Monday, 1 September 2014

Creative Blog Hop

I've been asked to join in the
Creative Blog Hop
by Shoshi.
I met Shoshi (Sue) through
WOYWW which is

Shoshi does unusual things with
teabags and makes all sorts of 
lovely crafty things in her huge craft room
(yes, I'm just a little jealous of her space).

The blog hop involves making a post on a monday
answering a few questions and then
nominating three other blogs to share the love.

Here are the questions and my answers:

1. What am I working on?

I'm currently experimenting with a more loose style of painting
using acrylics, inks and anything else I can play with.
I currently have seven canvasses on the go, all at
different stages of completion. 
I'm in an ocean mood at the moment and playing with 
sailboats and pelicans.
That's after my parrot mood where I painted
bright Lorikeets.

2.  How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I guess really in my work there is that element of 
blonde nutter in each piece.
Most of the work is crazy and bright with loosness
but I always like to add a little bit of
uptight and get it just right me,
somewhere in the piece.

3.  Why do I write/create? 

I've always loved to draw but had to
 work for a living, which was no fun.
I started painting when my last child was young
 and haven't wanted to do anything else since.
Painting keeps me sane, although many would say
I'm totally insane but hey, just imagine 
what I'd be like if I didn't have painting!

4.  How does my writing/creative process work?

I can get ideas from anywhere and then I try to find  photos
of that subject and from there it's to photoshop to get what
I think will work, draw it up onto a prepped canvas
and just let the imagination go.
Sometimes I will just paint and glaze a painting
and then on another I might put tons of gloop on,
then ink it and paint over that.
All of my paintings just seem to evolve rather than be
meticulously planned.  
I find it works better that way, 
plus I don't have the patience to plan.

I have two people who I would like to nominate 
for the next blog hop. 
They are both arty farty types like me.

1. Neesie.  I've known Neesie for quite some time now.
We met online when she was living in Melbourne
and still keep in touch now that she has moved
to Bonnie Old Scotland.
Neesie is a fabulous artist, photographer and cook.
 Her work is gorgeous
and her posts extremely funny.
I would urge you to visit her blog for
some highland hijinx. 

2. Sandra Busby.  I met Sandra online a long time ago too,
it was her fabulous paintings of glass
 that led me to her blog.
 Sandra is an incredible artist who works in oils. 
 Her glass paintings are second to none
 and she does the most adorable teddy bears. 
Sandra also has a news letter 
which is very informative and she often shares
how her work is done with a series of photos.
I've learned quite a few things from her blog.

Now I've given them a little introduction
and if you're still awake after my waffling,
maybe you could go and visit their blogs.



  1. I do love that rainbow of color in the water beneath the pelican. And the lorikeets--what can I say. You know how I love color!
    This was fun to read. :)

  2. Thanks for agreeing to be one of my nominees for the Creative Blog Hop, Vonnie. I love your descriptions of your work, and your creative process - as usual you are less than polite about yourself lol lol! In your case the madness is a definite advantage in creating the stunning paintings you make!

    Thanks for your kind words - I think I would also be envious of my ARTHaven if it wasn't already mine ha ha!! It is a fabulous space and I am so grateful to have it. I just wish I could spend more time in there!


  3. Well first of all, thank you for saying such lovely things about my art! I've gone all red and smushy :0)
    I really enjoyed reading your own answers to the questions. One thing I wish I knew, was how to use Photoshop! I once bought 'Photoshop Elements 10 for Dummies'... I couldn't even get my head around the first paragraph!!! It wasn't long before my brain cell began to ache, so I gave up very quickly!

  4. Aww Vonny, fanks so much for your lovely words about my little space in blogland ;D
    As usual your post had me chuckling, especially when I visualize you working on seven paintings at once. What a woman!.
    The pelican is amazing and those water ripples and reflections are incredible. The Lorikeet series was so vibrant... how could you not love them.
    Well I'd better go and start working on something and practicing my highland hijink!
    Thanks once again xoxo


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