Category Archives: mixed media

M for a Merry Christmas

Christmas Alphabet - letter m

The best gifts are not those under the tree but the people, those who matter most in our lives. May you have lots of lovely Moments with people who you love Most this christmas.

ONE – An exhibition Announcement

rack card final (Click on the link)

BIG NEWS….here is the official Exhibition Announcement/Invitation to opening / Flyer.

Fellow bloggers and artists…you are the first to receive this. They have been printed and are all ready for distribution.Please consider this your personal invitation, feel free to circulate the flyer to anyone who you think may be interested… and a huge thank you again for all your support and encouragement.

Let the music move you….

Christmas alphabet - letter L

The letter L. It would have been obvious to select the word ‘Love’, or ‘Laughter’ or even ‘Life’ for the letter L of this Christmas Alphabet. However, on the 12th Day of Christmas, I have one offering….Let the music move you.

And dance.

Why? Because Life is short and it’s Christmas time, and if not then, when?

Joy to you at Christmas time.

Christmas alphabet  - letter J

Christmas Joy to you at this special time, 15 days before Christmas.

Family ties…

Christmas Alphabet - letter F

The best Christmas gifts are not found under the tree. Whether they are close by, living far away, or sometimes only dwelling in our hearts; it is our family and our friends that give us the best gifts of all, love and a sense of belonging to something bigger than just ourselves.

Three F words for Christmas…Family. Friends. Forever.

Christmas brought to you by the letter B

B is for Believing. Believing is an important, crucial part of the spirit of Christmas. Believing that there is hope for a better, kinder world, with more love and more peace is, for me, a key part of what Christmas means to me.

Christmas is also about Bells, Baubles, Bubbly champagne, and here in New Zealand, it is also about Beaches and summer Barbeques. But above all, B is for Believing in the spirit of Christmas.

A Christmas Alphabet

christmas alphabet A

Here we are at December 1st already. Where has the year gone? The countdown to Christmas starts with the first day of the advent calendar, the Christmas tree decorations being dusted off, and the Christmas parade in town today to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. Also for us in the southern hemisphere, December 1st heralds the start of summer, with school holidays fast approaching, summer days at the beach and long lazy summer days with friends and family, to look forward too.

As there are 25 days to Christmas, I am going to countdown to Christmas with a Christmas Alphabet – a different letter each day.

Today on December 1st, we start with A, of course.

A is, for me, about having an Attitude of gratitude. I think Christmas is about giving thanks, being truly appreciative for the things we often take for granted, and for acknowledging important people we have in our lives. Its about sharing our gratitude with others. Its about saying “I appreciate you”. So, I start my Christmas Alphabet on December 1st with the letter A and the thought of having an Attitude of gratitude at Christmas time.

Working title

This is the mixed media piece I am proposing to use as the main art image for my exhibition promotional materials and as the title of the exhibition. ONE… an exhibition of photography, painting, mixed media art and writing…(or words to that effect).

I think it represents my art and what I am about – it is an original mixed media piece, it is photography, it has a lot of contrast, texture, layers, symbols, text, a sense of drama and, importantly a story.

ONE as in…One word. One image. One wish. One regret. One chance. One voice. One heart. One lesson learned. One moment. One story. One chance encounter. One journey.

One image. One word. Quite a lot riding on it.

Christmas creativity in November…

It was wet and cold on Sunday, so after a visit to our local tertiary institute to check out the recent photography/art/design graduates final exhibition, I filled our dining table with various papers and creative tools. This included old Christmas cards, used wrapping papers, various paper bags, old postcards, ink stamps, pages from old books, stickers, pens, ribbon and string. The children all got busy making their own special things and while they were so busy, I starting making some of my own Christmas decorations using a shape I have had for ages of a dove/angel. I layered lots of assorted found papers, glued them, cut out my angel/dove shape, then finished them off with words I found or made about Christmas.

As I don’t have a tree yet, I strung mine with an old bead necklace that had fallen apart, and attached them to my vintage lamp stand. It turned out rather well, I thought. They move gently with the breeze so you can see both sides, and the light in the evening makes them look especially pretty. They are not perfect. But they are made from the heart and with love, with things from my home. The children’s decorations are equally as charming, although saved for pride of place on the christmas tree!


The dancer.

She was a trial of something new, an attempt to transfer an image onto industrial tape for reasons I can no longer quite remember. Something happened along the way and my image came out quite different to what I had imagined.

I considered throwing it out at the time, but every time I look at it, I just can’t bring myself too. For three reasons; firstly because we learn more when we make mistakes, because that means we tried something new and took a risk. Secondly, because although her image is transformed into something almost unrecognisable, it feels full of movement, colour and passion. And thirdly, simply because she is dancing. And who wouldn’t want a bit more dancing in their life?

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