Some of My Sketches, Paintings, Linocut Prints – from Home.

Mother an baby painting
The artwork above is a favourite page from my hand made “Mother as Writer” book, which sold well locally (lots of mothers could relate to the content) and I hope to self publish it again – one day. This pic is also on my “About” page, with also a few more from the book. I painted it with watercolours, over a photocopied pencil drawing. Apart from a colour cover, I ended up keeping the rest as simple linework – mainly due to time constraints! Hmm, the face is a little too pink…

These works are on view in various places at home. I did most of them during the busy years, of bringing up a family. Some sketches live on a special part of a wall, in a room where I have a desk and filing cabinet, among other things… There are a few illustrations from my small hand made books – which are formed from some of my longish poems. Some I’ve managed (amid a household of boisterous boys) to complete and sell locally – quite a few years back now. Some pics were used on cards that I made. I still enjoy making cards. The two paintings are large works for me, over A3 size, and hang in the back loungeroom. Happy memories of when we lived on our (Aussie) bush block. We still own these few hundred acres, (sold some) but as our family grew, we moved into our little local town – ah, electricity again! *Just touch on a pic below, to enlarge them all. 

My blog is as much about sharing, and hopefully encouraging others in their creative pursuits, (and visa versa) as it is about me keeping an online record – a sort of journal. Which, in one way or another I’ve done so, over the years – on paper, or scraps of paper – sometimes on the back of the kid’s school newsletters, and envelopes! *Just touch on a pic, to enlarge them all. 

When the day comes to turn my blog into a (paper) book (not a purchasable one, though maybe some of it may polish up for that!) I do want these snippets included. Who knows, my blog book may turn into an odd kind of family heirloom, and I don’t want these important parts of it left out. This outing should also quiet the rumblings from the filing cabinet, which you can read about in my poem called, “Rough Draft Rumblings”, which is towards the bottom of this recent post. *Just touch on a pic, to enlarge them all.

I’ll share these types of snippets again; and I still have more of my illustrated poems – haiku, I wish to place here. I also share my art and at least a few words, on my Facebook Page.  I put a feed from it, on the “front door” of my blog/website. Thankful to Jesus Christ, for my life, for everything. *Please excuse any fuzziness, in the pics that is 🙂 not used to having to scan in so many artworks. I most often use the “Scanner Pro” app, on the iPad; and sometimes the iPad camera.  Good on you, to those who do it all the time, a time consuming process!  I mostly share my iPad art here, (which in itself, takes enough time to do) and it’s relatively easy to scoot it over to my blog.  Anyway, it’s back to the drawing board, iPad screen, or whatever…..when the kids were younger, it would more likely have been, back to the washing machine!

Thanks for visiting, and have a great weekend!

A P.S Note… I’ll be back here late October (with my 100th post!). 🙂 Busy with various art projects… Meanwhile you are welcome to visit me at my facebook artist page, where I’ll continue to share some art updates.

Trying out a Facebook Embed, from My Facebook Page

*Just checked this post in my WordPress app reader, and the online reader, and the facebook embed pic does not show there…a nuisance! It does show on my site, thankfully. Perhaps I wont be using this option much at all, at least not as a header pic!  However, this post still mostly make sense without it. 🙂 Oh well, to see the facebook embed pic, requires a visit to my blog. Hmm, always something to learn. 

Within the ever helpful WordPress tutorials, I happened upon a way to embed my facebook posts. I do have a facebook widget, and I do use “publicise” to send my posts from here, to there. However, I didn’t realise, I could imbed a post from there to here; and at such a good pixel size. Like this idea!

In a previous post, I shared about a grand plan to publish more (short) posts on facebook: because it was quicker – wanting to save time, as always! – and (supposedly) to reach a wider, audience….and then rounding them up here for a longer post, occasionally…and so on…and on..

That hasn’t worked as I thought it would; not a time-saver as I’d hoped. Also, with facebooks new algorithms, it seems unless I pay for my page to be promoted – which isn’t about to happen! – facebook severely limits the distribution of my posts. I’ll persevere with facebook – for now… Instagram seems a good place to share art, but it’s now owned by facebook, don’t know if I’ll bother with it.

Thought you may find this of interest (though you may well know these, somewhat trivialities), whether my audience of is of one, two or many, doesn’t really matter too much – though it matters a little, else, I wouldn’t bother to blog at all! And to sell some of my art does require an audience of sorts; though I’m not good with the marketing side of things.

As for this facebook embed option, I’ll use it sometimes, when time alludes me…just have to paste the url in here, add a title, and tags…and away it goes.. Just have to remember to turn off “publicise”, when I publish it here. *As per my above intro…may not use it, much at all, at least not as a feature pic.

I do like mucking about with, links, widgets and such like… Learnt a lot more about these wondrous things, when I managed recently to put on a new static front page/door to my site. I enjoy occasionally updating my site’s gallery entrance, rearranging the furniture, sweeping the porch, putting out fresh flowers….There’s lots of links there, (pretty rosy pink ones, which come with this WordPress theme) to make my site easy to travel around. *The link on my facebook imbed, goes to my front door.

Along with all the iPad art I do, I built and, continue to put together (play) 🙂 with my blog on my iPad. 

I’ve rarely used desktop, or laptop computers. Not a vital item, when tackling the washing machine, and other domestic duties.

Way back, during my study days: a pen and paper were my constant companions, with my electric typewriter – loved that quick erase button – being the height of my techno tools!

Thank you, for making it to here, through all my digressions.
Lastly, but most importantly, thankful to God, in all things…..

Pencil, Charcoal, Paint…in “Art Set Pro” – and a P.S. Note…

Drawing of bowls and lemons

With my finger, on the iPad screen – built this up, much like I’d do with pencil on paper. Mostly drawn, from my imagination; though always see, plenty of dishes..round here! Did look closely at the lemons.

P.S. To my blogging friends – and whoever else lands here. Sort of a post within a post. 🙂

Since blogging here I’ve used the handy “publicise” option, in WordPress, to send my posts to my “facebook artist page”, or “fan” page as it is often called – a term I don’t much like, or that word “followers”. I’ll now, also, share some quick short posts, works in progress, etc….to my “page”, in between, posting here at my blog. I’ve shared a bit about my blog aims, for this year, in an earlier post.

I’ll occasionally, round up some of these “facebook” posts, and post them on my blog.

I’ll still use “publicise” for some of my WordPress posts, particularly for the longer ones.

Not that keen on many things about facebook, though having a “page” on there (which I had, before I began my blog) has it’s merits.

My main reasons for posting more, on my “facebook artist page”; aside from reaching a wider audience,(many, may never travel through the blogosphere galaxy), there is the usual “time” factor – so quick to scoot my pics onto there. *Not sure about using Instagram…may eventually…. 

Also if I upload a post to my facebook “page” manually – as per this post, (though not the P.S section) when viewers, tap on a pic for a closer look, they’ll not be whizzed off, to my blog.

*Since writing this, I have shared in a following post, that  facebook has changed the  facebook algorithm for news feeds. So this takes the fizz, out of my above plans! Will mostly keep to using the WordPress “publicise” option after all.  

My site now operates more as a website – apparently, all blogs are websites, but not all websites are blogs, read that somewhere. I’ve put on a static front page (which I can, rearrange now and then, good fun), and so it operates more as a website… I think… ;)… sometimes I don’t have the commenting option turned on.

Enough of my meanderings! Thank you for your attention, mind you, I can understand, if you dozed off along the way…Hmm remember somewhere how it’s good to be concise…oh well.
Have a great day!