Friday, 29 August 2014

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple….

Wow posting two days in a row!  I was going to do just the Frida Kahlo post for PPF, as I didn't think I would be able to get any painting done today.  But as you see I did even if it is still wet!.  I really wanted to finish it as I think it would be great for Connie’s  Mix It Monthly which ends in a couple of days.

Last week while reading one of my favourite blogs that had a post on aging, one of the comments referred to this poem so I googled it.  It is a poem by Jenny Joseph from “Warning”. Written in 1961.  It really, really appeals to me.  However, I promise not to spit!

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

What will you do when you are old that you could start doing now?
I think I will wear orange and pink with stripes and dots, and fall asleep while boring people are talking!

Have a wonderful creative week and I hope to visit you all during the weekend.


Thursday, 28 August 2014


I have been procrastinating whether to take part in the Frida Kahlo challenge at Art Journal Journeys hosted by Susi.

I have to admit (and I can hear all the boos from every corner of the world!) that I was not really into her art.   I went to her exhibition in Wellington when I was an art student and we had to write an essay about her.  Maybe that dampened my thoughts on her work.  I found her life story fascinating, but…….
So a couple of days ago I googled her, and I am afraid I feel the same, but I do so admire her as a person.  She epitomizes her era and the difficulties of a woman trying to follow her star

I was going to do a whimsical picture of her, but in the end felt she deserved a decent picture showing her immense strength throughout her tragic life.

I only used a part of the quote in the picture as it is rather long, but of all her quotes this is the one that resonates with me!

 “I used to think I was the strangest person in the world, but then I thought, there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels flawed and bizarre in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this, know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” 
― Frida Kahlo

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Dresses - Cute and Crazy

Hi you all,  I have decided to come back to Art Inspires as I never felt comfortable at Zana’s Journey.  I did a test post during the week and the troll seems to have gone.  But I will use comment moderation just in case she resurfaces. (Just have to remember to check my emails regularly!!)

Today I have 3 journal pages that I have done for Mix It Monthly.  The theme this month is crazy dresses with the colours below.  I haven't stuck strictly to the theme, as the muse takes me off on tangents!

The first picture is of me looking forward to the summer (hehehe).  I did mange to stick to the colours here.

The picture below is of how we keep one eye on what others are wearing and often turn green with envy not realising that we are just as cute!

The one below is of a lady who has dresses herself with trash or found objects!  I actually saw one not long ago and she looked awesome.  To help with the trash look I layered the page with tissue paper and glued string to the page.  Then used stencils and thins layers of watercolour and pastels.  She is my favourite!

Have a great creative week

Tuesday, 19 August 2014


Hi Ya! Long-time no see!

This is a test post to see if the Troll is still around.  I hope that they have found new pastures.  I am afraid I will have to use comment moderation in case they are still lurking.

The above print was done on MDF and I used black ink and used water colour for the colours as I thought it a bit too stark in Black and white.
I hope to see you soon.