Friday, June 3, 2011


I've always fancied myself as a bit of an artist...but perhaps I'm deluded. I used to do a bit while I was teaching and really enjoyed it.

We have bought a fair bit of art since we've been here in Australia in preparation for filling the walls of the house in NZ, when it gets built. Now it's getting a bit crowded on the walls here, to be honest. But there will be a lot of wall space to fill when Le Manoir is built!

Two of my favourite pieces are by a local Camberwell artist and illustrator called Anna Walker. She exhibited at the Canterbury Primary School Art Exhibition for the last couple of years and we commissioned her to do "Into the Woods" last year and "The Princess and the Frog" this year. Ours are similar to these but Red Riding Hood has a wolf too! The leaves and dresses are made from tiny bits of fabric.

Anyhoo, I was inspired to try to emulate Anna's work when I saw Heather Ross' Far Far Away Collection of fabric. Here is a very bad photo of the Rapunzel fabric (sorry!)

I started this about a month ago so not much progress made yet, I'm afraid. Bear in mind, this won't be the finished product as it would just be a copy of the Fabric design (or what I think passes as a copy!) I'm just trying to get a feel for the watercolours and how they go at this stage.

God knows if I'll ever actually finish anything worth framing. And I have the frame all ready too (ever the optimist!) Shame the paper I bought is the wrong bloody size!

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