snowsteps

July 23, 2009

imagine living here………………be amazing wouldn’t it?

subi snow

so where are we? european streetscene? prague maybe? english village?

look closer

subi snow2

yep, downtown subi, perth, western australia on tuesday 21 june 2009!

and no, not snow….we’ve never had snow! just the most amazing hail shower you’ve ever seen.

subi snow3thanks for the photos mark and for allowing me to share.

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Why Do Trees Whisper?

July 16, 2009

Just wanted to share the most amazing artwork Ed and I were so lucky to purchase recently. I saw this beautiful shrine, entitled ‘Why Do Trees Whisper?’ a year ago in an exhibition and became completely besotted by it and the work by it’s creator Christine Atkins. Her skill is incredible, the detail exquisite, the media used simply awesome and of course when it comes to trees or birds, I’m just a goner!

Incredibly, we walked away from that exhibition WITHOUT the artwork and I regretted that decision ever since.

'Why Do Trees Whisper?, 2007  Christine Atkins

'Why Do Trees Whisper? 2007 Christine Atkins 45cm x 40cm

Then a few weeks ago, my kids and I went to my friend Janet’s gallery and whilst I was talking to her, my son Jak yells out to me ‘Mum, we have to buy something. Get over here and have a look at this!’ And there it was, crossing my path once again! This time we did not leave it there!

'Why Do Trees Whisper?', 2007, Christine Atkins (inside detail)

'Why Do Trees Whisper?' 2007 Christine Atkins 45cm x 40cm (inside detail)

(All I can say is thank God for Tax Return Cheques!)

party, play and paint

July 6, 2009

PARTY!        PLAY!        PAINT!

these are the 3 wishes  my work colleagues  bestowed upon me last friday, as i headed off on 3 months long service and another 4 months leave without pay.

yes, just as ‘elvis has left the building’, ‘vanessa has left the classroom!’

and for my trouble, i received these beautiful gifts from the very people i am leaving!

this beautiful handbound journal created by Jay Quin, containing page upon page of the yummiest watercolour and textured papers you could imagine

this beautiful handbound journal created by Jaye Quin, containing page upon page of the yummiest watercolour and textured papers you could imagine

.....and to touch my heart, the journal's front and back inner covers display the work of my mentor and friend, misty mawn

.....and to touch my heart, the journal's front and back inner covers display the work of my mentor and friend, misty mawn

and to top it all off, this exquisite bracelet given to me from the school social club! don't let anyone tell you perth college don't do it right!

and to top it all off, this exquisite bracelet given to me from the school social club! don't let anyone tell you perth college don't do it right!

thank you, thank you janet, my boss, friend and inspiration! you know me soooo well and thank god you do! i will be back………..maybe.

and so, i have 7 months off – gulp!

it’s school holidays here at the moment, so my first 2 weeks will be with my kids – no real time to think about me huh? but i think that’s a good thing – time to organise and plan and keep busy until that very first day when i find myself alone, in a quiet house, when normally i’d be in a classroom demonstrating techniques, explaining new projects or talking about the magical primary colours with my baby artists.

i have never really left school. i went from primary, to high, to uni, to teaching in 3 different schools and another university for good measure. will i know when to have a coffee or eat lunch or go to the toilet without a structured day? – don’t laugh! it is a little bit daunting. but………………it’s not daunting enough to stop me from yeehaing and whoohooing and breathing one giant sigh of relief.  I have been teaching since 1987 and despite my husband’s assertion that i did have 18 months off when the twins were born, I NEED THIS BREAK!

So what are my plans?

travel, as everyone insists i must? no,  probably not. mexico has been cancelled twice and so it’s not meant to be. i will go to sydney to visit the gorgeous taylor family and to see my beautiful baby girl kiara christened; and i will pop over to melbourne to see my glorious newish and shiny friends samm and mandy, maybe even izzy as well if i can bloody find her – last i heard she was drowning in her 1st year of teaching secondary school art.  mmmm…..been there, done that (and ed still insists I’m lost in it!)

my 2 personal challenges are benefiting from meditation lessons (yes, i’m serious) and joining the gym (please, i am not having a lend here…….). my 1st class is tomorrow night – ambos on standby! cooking good, healthy food that requires you to use a knife and fork to eat with will also be a goal of mine.

examining friendship – experiencing the new, basking in the treasured, connecting and reconnecting……but also decluttering, accepting some home truths and as hard as it will be, simply walking away.

and of course my art. god, i have neglected that part of my life in the past couple of months. the studio has been a dumping ground for odds and ends and dust has coated nearly every surface. time for a big clean up and then diving back into it! my exhibition is planned for mid-october, details being confirmed next week. scary, exciting, confronting, confirming….and totally unprepared in every way, shape and form.

and finally family. there is a lot of work here to do……..and i want to do it.

and so i embrace the 3 words bestowed upon me and accept them cautiously. who knows what the future will bring?

just the spiders now

June 12, 2009
"will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly; "Tis the prettist little palour thst ever you did spy!"

