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3.54 am!

The alarm will go off at 4:00am. The taxi will be here at 4:30am and our flight leaves at 6:30am! We’re off to Far North Queensland to a sleepy resort town called Mission Beach. Remind me to tell you about the time we accidentally discovered Mission Beach and how we all left our hearts there.

So on the first Anniversary of my 50th Birthday and planning a mini getaway, of course I would choose Mission! Today we leave for five glorious days and apparently the weather is going to be superb!

I’ll be back later! With photos and updates!

September 30- Relaxing!

Relaxing.

Dear Tara and Sandra,

By the time you read this poem, I’ll be on the banks of river

Camping.

Soaking up sunshine, and probably damaging my liver,

With too much wine, and too many songs

Relaxing and doing nothing wrong.

Camping is my happy place, to feel the sunshine on my face,

Kick off my shoes and feel the sand beneath my toes

Stare into space and let my mind wander wherever it goes!

When we are camping, not much gets done,

We might fish, drink wine, do art have fun!

Away from home I’m free to be me,

Relaxing under the swaying gum trees!

Another month has come and gone,

#sketchathon, #BlogfestSeptember and #poetember are done.

I’ve drawn animals, machinery, trees and more

Written poems and lines and rhymes galore.

As always much fun has been had, even made some new friends.

But all good things must come to an end,

Looking forward to Octobers challenges-

Working out the prompts sometimes takes some balancing.

Thanks again for challenging me.

#poetember #kickinthecreatives #blogfestSeptember

September 27- Headware

Headwear

When it comes to headwear, there are lots to choose from.

There are peaked caps and golf hats and some that are dumb!

There are safety hats in fluorescent bright colours

a mortar board is worn by university scholars.

Crochet beanies and knitted pixie hats too,

Eskimo wear parka hoods inside their igloos.

Aussie Ackubra are made from rabbit pelts-

Bonnets of cotton and Fez caps made from felt.

Silky Skull caps to pray in, net hats for hygiene

Keep hair from food when you work in the canteen.

A tiara for a Princess, a Crown for the Queen.

A prettier sight I’m sure I’ve never seen.

Some people wear head wraps in colours so bright.

And boxing headgear are worn when in fights.

Helmets are worn by the rugby league players,

White powdered wigs are worn by judges and lawyers.

When attending the races, its custom to wear

a little pillbox or a big picture hat to hide your hair!

In days of old nurses all wore paper hats,

But the Sisters wore hats with wings like a bat!

Babies wear bonnets to keep their heads warm.

Captains on ships wear caps as part of their uniform.

Bee Keepers wear veiled hats to avoid a bee swarm

Some milliners have made hats an art form!

So you see there are many types of headwear

I think I’ll just stick to styling my hair.

#poetember #kickinthecreatives

September 27- Headwear.

Headwear

When it comes to headwear, there are lots to choose from.

There are peaked caps and golf hats and some that are dumb!

There are safety hats in fluorescent bright colours

a mortar board is worn by university scholars.

Crochet beanies and knitted pixie hats too,

Eskimo wear parka hoods inside their igloos.

Aussie Ackubra are made from rabbit pelts-

Bonnets of cotton and Fez caps made from felt.

Silky Skull caps to pray in, net hats for hygiene

Keep hair from food when you work in the canteen.

A tiara for a Princess, a Crown for the Queen.

A prettier sight I’m sure I’ve never seen.

Some people wear head wraps in colours so bright.

And boxing headgear are worn when in fights.

Helmets are worn by the rugby league players,

White powdered wigs are worn by judges and lawyers.

When attending the races, its custom to wear

a little pillbox or a big picture hat to hide your hair!

In days of old nurses all wore paper hats,

But the Sisters wore hats with wings like a bat!

Babies wear bonnets to keep their heads warm.

Captains on ships wear caps as part of their uniform.

Bee Keepers wear veiled hats to avoid a bee swarm

Some milliners have made hats an art form!

So you see there are many types of headwear

I think I’ll just stick to styling my hair

#poetember #kickinthecreatives

Art coming soon!

September 26- Friend

Friend

When I was younger and at school,

I read this poem and thought it cool!

“True friends are like diamonds- precious and rare

False friends are like autumn leaves- found everywhere”

I always wished I would have one true friend,

Someone to share my life with till the end.

Over the years they came and they went,

not understanding what true friendship meant.

Until the day that Deanne came along,

We clicked together like lyrics and songs.

