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The Fish CrownIt’s been a while since I posted an artwork and certainly not one with a fish on my head before.

The base of this piece is all newspaper from last Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald. I bought the paper thinking that I would do something else entirely. As I flipped through it there were a number of articles on bushfires including photos. I picked these out and then started to select any photograph that had a warm ‘glow.’

After creating a background, the piece hung around for a few days before I decided to draw a woman with a fish on her head (based on a blend of two drawings from a Dover Pictorial Archive book of 1930s Spot Illustrations). Unfortunately I’m very rusty. The fish was fine. The woman’s head was not.

And so it was that I fell back to my collage materials to find a head that would fit under the fish… which as it turned out was mine!

I did make some attempt to blend the photo in to the background with paint but my ear and hair remain untouched.

I wouldn’t call it a great piece, but it’s finished just the same. I of course had cat assistance throughout. This time mainly from Saffron who seems to think the art table is her table (photographic evidence below to support this accusation). There’s so much junk on the art table it’s a wonder that she fits at all.
Art help from Saff

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Abstract art

When one can’t sleep, one can paint.

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Portrait over monoprint

This piece was produced in Traci’s class. We had been monoprinting backgrounds for much of the day and the time had come for doodling. Squiggling? Me? Ummm… nothing came to mind. I look around and people were swirling and drawing flowers and the like… My mind remained blank… so I reverted to Misty’s class and started drawing a face instead. I really like the end result. Guess I’ll have to work on the ability to doodle!

Self Portrait May 17


Misty’s instructions had said that a self portrait did not have to be a face. So I came armed with some pictures of my hair (pulled up with chopsticks to add interest) and a few pics of hands. This one I started in the class and spent some time in my hotel room embellishing with markers. It is not a favourite piece at all… perhaps because I find the idea of my hand on the back of my neck a little too weird!