This and that et al

Hi all, it's great to pop back in here for a change - things have slowly been falling into place after our move to Maungaturoto - a really great little village in Northland.

Painting wise I have been chiseling away at getting this year's body of work ready to put on the market. I am truly enjoying creating with a measure of wild freedom and abandon, making layers, painting and re-painting. I have learnt that starting over isn't so bad, in fact, it's not bad at all. The process develops itself and the painting paints itself... I just have to turn up! I now have around 8 large canvases in the final stages of dealing with the edges, varnishing and stringing. It's a joy to have them around and I hang them in various places in the house - they speak to me... almost ;-) Here's a snippet from one called 'roos-paradys' (rose paradise)



Other creative things up my sleeve have been making some warm woolly goodies for kids in the area - I like knitting when we're driving up north for shopping, or while watching tv. I like to call it blind knitting, as I've somehow learnt to knit without looking at the work. During summer I save up a whole bag of fingerless gloves and beanies, sometimes even scarves, and donate these to the local charity organisation when winter kicks in.

And more African Paper beads have seen the light. I started making them while living on the boat, it would keep me occupied for hours rolling strips of recycled paper which I painted up in happy, bright colours. These are then dried, varnished and strung to make bracelets and necklaces. It makes me feel good to think that the papers are being recycled and reused and not going in the landfill - I can do this small little thing for the environment... a little bit can go a long way. Now I'm making jumbo, big-big beads which are still light as a feather. They look fabulous if you like big bracelets. Wear 3 or four together and get them talking, I say!

Back to the easel now, thanks for reading this - you are appreciated
erika






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