Moving House!

Hi everyone!  Wow - apart from feeling absolutely tired and burnt from both ends through lack of sleep, I'm (ironically) feeling very excited and buzzed about my new site being launched tomorrow!  I know there wont be any whistles or fireworks, but it's exciting none-the-less!  And to parallel this momentous occassion I've been participating in Kelly Rae's e-course which is absolutely jam-packed with ideas for starting a creative biz, maintaining one and building on what you may already have.  There is so  much practical information which is easy for us not-so-computer-literate people to chew on, and so much possibility being thrown around the place - it's quite intoxicating actually!  So yes, very timely for me indeed.  You may notice in the up and coming weeks that I hope to step it up a bit more with my ETSY shop, facebook and twitter as I try and get myself 'out there' a bit more into our on-line village square...  And if you have a moment - I would love you to stop by my blog and have a look at the site tomorrow.  Leave a message and perhaps win a few goodies.  But mostly I'd love to connect with you, hear where you're from, what you do and visit you too! 

This blogger blog has served me so well!  I started blogging as a way to keep family in touch whilst living away from home, and then it morphed into a scrapbooking blog as I jumped into that 4 years ago.  It veered slightly left when I bought my first DSLR and focused on photography with my 52 week challenge until finally coming to rest as an all-things-painting-and-art type blog when I began painting 18 months ago.  No fear!  I wont be changing it again!  But I'd like to mention that it's because of the name of my blog *heart* life that I took on the name Donna Heart for my business!  It has all those little quirky plays on words - like "art" life, "love my life" "love my art" type thingos!  So Donna Heart was born last November and I'm really happy to be taking the next step into my own website and saying goodbye to my humble *heart* life blog which has been so faithful!  (Cue dreamy male voice) ...so folks as the sun sets on this season, we say 'au revoir' to *heart* life and hello to:

See you on the flip side folks!

x don


Counting Down...

Tick tock tick tock - only three more days to go until I launch my new website!!!  Yes folks it is finally happening!  It has taken a while - but only because we wanted it to be perfect.  And I think it's pretty darn close!  That reminds me of a t'shirt I once saw, it read...
"I'm not perfect, but I'm so darn close it scares me" 
And that's how I feel about this site - I'm so very happy with it and I'm sure you'll like it too! 
So please pop on over friday and have a look.  I'd really appreciate it if you could leave a message at the blog too and let me know what you think.  There'll be a giveaway of course - gotta be a giveaway for the opening eh!  So come friday, if you could spread the word through the tribe I would greatly appreciate it.  I'm not at all sad about leaving this little space on the net, because although it has been a fabulous start to my creative biz journey, I feel it's time to take the next step and I'm completely keen to do so! 
It has also been perfect timing for me as I'm participating in Kelly Rae's e-course about starting off and developing a creative biz.  So there's been heaps of great info - authentic sharing, encouragement, tips and tricks to add to my tool box which is really getting me excited to rev things up a bit and get this biz soaring!

So - with that in mind, I should go and catch up on the latest in the classroom.  So good to stop a while and chat - please dont be a stranger, I'd love to know you've stopped in so leave me a message and then I can see where you hang out too!
X Me


Wishing for you...

Dusting off photoshop and teaching myself a few things lately...
It's getting very close to the launch date for my new website, and I'm trying to learn some new ways to jazz up my posts!   It was going to be today, but there's just a few more things to polish off, so fingers crossed, this site will move over to the new one in a matter of days - I hope you come to visit!!!

Lucky Me...

Today we celebrated my nieces 15th birthday.  Wow, the years really zoom past don't they?  Every year I find myself saying (always about now - at the beginning of June) "where has this year gone"  It feels as though the glow of new years' fireworks are still sizzling towards the horizon, and yet at the same time I find myself thinking about a design for christmas cards!? 
And I'm really so accutely aware of the speedy passage of time, especially so having  two small children who are growing at a rate of knotts!  So I'm calling to mind today, (and I'm going to tomorrow as well, and the days to come) the precious moments that make life so worth living.  Like laying down on winter grass in the warm sunshine with a giggling four year old who smells like toothpaste and my perfume ( she helps herself to both), and who tells me I'm the bestest mother in the whole wide world because I let her have anything she wanted to for lunch today...
Lucky me.


