The Earth Reliant Artist

Trace Willans All Natural Mixed Media

Monday, December 29, 2014

Oil And Wax

3 of those WIPs are now finished and in my Etsy shop

Everyday I go upstairs and do
a little bit more

though it is late in the afternoon
when it is a little cooler

x te

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

3 New paint Rag Books


New books in my Etsy shop
2 small 
and 1 large
for ideas on how to play
with them
Mo Crow is doing lovely things

I hope everyone has a 
Great Festive Season
I will be up at 4.30 am
to get Dan off to work
but I will probably go 
back to bed for a couple of hours

Not sure if we will be having anything special to eat
as we were supposed to go last minute shopping this afternoon
but I just received a text saying
one of the guys at work has rolled the truck
and Dan may have to drive him to Hospital.
Makes things tricky
But there is always Mangoes
thankfully IGA and the bottle shop was still open
so all was ok in the end

x te

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Multiple WIPs

At the moment I am playing with Oil paint
and cold wax medium
it takes a long time to dry
so I am working in multiples

I have several pieces 
of gessoed watercolour paper
taped to my table top

I add to them a little at a time

Some small pieces

I also have some large pieces happening
on improvised easels
foam esky lids on chairs

This is the biggest I am working on
at 100 x 100 cm
and on canvas 
so i will have to go easy on the wax

This is a piece on board

small works tucked underneath

and one on the bench top

Paper pieces live under the bench
so all in all I seem to have a lot happening
 but nothing finished
Hopefully over the Xmas season
I can get some work done
as Dan will be working
apparently prawns need to be fed every day
and this is one of the lovely
tropical Xmas trees
I can see from my balcony
a Poinciana
Delonix regia
originally from Madagascar

x te

Monday, December 8, 2014


Cloud-Walker 2

Cloud-Walker 1

Two new pieces up for sale in my Etsy shop
I had so much fun with these
I mixed up my own oil paint 
with a combination of 
earth pigments and linseed oil
or for the blue natural indigo powder
and I added the pigment to cold wax medium 
which I make myself 
beeswax and pure gum turpentine
I geesoed up some 300gsm watercolour paper
then taped them to the glass tabletop
and built up layers of colour
patiently waiting between
for them to dry
Until one day I looked
and said
that's it

I do believe there shall be more

x te

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Books Read, October and November

I only list books that I have read and enjoyed.

Disclaimer: Some of the links go to the Book Depository (BD) with whom I have an Affiliated Link  and so get 10% of the price you pay if you purchase through that link. Where the book is currently no longer  available there the links go to which is a favourite site that will show you where books are available and at what price. I do not get anything from here.
Books marked (KD) are through Amazon Kindle

November Books

Eve Green: Susan Fletcher  BD
Abhorson: Garth Nix BD
Lirael: Garth Nix BD
Well Wished: Franny Billingsley BD
Tatsania’s Gift: Kim Falconer KD
The Pollyanna Plan: Talli Roland BD
A Swarming of Bees: Theresa Tomlinson BD

Non Fiction
The Martha Beck Collection: Martha Beck

Tree Spirit Woman: Colleen Baldrica BD
Walking Home: Sonia Choquette

Online Workshops

Daily Oracle Card Reading: Colette Baron-Reid
Strawberry Full Moon, Year Planner, Vision Cards: Jamie Ridler

New Blogs

Jamie Ridler Studios

October Books

Sabriel: Garth Nix BD
The Magicians: Lev Grossman BD
The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry: Gabrielle Zevin BD
The Caller: Juliet Marillier BD

Non Fiction

Map Art Lab: Jill K Berry BD

Monday, November 17, 2014

There and Back

what a time was had
this is a lovely piece from 
the workshop in Perth

The lovely Kailee
who I shared 
the cutest cottage with

The clothesline

Some of Jenni's decor

Jenni Worth 
a wonderful host








Did I mention the FOOD

Awesome delicious fabulous FOOD

The next workshop
has a lot to live up to
So if you get the opportunity
for Bear & Hedgehog catering
(India & Roz)
don't hesitate

and of course
the ever moving
Sandra Brownlee

what a treat it was

to spend time

with this inspiring woman

The cottage

It was an absolutely amazing time away
I hope the pictures give you a small taste
of the fun I had

