Monday, October 29, 2012

Highly Commended at Blacktown City Art Prize

This is a picture of my painting: 'Sydney winter flowers', that won a Highly Commended, in the watercolour section of the Blacktown City Art Prize 2012.

The certificate came in this morning's post.  I had no idea so a lovely surprise.

The show is on at the Blacktown arts centre until 10 November.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hillandale Gardens and Nursery

Another plug for a very good friend: Sarah Ryan of Hillandale Gardens and Nursery, Yetholme, NSW

Sarah's beautiful garden is open to the public this weekend: Saturday and Sunday 27/28 October.  The garden is at Eusdale Road, Yetholme.

Sarah will have an abundance of hard-to-find plants: seedlings, cuttings, root systems and established plants will be for sale plus the largest selection of our seed packet designs to date.

This is a well-known and must attend event in the local gardeners' calendars and bus loads go from Sydney it is so popular.

I will be going to get inspired and of course plunder the garden for Spring flowers - I feel a 'rhododendron series' coming on...

Sarah's website is here.

Her facebook page is here.

Monday, October 22, 2012


Every so often I feature one of my chums in their creative endeavours:

My chum Sue Liu is chiefette at Zulu Communications.

She is also a fundraiser par excellence.  Sue has been involved with Geraldine Cox and the Sunrise Village home in Cambodia for a number of years.  This year she is actively fundraising for the Sunrise Centre in two ways:

1) Selling soy scented candles: 50% of the income produced (basically, the profit) from selling candles.  Click here to buy/read the story.

2) A link to a 'big bookclub' event is being held on Tuesday 6th Nov, at Berkelouw books, Norton St, Leichardt.  Click here to book tickets and read the story.

Thanks for looking

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A bevy of Bags

Since finishing the Art Expo show, I've had a little time to concentrate on the bag/jewellery side of things while waiting for the next round of painting 'mojo'.

Here is a selection of bags - Vintage Japanese kimono, Vintage teatowels, Chinese brocade and Indian sari fabrics.  Just in time for the Sydney summer.