People can make a difference...

The shire of our town has made a decision despite the huge outcry from it's ratepayers to bolt our heritage swing to the ground.  The funpolice (aka risk analyst) deemed it too dangerous and a hazard to community health.  Despite the fact that our foreshore remains un-fenced, all swings continue to move freely, the large pond at the Queens Park Ampitheatre remains un-fenced, as are our roads, skate parks are allowed and drinking and alcohol are not banned, the people in power have gone ahead and forced their will on the people.  Please take a moment to see this beautiful piece of history that has now been relegated to a mere park bench.  And all this only days after it's creator Randolph Stowe passed away.  Disgraceful...


Magazine Ads and a re-stock...

wow - check this out!  This is going to be an ad running in the next issue of Artists Pallette magazine.  And to coin an old fashion phrase - I'm totally chuffed :)
Loving the Kelly Rae ecourse at the moment and gearing up with some new goodies for my ETSY shop re-vamp for the launch of the new website next tuesday. 
x me


Experimenting with Print Making...

well tonight folks, I've gone back to my roots.  I bought a lino cutting tool today and have been playing.  The last time I did this was at high school in my TEE class which was twenty *coughcough* something years ago...  And it's been lots of fun I must say.  I found these small square rubber blocks which are so easy to carve into, and the great thing about them is that you can use both sides.  I plan on using the single image as a repeating pattern on a background to a painting soon, wait and see :)

Anyhoo, here's some pics of what I was playing with tonight.  Wondering what else I can do with these little guys?  Small gift cards, tags perhaps?  Well I have a few more of them and hope to get cutting this week.  I thoroughly recommend them, but just dont ask me what they;re called, as I've thrown out the packaging - oops!!!  I'm thinking of turning one into my logo, so I'll see how that goes... 

the image at the top of the page which I've aptly titled "flower head seed pod thingo" was the drawing I chose to carve into the rubber stamp pad - as seen below.  I actually prefer the leaves in the pencil drawing, but there wasn't the room on the block...
I quite like it - it's sort of like a garlic flower head crossed between a corn plant... 
Feel free to leave some words of wisdom - or just say hello for a chat - it's nice to meet people :)
x me


Precious Gifts of the Heart Variety

The other day I was chatting with a friend on facebook.  She's a very talented artist and I have gained such inspiration and strength from her over the years.  She's a truly authentic soul who walks to the beat of her own drum and I have always loved that about her - a free spirit she is.  Anyway, we decided to do a swap.  A painting for a piece of jewellery.  So I had a look at the items in her shop and then had an idea of her making something for me instead...  She's a 'yes' person and whole heartedly agreed.  The next minute I know, I get a text message saying this will be in the mail monday. 

How gorgeous is this!  So, if you haven't realised it yet - it's the heart from my logo.  And I absolutely love it.  You should check out her other beautiful bits and pieces here.  And she also does comissions.  Go on, have a look!

In other news, my website is almost complete and I now have a launch date of June 8.  I'm so looking forward to it.  Hope you'll pop over and have a look!
X Me


Revamping Blue Lady

and here she is - the finished painting (except  I have yet to do the resin pour, but i wanted a photo before that stage in case the shine got in the way of the photo)
I like her - I think the flowers giver her such a lift and place her in a space that I would love to be in...  She looks to me now as if she is about to break out into a big sunny smile :)
Thanks for stopping by,
x me


Reworking an oldie...

Hi folks!  I've just made this short video of me re-working an old painting that i've had in the studio for a while.  I wanted to see if I could manage windows movie maker.  It's not fancy - but here 'tis!  Oh - and it's not finished yet either - so I'll post a completed image soon!  Thanks for stopping by!
x me

ps: the music is by Bob Evans and it's called
Dont You Think it's Time
from the album
Suburban Songbook


I'm Getting Published!!!

If you get the latest edition of Artist's Palette magazine (issue No86) and turn to the inside back cover, then this is what you'll see...
Oh my lordy!!!  As we say in our house - how 'citing!!!
It is the first time I've been published and I can hardly believe it! 
(happy dance here!!!!)

Have a great week everyone
x me



From this.....

To this!!!

I've still got some gold leafing and another pour of resin, but justthought I'd show you ho wit's progressing.  I so love the glassy glossy gorgeous finish. 
It makes the painting POP!

