About

From my 'Mother as Writer' book.

Hi, I’m Janette Leeds, this my first website, and blog site – for want of a prettier word – and as I like to think of it: a Big Leap into Open Galaxies. Very exciting.

Tips on blogging, often suggest a friendly, conversational approach so I think blogging and I will get on just fine. This is the way I like to write in my poems and books; suits their personal nature (as you can see above, in these pages from my book “Mother as Writer”) – and I’m pretty friendly. 🙂

I’m: happily married, a mum of four boys (young men now), someone who loves Jesus, blessed to live in a lovely small country town in Australia, love to: draw, paint, write, read…walk our dogs (two Jack Russells) look after the garden; and like a quiet life – not always easy to have with family life! Below are some of my formal qualifications.

  • Visual Art Diploma with majors in Drawing/Painting; to which I added a major in English Literature.
  • Graduate Diploma in Education: Secondary (High school ) teaching : Art and English.

While raising children, in-between cooking, cleaning, and the washing machine; much of what I wrote and drew, (now a large filing cabinet full) –  was scurried down in a hurry, and is still in various draft stages. Some I’ve finished; some God-willing and given time, I’ll bring to completion.

A watercolour of crumpled tissues
From my hand-made book I did a few years ago “Poems from Home: a Collection of illustrated Haiku”.

My kitchen is an everchanging gallery of notes and pictures. Everyday-things, are often my subject matter – even tissues and kitchen sinks, star in my watercolours and haiku. As well: my faith; how ordinary things are often extraordinary; how special life is…these themes spill into my art and writing – they all tie together. I also love to draw faces, which I share about in this post, about drawing faces.

Words with watercolour illustrations
Idea draft from a few years ago in: ink-pen, watercolour, on paper – for presenting language info.

I flavour my poems with : alliteration, personification, assonance…fancy sounding terms for good fun with words.  These language devices often appear in whatever I write – for me, a sort of natural occurrence – wisely used they can add music and colour to sentences.

Finally, I have more time to complete my art projects. Though, I’m glad while raising a family, I was able to (still am) be at home most of the time, as: a wife, mum and homemaker – a sometimes chaotic, often creative lifestyle/vocation…Not always a possible option these days, or popular;  but I think it’s the best, though perhaps hardest job on earth!

                                 About my Blog

Without the iPad (not keen on computers) and possibly the art apps, I doubt whether I’d ever have a blog – or know what one is. Also thankful to a friend , who helped initiate my leap into the online world. She freely offered her expertise; got the techno side of my Facebook Artist page up and running; and pointed me in the direction of WordPress.

It’s great to be able to share with you here, both my traditional art, and my iPad art (with some drawing tips in the mix); and the amazing art apps I use. In many ways I continue to do what I always have: write paint, draw…but now with the possibility to share with a far wider audience. Hope to inspire, and be inspired by others in this online world.

My iPad is a wonderful compact art and writing studio. It suits many of my purposes, and saves me: time, money and space. I also built this blog/website on it. I have a logitech keyboard attached to my iPad, which makes my typing a lot easier; and it prevents the iPad’s keyboard, popping up all the time, when I’m trying to arrange my art and words. I use my finger to draw and paint on my iPad. I’m pleased to find art apps with such natural looking media, so that my iPad art, is apt to look virtually (pun intended 🙂 ) the same as my works on paper or canvas.

a drawing of two pears
I used the oil pastel in the “Art Set Pro” app

I’m thankful to WordPress, for their excellent tools, resources and support, that enables me to do this – and it’s for free! However, I now have updated to a premium plan – one of the reasons was, to make sure of no ads.

There’s some information on apps I use, on my page “About Some Art apps, Other apps and My Books”, and also these areas come up in my blog posts, and on my facebook artist page.

A note about my free printables – and some welcome flowers

This printable flower pdf below, is of a high resolution, which makes for a good quality print – unlike other images on my site, which are downsized in pixels.

You may find free printables occasionally in posts; there’ll be a tag for them on the sidebar of my blog.

