Monthly Archives: April 2014

Tree Mandala

Inspired by Matt Ridgway’s mandalas on deviantART.



Easter Crafting at Sally’s Mill

We just had the most fabulous afternoon of crafting at Sally‘s.  My daughter hasn’t taken her bunny ears off since they were made.  She’s been running around outside with them on, and now she has her headphones on over the top of them.

Sally had some wonderful projects set up for us.  I brought some eggs that I had managed to blow successfully for the first time ever.  Sally also had some boiled eggs ready to decorate.  Last week Sally and I made bases for our moss gardens out of woven willow.  Today we went gathering all different kind of moss and natural objects to pile onto the bases.  I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed the crafting.

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DeviantART Update

Yesterday I set up an account on DeviantART.  I had been looking into selling my art last summer but I didn’t get very far with it.  When I got up yesterday morning I had no idea that I would have art on sale by the end of the day.  It was a spur-of-the-moment thing so I was up late last night trying to deal with the chaos I had unwittingly released.  I’m still a bit shell-shocked! 😮

I’ve only uploaded eleven pieces to my DeviantART Gallery so far but I plan to put more up soon.  I’m also going to try to add a button to this blog to take you to my DeviantART homepage [update: see right].  If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll probably recognise most of the eleven pieces.  The only design that is available for sale so far is the dharma wheel that I mentioned last year.  You can see one version of it in the background to my blog.  A dharma wheel or dharmacakra is a visual representation of the Buddha’s teachings.  For example, the eight spokes represent the Noble Eightfold Path.

The main problem I have at the moment is getting my original pieces of art into digital format.  I haven’t made much progress with Manga Studio, my photography skills are a bit dodgy and my scanner is small and very basic.  I can’t sell anything that is blurry or has low resolution.  I’m working on it. 😉

DeviantART Debut

This evening I joined DeviantART and uploaded some of my pictures.  Here is a link to my DeviantART homepage.  I found the process somewhat confusing but I seem to have managed to set things up okay.  If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll probably recognise most of the art.  I’ve put in a few items that you can get printed out as photos, or on mugs or coasters.  It’s only an experiment.  I’ll be uploading more pictures as I get the chance.

Please let me know in the comments below what you think about the whole idea.  Do you think I should keep my blog free of promotional posts?  Is it off-putting?

Calligraphy Practice

I was going to do another doodle around this quote but there is too much writing.  I decided to practice my calligraphy instead.

calligraphypracticeAs with doodling, if you make a mistake it’s permanent.  Unlike doodling, you can’t cover up your mistake.  Here is today’s final version (click to enlarge).  The first verse is deliberately squished together but it does make it harder to read (see below for the typed words).  It is my attempt at the kind of copperplate font that my nanna used to use.Calligraphy2

It is a quote by D. H. Lawrence, and it says:

When we get out of the glass bottles of our egos

and when we escape like squirrels turning in the cages of our personality

and get into the forests again,

we shall shiver with cold and fright but things will happen to us,

so that we don’t know ourselves.

Cool, unlying life will rush in, and passion will make our bodies taut with power,

we shall stamp our feet with new power and old things will fall down,

we shall laugh,

and institutions will curl up like burnt paper.


Whale Haiku Finished

Whale Haiku Finished

Whale Haiku WIP

Yesterday there was some good news regarding whale conservation.  It inspired me to write a whale haiku to follow on from the dolphin haiku that I did recently.  Here’s the work in progress (WIP):

whalesThere are reference sketches of Internet whales* on the left.  The unfinished doodle is on the right.  You can click on the picture to enlarge it.  If you still can’t read the words, they say:

We may look grumpy

But we are smiling inside

Thank you I.C.J.

We should probably have thanked a lot of other people too but the International Court of Justice initials fit nicely into the haiku format.

* All kinds of animals live on the Internet it seems.