AUCTION anyone???

Hi all!  Just thought i'd post a few photos of some works in-progress...  I'd say each of these are about half to three quarters finished...  I've had a whole day in teh studio - so whilst they're all having som edrying time, I thought I'd take some shots and post them for yout o have a look-see...  I'm also going to attempt to do a resin pour on a few of these, so wish me luck as it's the first time and I hope I don't botch it all up!!!  As for the girl - well, I just felt she needed a face-lift so watch out for her - i have a good feeling it's going to look awesome (if I do say so myself!) 
 One of these will also be up for auction to help raise funds for my brother.  You can read more about his efforts here... he is part of a team of Aussie firefighters who will be running from the west coast to the east coast of America later inteh year to raise awareness of the amazing work that emergency services perform, honour their fallen mates from Sep 11 and also raise money for burns units in aussie hospitals - so all round an awesome cause and a great reason to put a bid in to the auction.  Stay tuned as I'll post more specific details in about a week... 


Creating Mixed media again...

just a quickie today :)  I've been creating, and it feels GOOOOOOD!  The time has gone waaay too quickly, and of course i didn't get as much done as i wanted too - but one can't rush these things!  It's good to be started again.  I want to keep the momentum going and finish these off soon.  Stay tuned!

In other news, my web site is almost ready - yay!  I'll let you all know when the launch date is set and there will just have to be some giveaway goodies involved in that of course!

Hope your day is filled with peace and flowers :)

x don


the War of Art

Wild brumbies, photo taken east of Wiluna, Western Australia

"Look in your own heart.  Unless I'm crazy, right now a still small voice is piping up, telling you as it has ten thousand times, the calling that is yours and yours alone.  You know it.  No one has to tell you.  And unless I'm crazy, you're no closer to taking action on it than you were yesterday or will be tomorrow.  You think resistance isn't real?  Resistance will bury you.
You know, Hitler wanted to be an artist.  At eighteen he took his inheritance, seven hundred kronen, and moved to Vienna to live and study.  He applied to the Academy of Fine Arts and later to the school of Architecture.  Ever see one of his paintings?  Neither have I.  Resistance beat him.  Call it overstatement but I'll say it anyway: it was easier for Hitler to start WWII than it was for him to face a blank square of canvas."

excerpt from the war of art by steven pressfield

Pretty confronting stuff eh?  But haven't you felt it too?  I have tuned in to the whisperings of my heart, the still small voice that prompted me to take up my brush boldly and look fear in the face and start painting.  I have stepped through some fairly flaming hoops when it comes to acting on my dreams (starting my own business 5 months ago, launching my brand...).  But regardless, I am still faced with resistance every day, every time I so much as think about my next project or creation.    Most of the time it is a constant battle. There is this split between wanting to use my time for mothering, and also for creating and building my buiseness - (but that is for another blog post to come!) Occassionally the planets align, my muse is firing, the ideas are clear, the kids are... (I have children?!)  and there is a space in time that exists for me which is longer than a stolen minute here and a thieved minute there.  Time that stretches out quietly and empty waiting for me to be in it.  Long amounts of time bulging with possibility.  Occassionally... 

But most of the time it is a balancing act (or war?) between motherhood, excitement of a new idea birthed, fear of not being 'good enough' and resistance to begin the thing I desperately desire to do!   So I do acknowledge that resistance is a true enemy, but!  (and here's the saving grace) persistance is an ally that can stare resistance down and make it cringe and crawl back to the  dark place where it belongs.  Persistence is something I am trying to befriend and walk daily with.  Persistance is a very dear friend.  She is strong and wont take abuse from resistance at all.  She muscles her way in to the creative space and plonks herself in front of the blank square canvas.  Squares up to it and says "let me at it - I love a new beginning!"

So even though I'm at war with resistance, I am desperately trying to sow into my relationship with persistance.  I have always loved this poem and have recalled it to mind many times whilst studying, or in the middle of a course, or in disciplining my children for the tenth consecutive time in the same day over the same issue...  So I will leave you with the very wise words of Calvin Coolidge, he sums it all up so perfectly and profoundly...

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education alone will not; the word is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent


Paying it Forward...

