What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday...WOYWW #241

Well hello there...long time no see!
In fact, I think the last time I entered the WOYWW (What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday for anyone who hasn't come across this before) was way back last October.
You might not even let me in...or have changed the locks by now :(

So where have I been you may wonder? 
Well, I flatter myself a wee bitee here maybe thinking you've missed me. 
But in reality you've probably been flat out creating, having a wonderful festive holiday and now you're already working on your Easter designs!
So what have I been busy doing other than resisting the temptation to hibernate? 
I mean it's hardly been a severe winter up until now and hopefully it'll continue this way,
Basically no I've been dusting.
Is there anything more futile to waste take up every waking hour?
I've been shifting what I believe to be the same dust about for weeks...only to see it laugh and land as I turn away!
I thought when I lived in the Middle East I knew dust, but that was nothing to two bathroom renovations! 
Here's a peek at the second one...
And that's been tidied up! 

Anyway, so basically that's what I've been working on for the last few months and sadly neglected artwork. 
But I'm now determined that with this new year my priorities are to change. It's not exactly a resolution because in that case I'd be doomed to fail.
(Do I sound convincing?)
So here's my desk...still working on the kitchen table I'm afraid but that's okay. 
The music is playing, the wood stove is roaring away and McMuffy's curled up under the desk. All is well especially with a view like that to gaze upon.
Still no sheep yet other than in my journal...click here to see the gang. 
But I'm hopeful of their arrival any day now. 
I couldn't decide what to draw yesterday, but knew I wanted to spend a few hours getting back to trying out my paints. 
(I still don't feel comfortable with painting yet...in fact I'm contemplating taking an painting class to overcome this) 
So I decided to draw what was right in front of my eyes!
The vase...or jug to be more precise
Nothing new here as it's not finished (why is it that my work is never finished?) as the light faded at 4pm! I know this is getting later so spring must be on it's way...right?

So there you have it...my desk this week. 
If you want to see lots of other desks from around the globe just nip over to Julia over at Stamping Ground.
Thanks for stopping by...it's always great see you and even better if you stop to comment. 
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone
Toodleloo for now

Art Journaling Giveaway Prize arrives....whoohoo..

I've a confession today everyone...I've been very naughty! 
What have I been up to you may wonder? 
Well, I received a wonderful package that arrived in the post...all the way from America last week and I never got to thank two special people who instigated its arrival.
Firstly, Dion Dior who if you don't know her already is an amazingly talented artist that just blows me away with her incredible art every time I look at her work. She paints fantastic vibrant colours which remind me a little of my silk painting days.
Dion's creative blog specializes in art journaling, watercolour, acrylic and water soluble medium workshops, tutorials and online classes. There's something for everyone...trust me you will not be disappointed if you visit her blog. I'm wanting to join her online mastering twinks class but unfortunately it's crazy here with our move back to the UK, so I think I'll have to wait until I'm settled in my new studio before I start. 
But you could enroll and possibly win fantastic prizes too!
All you have to do is enroll for her class but you'll have to be quick because the enrollment closes at the end of June! 
Dion is a fantastic teacher and is so inspiring...just click on one of her tutorials to see her at work. 

Anyway, back to my prize package....
Once again Dion very generously had a giveaway and I was the lucky winner! YAY!
Here's the link if you want to read about the giveaway details.

My prize was a fabulous DVD from Gina Rossi Armfield.
'The No Excuses Approach to mixed-media collage.

I love the No Excuses Approach from Gina because that's just what I need...no excuses just do it!
If you would like to see Gina at work then click here  

If you don't know Gina then here's a little information:
Gina Rossi Armfield is a painter, photographer, wife and mother.  She lives in Southern California with her husband, Mark, two sons, Grayson and Payton, and a herd of furry critters. Gina started painting when she was six years old and was lucky enough to find many mentors along the way that encouraged her to pursue her talents. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and in addition to painting spent most of her time riding and showing horses. A passion for the four leggeds endures to this day and can be seen in much of her work. Gina received her degrees in Fine Art as well as Education. She has taught people of all ages and continues to enrich her life by sharing her gifts with others. She has always had an interest in combining her love of photography and the written word with painting–exploring this aspect in all facets of her work. Gina can be found teaching around the country and through her online workshops. You can find her on her website www.ginarossiarmfield.com and her art blog noexcusesjournaling.com.
Thank you so much Gina for my prize but also for your time and talent which you so generously pass on to aspiring artists. 
Check out Gina talking in an interview plus watch her work here.

I know I'm going to have such fun when I can use some of her techniques and advice...I can't wait. 
My mojo hasn't disappeared as I feared...he's just collecting ideas for when he can be unleashed! 
At least with having all of these projects lining up waiting....my move to the UK looks better and better. 
Roll on getting my new studio up and running asap...I can't wait! 

Enjoy seeing these artists at work and I hope to see you again soon.
Thanks again Gina and Dion I'm just sorry it took me so long to thank you both.