Pineapple in Acrylic

Experimenting with a palette knife.

Art Lessons- Completed Works

 Watercolour Tree by J.
River by J (acrylic)
 Watercolour Tree by H.
 Watercolour Biggles Book Cover by J.

Art Gallery Excursion

Another day at the office!
A trip to the Art Galleries and Museum and Library in Brisbane.

 A study of the colours around us and some spinning art.

Painting with Acrylics

 Blue Whale by J.
(We were trying to go as abstract as is possible for J, and the colour was it)
We have not been using them at all really, but we are getting into them at the moment.
James the Magpie by H.
(this started as a whole bird painting but evolved into a close up)

Jug and bowl by Me.
(my first painting using a palette knife)

Gesture Drawings at Art Lessons

 By H.
By J.
Today we made some poses and learned how to sketch movement.
We then looked at some photos and made a final coloured drawing.

Fathers Day Lunch

 A lovely Fathers Day as usual. Lunch this year was lamb crusted in basil and nuts with Quinoa salad (chickpeas, feta, avocado and pomegranate dressing). 
The boys made thei raspberry cheesecake.

 Chalkboard mugs and handprinted Tshirts.

Lovely Day.

My Birthday Niceties

 Ricotta strawberry cheesecake made by the boys.
 A dancing birthday cake card by H.
 Lovely flowers and treats by P.
My favourite treats card by J (otherwise known as Mr. Hallmark)
All very special.

Art Lessons

Coral Tree mixed media by J.

Author Illustrator Talks

By H. 
Recently we went to a afternoon of hands on writing and illustration.
Peter Carnavas, a very talented author and illustrator presented an informative session
on how to write stories and illustrate picture books.

The boys took notes and then started their own story boards and various other
We also dabbled with Illustrator on the Macs to try out some graphic design.

Trying to Learn Something New

Trying to learn about painting with pastels 
( I have learned that cheap hard pastels are very different to the soft good quality pastels)
working on ink zentangles.

Artistic Impressions of Cairns

Acrylic on canvas by H.

Cairns - Day 6

 It was our last morning in Cairns, so we decided to head out to the Botanic gardens.
This is not something that you will find in the tourist brochures but well worth a walk around before getting on a plane.
Beautiful tropical gardens, masses of plants and walks.

 A lovely end to our stay in Tropical North QLD.

Cairns - Day 5

The drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is arguably one of the most scenic drives in Australia.
The road hugs the rainforest on one side and the reef on the other.
Today we visited the Daintree rainforest or more specifically Mosman Gorge.

H decided we would do the 3km track through the rainforest.
I was determined to find a frog or butterfly, however we saw fish and fungi.

 Giant boulders and giant trees and a giant view on the drive back to Cairns.