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; don’t mind housework, which is just as well, and like a quiet life – never easy to have with four boys! 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.
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.
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 exciting 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.
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.
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. 🙂
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.