About

From my 'Mother as Writer' book.

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.

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. 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.

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, 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.

Drawn with my finger (rather than a stylus) using: pencil, charcoal and paint in the “Art Set Pro” app.

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.

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

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.

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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