Too many? Nah!

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So, I cobbed off the bedside table, where all my current reading matter resides, and…hmm. There are a lot of bookmarks (and there are several more fulfilling their designated purpose).

Bookmarks 2

Above, some of my favourites.

Too many bookmarks? Nah 🙂



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4 pm on a Friday afternoon. I had a couple of hours of energy left, but little motivation or inspiration. I could’ve slumped in front of the tv, or done the dishes, or some other boring but necessary chore. Nope. Nope, nope, nope.

Make some art.

I dragged out the biggish drawer of random pieces of largish paper, the shoe box of random bits of smallish paper, the smaller shoe box of text I’ve been clipping from magazines and newspapers for years, and the baggie of short pieces of lace and ribbons. Oh, and the ginormous hatbox of buttons! Plus the sanguine/sepia ink pens. The sewing machine is always set up to go.

“Keep it simple. Random. Don’t think too much,” I told myself.

I drew on a little piece of random paper, just whatever wanted to come out of the pen. Attached it to a piece of watercolour paper – I needed something with a bit of body to support the sewing – with the sewing machine, added log-cabin-ish borders of torn book pages, lace, pattern tissue, buttons, a couple of crooked cross-stitches, and some random text. No overthinking, remember? Quick decisions, no agonizing, no dithering, just git er done. Boom!

Page 1

I liked it.

Three days later I had five pieces:

When I made the first, I thought I was making individual pieces, linked perhaps by materials and use of random text.

I was mistaken.

It appears I’m writing a found poem, a line or two per page, one page at a time. I’m not sure if I’ll bind it into a book of some sort, or put it into a box/case. It hasn’t decided how long it wants to be yet.

I can’t wait to see the next line!

A selection of July drawings

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drawing 20 July 2017

Bird yoga: downward facing bird.

drawing 21 July 2017

Bird yoga: head stand.

drawing 22 July 2017

Bird yoga: corpse pose.

drawing 23 July 2017

Bird yoga: cat pose.

drawing 24 July 2017

Bird yoga: chair pose.

drawing 19 July 2017

Bird yoga: salute the sun.

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drawing 11 April 2017

Some days I just want to set my hair on fire.

Drawing on my clothing

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It’s something always told to children: “Don’t draw on your shirt!”

I love drawing on clothes – there’s something subversive about doing the thing that you’re not meant to do. The above are works in progress, mostly on skirts. I had a bit of a roll of drawing on clothing: four skirts and a shirt so far. I had to force myself to stop and go do other things. And there are so many other things to do; I’m trying to whittle down the heaps of fabric and garments to be upcycled into new garments, and at the same time minimize the amount of material I’m acquiring. I’m succeeding, but only just 🙂

The number of half-started, and un-started, projects was beginning to get a little oppressive. So much stuff. So little time. Limited energy. Gotta sleep occasionally! I write lists, I write down ideas, I make little sketches/thumbnails in an effort to keep hold of all the ideas that scurry round my brain, but I’m still afraid some are slipping through the memory sieve. I keep telling myself it’s okay, you don’t have to do everything, but I want to!

I’m maximizing finishes, minimizing new starts. It won’t last – the siren call of beginning something new and exciting is too loud – but for now, this moment, it feels like progress. Of a sort.

Buzz, buzz, buzz. My brain won’t shut up.


Pushme pullyou

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Double page from my art journal – thinking of the pushmi pullyu from Dr Dolittle.

“Am I heading in the right direction?” Some days I feel pulled in all directions, too many tabs open in my brain, too many demands on my attention and concentration. Torn apart in the middle. Trying to do a hundred things at once and getting nowhere.

I remind myself to breathe. Tackle one thing at a time. Make a list. Make a list and include items already complete, just so I can cross them off 🙂

See: I did achieve something.

Back catalog art

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Collaged book pages on gallery wrapped canvas, watercolour pencils and ink drawings.

I make a drawing every day on a book page, a project I’ve been working on since January 2008. Many of those images make their way into my art in various forms. I love the layer of upside down text; it adds a patina of history and meaning beneath the drawn lines.

Now up for sale in my Etsy shop at

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