We met at our job, and got all the crap shifts,

But it was blessing disguised as a gift.

We talked about life, and family and things,

We talked about feelings and realised we were kinda like twins!

My true friend is precious and rare!

Its been 31 years and we make such a pair.

Next year we are taking an overseas holiday

to the UK, and we’ll laugh and sing and play!

31 years is precious and rare.

And I wouldn’t swap her on a dare!

I don’t share well, you find out soon

For her I’d travel to the moon!

She’s my “Bestie” there will never be another,

More precious to me than any other.

#poetember #kickinthecreatives #BlogfestSeptember

There is no art today! It was a crazy hectic day, school holidays, one daughter home sick, and another daughter with ante natal appointments so watching small people does not leave a lot of time for art! I’ll catch up tomorrow. We’re off camping by a river!

September 23- Musical.

Musical

Musical is the rain on an old worn tin roof,

Its romantic as long as the roof is waterproof!

Musical is the sounds of the magpies warbling

Just as the evening sky starts darkening.

Musical is the sound of the waterfall bubbling

Over the rocks as it makes its way gurgling

From high in the mountains, down to the sea,

Musical are the waves crashing to me!

Musical is the sound of small people laughing,

Or the way they sing a silly song full of waffling

words that are silly and nonsensical-

Being with Grandchildren is like a festival.

Musical is nature, it never fails to astound me,

The groan of a branch, the whisper of a tree.

The snap of the twig, and the sigh of the breeze.

None of these musical sounds are recorded-

But those who listen for them are rewarded.

#poetember #kickinthecreatives

#sketchathon #Septemberblogfest

September 22- Wealth.

Wealth

An abundance of valuable possessions or money,

It sweetens life- just like honey!

A plentiful supply of a valuable thing,

Pearls and diamonds, necklace and a matching ring!

For me wealth is not just things,

You can keep all the diamond rings!

For me wealth is family and love,

Blessings from Jehovah above!

For me wealth is found in a good book,

One you can’t put down, not even to cook.

For me wealth is found in a special song,

The tune that dances in your head all day long.

Wealth is abundance, I have plenty of that

The love of my Grandchildren and my cat!

The little arms that squeeze you tight,

The purr of the cat, deep in the night.

For me wealth is found in special places,

Deep in the forest, at one with nature.

Wealth for me is seeing the sun rise,

Hearing the warbling cry of the Magpies.

For me wealth is gazing into a fire,

Camping alone with my hearts desire.

Wealth for me is the love of my Man,

the hugs that he gives, when he’s holding my hand.

Keep all the riches, the diamonds and pearls.

I’d rather play with my little Grand girls.

Money can’t buy the wealth I possess,

The beauty that Jehovah created is no contest!

#poetember #kickinthecreatives

#sketchathon #Septemberblogfest

September 18- Museum

Museum

I love the museum, I think Im a nerd!

All those stuffed animals, especially birds!

They look so life like, it’s hard to believe,

God created them all along with Adam and Eve.

I love the museum, they have signs in braille

And hanging from the ceiling, skeletons of whales.

Hard to imagine something so huge!

Maybe its all just a subterfuge?

I love the museum, they have special events.

A display on Viking life, they did present.

Where Viking ships and gold were on display

It took us right back to the Viking days!

I love the museum, especially the outside display,

Where you can walk through a jungle and see fish play.

Smell the damp earth and see all the bugs.

And what is that black bird there? Eating a slug!

I love the museum, I think I’m a nerd.

All those stuffed animals, especially the Aussie birds!

There’s a whole section of Indigenous art

Indigenous ways of life, the cruelty breaks my heart!

I love the museum! Yes I know! I’m a nerd!

#poetember #kickinthecreatives

#sketchathon #septemberblogfest

Two pieces today!

I forgot to tell you in yesterdays post about the newest challenge I am doing. I find when I schedule myself to do something I tend to get them done. So each day in my journal is a check list of things I want to get done at the moment it looks like this….

  1. Bible study 15 minutes (with a little box that I can tick off as its done)
  2. Drawing- 15 minutes
  3. Water- 3 x 800mls= 2.4 litres
  4. 10,000 steps
  5. Shedding the weight Meditation
  6. Read at least one chapter of current book.

