory back to girl guides and making fingerprint animal stationery sets.  Yes, back in the age where people wrote real letters.  I remember that we packaged them up in sets for sale at the girl guide fete, probably to be bought by our dutiful parents at our insistence.  Today I had a quick go at remembering what it was I was remembering and I guess they were something like this.


For the price of a purple finger, it was a fun little reminiscence session.



Posted in Artist in Residence, January 2014 Maggie and Oli, Making Art, Uncategorized

Artists in residence- Maggie and Oli’s Pelicans… the next step

Sophie- It is hot here in Canberra.  This week is hovering around 38 C around 100F.  Everyone is looking for water to jump into including Maggie and Oli’s Pelicans.  Luckily they found some !  This is Maggie and Oli’s second week as artists in residence.  They have been working on their Pelicans in between entertaining guests!

Pelicans are quite topical in our house right now.  We have been listening to Roald Dahl’s ‘The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me’ as an audiobook.  A Giraffe, Pelican and Monkey make up the ladderless window cleaning company.  The pelican’s job of course is to hold the water, the giraffe is the ladder and the monkey is the scrubadydubber.

Maggie- We did some work on our silk screening today, adding some cool water for the pelicans to swim in


Posted in Drawing, Kids' Art

Death with a smile

My son works in themes.  War has been a recent one and in his naive state war machines are drawn in a wonderful patchwork of colour.  His are the friendliest tanks you will find.  People being attacked are pretty happy too.  A man smiles away as he is attacked from 3 directions, with seemingly little chance of survival..

I hate war, and all the paraphernalia that goes with it but If I have to have a picture of a tank in the house, then may it always be a rainbow one.

Posted in December 2013 Sally Black, Drawing

Sally Black- Christmas lunch

Sally Black, your dedicated artist in residence presents… Christmas Lunch. Even in my overfed state, it still looks sensational.






Thank you so much Sally for sharing this.  Art is a lucky friend indeed to be sharing your Christmas lunch.

I have had a wonderful day and I hope you have as well.  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!