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26th November…..

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Where have I been for the past month?   I’ve been busy working unfortunately and my art has suffered for it!!!!  I am being inundated with calls for xmas stock but cannot fulfill these obligations as I don’t have time at the moment to make anything.  Well I am doing a small amount but the process is slow as I am limited as to when I can get in my workshop.  Its very frustrating as all I want to do is lock myself in the studio and work I have millions of ideas!!!   As you know I havnt even been blogging as I have nothing to tell you all.   I have got some plans up my sleeve which are buzzing around in my head at the moment which I would like to get into action for the coming new year but SHHHH!!!  cant say anything yet, watch this space….IMG_3033

15th October…..

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I always look out for unusual marks or patterns that we can find in nature and these two are a perfect example of the beauty to be found if you just have a look around.  This a form of lichen on some beach rocks but what interests me is not what it is but rather the great shapes that nature has made.  I think people must think i’m a bit strange so I don’t go around discussing these little hobbies that I have!!   Rocks, sticks, bone, shells, wire  anything can become a fascinating adventure in my strange mind.  A lot of the things that I do find of course become incorporated within my art as you can see by the ceramic pieces that I make.  Sometimes that is the best part about being a fossicker, is finding the next thing you are going to use in a piece and knowing as soon as you see it what it will be used for!!!   So next time you throw away that tin of rusty bits & pieces when you are having a clean out, think of me!!!!  I would have loved that!!!

13th October….

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We had our first swim & dive of the summer season last weekend and even though the water was a tad fresh! it was definitely worth it, can’t wait for summer to arrive…   The water was a crystal clear turquoise and the day was warm, I swam and my family snorkelled and dove on the reef surrounding the edge of the bay.  I managed to have a bit of a fossick around and found some lovely small shells but the day was just perfect for just lazing on the sand and enjoying the sunset.  We finished off with fish & chips  mmm……

16th September….

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As you can see by the date of this post I have had a couple of weeks away from my workshop and any blogging.  I think I needed it, but also I think time has flown once again and I am in demand to do some pieces for two galleries and a commission for a customer.  So back to work and stop grumbling!!!  I gave my workshop a partial spring clean which always gives me the kick up the behind needed to start work on new projects as its all spick & span. But I’ve only done half and a good sweep & dust so all is good. As you can see by the photos I’m doing boats on wood and also some little boat people as they are popular in Busselton because they are small and easily able to travel home with you. I’ve done all the actual vessels and chosen the wood for the bases which is always good fun and Ive made a list of all the further things to do. Im going to do a couple of markets hopefully, one before Christmas and a few in the new year so I need to change tack of my usual art pieces as markets like small, easily carried and packed things!!! So the next few weeks should be fun as Im going to do decorative wall tiles, magnets, mobiles, some jewellery and local greeting cards. I’m not giving away to much at the moment as I havnt started the smaller pieces yet, but I used to do lots of markets a few years back and really enjoyed them and the interaction & feedback from customers. So I will keep you posted…

25th August….

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Well thats another two shows over for another year whew!!!  I had twenty three pieces altogether and twenty sold, so I’m quite happy about that.   Both weekends were successful for the hosts as well so everyone is happy right?    

Now onto the next project which is going to be more sculptural and is due early early September Eeeek!!!!   I obviously work better under pressure and with a deadline looming.  Talk soon I have to go sculpt!!!

20th August….

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19th August….

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