Towards the Light…

The past couple of weeks have been kind of tough, healthwise.

Towards The Light - mixed media girl painting on 4x4in canvas panel - available as a print

I had to deal with the CFS “payback” after R’s birthday party, the cleaning that involved, four dental appointments for R after he broke a baby tooth (bad momma, how could you let that happen?), and L’s three school assignments.

TowardsTheLight - detail 1 - mixed media painting - depression

When I look back at it like this, it’s no surprise that I’ve spent so much time sleeping since then.

TowardsTheLight - detail 2 - mixed media painting - depression

So, there’s been lots of going back to bed after the kids left for school (zzzzzzzzz).

Lots of asking my mother for help – she did the school run for me, thank goodness.

And lots of feeling frustrated and scared because I haven’t felt this way since last year, and I was afraid that I was going to have a relapse & go back to being useless again.

TowardsTheLight - detail 3 - mixed media painting - depression

Thankfully, I’m feeling a whole lot better today.
I feel like I just got off a flight with terrible turbulence – just let me at that ground, I’m gonna plant a big fat wet kiss on it!

TowardsTheLight - detail 4 - mixed media painting - depression

It’s reminded that I do have limitations, and to make sure I respect them.
But beyond that, I also have much more physical & emotional resilience than I realised.

I really am a lot more healthy than I was last year, and I have my art to thank for that.

I’m just so grateful to have found my way to where I am right now.

Birthday party + school assignments = no art to speak of

In the last two weeks, with lots of help from hubby, I…

  • did a big spring clean (even though it’s Autumn here)
  • held a 9th birthday party at home for R (hence, the cleaning)
  • completed two-and-a-half major yr7 assignments with L
  • slept a lot to catch up
  • tried to fit in some painting time, somewhere

So, not much creativity expressed lately – unless you count the party decorations, and there were plenty of those.

Balloon Girl aceo

I have two new ACEO’s to share with you, the first is Balloon Girl ACEO, with bright pink balloon hair 🙂

Hot Air Kitty aceo

The second, another hot air balloon with a cat’s head this time. “Hot Air Kitty”

And one new 4×4″ bald girl, who I’m thinking of keeping for myself.  The colours are much more intense in person 🙂

Lucy Lopsides - mixed media girl painting on 4x4" canvas panel

I’ve named her “Lucy Lopsides”, because her bow is a bit off-centre, and prints will be available in my etsy store soon.

Finally, I fixed that dress – that’s the good news.
Now I’ve decided to repaint the little girl’s face, so no photo to share of that one, yet..

Hope you all had a much more productive couple of weeks than I have!

Faces, nineteen twenty twenty-one

29 Faces 2013Sharing the last of my faces for the challenge this year.

Fingers crossed that I manage to do all 29 in 2014!

So, here’s #18. Another doodley girl, wearing a cat hoodie.

29 faces 2013 #19 cathoodie

Think I’m going to have to paint this one, she’s got a really sweet expression 🙂

Face number 20 is on canvas panel (4x4in), and named Sunflower.

29 Faces 2013 - Sunflower, mixed media on 4x4in canvas panel

I love her bright red dress, but it’s a bit too different from the rest of the painting – thicker paint, so looks like a different style.

I’m either going to have to fix that dress, or just paint over the whole thing and start again. Haven’t decided yet whether I’m feeling patient enough to try that…

Aaaand finally, face number 21.  Quite happy with this little blue haired princess.

29 Faces 2013 - Crowned ACEO - mixed media girl painting on cardboard (3.5 x 2.5 in)

At least, I think she’s a princess. She could be the princess’ maid, having a quick go at wearing the royal crown.

Anyhoo, hope you enjoyed sharing 29 Faces 2013 with me.

Now that I’m back in the swing of updating here more often, I’m going to stay with it.

In fact, I can feel another blog post coming on already, about the benefits of taking part in a challenge like this….

PPF badgeOh, and I’m also joining in with Paint Party Friday this week.
It’s so much fun to connect with everyone 🙂

Faces, sixteen seventeen eighteen

29 Faces 2013I’ve been slack in posting this week firstly because I’m still CFS-tired after over-doing it last week, and then I had stitches in my arm and then Mr9 was home sick on Thursday & Friday.

So my excuses are good 😉

For faces 16 & 17, I painted a larger piece with two faces.
It’s called “Look!”, and measures 7×5 inches.

"Look!" - original mixed media girl cat painting - 7x5in canvas panel

The little bald girl is holding the fantastic kitty balloon that she got at the fair. I think her expression just shouts “Look what I got!”, hence the name 😉

Usually I just paint or draw, and it’s not until well after I’ve finished that I realise what it was actually about.
Hubby says her expression reminds him of my excitement over my art, and the balloon symbolises a new painting. Which makes sense to me 🙂

Face #18 is a little ACEO (3.5 x 2.5in).

A little bald girl wearing a big, bright bow, “Feeling Blue“…

29 Faces 2013 - Feeling Blue ACEO (3.5 x 2.5in) - mixed media girl painting

I really love the texture and feel of this one.
Having suffered with depression in the past, I know that sometimes all you can do is surround yourself with bright, cheerful colours and hope and pray it won’t take too long to pass.

On a brighter note, how did you do with the 29 Faces challenge?
Are you still going, given up, or did you manage to finish on time?


Faces, thirteen fourteen fifteen

29 Faces 2013Catching up!

Well, getting closer anyway.

At least, I’m up to #21 here at home – give me time, and I’ll get them all added here 😉

So, on with the show.

Face number thirteen, a hairy girl again! I named her “Just Blossom“.

29 Faces 2013 - "Just Blossom", mixed media girl painting on 4x4in canvas panel

I based this girlie on the same sketch as the earlier hairy girl to get her hair how I wanted it.

I definitely like their large foreheads, which explains why I’ve had such a hard time adding hair.
-I kept wanting to give them fringes, and it just doesn’t look right.

For faces fourteen and fifteen, I did some doodling on paper for a change.

29 faces 2013 - girlie doodle 29 faces 2013 - teddy doodle


The girlie doesn’t really grab me. Not sure whether it’s her lips or just the shape of her head, but she just doesn’t jump out at me and shout “Wow!”

I’m quite taken with Teddy, though. I think I’m going to have to paint him before too long, because I keep on looking at him and smiling!

Hope you’re enjoying the 29 Faces Challenge as much as I am, and seeing your faces improve day by day!