Friday Frog... PPF

I'm so late posting today, but quite frankly I'm just thankful to be here at all.
 (sorry that sounds rather dramatic doesn't it? ... let me explain) 
Basically, yesterday I couldn't even get out of bed! 
Literally!
I've heard and even used the term "I have a bad back... I couldn't get it off the bed", but this time it was true! I have no idea what happened, but after a sleepless troubled night, I found that I just couldn't move one way or another. Excruciating pain had me completely in it's grip.
The pain was untrue and if there had been a gas and air option, then I'd have grabbed it with both hands. One minute I would be laughing at the absurdity of the situation and the next shedding a few tears, because basically I was so scared that I just couldn't move. 
Hubby wanted to call an ambulance, but I managed to persuade him not to and finally, thankfully I managed to stand vertically. Which is just as well because by this time I needed to visit the bathroom (desperately) and I didn't like hearing my hubbies different options of dealing with this problem!
Enough said!
I normally try to be positive on my blog posts because I think everyone has their own issues, health worries, problems and generally don't need other people's troubles, but if you are suffering in any way with pain or worries, I hope you find a way of dealing with them, or that they disappear completely.
So finally let's get onto the business in hand... what have I managed to create this week.
I've had appointments which have eaten into my creative time, but if you remember the silk paintings from my post last week, I've taken the tropical tree frog design and drawn this cheerful chap...
I've still got to add a few details and to rub out the pencil marks, but he makes me smile.
If you'd like to see the coloured Silk Painting Frog version then click here.
I suppose it's quite appropriate posting this drawing as it is Earth Day too. 

I'm aware that I had lots of lovely visitors last week and that I haven't got around to visiting you all... yet... but I will.
In the meantime, thanks for visiting and I wish you a wonderful weekend ahead.
As usual I'm joining in with Paint Party Friday
Click above on the PPF link if you'd like to see more art. 
Thanks Eva and Kristin for hosting once again. 
I'm also linking into Alexandra's Sunday Sketches

Thanks Alexandra for hosting the Sunday link and providing so much inspiration.
 

Silks and seeds... PPF

We'd been looking through a box of old photographs during my daughters visit last weekend, when I came across the old photograph below. 
I thought you might like to see it.
It's from my Brunei days, where I was luck enough to be invited to exhibit my silk paintings. 
In fact, it's possibly the only photograph that I have from this particular exhibition.
It's a pity that the photograph is so bad, but it was taken a few years ago. 
In fact, I've just gone into shock because looking at the date on the paintings... it says '1995' which means that it was 21 years ago!
No wonder the photos are so bad!
Not only is it probably the camera that I was using at the time, but it's also probably due to the fact that I've just had this photo among many other's... all loose in a box.
You'd have thought that I'd have placed it lovingly in an album.
To savor the moment, but no. 
I can only think that I was probably preoccupied with my three year old at the time, who was rather challenging to say the least. 
My mind wasn't my own for a good few years back then.
In fact, these few paintings possibly saved my sanity.
But that's a whole other story.
If you can use your imagination here please, because they were actually extremely vibrant colours. 
That's one of the reasons why I loved to paint with silk paints.
This chap was one of my hubby's favourites.
Nee...deep... nee...deep!
Unfortunately, I haven't had much free time this week for being creative.
When I did have some free time, I chose to go out into the garden and plant seeds.
I'm hopeful of great things to come. 
I don't think we'll be self sufficient, not by a long way, but I love to pick our own produce.
What are you up to this week?
I hope it's creative in some way and that it's fun.
As usual I'm joining in with Paint Party Friday
Click above on the PPF link if you'd like to see more art. 
Thanks Eva and Kristin for hosting once again.
I'm also linking into Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Thanks Alexandra for hosting the Sunday link and providing so much inspiration.
Thanks for visiting. 
Hope to see you again soon.

What's On Your Work Desk..(WOYWW #180 I think...?)