Next I will show a few pics 
of what I managed to make

x te

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Heading West

I am off on Tuesday 
trekking West
I am teaching a 
1day workshop
On Simple Paints and Tape Bound Books
on Saturday Oct 25th

Then I am off to SA 
to be a student in a workshop with 
Sandra Brownlee

Then to Melbourne
where I will be teaching at 
Open Drawer
Nov 5 & 6

and then finishing up
with a 1 day workshop
again on Tape Bound Books
Friday Nov 7th

I will be shutting up my Etsy
tomorrow afternoon

I am very much looking forward
 to the planning to be over
and the doing to begin

x te

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Moombaki Display

Lots of me here

The three little ones are mine

Some pictures of works on display 
at Moombaki Wines
back home for the 
Art Trail

On a personal level I am doing ok
Slowly starting to do stuff other than
read and watch TV
Though my attention span 
and level of focus 
still remains quite low.
But I am trying to do something
in the studio

x te

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Reading

September Books

I am very grateful this month for the solace and escape of books, I do not think I could have coped without them

Books that are helping me cope with loss

The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: Annie Kagan (Kindle)  ebook or book
The Happiness Project: Gretchen Rubin (Library) ebook or book
The Life You Were Born to Live: Dan Millman (Kindle) ebook or book
The Laws of Spirit: Dan Millman (Kindle) ebook or book
The Four Purposes of Life: Dan Millman (Kindle) ebook or book
Your Soul Plan: Robert Schwartz (Kindle) ebook or book
Becoming Magic: Genevieve Davis (Kindle) ebook or book

Non- Fiction

Eat For Health: Joel Fuhrman (Kindle) ebook 
Survival Lessons: Alice Hoffman (Library) book
Paradise in Plain Sight: Karen Maezen Miller (Kindle) ebook or book
The Kitchen Diaries: Nigel Slater (Library) ebook or book


Some Kind Of Fairy Tale: Graham Joyce (Kindle) ebook or book

Disclaimer: The (book) links go to the Book Depository with whom I have an Affiliated Link  and so get 10% of the price you pay if you purchase through that link. 

(ebook) goes to Amazon kindle with whom I do not yet have a link.

Where the book is currently no longer  available there the links go to which is a favourite site that will show you where books are available and at what price. I do not get anything from here.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Autumn Gift

Kathryn Polanski 
25/5/79  - 7/9/14

I've been away form here for a while. Some of you may be aware through FB that I have recently had to deal with something really really difficult, probably the hardest thing in my life so far.
At 16 I had a beautiful baby girl who I gave up for adoption, seventeen years later I met her and we spent time together when we could but life got in the way as it does, so I never got to spend as much time as I would have liked.
On September 7th she lost her battle with depression and took her own life.
I did not even know she was struggling with depression. No one let me know.
The loss of the future time we could have spent together is overwhelming.
and no matter how I curse and swear and look at what I maybe could have done this is something that I cannot change and that is the saddest thing of all.

She was the Autumn Gift (from Charles de Lints Spirit Walk ) but I did not realise it until it was too late. So many people felt better for having her in their lives but she still felt like she wasn't special and had nothing to offer.

I have always wanted to emulate Esmerelda Foylan The Westlin' Wind ( again from Spirit Walk)and help people to find their way. I had hoped to be able to do Martha Beck's training course but the money was just not forthcoming at this time, but next time or sometime I will do it, I also plan to do the Art Therapy course through Phoenix and somehow make a difference. I have wanted to do this for a long time but I am hoping to use this as a catalyst to push me forward.

All I can take from this it to make sure my life is the best damn life I can live, not to take things for granted.

The best people possess a feeling for beauty
the courage to take risks
the discipline to tell the truth
the capacity for sacrifice
Ironically their virtues make them vulnerable
they are often wounded
sometimes destroyed

Ernest Hemingway

Goodbye beautiful girl
x te

Saturday, September 6, 2014

New Work off to WA

4 of 9 new small works hot wax on paper 
with hand made oil paint

They will be in an exhibition

a very nice winery 
just around the corner from home

as part of 

running from September 27th
to October 12th

x te