Thursday, March 17, 2011

This blog is retiring

I've been meaning to write this post for a while, hesitating perhaps before I make it official even though I haven't done anything here for some time.

This blog is now officially retired and I will no longer be posting here.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I've met some fantastic people and made new friends. I've rejuvenated my artistic creativity and am bouncing around the world with so much more inspiration than when I started here. But I have finally created the blog on my own website I had planned long before I created this site to use while I had my little newborn Izzy. Izzy will be turning one in a couple of weeks and I had some time on my hands over Christmas that enabled me to set up my proper online home.

So...I will keep what is here, but now you will find me and all my writings over at my new website, now two and a half months old, writing, arting and all round loving the creative blogosphere.

So what will you find on my new blog, Gumnut Inspirations?

Interviews with fellow artists on how they find their inspirations and keep creating.

Me looking over the fence at the artists around us and drawing a crowd when I say, 'hey , have a look at what this srtist is up to.'

My sources of inspiration, what inspires me, and might inspire you.

As I seek out information I need to learn how to art, I'm sharing it. These are the tools of the trade and the bits and pieces that can be hard to find outside a structured class.

Challenges, both hosted by me and others, through the slowly increasing list in the Challenge Directory.

And, of course, my art, my ramblings, everything that was here before I shifted across the web to my new home. I've even installed Google Friend Connect so all my Google Friends can come and play.

You can also find me on Facebook at Gumnut Inspirations and Twitter at Gumnut Inspired.

I would love you all to join me. I do miss some of the fun I had over here and am looking to recreate some of that on my new site and reconnect with those of you I'm missing.

Hope to see you there.

Best wishes,
(totally inspired over at my new blog)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I’ve had several requests for this one, so here it is finally, the first in what I hope is a series of explorations that I’ve tried and can now share with you so you can try.
-o-o-o-Bubble header
I was giving my eldest daughter a bath one night, swirling bubblebath around in the tub, when the bubbles suddenly grabbed my attention. They had a beautiful texture. I wondered if they could carry paint and leave a print on paper. Of course, I had to explore the idea.

Read more on Gumnut Inspirations.

My creative neighbourhood

My creative neighbourhood

This post is part of a series I started some time ago and would like to resurrect here at my new homebase. This is where I look around at my fellow artists and highlight some of the wonderful things they’ve been up to recently. Anything that catches my eye, rattles my brain, or drops my jaw ends up here. Things I feel I need company in oggling at and admiring. If it’s here, it’s good.
For this episode I’m going to do something a little different. This week I’m not oggling at art, I’m admiring a artist’s project that has grown from a spark of an idea to a fully fledged community now sparking more ideas than a campfire full of firecrackers.

Read more on Gumnut Inspirations.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Drawing Lab Challenge #11 results

My results for the latest Drawing Lab Challenge are up over on Gumnut Inspirations. I've been playing with carbon paper and exploring what I can do with it. I got some interesting results.

Experiments with carbon paper

(hope to see you over on my new blog as this one will be closing at the end of the month :( )

Friday, January 14, 2011

Stagnation: the enemy of Inspiration

See a photo of my loungeroom/living room and why I've been missing for the past week or so.

New post up on Gumnut Inspirations.

(hopefully back)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Drawing lab Challenge #11

The next Drawing Lab Challenge is up! Sorry for the absence of the challenge over the holiday period. It ate me.

You can find the new challenge here on my new website

Hope to see you there.

(enjoying her new site, but missing some of you :( )

Monday, January 3, 2011


I've just completed another bubble painting, this time for the Creative Every Day challenge, 'cosmos'.

You can find it here on my new blog - Cosmos

(with mixed feelings about this one)