....ohh and pencils and paper

Thursday, November 9, 2023


Good morning friends. I hope you are all safe from these awful fires if you're here in Australia. So sad for those who have lost so much. It's been a bit up and down for me here of late. The upside.....Lots of art and time with family.

I volunteered for several days out at the Mt.Cootha Botanical Gardens for the Queensland Wildlife Artists exhibition which I thoroughly enjoyed. I had missed being involved due to Covid shutting us down and then my husband's illness. 

Had the company of friends whilst demonstrating and interacted with lots of lovely people who showed great interest in our wildlife, art and different mediums. So contrary to popular opinion, people do still want art and wildlife in their life.
Friends and family came along to visit also. This is lovely friend Alison from Sunday Stitchers in front of two of my pieces. 
My favourite pond out there didn't disappoint.....beautiful Sacred Lotus blooms, waterlilies and dragonflies and sweet tiny sedge frogs.

I have now completed the piece I worked on out there. A beautiful Rainbow Bee-eater from friend Michael's wonderful reference photo. I loved that his feathers were all fluffed up....beautiful little birds.
The downside was the one year anniversary of my husband's death. I still find it almost impossible and unbelievable that he is gone and we miss him terribly. My dear children and I decided we were going to go out together and do something he would have enjoyed. So we went for lunch at the Broncos club.....his team. We raised a glass and indulged in all his favourite food, shared our memories, our love for him.....even managed a chuckle or two. 

Since then I have sought solace in my sketchbook and.....
Some beautiful inspirational books that arrived in the mail recently. 

Owl and Hare is still more issue to come.
And lots of slow stitching.....

So that's about where I am at for now. The kettle is on the boil.....time for a cuppa for me.
I hope that you get to enjoy some simple pleasures in your day.
Namaste and Blessings Michelle xxx