So it seems silly to some people but for me if I don’t hold myself accountable I will put these things aside, and so what if I don’t read a chapter of my book? Well, I won’t finish it and then I wont hit my end of the year reading goal “Read 40 Books

Its been said that if you do a thing for 21 days it forms a new habit, so by scheduling these things and ticking them off I am helping myself create new habits. I am so bad at drinking water, so that is an important one. I also track this on my Fitbit app! Shedding the weight meditation I am doing with Oprah and Deepak Chopra, its to help us change our thinking and to shed the weight by shedding thoughts and feelings that are negative and I am enjoying it, but by the time I have time to sit down and do the meditations, sometimes I am sleepy and cant be bothered, but then I don’t want to look at this list before bed and see that I haven’t checked it off! So I force myself to do it, it ends Sunday and I’ve only missed one day which I did the next day anyways! And the drawing reminder, well, research shows that if you do something for as little as 15 minutes a day you improve at that thing, and who doesn’t want to improve their drawing skills? Bible study is pretty self explanatory as well. I do an in home bible study afternoon each Wednesday but if I don’t do any for the other six days its a bit pointless.

So this week I found a new challenge, my Bloke says “She loves a good challenge” its called the “100 days project” and the goal is to chose anything at all, to do for 💯 days and take a photo and post it on Instagram with the hash tag #100daysproject I figured that while I am doing this art course and posting that online I might as well make it a little bit more exciting by making it a challenge!

Speaking of art… today I finished two pieces, both of which I don’t actually love, but I didn’t avoid them, or put them off, or worse still skip them! I did them and I am moving on!

Lesson 13- Teacher- Toni Burt, Subject- Berthe Morisot. It was a collage piece and I felt like I had gone back to preschool, having said that her face turned out really well and I loved that! I called her “Alice the music teacher” because I used sheet music for her dress and hat and the song was something about April!

Work in progress.. I am super happy with her face which was a limited colour palette in pastels.

I lost momentum with her dress and so just gave up.. isn’t that just what some of the impressionists did?!

Then lesson 14- Teacher- Jun Toyama, Subject- Nicolai Fechin. We used charcoal, I don’t actually mind charcoal its messy but its also nice because you cant be too fussy. We were supposed to use a live model, I didn’t and Im not sharing the photo of who it was supposed to be, it’s disappointing maybe I’ll redo it sometime!

I still need A LOT of practise with my angles! But like everything, practise will help me improve!

So thats me for this Thursday! This also means that I am now officially up to date with “Lets Face it” next lesson gets released on Monday, so that means, Friday, Saturday and Sunday I will work on “Soul brush sessions” and “Better drawing bootcamp” both of which are course run by Carrie on her website Artist Strong 💪 both of these course are run Free, so maybe you want to have a look!

I almost forgot to tell you about another challenge on Facebook, its an art group called “Weekend Challenges” each weekend we are given a photo and we have to recreate it as close as we can, or alternatively anyway we want. I’ll probably give that a go tomorrow, watch this space…..

Sorry it’s been a while

Here’s a quick update on my art! It’s going amazing! I am so happy with how well it’s going.

Lesson 8 was”Lady of Shallot”Teacher was Deanna Strachan- Wilson. Subject- John Williams Waterhouse loved it!!

I love how sad the Lady of Shallot looks my favourite poem, song and painting.

Next lesson number 9- Teacher Juna, Subject- Rembrandt and we used Charcoal.

I was a little disappointed with how she turned out until l looked at her again the next day. That chin! Beautiful!

Lesson 10- Teacher was Sharon Harkness-Dobler. Subject- Henry Ossawa Tanner, and l copied Henry’s original painting and l had a ball! I love this one!

Henry’s original painting on my computer screen, Sharon’s on the wall in yellow and mine next to it! First time doing a still life!

Lesson 11- Impressionists are here!

Teacher- Kara Bullock, Subject- Mary Cassatt, loves this lesson too and lm going to frame her!

Mary Cassatt l used her face to recreate her painting, happy with how she turned out. I almost gave up!

And then there was lesson 12- Teacher- Lucy Chen, Subject- Matisse we had to do a Fauvism style painting a selfie! Not my favourite!!

I don’t love this but l did it. I’m finding when l push past “I don’t like it” l feel prouder of myself for having done it!

So that brings us up to date on my “Let’s Face it” course!

I am currently away camping in Brim Victoria, we are doing the Art Silo Tour, it’s over a 200 kilometres stretch and the unused unloved wheat silos are being transformed as giant canvases! Here is the Brim one!

I’ll come back tomorrow and post some more of them.

Happy Easter everyone and spare a thought for the reason behind the season. Jesus died for our sins.