A heartfelt thankyou goes out to the lovely Oonagh from CeltoiCroi who nominated me for this blog award.  There's my blue again!)  Go and check out her blog - she has the most beautiful, intricately burnt designs onto wood.   I would so love to have one of them in my house, especially the tree of life! 

And so now it is my turn to pay it forward to three lovely bloggers, so here goes...

Tracey of  'i close my eyes in order to see' is an absolute powerhouse.  If she's not sewing then she's scrapping, or teaching, or helpin gout down at the kids' school or fundraising or something.  The girl is a super-mum!  So check out her lovely things for sale here - especially those wrist bags, love 'em!

Jo Luscombe, of HOTSILVER is sooo HOT!  Yes, I am proud to say that this hottie is a friend of mine and an awesome silversmith artist to boot (amongst other talents as well - music, painting, house building, stained glass, murals... rennaisance woman i tell ya)  But if you'd like an original gift for a friend or a treat for yourself, go and have a look-see at her beautiful creations here on her site  

Last but certainly not least, I'd like to do a shout-out to the queen of clusters (the scrapbooking kind that is!) Poppysmum...  What can I say - every time i look at her scrapping, I just want to scraplift them all.  She has a great eye for design, colour and layout, and although she reckons it's all just pushin' paper around, she does it oh so very well!  Thanks Mel!  So go over to Blooming Poppy for a look and a scrap lift or two :)

Well folks, that's it for now.  I've just finished reading the War of Art by Steven Pressfield ( the Legend of Bagger Vance) and for any artists out there I thoroughly recommend it - absolutely!  As a matter of fact, I think I'll add a few more quotes to some up and coming posts.  I've said it before, but I have to say it again, he's really very kick-ass.  If you are resisting doing the very thing you want to do, the thing that your heart is aching to do but for some reason you are putting it off, then read his book.  It's for you !

On that note, I'll go and get stuck into my new book...  The Divided Heart by Rachel Power, which is already shapin gup to be a fabulous book.  More on that later too...

Good night all, x me


Hot on the heels of mother's day...

this looks interesting!  I am fascinated by mothering styles across our global village and different childrearing practices...  How beautiful is this!


Thoughts on Contributing in The Big Pond...

As some of you may know from this post, I was accepted a few weeks ago by the royal art collection to submit a piece for an exhibition in Dubai...  Having come through the process whereby I have been required to create a piece of work within a set theme and size dimensions, I now remember all too well why I made a decision at the start of the year not to do any commissions at all in 2010!

Something changes when I have parameters.  I think it has something to do with my sense of freedom, my 'painters self asteem' and the boundaries I place on myself to create something more awesome and new and wonderful than ever before.    Although I did have a theme and set size to work with, it was always my right to interpret that theme anyway I see fit, so technically I should have felt free to create away to my hearts content, but for some reason, I felt as though i was waaaay back at the beginning again.  All the old fears and worries raised their ugly heads.  The voice inside that says things like " who do you think you are being a part of this - have you seen the other entrants' work?"  "you've got to be kidding - who are you trying to fool"  and on and on, was very hard at work trying to distract me from my task at every turn. 

This is the very same voice that up until now I have dealt very harshly with and for the most part sent packing.  I recognise this 'voice' as part of my ego.  That part of me that actually wants to protect me from harm.  To protect me from failure and embarrassment and  critique.  And that's all well and good (thanks for looking out for me Ego) but I for one do not want to be kept captive to such limiting views.  I have always loved a good challenge.  Actually, in the past I think I have actually thrived on them ( which is why I accepted in the first place I suppose...).  So why is this work any different?  I'm not sure.  I think perhaps it's because a very personal and intimate part of ourselves is put 'out there' for all to see and critique and love or hate when we hang our art in an exhibition (and I've never exhibited before).  But my intuition, which has served me well thus far says to have a bit of faith in myself, that nothing is achieved by sitting back on my haunches.  That I have to get 'out there' where it's uncomfortable, in order to grow.  I do know I have a burning desire to 'sit' under another painter and be mentored and taught  I have SO much to learn, and I would just love to see how others apply paint and achieve their imaginings on canvas, so there's definitely a part of me that says "oh you're not ready for this - you're just so new, give it a while"  And so the battle goes!