"will you walk into my parlour?" said the spider to the fly; "tis the prettiest little palour that ever you did spy!"

spiders are insidious creatures

and flies are way too trusting

but xanadu was great whilst it lasted

wherever you may go………..

June 1, 2009
when love travels half way around the world

when love travels half way around the world it looks like this

an exquisite artifact that honours my obsession with birds and cages and all things japanese

an exquisite artifact that honours my obsession with birds and cages and all things japanese

sensory delectables - exotic teas, citrus infused perfumed soap, music that could only come from her heart - where does she find it? and papers, wrappings, tassled charms and words that reach out and kiss me

sensory delectables - exotic teas, citrus infused perfumed soap, music that brings joy and resonates, papers, wrappings, tassled charms and ..............

words that when read, reach out and kiss me..........

poetic words that reach out and kiss

but this gift - one that came from her heart and soul and mind. an artistic creation i cannot even begin to tell you how much i appreciate and love and honour

an incredible gift that came from the heart, soul, mind and hand of a true artist. a creation i cannot even begin to tell you how much i appreciate, love and honour

but this....this one beautiful item, searched for and uncovered at a a cherished location; a stone infused with only the purest of intent

and this....this one beautiful item, searched for and uncovered at a a cherished location; a stone infused with only the purest of intent

when someone knows your soul, you have to thank whatever power brought them into your life. when someone knows you sometimes even better than you know yourself, you just have to listen to their take on things. and when someone inspires you to be all that you can be, all that you have dreamed of ever being, all you can be is grateful.

thank you for a friendship that is ingrained in my heart.

you make me soar and aspire to be here now!

share your heart long copy

this will help you appreciate the artistic brilliance I am being mentored by; it will help you understand why I am grateful for having friendship such as this; and it will make you believe in all that’s good in the world.

****i want to share this with my world, please be ok with this****

jellybean

May 31, 2009

for the past year, well years,  I have made the same wish when cutting birthday cake,  snapping wishbones and closing my eyes when I see the first star in the sky at night.  there’s also been the occasional prayer and pleading with higher powers to indulge me one more time.

you see, my own wish was granted in 1998 – it took time and understanding and the realisation that angels came to you when both you and they were ready. i got a double whammy for my trouble.

and so my wishing continued. not for me this time but for probably, the most beautiful soul i know.

this past weekend, the powers that be not only granted me my 2nd wish but actually allowed me to miraculously be on the other side of the country on the exact day of this angel’s birth. that’s right! i was there! not 1000s of kms away as i always thought i would be.

two beautiful souls - letricia and her daughter kiara grace

two beautiful souls - letricia and her daughter kiara grace

and so, all i can say is thankyou.

thankyou wish-granters; thankyou trish and michael; & thankyou jellybean

kiara

aunty ness will love you always

xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

gemini

May 27, 2009

and there are some posts that are necessary but difficult;

seemingly almost impossible to put together;

but i’ll give it a go……………………….

happy 43rd

to the underperformer from the overperformer –

best wishes  x and x and for a laugh,  x

=

SILENCE

fly with me

May 20, 2009

Vanessa

I like my name – no, I actually love my name.

The Hebrew and Indian meaning of my name is ‘Butterfly’.

It originated from Jonathan Swift’s poem ‘Cadenus and Vanessa’ – dont try to read it as you’ll need at least a day and a half to get through it. But the first reference goes something like:

And said “Vanessa be the name, by which thou shalt be known to fame; Vanessa by the gods enrolled; Her name on earth – shall not be told”

About a month ago a very new friend told me my name was the most beautiful  he had ever heard of. That made me smile! Unfortunately he has now flown away. But fly we must! All of us! Either together or alone; fly as high and as far as you can!

wings

I embrace emerging experience.

I participate in discovery.

I am a butterfly.

I am not a butterfly collector.

I want the experience of a butterfly.

William Stafford

and so in keeping, enjoy this, this, this and even this!

closure – one last look back

May 11, 2009
closure

closure

thank you for your beauty both inside and out;

thank you for the artistic inspiration and confidence you instill in me;

thank you for the courage you provide me in taking the risk to grow and blossom from the tight bud that contains me;

thank you for teaching me to ‘be here now‘;

whilst you would probably deny it, my journey of rediscovery is largely due to you.

you, my friend, are my light

xxxxx

and today let me introduce you to…….

May 9, 2009

fragmented

who am i today? the same woman i was yesterday? will be tomorrow?

and am i the same woman to you? or you? or you?

how many personalities, personas, projections can harbour within one shell? one mind? one heart?

i was the best i could be yesterday

and i am who i say i am today.

but of course i will be different tomorrow.

always xxxxx