The Earth Reliant Artist

Trace Willans All Natural Mixed Media

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


It's not like nothing is happening and I haven't been doing stuff,
 it is just that, well I don't really know.
I am kinda just drifting along and
actually sitting down to blog has just been to hard
I have been playing with more paint rag pages

different ideas

and I made a book

which has gone up to an exhibition
in Mission Beach

A Book Of Xanth

full of experiments

and fun
My trip to Melbourne has been and gone
Saw the John Wolsley Exhibition 
which was awesome
But was very disappointed 
that they sold out of catalogs
in the first week
and will not be printing any more

I spent some time with Robyn out at Open Drawer
and talked about maybe doing a workshop there
next March

I ate and I shopped and had thoroughly lovely time
The Triple Sec Hot Chocolate at
was delicious

Went to Neil Wallace
and Tesutti Fabrics

So all is well as I settle back into my routine
prepping for a workshop in Ingham
in a week and a half
and playing with 
paint rags
though I will have to get some more paintings done
as my supply is getting very low
But that is how it goes

x te

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Playing with Xanth

I had an idea while gessoing paint rags
So did a little experiment
with combining Xanthorrhoea resin
and gesso*

in all the combos each was applied to 
only approx half way

1 is Xanth first allowed to dry then 
gesso applied 

2 is Gesso applied and while still wet
dipped into Xanth

3 is Xanth applied and then painted with gesso 
while still wet

4 is gesso applied left to dry and then 
dipped into Xanth

5 is gessoed on both sides, left to dry and 
then dipped into Xanth

I had such fun doing this 
I am going to make the samples 
into a little book
with notes
and then I think I might make some for sale

x te

* by gesso I mean traditional 
gesso made with whiting and 
rabbitskin glue
applied while warm

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Books I read in May

Disclaimer: Some of the links go to the Book Depository 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.
BD = Book Depository

K = Kindle

The Invention of Wings: Sue Monk Kidd K BD
The French House: Nick Alexander K BD
Appleby Farm, (Books  1-4): Cathy Bramley K BD
Cherry Pie Island, (Books 1-2): Jenny Oliver K 
Touchstone (Glass Thorns): Melanie Rawn K BD
Dragon Blood Collection (Books 1-3): Lindsay Buroker K
Emperor’s Edge (Books 1-3) K
Non Fiction
Australian Country Coastal Homes: Booktopia
Drawing and painting Beautiful Faces: Jane Davenport BD
Yarn From Wild Nettles: Birte Ford Wordery