Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Naive figure drawing

I keep a memory sketchbook of what happens on my daily walks. I often do little naive drawings of people and thought I needed to learn how to draw them properly. Then I realised I love the naive quality and look forward to seeing more of them in my walking journal. Thought I'd share them as they will remind some of the professional figure drawers where they possibly started!!!
Lots of love from Susan in Australia

Monday, July 16, 2007


I used to have a large garden and grew lots of corn each year. When I down sized into a small home and garden I never imagined I'd grop a little crop of corn in a corner of the garden. I did this sketch last Summer and don't know if it will be the last crop or the beginning of many more. We had drought conditions last Summer so difficult to do the watering. I hope to do another crop this Summer. I love the taste of fresh corn. I eat it straight off the plant and no cooking...yummo.
Lots of love from Susan in Australia

Friday, July 13, 2007

Floral oracle

I enjoy using runes to give me inspiration for living my life. I have used a floral oracle for quite a few years where flowers give meaning and direction to your life. I am making my first deck of flower oracle cards and this winter sweet is my first one. My second card is a violet where I used a lovely piece of cross stitch I did.

I believe in God or a Divine energy and take the flower oracle quite seriously.
Lots of love from Susan in Australia
PS I'll post my other cards as I make them. I am doing it slowly.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Colored doodle

I love doodling while I am on the phone. With this doodle I decided to use water color. I was astonished at all the conflicting colors I used. I usually like painting with nice contrasting colors. Still thought I'd share the results. I am working on some flower doodles at the moment.
Lots of love from Susan in Australia

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Third book

This is my third book and I learnt how to do a basic pamplet stitch. It is a journal celebrating the death of my cat Sooty and it has my journaling and emails sent by many from Ever Day Matters and other friends. I knitted the cover and then embellished with beads. It means a lot to me. I have already chosen my next book binding project...now how to find time to do it.
Lots of love from Susan in Australia

Friday, July 06, 2007

Bell challenge

This is a little china bell with two figures on it that an old friend gave me many years ago. We are in contact on birthdays and Christmas but we used to see each other every week. It is interesting how friends come and go and are here often then only occasionally. I love the bell because it reminds me of her and our wonderful times together. When I moved house I made it a point to only bring things with me that had special meaning and value. The bell was one of them.
Lots of love from Susan in Australia

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Bird challenge

I did these little bird drawings of my favourite black and white magpies and seagulls in my travel journal. A few of the birds are like children's drawings and I can see I haven't drawn them accurately.
I love the magpies where I live as they are on the nature strips in groups of 3 birds and peck around for food and play around the nature strip. I can get within a few feet of them. Some people tame them by giving them pieces of meat.
I like the seagulls too although they aren't a favourite of a lot of people because of their scavanger behaviour. I love walking along the beach with all the birds.
My favourite bird was my budgerigar Tiger. He used to fly around the room when I was a kid and he would run up and down the shelf whistling and fly on top of my head. He would sit on my hands and whistle away and chat to me. He only lived a few years. I have happy memories of him.
Lots of love from Susan in Australia

Monday, July 02, 2007

First book

My first book I now realise is an artist's journal and a healing journal. I made it while I was in hospital in the art room. I painted and collaged various pages torn from magazines and then sewed them together with string and grasses. I made it 4 years ago and only rediscovered it this year when I read about artist's journals and healing journals. I still have a great affection for the little book and it has lots of memories.
As a few people in the Everydaymatters yahoo group also mention bookmaking I thought I would post this photo. I'll post another one next week of a healing journal I made when my cat died.
There is nothing like doing something for the first time. I'm loving my new adventures into book making. As a librarian books are a passion for me.
Lots of love from Susan in Australia