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Watercolour play February 17, 2008

Filed under: art,photography — misslainey @ 11:27 pm

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Being on holidays is oh so lovely and the other day after feeling creative but having no supplies on hand, I visited a little art store in Wangaratta and picked up a watercolour pad, some watercolours, a couple of brushes and a fantastic liquid pencil medium in a jar made by Matisse Derivan http://www.matisse.com.au/pages/LiquidPencil.html.  Available in a few different graphite undertones , I bought the Sepia. It comes in a reworkable, rewettable format or a permanent  choice.  I wanted to be able to work with the product on the paper so I went for the reworkable formula.  Although I did use this product for my initial drawing, I then overworked with my watercolours, a layer of black sharpie and a white watercolour glaze over the top of the body work to give it a ethereal finish. As I only bought a couple of brushes, I will play more with the liquid graphite when I get home.  It was great to be doing art, on the verandah with a glass of wine. Too good!

Yesterday we visited the lovely towns of Beechworth & Yakandanda complete with a visit to the famous Beechworth Bakery and the latter town being the place where “Strange Bedfellows” was filmed. If you’re not familiar with the movie, it is an Aussie flick with Paul Hogan and Michael Caton. They even kept the name of the town REAL in the movie!!



what a life! February 12, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — misslainey @ 10:41 am

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I’m currently at my good friend, B’s property in King Valley, part of beautiful north east Victoria, totally surrounded by rolling hills and nestled bang smack in wine country. Up the road, some even a stones throw away are great wineries such as Brown Bros, Gapsted, Pizzini, Rose Hill Estate, Koombahla and the list goes on and on. I am sure we will be doing the rounds in the 9 days I am here.  B & R are totally horse mad and have 30 or so magnificent mares and stallions, some of who I met upclose and personal today.  After a lazy sleep in this morning, I spent the rest of the day exploring and taking photos, eating good food and enjoying good company.  After a perfect blue skied day we were treated to an improptu thunderstorm this evening just as the sun set. Doesn’t get much better than this! I’m truly in heaven.

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Canvas update February 10, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — misslainey @ 7:53 pm


Still in progress is my canvas “HOME”. Nearly finished but I am in country Victoria for 2 weeks to visit with friends so I will have to add the last touches when I get back, totally have run out of time!  Just love the Tim Holtz distress crackle paints..mmmmmm! This was my first play with them and I was super impressed.  I bought about 7 colours but have quickly realised that I will have to collect the rest as they are just too yummy!!

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