 Yes, I still do feel like a very small fish in a very big pond when it comes to things like the Dubai Exhibition (I've seen the other artists - man are they good!) , but the practical side of me says that they didn't have to choose me if they didn't like my art.  "Yeah but they were probably short on artists and were just taking what they could get" (Mr Ego) Well, my answer to that?  Who cares!  For whatever reason, I was chosen, and that is a blessing and I'm thankful.  It's nice to have things swing my way once in a while ;)


The War of Art

"Why have i stressed professionalism so heavily in the preceding chapters?  Because the most important thing about art is to work.  Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.
Why is this so important?
Because when we sit down day after day and keep grinding, something mysterious starts to happen.  A process is set into motion by which, inevitably and infallibly, heaven comes to our aid.  Unseen forces enlist in our cause; serendipity reinforces our purpose.
This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers (insert 'artists' here if you like, or painter, or designer etc) don't.  When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us.  The Muse takes note of our dedication.  She approves.  We have earned favour in her sight.  When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetised rod that attracts iron filings.  Ideas come.  insights accrete.  Just as resistance has its seat in hell, so Creation has its home in heaven.  And it's not just a witness, but an eager and active ally."

I love this book - it is so kick - ass!!!
x me


For the Fallen

Tomorrow is ANZAC Day.  A day when Aussies and Kiwis remember the brave men and women who fought and served to protect our country, our way of life and our freedoms.   May we never forget their selfless acts of service and courage. 

For The Fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,

England mourns for her dead across the sea.

Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,

Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal

Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,

There is music in the midst of desolation

And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;

They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;

They sit no more at familiar tables of home;

They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;

They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,

Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,

To the innermost heart of their own land they are known

As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,

Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;

As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,

To the end, to the end, they remain.

Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
New Zealand and Australian soldiers landing at Anzac Cove, 25 April 1915.


The Road to Dubai!

Hey folks - got some exciting news to share!  Last night I received an email to say that i'd been accepted to show a piece of art in an exhibition in Dubai through the Royal Art Collection!!!  To say I'm excited about this one is an understatement indeed.  Nervous as hell - absolutely.  I've got to make a May 12 deadline now for this painting, so the heat is ON!  Watch this space over the next few weeks as I tackle the challenge of painting to a theme and size restrictions.  But how cool to have a piece of my art on display in Dubai with others from around the globe! BIG Yay!!!  So I htink I'll have to start taking heed of my own words and trust in the direction that my dreams are leading me...
x me


You too are a masterpiece!

This is absolutely beautiful!  We are all so different yet a common thread runs through us all...
To women around the world!!!
Every one, a masterpiece!
x donna

Veiled Flight

here's the latest from my studio...  It is a pice inspired (again) by the gorgeous seed pods of the Kapoc tree...  I'm getting so much out of exploring layering  and various techniques and textures...  Although this would look great in my kitchen/dining room, i will put it up for sale...  If it's one thing i've come to realise, it's that in letting go, we make room for more.  For more ideas, for new ideas, for growth and forward movement.  Although i do have favourites, i also love to see them go to someone who has fallen in love with it.  When the painting chooses a person, you cant stand in the way!  And i enjoy knowing that my heart remains wide open for more, more , more!
x donna


Let's Be a Voice For The Children...

Hands up if you like chocolate...  Yeah, I've got mine up too.  But until recently, i had absolutely no idea what was going on in the broader picture, every time I bought and chomped into a lucious piece of milky chocolate (room temperature if you please).  I had no clue that thousands and thousands of children in third world countries were being used as labour in the production process - do you?  Does it make a difference to you to know that?  It does now to me...  Have a look at this short video - and let's get behind the little people who don't have a voice, who don't have anyone to speak out for them, who have no 'top cover'.  If you don't purchase chocolate that isn't fair trade marked, then the product will sit on the shelves, and the shops wont re-stock it...  If the fair trade products continually walk out the door, then they'll stock more and more - it's a simple case of supply and demand. 
And there could be no better reason, and no better season than now to have a heart change...

Happy Easter everyone, I'm off to Woolies to find some right now - wanna come with me?
x donna


toward the sun

swirling,  twirling,
fat brush thin brush,
 fingers creeping
ink weeping

seed pods grow
leaves flow
across a sea
of blue and green
things unseen
secrets revealed
layers peeled
and leave you asking
is it love?

or expectation
a seed takes root
toward the sun
despite the odds
it presses forth
and leaves you with a sense
of hope...