Just touch on the title of the picture below, to download the flower pdf

*My printables are for personal use only; not for commercial purposes. If you share them with others, can you please direct them, to my blog to download some. Thank you. There’s  copyright information on this page, and my home page. 🙂

 thank you for visiting

Thank you for visiting flowers

 I used the paint and smudge tools in the “Art Set Pro”app.

The image  is 18.68cm x 14.01cm (about 7″ x 5″) centred on A4 (210mm x 297mm) paper – the paper size you will need to print it on; and has a white border.

I’m thankful to God for my life:  for my lovely husband and family, for my home; for the opportunity to share my art and words here…for everything.

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also love one another. (WEB)

*All images and text © 2015 – 2017 Janette Leeds. All rights reserved.

14 thoughts on “About

  1. Ah, I must have missed the Australia reference the first time around. I’m a believer too, by the way (RC), oh and coincidentally, at the moment, I’m obsessed with The Doctor Blake and Miss Fisher Mysteries! Lovely to know you, Janette.

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    1. As you can see here, yes I do live in Australia; it’s a beautiful place to live, hmm, though I may be a bit biased. 🙂 Love the photo on your blog header…is it your garden? Not sure where you live? Thought either America or Canada, where it seems most of the bloggers I’ve come across in the blogosphere, are from. I’m enjoying blogging (even got used to the sound of that word); didn’t realize this sense of community thing, was going to occur – quite enjoy it.
      I noticed you said in your bio about being introverted and sometimes out going…sounds like me…as you would have noted in my very long bio! From all of the writing on this page, you wouldn’t think that I mostly like to write shortish poems..haiku..and so on, but I do. I have shared some “Poems from Home” in posts; they are in the form of illustrated haiku (or haiga). I’ve put them together as a book and written an introduction; a bit of which, is in this post..comes up in a few other posts too.
      I certainly don’t write strictly traditional haiku either. A bit like you mentioned on your blog. Love your haiku! Like you, I try to keep to the syllable count – more or less..less in our language, makes it closer to the Japanese form. 🙂
      So nice to meet you too. I also love Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and like what I have seen of the other Aussie show – shall try to catch up with that one. Thanks for all your comments!
      I look forward to your future posts. All the best, Janette.
      P.s Glad I finally was able to put the comment section on this page – for some reason, had difficulty getting it on here. Nice to get comments here. Cheerio.

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  2. I found you, but I see you don’t have a personal account. If you read my details, be advised that I basically lie to Facebook. I didn’t study at the Open University, I went to University of Toronto, and I don’t live in Cargill, I live somewhere else. Ha ha.

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    1. Oh Canada…one of my son’s went there last year, he loved it! He worked for a short while at a ski resort in Bannf. I started up my artist Facebook page last year..though they keep wanting me to pay them money to promote my page…no way! Not that keen on Facebook, did start a personal page as well last year, mainly to keep in touch with my son..has been great for family connections. I didn’t fill in any personal detail in..just my birthdate … I see you found my artist page, think I’ll skip over there and say hi there… 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment. If you download it, it should print up quite well. One day, I’ll update it, and put my new blog name on the left hand side: Janette Leeds Art and Words…not to worry, the url address in the middle, on the bottom, is correct. All the best, Janette 🙂

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    1. So sweet of you Sarah, to come over here, and leave your kind comment. Really enjoyed my visit to your blog today. Your posts are always encouraging, with lovely images. You also write wonderful poems! Looks like we also share a love for God and family. 🙂 Hope you have a great day ~ Janette. God Bless

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  3. Janette, thanks for the “likes” and follow of my blog “Retired, Not Dead,” I really appreciated it. I was loved your new way of thinking of the word blog and very curious how such wonderful artwork is done on an iPad, so I’m looking forward to learning more from your blog. Thanks again!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment! Certainly, find iPad art lots of fun, and in some ways just as challenging as using my more traditional art media – which of late, hardly in gets a look in. Though I still swish around my brush, on paper and canvas, at times. Spoilt for choices. Really enjoy your writing. A pleasure to meet up with you here, in this blogosphere galaxy, 🙂 and I’m looking forward to seeing your future posts. All the best, Janette

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