Monday, April 21, 2014

since we last spoke

A number of blogs I read have died a natural death or are in the process of falling over. I thought this one was running out of steam but, after a brief sabbatical and some judicious minimising of my digital footprint, I find there's still something to say. Interestingly having abjured Facebook and had a blog break I have been writing more in my journal - ie in a real, paper-based notebook.

Meanwhile there has been plenty of activity chez seahorse, although not much in the studio, and I do have 10,000 words of thesis written.

Saturday, March 08, 2014


Today is my day off. My current routine is work three days a week, study/research/write three days a week and have Saturdays off.  And it's working pretty well - I read academic texts and make notes on my tram journey to work; I absolutely, completely don't think about work unless I'm at the office; and I make sure I hug the people I love. So far, so balanced.

Art is taking a back seat at the moment - writing my thesis and making a little money are the priorities. So that is worked in at the sides - I draw every day, spend a little time in the studio after dinner if I'm not too tired and am not making anything big or that has a deadline. I did that in January and it just didn't work. Last week I practised some eco printing on paper and silk, using the techniques I learned from Velma.
 And Kind Dog and I have gone on a few gentle walks in the bush:
clean air
and a packet of sandwiches
and tea at the end.


popping my head around the door to say that comments are being moderated again due to stupid spammers - bastards!

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Lunar Journeys

My sketchbook for the Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Project has now been digitised and can be viewed online here.
 It's also about to go on an odyssey around the US and parts of Canada starting this month and continuing until October. So anyone in New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, California, Oregon, Washing, British Columbia, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ontario, Maine or Pennsylvania - if you're aching to see some of my work in the flesh - now's your chance :)

Friday, February 21, 2014


I spent a couple of days this week marooned by a virus - sore throat, aches, feeling shattered. So I lay in my lovely bed and interspersed sleep with reading invalid-sized portions of my book,  and looking at the view. This is what I see with my head on the pillow looking straight up
and if I sit up and turn slightly to the left - this view of the not so distant city.
 And rest, cups of tea, and gentle pats had their effect and I am feeling rather better.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


my first rather wonky piece of shifu - spun and woven by me :)
the little loom is 4 inches long - the big needle is 6 inches.


shifu weaving :)