Fond memories...

here 'tis!  my first painting on paper, and i had such fun watching this piece evolve.  It was inspired by the seed pods from the african mahogony tree which grows really well especially in the kimberly region...  Its shady canopy provides relief on hot days in places where the natural flora is low.  I planted one of these trees in my back yard in halls creek many years ago - it was a bare gravel yard with a few stringy eucalypts along the back fence.  over the years, whenever i drove past that house on my way from Broome to Kununurra I'd see it as it grew over the height of the fence and past the roof top to give a wonderful shade to the house and yard...  I can't wait to see this one framed, i just love it!
what are you up to in your creative space tonight?
x donna


Mahogony Inspiration...

here's a sneak peek at something i'm working on at the moment.  I'm so enjoying this piece that i hardly want it to end!  I'm loving the layers, the bits peeping through, the suggestions of something else - not quite visible but there in the background.  i loved the drippy ink stage at the beginning and how it inspired me to delve further.  i just really love it!  I think i'll definitely have to explore this further. Now to name it.  I've never had to name something abstract - this will be fun!  i hope you enjoyed your peek!

have a great weekend,
x donna

A Reminder to Myself...

i have to be brave with my life so that others can be brave with theirs...
i'm re-posting this today because more than ever before, i need to hear these words again.  I need to marinate in them and go back to them. Sit with them for a while.   It's been a tough couple of weeks parenting-wise, but this is where my heart really is - here, in the day to day.  growing these small people into the adults they are meant to be, because i know they will bless the world. 
x me


Nearly There...

just deciding if it needs a little extra detail, or to be left well enough alone...  any suggestions?  I'd love to know what you think!

x donna

ps I'm revelling in the feeling of complete joy that rain brings .  We haven't had rain in at least 5 or 6 months... 


My First Landscape

i have a canvas that is over two meters in length and only 43 cm wide!  When i saw it at Jacksons, i just decided that i needed the challenge!  You may have seen the videos i posted a few days ago now where i actually started by dripping paint all over it?  well this is what i came up with today - well, snapshots of it anyway!  I had one of those sessions where i just got lost in the creative vortex.  i got sucked in to that place where time stands still and my muse directed my brush and it all came together with a freedom i rarely engage in...  it's not quite finished yet.  not quite, but almost.  I hope to have it completed by tomorrow night.  Actually I had plans to complete it tonight, but one of the peeps woke up crying with a sore ear, so i was needed for some serious cuddle-therapy...  anyway, let's hope i manage a miracle tomorrow! 
and here's a bit of video to show a section of the process.  I only have one mp3 song - sorry!  so you get to hear it a few times!  I must download a few more for next time. 
 (musical credit goes to Lisa Hannigan, An Ocean and a Rock)

have a  great weekend wherever you are
x donna


Photoshop Action and my Booty!!!

just playing with some photoshop actions... i'm sure the purists amongst you will be tsk-tsking a disappointed glance in my direction with the mention of it.  But when one has the desire for such things, but not the time, i'm telling you, I for one am a convert.  At the click of a button, an average photo can become sharper, lighter, pop with colour, black and white, vintage or sport a nostalgic honey glaze...  These ones here are almost black and white, but with a hint of cinamon - just a suggestion of colour and i love it.  The original was way too pink for me.  Something also happens to my photos when i rotate them from lanscape to portrait - the pinks suddenly become almost fluorescent, so it was nice to bring them down a notch or two!

and more happy news today...  look what arrived by courier for me today!  The bookmarks - yay!!!  I'm very impressed with their quality and everyone's turned out fabulously.  That's my birdie on the left pile and some of the others' on the right.  And i also received four absolutely beautiful hard-cover coffee table books which i can't wait to devour.  Even from a quick flick I can tell I am going to find some inspiration within their pages.

