live by art

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!!



Ducky Day January 21, 2008

Filed under: photography,Uncategorized — misslainey @ 12:10 pm


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On one of the days last week my sister Helen and niece Clare were visiting, we drove to Eyres Park to feed the ducks. The seagulls were out in force and the girls took turns chasing them away while the other one fed the very eager (and oh so friendly!!) motley crew of ducks. I was clicking away getting photos all the while.  I’m no duck expert but have eyesight good enough to pick out at least 4 different varieties of our feathered friends.  My favourite was the little guy who features LH in the top photo.  He was very endearing and I was sure that at any moment he was going to open his beak and talk, he was so super cute and perfect- he didn’t seem real! I’ve knicknamed him BILL!


Pelican Quilt July 3, 2007

Filed under: art,photography — misslainey @ 3:08 am


I’m in the process of making a “Pelican Quilt”.  I’m really itching to get on with it.  It has been one of the few things creative that I have been able to really focus on lately. Unfortunately this project has been delayed due to my sewing machine chucking a wobbly! I’m just about to chuck it through the window. Breathe deep…..breathe deep…..that’s right!! Wish me luck as I go back to being a Sewing Machine Mechanic for the 43rd time today!


Pelican Canvases June 23, 2007

Filed under: photography — misslainey @ 7:57 am

I have a friend with a whale watching vessel and she asked me to make some items to sell.  I am just beeswaxing some of my pelican photos onto 7 x 5 canvases.  I am hoping to go whale watching this week as there has been a few humpback sitings! Thinking of other items to use with my photos and came up with keyrings and cards too.  If they sell a few things every now and again, it will help with all my wicked vices!! Hehe! 



It’s official..I’m a pelican FREAK!! June 19, 2007

Filed under: photography — misslainey @ 4:02 pm

I’ve never fighted it, I just never really thought about it…………..but I’ve worked out that I’m just a wee bit of a pelican lover.  They are so majestic. These guys were just cruising when I walked up to them and took a few snaps.  They were great models! So Handsome!



Friends June 18, 2007

Filed under: photography — misslainey @ 10:14 am

I have had my camera with me for the last few days and have managed to steal some good shots of these fine friends!

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mmm……..fresh rubber June 14, 2007

Filed under: photography — misslainey @ 2:39 am


Well my bestest bud Marie is back in town and we’ve been nattering about lots of art stuff, kids, life and everything else like a couple of (young) old ladies.  Anyway, this girl is prolific with inspiration and is always onto her next project (puts me to shame hehe..) at a million miles per hour.  I love being around her and we never run out of conversation.  I miss her heaps when she is back in the States but it never really seems too long before she is home again and filling my head with lots of ideas, plans and wonderful art musings. Marie has been an amazing digital artist for the years I have known her and of course is the designer/owner of Lost Aussie Rubber stamps  http://www.lostaussie.com/.  Being the lovely friend that she is, she kindly gave me a couple of plates of new rubber and I am working on some samples using her yummy designs.  Check out her personal blog http://lostaussie.typepad.com/ for daily snippets inspiration and awesome photography!! (I want that camera Marie!!!). Finishing this post off with a couple more of my cemetery photos from the other day (can’t wait to go back!).