9.09.2013

the end..........again

Wow, this journal has taken me far longer to complete than usual - it spans 14 June - 9 Sept. Generally I get about a month out of my journals, just shows that life has been a little more full-on than usual, I suppose.

Here's a couple of random pieces before this one is slotted into its spot on the shelf.

poppy/tube: the shape of the flower could use some work but, eh.


loopy string doodle: I love starting with these loopy strings and going from there.


feather/flower/scroll:


Yesterday  we brought down the new Jersey (now called Daisy) to share the paddock with our milking cow, we think she'll be having her calf in the next month or so and we want her to get used to the routine, the sound of the milking machine, etc, etc. Anyway, we decided to extricate our neighbours sheep from the paddock at the same time (she's been hanging out with our cows for most of the year) and return her to our neighbours spare paddock along with our new sheep. This was an adventure that took the best part of an hour from putting a lead on the sheep and alternating between pushing her butt up the hill and running madly to keep up with her when she decided to make a bid for escape from time to time. For an old girl she can really run. really, really run. She has a funny waddle that cracks me up, though. So between pushing and running I had my moments of hysterical laughter. John, he doesn't always see the funny side, but, you know what's the point if you can't have a bit of fun at your own expense - you know? When am I likely to be pushing a 10+ year old sheep up a hill again? Hopefully never, but I enjoyed the experience........once!

hx

16 comments:

  1. I love the feather/flower scroll--and the sheep story! Too fun!

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  2. belly laughs are good for the heart and soul...and your art is always inspiring. thanks.

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  3. Our sense of humor carries us through a lot of funny, and not so funny times. We once had a pediatrician who told our son, "sometimes we laugh when we would really rather cry...and we carry on" Thanks for sharing your journal. Your poppy is exquisite as are the other two. Beautiful artwork.

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  4. Helen, I love that second one with the loopy string, gotta try that out! I love the sheep story, been there, done that but with a donkey. No fun, but so funny!

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    1. Thanks, Alice. I cannot imagine having to push a donkey up a hill - way worse that an old sheep I would imagine. I was just scared the poor old girl would have a heart attack!

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  5. I'm fairly new to your blog, and I really enjoy your artwork. Are you saying you won't be blogging anymore?

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    1. Hi :) Thanks! I am definitely still blogging - just reached the end of another journal (I usually do a post at the end of each journal - I go back through and finish off stuff worth completing, post any images that haven't made it to the blog, etc, etc). Sorry for the confusion :) I'm just running out of titles for it. lol.

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  6. I know what you mean about running out of titles. I used to think that artists who'd call their work "composition in black & white" or "untitled 23" were just lazy. Now I get that sometimes the name just won't come. Love your stringy paisley. Very simple and nice!

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    1. definitely. I have drawings with the same name & just a number - it's too hard to be original every time. lol. I just want to draw!

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  7. Got already another one, to fill in with your lovely drawing?

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    1. Yes, I have! I usually buy a few journals at a time, so have a bit of a stockpile :)

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  8. Helen - this is a bit off topic - though it is related to your work...do you think you can consider making a video showing how you make the wonderful swooping curves that are so much part of your style? A strange request I know, but for someone who has never taken an art class beyond some fairly rudimentary high school enrichment classes, trying to follow your instruction to me of letting my wrist do the work is pretty much impossible to imagine, let alone try out!! I know I grip my pen with a death grip - always have - so I am sure that is working against my flexible wrist - but if you could find some way of illustrating what you mean in a video, I have no doubt there are many more people than just myself who would find it profoundly illuminating! Thanks! Jakki

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    1. Hi Jakki, I know that death grip - my hand used to ache from holding my pen so hard! I am not sure if this is something I can put instructions to, but might be able to demo and think of some pointers. I'll definitely have a think about how I could make that work.

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    2. Helen - that would be really great if you could! Thank you for even considering it!! Jakki

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