I unfortunately missed the eclipse of the sun this morning, but I don't think I'd have seen much here in Melbourne anyway and it did only last 2 minutes and 5 seconds!
The best viewing advantage would have been in Queensland's tropical northeast. It was the region's first total solar eclipse in 1,300 years and thousands of visitors have flocked to the region booking everything from hot air balloons to dive boats to watch the phenomenon.

But one other phenomenon I wasn't going to miss today is the WOYWW (What's on your Work Desk). 
I've been AWOL for a few weeks on holiday ~ I know terrible isn't it? 
But it's about time I settled back down now and return to my normal routine. Normal 'ha' who am I kinding?
I haven't much to show on my desk this week because I've been trying to catch up on all the exciting domestic chores! Don't you just love them? :$
Although having said that I did manage to start a silk painting...of a sunset 
You can just see it standing against the wall.

 The studio is finally the same temperature as the rest of the house so it's easy to just walk in and pick up a paintbrush or pen...so there's no excuse now ;D
 
Well that's it for this week. Julia our lovely host of WOYWW at Stamping Ground will be pleased it's such a short post!
Hop over there using the link above to see what everyone else is up to...I'm sure there's going to be lots of Christmassy ideas and creations! 
Eek! I can't believe it's only 6 weeks to go.
I've only just come off my summer holidays and could do with 6 months! 

Thanks for stopping by...I really appreciate your time...
It's great to see you and I hope you're having a fantastic week so far whatever you're up to.
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Edinburgh skyline at Sunset....



I never imagined for a minute that I'd pick up a paint brush during this last week, never mind actually begin to paint...especially after only just settling back home after our holiday!
But when I saw this photograph that my daughter took using her phone through the office window of the Edinburgh skyline, I thought it would be great to reacquaint myself with my silk paints. 
Well the ironing mountain had reduced (slightly) and the cases have all been unpacked and put away... 
So why not paint?


Fantastic isn't it?
(Don't forget it's through glass and on her phone ~ she wanted me to mention that....)
I had thought to include it in Jenn's Artist Play Room  with this week's theme being sunsets...
but one...I was too late (what's new?) and two...it is only a work in progress!  
(Pop over using the link above if you want to see some great artists work)

Let me tell you I feel very vunerable at this stage of the post because I hate to show unfinished work...
It's a little like showing someone your 'intimates' (underwear) drawer'!
But here goes....
It was very strange opening the box containing the paint pots because some of them haven't seen the light of day for about 12/13 years! 
They all looked so used and loved and I remember we had such great times together. 
It was like meeting really old friends that you haven't been in contact with for years and firstly feeling rather awkward. 
As I picked up the crinkled tubes they fitted in my hand but felt strange. I knew they'd moulded to my grip in the past and we'd had many hours of sheer bliss together, where everything else had been forgotten for a while....but they didn't feel comfortable anymore. I suppose it will take time to re-establish a rapport.
It was like shaking someone's hand for the first time...you never know how it's going to be...whether a strong grip with a definite shake or a limp, whoosy, shy touch or a gentle squeeze. 
I know we need to spend some quality time together and hopefully that will happen...then hopefully we may return to our special relationship. 
But there again maybe it's time to move on...it was good whilst it lasted but I should try a different media? 
Time will tell....

So here's what I did...please remember it's still unfinished and needs quite a lot more adding to it but at least it's a start!

The wispy lines in the bottom right hand corner and the window lights are actually gold, but it's difficult to see that from the photo. 
So there you are...I've even shown you my 'intimates'...can you believe it!??!?
I won't say now you show me yours for obvious reasons (https://secure.quebles.com/content/hotmail/emoticons/1511769.gif) LOL

That's it for today peeps...the sun's shining and it looks glorious outside, so I'm away to appreciate the day.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend too. 
Have fun until we meet again...https://secure.quebles.com/content/hotmail/emoticons/1508618.gif