Hi, I’m Janette Leeds, welcome to my website and blog – or as as I like to think of it: a Big Leap into Open Galaxies! A sort of online journal, and place to share my art and words with you.
I live in a lovely country town in Australia. I’m happily married, a mum of four boys, young men now; someone who loves Jesus, 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 when busy with kids! However, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mum.
Some of my formal qualifications.
- Visual Art Diploma with majors in Drawing/Painting; to which I included 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. And now my family have become young adults, I hope to God-willing, bring more of it 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. And the beautiful flora and fauna where I live, colours my work. As well: my faith in God; how ordinary things are often extraordinary; how special life is; these themes spill into my art and writing.
I also love to draw faces, which I share about in this aptly titled post 🙂 about drawing faces.
I flavour my poems, both haiku and my longer 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.
I often illustrate my poems.
Drawing and painting on the iPad is an exciting addition to my work in traditional media. I use art apps with such natural looking media, that my iPad art is likely to look much the same as my work on paper or canvas. I prefer to paint and draw with my finger on the screen, rather than use a stylus, and I think it makes it all the more enjoyable. I print some of my iPad art, and use archival inks and lovely acid free matt paper, on my inkjet printer. Sometimes I mix traditional and art app media together.
I’m 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. Thankful to WordPress, for their excellent: tools, resources and support.
My iPad is a wonderful compact studio for many of my creative projects. I built this website on it. I’m not keen on computers, and rarely use one. I keep a (logitech) keyboard attached to my iPad. It makes typing a lot easier, as it prevents the iPad’s keyboard popping up when I’m arranging my art and words.
I have a little more time now to complete and begin more art and writing projects; and I enjoy the opportunity to share some of it here with you.
There’s some information on apps I use on my page, “About Some Art Apps, other Apps and my Books”. I also share about these areas, along with my work in traditional media, in my blog posts, and on my Facebook Artist page.
Thankful to God for my life – 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 – 2018 Janette Leeds. All rights reserved.