141 days…

Nearly 3 weeks and 78 spam comments later and ..

Honey I’m home.


Sorry I am a bit late.

You see, life kinda …happened.

Well work did.  And it is kicking my butt at the moment.

People went on recreation leave, then sick leave and other people resigned and somehow, I went from being a 5 hour a day part-time minion to the stand in 2IC working full-time hours and trying very hard not to appear completely panicked.

And looking back at the last post I can tell you that the opening night of my exhibition was brilliant and I arrived to the sight of a lovely red dot on the grapevine painting.  Finally sold.

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Nothing else has sold yet but with the art on the walls for most of June, I guess there is still time for something to still find it’s forever home.

So  what to tell you.

Its fucking cold.

I hate winter.

Its cold, and damp and grey.

I am having a lazy Sunday, the jobs are done and I have been working on some prep drawings of my next project.

I had my hair done last weekend and took an in-car selfie. (as you do)

Photoshopped for a bit of fun.

Now it has been suggested by several people and encouraged by hubby that I paint it.


Should be a challenge.  But then, everything I tackle has an element of challenge or I wouldn’t do it.

This is done now.  Haven’t decided on a name but I like it.


16″ x 20″ oil on canvas.   For sale if anyone would like it.

Mum’s pup “Toffee” has come to stay for a few days.  The passage is currently barricaded to prevent the great Cat/dog battle which is likely to happen should the Toffmonster venture into MJ’s room.

She is here until Tuesday.  Still chasing that darn ball, when not plotting to bark at the cat.

I thought yesterday as I was driving to art class that it has been a very long time since I did a “what makes me happy” post.  Probably a bit far into this now to really make a long list but here goes.

Sunshine makes me happy, breaking through the mist that hangs over the city on cold winter mornings.

The sound of my son laughing at something while he is using his computer.  Probably a Youtube clip but it is a wonderful sound.

When Big C gets a job interview.  Still to find that elusive full-time job but an interview at least shows people are noticing him.

Time with my friends.  That hello from afar when I need a smile.  Or dinner and a glass of bubbles with a long overdue catch up.

Talking with hubby about our adventure.  Making the plans and talking about what we will do.

Spontaneous date night.

Trying something new, like Vegemite chocolate.  Sounds weird but rather nice I have discovered.

Art class.  Still the perfect happy place.  And just what I needed this week.

For some reason my iPod has suddenly started playing Christmas music…I like Christmas music..but not in May.

Sorted.  A little Adam Lambert now fills the air.

You think I would have more to say after nearly three weeks.

I guess  life isn’t that interesting…



It wasn’t that hard..

to bang a nail or 6 into a cafe wall.

Not sure why I was so panicked.

But I was.  Incredibly anxious about it all.

The weekend was spent taping, wiring, labeling, and wrapping 13 of my best paintings ready to be hung in Lucia’s Spaghetti Bar in the Adelaide Central Market.

Not all of them made it onto the walls.  I ended up only hanging 11 but they look amazing.

I was a little worried about the dark wood paneled walls, but my paintings just seem to pop because of them.

Big C was supposed to help, but he had to work.  I had already asked Miss S and in the end, roped MJ in as well.

And yes, they are friends now and there is only occasional awkwardness when they get together.

Being the control freak I am, I ended up wielding the hammer.  The kids kept busy handing me the dropped nails, and the paintings.

There was a short wait for the last customer to vacate his table to allow us to hang the last three paintings but we got it done in the end.




Thursday night we are having the “official opening” with the paintings remaining on display until the end of June.

So there you go.  This would have to be the biggest step out of my comfort zone that I have done recently.

As I drove the kids home after the job was done, my stomach was still churning with anxiety.  We stopped for icecream at Maccas but it wasn’t until later that evening when I finally felt the stress of the previous few days lift from my shoulders.

My first exhibition is in place.

Who would have thought that when Micael (Rabbit) told me to “Shut up and Scribble just a few years ago, that I would have a room full of my art in the cafe where politicians drink coffee and visiting rock stars and celebs get their breakfast.

It really is pretty cool.

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Minutes drift into hours, hours into days and then another page on the calendar is revealed.

In front of me, it is a nice set of abs on a silver fox of a firefighter, but that is just one of my simpler pleasures perhaps.

I am sitting in my studio, being serenaded by the sound of the washing machine, sipping my coffee and ignoring the mountain of mess in the back room while I take a moment to breathe and assemble my thoughts.

I could say “life has been busy” but life is always busy and as such I am simply stating the obvious.

The roof has been fixed, finally.  The reason for the mountain of mess.  It did seem such a good idea to use the repair of the walk in robe ceiling as a motivator for a grand scale clean out, little knowing that such a monumental chore would require more motivation than I can summon today.  Happily, I can close the door and work on it slowly.

A baby has been born, I have a new nephew, and my oldest has turned 21.  Simple celebrations for both.  I visited the baby.  Took flowers and gifts.  Made the appropriate admiring noises but avoided a cuddle.  He was fussing.  There had been some anxiety.  A long story, no longer relevent.

A family dinner for MJ.  And our personal tradition of breakfast for mother and son.  He had waffles with chocolate and ice-cream.  I had eggs.   No party.  He didn’t want one.

And yes, I feel old

Hubby has spent most of the weekend, including Friday, assisting with an archery tournament being held in the heart of the city. If they don’t shoot straight, it could be the answer to the pigeon problem, although I am fairly sure the city’s birds and others will be perfectly safe.

I am contemplating a wander in to see the excitement of sticks hitting circles but given my mood, that might simply be too hard..although that sunshine is tempting me.  It may just depend on getting that washing done.

My long awaited exhibition plans are finally coming together.  Art will be hung on the 11th May and there will even be an opening on the 14th.  I am yet to tell work that their plans for me to work extra hours on the Monday will need to be changed but for once, I am putting myself first.

Of course, I need to wrangle the kids to help me actually get the bloody things on the walls.  Hubby has used up all his free days and management good-will recently, and wont be able to come and help me bang in required nails, but it surely can’t be that hard to hang a painting or nine.

This is so far out of my comfort zone.  Putting my art up for public scrutiny in one of the oldest and most iconic cafes in Adelaide is both exciting and terrifying.

Hoping I will sell, even just one, would be nice.

But even if I don’t, I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to even display my art like this.

I was back to class yesterday.  Spider declared finished and signed and then I worked on my little waterfall.

Mostly the leaves of the lilies.  Fixing placement, changing shapes, adding light and shade.20150502_115451
More work still to be done while I start thinking ahead for another project.

Minutes in to hours and weeks fade into months.

Less than 6 months now until my trip…