Timeout for art

Time out for art…

I love to travel and for the past 5 years, with Jack, I have covered many thousands of miles/kilometres around Australia.

I have now been back home 4 months, stationary, in one place, sedentary, settled almost. The longest time sleeping in my bed since 2010. It has been long enough to start joining groups and creating routines. In the past I have dabbled with art, painting and drawing, but now, for 4 months, I have enjoyed being part of an art group and taking “time out for art

Denise Kirk, our talented tutor, has rekindled my interest in art and sketching. This is a pencil and pen sketch of part of our garden.

art pc-3

Denise encourages us to try other media and this is my first attempt at using pastels. It is not fully finished yet as I have more detail to put in her hair.

art pc-2

Finally I would like to show you this acrylic painting of our colourful native lorikeets. This is a painting I did over 12 years ago. Put your sun glasses on as it is loud and bright, just like the character of these birds. This painting is now sold. In a way I will be sad to see it leave home. It will leave a large empty space where it hung for all those years.

But as Denise says, “do not become too attached to your paintings, if you did it once, you can do it again. Look on the first one as a practice”.

art pc-1

The gypsy in me is getting restless, this is a huge country and still plenty to explore, so in 3 weeks we will be on the move again.


Have you seen Lisa of “Zeebra Designs and Destinations” she is a very talented artist who shares her works of art with us every Thursday and encourages us to join her. So Lisa this post is for you.

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Timeout for Art : Goodbye Yungaburra

How time has flown, after 3 months house sitting at Malanda it is now almost time to gather together all our “stuff”, that has spread through the house, and find space to pack it back into Matilda. But before we go I must visit Yungaburra, my favourite village round here, get a hair cut and have a final cup of coffee at “The Whistle Stop”.

I also want to “take timeout for art”. Lisa from “Zeebra Designs and Destinations” is a very talented artist living and creating in Ecuador. She posts a weekly “timeout for art” challenge that inspired me, about 2 months ago, to take up pencil and rubber and begin sketching. It has become a passion and I try to produce a sketch most days. So today I wanted to try to sketch my favourite coffee shop.

My favourite coffee shop

My favourite coffee shop

Then, of course, I had to go inside for a cup of coffee and when we walked in we saw these gorgeous 8 week old puppies that belonged to the owner of the café. Jack just had to take their photos. I would like to pop them in my bag to take back home.

What a cuddly hand-full (photo by Jack)

What a cuddly hand-full (photo by Jack)

What a hand-full of mischief...

What a hand-full of mischief…(photo by Jack)



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Back Home and Timeout for Art

Goodbye Tessa it has been nice knowing you.

Goodbye Tessa it has been nice knowing you.

Three days ago we flew home.

We spent a very enjoyable 8 weeks house sitting in Hobart. I fell in love with the dogs, made some good friends and discovered Hobart and surrounding countryside was a very interesting and photogenic place. I left hoping to come back again in the future to see more of Tasmania.

After torrential rain and storms along the east coast for most of the time we were away, the day we flew in the weather gods smiled on us. The sky was blue and the sun beamed down. “Unbelievable” said our friends.

We had heard about the storms and the damage to our beaches so hopping on our bikes we went to see it for our selves.

Burleigh Beach

Burleigh Beach


Not too bad here, the sky is blue and just look at that tranquil ocean.

Then we walked further down the beach toward the headland and though it looks reasonable tons of sand has disappeared.


It is going to be a major job and expense to replace all the sand that has been washed away. Normally the sand covers the rocks along the beach front.

Next night we saw on the TV weather forecast that snow has fallen on Mount Wellington, Hobart will be very cold now.

We have a week before we head north to the next house sit, so it is shop for groceries, contact family and friends to say hello/goodbye and check out Matilda. Oh dear I think old Matilda was sulking about being left home for 8 weeks, she would not start. After a call to the RACQ the problem turned out to be a battery that had reached its use by date, easily fixed.

After all the activity I thought it was time I “took time out for art”. I have missed the past couple of weeks and time slips by so quickly. This week Lisa discussed the “Bones of art” (check her post here). Today is Sunday and Matilda is waiting for our next adventure so I decided she would be a good subject to try to capture her bones or out-line. Not so easy once I sat down and really looked at her, notice all the intricate dips and hollows along the side and the front almost had me beat. I must admit I have taken some artistic licence, but after I finished I took a photo so I could compare the sketch with the subject.

So here is my “Time out for Art”…



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