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symphony in blue and green.......and yellow

My school holidays officially end tomorrow. I am back at school on Tuesday and I still have to work out menus for the term. Urrrgh! I have had a super-busy, but really, really wonderful break - the timing was perfect for our summer garden produce so I've been doing lots of preserving. I've also been experimenting with some more involved cheese-making and finally built up to making a hard cheese yesterday - my first cheddar is curing on the bench. Too bad I don't get to taste it for a couple of months.

I saw this amazing quilled portrait on Pinterest yesterday. I particularly loved the scroll-y smoke streams, the little teardrop shapes, the circles, the EVERYTHING! Here's the drawing it inspired:


I went mostly freeform and just kept building from the middle. I didn't worry about my colouring too much (don't look too close!), if I went out of the line, I just drew another line and filled it with a different colour to camouflage. Probably why some of the scrolls g…

Challenge #114 - Stars

This weeks diva challenge was to draw inspiration from star shapes. Even though I don't draw stars a lot, I had fun with this one.

So, here's the background story. Occasionally......ah....sometimes......o.k., o.k........a lot of the time I get locked into an idea and I can't just leave it alone. I don't know why I'm drawn to it or what the end result will be. This week I could not move past the idea of a connected 5 pronged star pattern. This was what I was doing or nothin'. And, ya know what I found out? 5 sided things are not so easy to work with so there was some frustrated hair-pulling along the way.

Here's the end result:

Can you see the stars? I actually loved the negative pattern created and chose to highlight that. I loved the way it varied from 3 to 4 petal flowers seemingly randomly - maybe if I drew a bigger sample I could see some consistency in how this happened.


Drawing it the first time was okay, I didn't really think about it and just go…

challenge #113 - squares

preserving, cooking, milking, catering for 70 at a family event afternoon tea on Sunday. Ah, the holidays......so......um......relaxing.

This weeks challenge was a little hard for me to get into so I just did a quick one using on one of my favourite techniques.

Suspended frames laced together.


Side elevation. Should have shaded the top image more to give the appearance of each frame dropping further back, but, ah well. Maybe later.

hx

paisley mooka

Daylight savings ended today, so now begins the slow, inexorable slide into winter. I hate winter....the cold, the mud, the constant cycle of bringing in wood for the heater. Urrgh! But, I do love the food - lots of slow cooked meals and puddings. Oh, yeah!

Some weekend snapshots:


* The continuation of the tomato harvest - we should get a few more weeks of ripe tomatoes off the vine, so I see more rounds of sauce, passata and salsa in my near future. *Our little bully. He loves bread - keeps him nice and tame, too. *The milking paddock posse. The bull is on "holiday" with the jersey for a week or so.
Paisley Mooka: This one has been in the works for a few days. When I do a heap of paisley together like this I find it's always a struggle to think of something different to put on each one. The shading was a hassle - it was done after I completed the drawing and is a bit inconsistent as a result. Next time I would shade the outline first before filling with pattern. Pretty su…

Challenge #112 - Tuxedo

All this extra time on the holidays hasn't been spent doing as much drawing as I hoped......oh, no, instead I've been spending a lot of time cooking. Our goal with our veggie garden over the last few years has been for us to be self-sufficient, eat seasonally, and, therefore not have to buy any vegetables in - we managed this pretty well last year, though there were a few lean weeks end of winter/beginning of spring - suffice to say I could definitely live without seeing any more turnips of swedes for the rest of my life! This year we think we have planned a bit better and are gearing up for the last big sowing before winter which will include plenty of beetroot and silverbeet - because that's what my jersey girl loves - she always gets a little bit of produce from the garden to snack on during milking time.

So, in order to expand on the variety of food we have available, the last couple of weeks have been filled with making passata, salsa, apple pie filling, preserving p…