Monday, August 22, 2011

my mosaic wall-finally finished!

Well its finally happened!I have finished grouting the wall!I must confess although I completely love mosaicing I dread the grouting!I'm typing with cut fingers but its fially done(well except for one window...which I will have to master up the courage for)
For years I have collected beautiful pieces of china,ceramics,shells and beloved crockery that gets broken,now finally its all on the walls each piece telling a story & bringing back a memory...
here are the pics:

Etai,my youngest, showing me parts he created

The whole wall grouted atlast!

And here are the rest of the pictures,finished some time ago,but now all together 
The lounge window
One of Janie's beautiul hand painted plates

the upstairs window

Another one of Janie's hand-painted artworks,that she supplied me

My studio window

The viewe from my studio window

The viewe from up  top of the scaffolding
 If you want to see more of Janie's beautiful things heres a link to her:

Monday, August 15, 2011

Update for "Hope in Japan"

I have recently been contacted by Art Ehon and the project is going well , it has been changed to "Dear Japan"and my picture is now going to be placed on exhibition at “BOLOGNA PICTURE BOOK EXHIBITION” which will be held in Itabashi , amongst another 135 illustrators of 24 nationalities..They are also going to print postcards with the profit going to Japanese Red Cross Society.
All very exciting!

Hope to Japan

I know this is old stuff, but I'm new to Blogging & really wanted to share this
I was fortunate enough to attend the Bologna Children's Book Fair 2011 (will have to write about that too)
When I returned one of the projects I received was to send a picture to Art Ehon to make a book and use as an app. for prayers to Japan
I did and I loved doing it!I loved the freedom & creative energy that I had doing something good for someone else!
First I researched all the animals that symbolised hope,strength,regrowth,recovery...all good possitive energies!My Mom is a  Reiki Master & she was involved with groups in sending Reiki to Japan,I thought this was a way I could do something(however small)
Then  I got the biggest piece of paper and started drawing ,just letting the creative juices take over.. I then started painting...

just pencil outlines and paint

Note the salt on the sky,it gives a great texture
   ...added pastles, pencils and outlined it all giving shape to my drawings, sprinkled salt onto the wet sky to give it an amazing texture

The dog symbolizes best friend,loyalty,protection, the frog : fertility,transformation,healing,cleansing

The rooster wards off evil ,gives courage ,the cat is for gaurdianship,protection,balance
 Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury.

Red cow symbolizes hope

Dandelions symbolize a wish coming true, hope

Cricket symbolizes good luck, fertility, the bear: nuturing,healer
  My friend Sharon  took some photographs & I then added the final details on photoshop

The artwork before wording