The Earth Reliant Artist

Trace Willans All Natural Mixed Media

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Multiple WIPs

At the moment I am playing with Oil paint
and cold wax medium
it takes a long time to dry
so I am working in multiples

I have several pieces 
of gessoed watercolour paper
taped to my table top

I add to them a little at a time

Some small pieces

I also have some large pieces happening
on improvised easels
foam esky lids on chairs

This is the biggest I am working on
at 100 x 100 cm
and on canvas 
so i will have to go easy on the wax

This is a piece on board

small works tucked underneath

and one on the bench top

Paper pieces live under the bench
so all in all I seem to have a lot happening
 but nothing finished
Hopefully over the Xmas season
I can get some work done
as Dan will be working
apparently prawns need to be fed every day
and this is one of the lovely
tropical Xmas trees
I can see from my balcony
a Poinciana
Delonix regia
originally from Madagascar

x te

Monday, December 8, 2014


Cloud-Walker 2

Cloud-Walker 1

Two new pieces up for sale in my Etsy shop
I had so much fun with these
I mixed up my own oil paint 
with a combination of 
earth pigments and linseed oil
or for the blue natural indigo powder
and I added the pigment to cold wax medium 
which I make myself 
beeswax and pure gum turpentine
I geesoed up some 300gsm watercolour paper
then taped them to the glass tabletop
and built up layers of colour
patiently waiting between
for them to dry
Until one day I looked
and said
that's it

I do believe there shall be more

x te

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Books Read, October and November

I only list books that I have read and enjoyed.

Disclaimer: Some of the links go to the Book Depository (BD) with whom I have an Affiliated Link  and so get 10% of the price you pay if you purchase through that link. Where the book is currently no longer  available there the links go to which is a favourite site that will show you where books are available and at what price. I do not get anything from here.
Books marked (KD) are through Amazon Kindle

November Books

Eve Green: Susan Fletcher  BD
Abhorson: Garth Nix BD
Lirael: Garth Nix BD
Well Wished: Franny Billingsley BD
Tatsania’s Gift: Kim Falconer KD
The Pollyanna Plan: Talli Roland BD
A Swarming of Bees: Theresa Tomlinson BD

Non Fiction
The Martha Beck Collection: Martha Beck

Tree Spirit Woman: Colleen Baldrica BD
Walking Home: Sonia Choquette

Online Workshops

Daily Oracle Card Reading: Colette Baron-Reid
Strawberry Full Moon, Year Planner, Vision Cards: Jamie Ridler

New Blogs

Jamie Ridler Studios

October Books

Sabriel: Garth Nix BD
The Magicians: Lev Grossman BD
The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry: Gabrielle Zevin BD
The Caller: Juliet Marillier BD

Non Fiction

Map Art Lab: Jill K Berry BD