This one is all about Indian textiles - yummmmm
and look at this space!  I now have a new dream corner for my dream home - a place to catch the rays and read - pick a spot, anyspot...

well, i hope you're gearing up for a relaxing weekend with the ones you love.  Don't forget to make a mark on the world!
x me


Would you like to see how i do what i do???

here's my first painting video!  it's not fancy - butlike most things in my life - i have to strike whilst the iron is hot!  well i dont know abou tany irons, but it sure was hot today!!!  Being an artist or creative and a mum of little people means you sometimes have to take the opportunities as they present themselves!  So you'll see interactions with my children as well - there's no perfect unhindered silence in this studio.  These videos will be first take only - no rehearsals and any manner of interruptions alog the way!  so i hope you like them.

Miss Moo was a bit upset and having a slight 'hissy fit' in her room - so i had to break this up into two videos and go and check that the screams weren't pain related :) (see what i mean about only doing one take lol)
ed: She was fine - it was just a misunderstanding :)

I would love some feedback if you can. Thanks for watching :)
x me

drippy drippy love paper

so here's my next project!  I've bought some really lovely yummy, heavy watercolour type paper to do my next piece on.  I really love the look of a piece of art behind glass, so hopefully I'll end up framing this one.  I also bought a tripod the other day with the flipcam - so i'll endeavour to get that set up today and start filming a new canvas  - the loooong skinnnny one.  I haven't measured it yet - but it has to be at least 8 feet tall!!! I've been deliberating over whether to create a landscape or portrait oriented piece - and decided to go with landscape.  I have an idea, and i'll see how it goes!  So i'll be working on two at once, finally!
Hope you're having a great day wherever you are, doing whatever life has lead you to
x donna


My First VLOG!!! (albeit a tad late...)

ok - so i'm about 9 hours late - I suppose if you're in the northern hemisphere this will be fine :)  but the whole excersise was a learning curve for me - just wanted to know i could get through the whole process from recording to uploading!  IDid i mention how much i love this little camera???
x me

Do you feel like a chuckle?

In another life, I was a primary school teacher, so this really appeals to my sense of humour :)

The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture.
'Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's a doctor.'
A small voice at the back of the room rang out, 'And there's the teacher, she's dead.'

i'm trying to upload a vlog from my flipcam, but not having much luck... press on!

x me


Painting BIG!!!

wow!  I've finally completed my first really big (well for me anyway) canvas!  It measures about 1 m x 80cm.  It is a hwole new feeling and experience to go big - to get the whole arm moving as marks are made.  And now i think i'm definitely hooked!  I think the key would be to have a few on the go at the same time as i wasted time during the drying process for some of the layers where i could have switched over to another.  Lessons learnt...
I'm thinking of purchasing some type of flip camera - to tape my painting perhaps and load up here to the site.  If you have any experience with this i'd love to hear from you, esp regarding brand names/capacity and things to watch out for.  I'm researching the net of course, but experience is golden :)
I've so much to say - have been reading some great books recently about starting out in business, and running a business on the net.  But I'll have to wait until i'm not running out the door to do my errands.  Just wanted to share my latest with you.  so what do you think?  Honestly!!!

x don


LA to Ground Zero in 26 days. Remembering the fallen...

18 Firefighters. 26 days. 7392km. LA to Ground Zero New York

23 Feb 10 19:44 PM

Posted by Bradley Hosking for the CHILDREN'S BURN UNIT - PMH

Well I guess it's just not fair asking for your money without somehow doing something to earn it. So with this in mind and keeping with the whole 'Firefighter' theme, I've set myself a challenge to run the entire Busselton half Ironman run leg in 2/3rd's turn out kit and full BA (breathing aparatus) The set I will be using is the MSA BD-96 compressed air (not oxygen) BA set. It weighs approx 16kg and supplies air on a demand basis. The set will be on display and available to try on at the 'Tour Of Duty' tent we will have set up at the expo. So get on down try it on and make a donation per kg of extra weight I will be lugging around that course. Go a step further and enter the sweep to determine my overall run time with the winning time taking home a 30% share in the overall takings!!! So the more people that take a punt, the bigger the winnings and the more the PMH burns foundation benefits. Everyoners a winner baby! See you at Busso.
Ed: at the time of posting this, we find ourselves being torn - our brothers and sisters in Haiti especially have called on us for financial support.  But every dollar counts.  Be sure to watch out later in the year as Mel and Kochie follow this awesome event on morning sunrise - as we all band together to remember the sacrifices made on Sep 11...
PLEASE - could you forward this on to your family and friends.  Lets make a difference
X Donna