Thursday, February 26, 2009

Out to art.

Having a dabble in photoshop. My original drawing was done with prismacolor pencils.
I copied it several times to play around with it in photoshop.

I used the artistic cutout option in Filter
and played around with it until
I liked the results, 'Night' & 'Day'

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Finished in Alison's book.

In keeping with Alison's musical theme for her Moleskine in our Moly_x_25 exchange
I wanted to use a slip of old paper I had. It was shoved away with all those, "Might need one day" things. I was going to paste it into Alison's book and then draw over it....... But I couldn't......
Sorry Alison ;0), I might need it one day........ Next best thing was to draw it so I attempted to
render it onto the blank Moly pages. That done, I was not satisfied, it looked boring. So for a week or so the dull, lifeless pages sat on my desk waiting for inspiration to hit. I was way overdue with the posting deadline and beginning to think I would have to send it off as is and hope Melissa could rescue my efforts/lack of.
Eventually inspiration did come from the cover of a book I am currently re-reading,
'The Year of Wonders'by Geraldine Brooks. It's a story about the plague of 1666 and how it devastated the lives of hundreds of villagers in town of Eyam, in Derbyshire. I made the connection of book with paper through the use of Latin in both. And of course I adore the cover art: Amarilla by Frederic Lord Leighton .
Of course my Amarilla is nowhere near as sensuous as Leighton's but I am satisfied with what I have achieved and so pleased to be able to put the LONG OVERDUE Moly into the post.
1666 was a year of war, plague, and fire. In November 1666, John Dryden wrote an epic poem chronicling his year.
from, Annus Mirabilis
O let it be enough what thou hast done
When spotted deaths ran arm'd through every street,
With poison'd darts, which not the good could shun,
The speedy could outfly, or valiant meet.
The living few, and frequent funerals then,
Proclaim'd thy wrath on this forsaken place:
And now those few who are return'd agen
Thy searching judgements to their dwellings trace.
These words could have been penned in February 2009 after the horrific deaths and destruction caused by the bush fires we have experienced here in Victoria.

Friday, February 13, 2009


Being unable to compute for such a long time I was thrilled to find I had received this award from kazumiwannabe
Thank you for your interest in my blog.

Proximidade is described as follows:
This blog invests and believes in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes for self-aggrandizement!
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The rules are: This blog award should be sent to your favorite eight bloggers and they, in turn should forward to eight of their favorites. You should include the text for Proximidade (above) in your announcement blog.

I wish to forward this honour to eight of my favourites.