My word for 2015: emerge

Last year, I couldn’t really come up with a word that really captured my hopes for the year ahead.

my creature begins to emerge from her background..
really liking her face, it just needs a little more softening

Looking back, “growth” would have been perfect. There were so many challenging experiences, which taught me so much about myself.

her face is perfect ❤
now I need to calm down the background a little – it’s crazy!

I’m so much stronger and confident now. I’m better at speaking up for myself. I’m able to achieve more because I have more self discipline.

the background is coming along..
and I found out she’s actually a doe – the outlines of her legs was there all along!

2014 was a very inward kind of year. I needed to withdraw, experience and process because so much was going on (more about that later) So this year when I thought about my hopes and goals for the year ahead, the word “emerge” leapt to mind.

..a little more definition and tidying up and here she is, finished at last.  I love the way she just emerged from her background.

It’s time now for me to step forth again with newly gained wisdom and take on the world. I wanted to share the way my character emerged from the paint. She’s the perfect embodiment of what I wish for the coming year ❤ Hope you enjoyed! Cheers, jane xx

Minions for Mr Underfoot

About a week before Christmas we visited the Animal Welfare League shelter at Kemp’s Creek, so L & R could adopt a kitten each.

Merry Christmas from a sleepy Gigi and manic Dash

It’s something we’ve talked about for years, but first we were renting and then our little house was already cramped. Imagine it with two active little furballs racing around!
Now we’ve got more space (more about that later on), there was no reason to wait.

Plus, it’s someone for Mr Underfoot to boss around. He’s 14 now and while play is no longer his favourite pastime, he quite likes watching their antics. – so long as they remember their place.
And he’s a constant source of fascination for them, too.

He spends a lot of time outdoors during the day (while they will remain indoor cats), but has taken to checking in two or three times between breaky and tea.
Just to make sure everyone is behaving themselves.

All of our cats over the years have been adopted from shelters – except Mr U, who found us. Animals of all ages deserve a second chance.

This time we chose kittens rather than older cats, because kittens are playful and we needed their help to tire out the kids so we can get some rest ourselves.
Next time we’ll go for someone a bit older, who can be Mr Underfoot’s snoozebuddy (and mine).


Personally, I prefer a furry friend who will sit or lay beside me for company as I paint – rather than trying to join in and savaging my paintbrushes in the night (not pointing any fingers).

Welcome home, Gigi and Dash.
Life will never be the same..

ps – please excuse the break from topic, I’ll be back with more arty goodness in a week or so.
2015 is going to be a big year!

Happy New Year!

You Rule My World - mixed media - bird detailHere’s to 2014!
It’s going to be a great one, I can feel it!

We had a quiet Chrissy and NYE at home and let the kiddo’s stay up until midnight for the first time – and they both made it!
(although only just, in monkeyboy R’s case)

You Rule my World - mixed media - bear detail

Lots of Christmas goodies were had by all, and Wonderhubby and I are just about to enjoy a quiet cuppa.
(“quiet” being the operative word, since the kids have had an early night)

You Rule my World - mixed media - face detail

So, this is an example of what I’ve been up to in the last month since WH started his new job…

You Rule my World - mixed media painting - whimsical artPainting, painting and more painting, of course!
(thank you Santa for all those lovely art supplies)

I hope everyone has had a lovely Chrissy/NYE break, and would like to wish you all the very best the universe has to offer in 2014.

hugs, jane xx  WithLove-janecoquillon-heart3-shadow