It's been far too long since my last blog post. As you may know, I have now left Manila and am back in Australia, living with my parents until James gets back in October. I haven't found a lot of time to work on the blog but I have been doing lots of painting, so I can show you that. The picture above is my sketch of the view from our balcony in Manila. It's a bit of a contrast to the small town I'm staying in now!
I bought this sketchbook shortly before leaving Manila, and this picture of my scissors is the first thing I did in it. I like how the metal blades worked out.
Immediately after arriving in Sydney, I turned around and went straight to Fiji with my mum and cousins. On the first morning, some horses appeared on the beach near us while mum and I were painting. I quickly discovered that I can't draw horses but the other side of the page looks nice.
We found lots of lovely flowers to paint!
Found some shells too (much prefer painting flowers).
This was one of the pools at our resort in Fiji. I spent a lot of time sitting here, reading and painting.
I read this funny Swedish book and relied on my giant scarf and sunscreen to protect me from the sun (I'm really not a beachy-tropical-holiday type person... but I still loved Fiji).
Before we knew it, it was time to head home. Mum has been trying to teach me how to paint sky.
The weather was a bit different when we got home! My parents live in the Snowy Mountains and August is the end of the ski season. This was the view from our house one cold foggy morning.
Given that it has been pretty cold outside, I've mostly been painting things I find around the house.
This is a tiny kiddie-sized chair that we now use for sitting and warming up by the heater.
I got some new paints for my birthday and made a quick colour chart to try them out.
Then I went to Sydney and found an apartment for us to buy! This isn't it, obviously. This is a cute little library nearby.
When I got home from Sydney, the weather had warmed up and there were Spring flowers and blossoms all over the place. I picked some wattle to try painting.
Not a painting, but still on the artsy theme - I found my old flower press from when I was little. I used to love collecting flowers to see what they would look like squished flat and dried out. I then lost interest at some point and these flowers have sat in between layers of paper for twenty years! I arranged them behind a frame as artwork for our new apartment.