From Musical things, Reconciliation things grow!

Hello you lovely Readers Of This Little Blog,
Thanks for coming,
Just a quick post to give you a link to a cool new Reconciliation song. It’s a new version of the Paul Kelly classic “From little things, big things grow”, with heaps of Aussie singers, plus the voices of 2 Prime Ministers. The idea is to for so many people to buy/download it, that it goes to the top of the charts, and thereby many more people get to hear it as it gets on high radio rotation.
Just found a newspaper article about the song, too.
Check it out, see what you think. Let me know in the comments section if you like.
Lots of great things to you,
Meg

Colour queen commits to colour scheme

Hey there lovely readers!

I finalised the RainGirl colour scheme today! Hooray! She will have an orange/yellow dress (with multi colour spots), a washy 2-greys+blue sky and turquoise and black leggings. When she is dry I will scan and upload her for you.
I am also deciding whether to call the print “Girl awaits Rain” (when there are already a few drops), or simply “Rain Girl”. How about “Girl greets first rain” or Girl greets first drops”? Hmm. It’s not the widest of prints, so it will have to be a shortish title!
Still not sure what to do with floaty girl. I have 3 variations of colour-scheme and am thinking none work completely. Will do some more prints, and keep experimenting. It’s a bit like blogging… repeated small chunks of activity gradually build up. (I am hoping).
For now, I am out of paper, and will have to wait until next week to progress. At least soon the first 2 prints off the rank (the RainGirl taxi rank!) shall be dry and ready to colour. Actually, they aren’t as neat as I was hoping, I may have to cut the block a bit deeper in some spots, and re-print. But it has been a very useful trial run.
Next I am keen to get some new designs going. Zebra sleeping? Cat sleeping? SunBoy?

I bought a lovely necklace on Etsy for my Mum for Mothers Day, and just picked it up from the Post Office. It had come from Singapore. Would you like the link? It was from Starrydesigns. The Birds Nest Pendant (Dove (white)). Just for your information, the purchase process was smooth, and delivery was quicker than I thought.

Thanks for reading!
Meg

My 2 favourite internet finds of the week

Hello, friends,

Check out:
Trinny and Susannah (Girly site for fashion and figure type stuff, possibly not of interest to any male readers)
Lino Creative [link removed, broken] an illustrator/artist/designer from Sydney (Australia) who does interesting, beautiful work.

Take care of yourselves you wonderful patient readers,
Meg

Music, lino, festival, animation and manifesto linky Thursday

Howdy, co-inhabitants of Bloggiverse!
(Like Buffy-verse but with less Buffys and more bloggers)

My lovely friends and music teachers, Kevin and Janice Tuck have some music teaching sites and blogs which I have added to my blog roll. Check it out if this may be useful to you.

Great Lino-printing tutorial by Lemonlight! She has different ink, so does things a little differently with the ink to me, but very well described (with plenty of pictures!).

South Australian Living Artists festival [link taken out – out of date] coming in August. Need to register by end of April. Am deciding if I would like to be involved.
View Luku’s work “My Keeping Cup” [link taken out – out of date] (beautiful animation). He is the co-ordinator of the Moving Image part of the Living Artists festival.

Change This has another set of manifestos out, I haven’t read them all yet but my favourite so far is: Freak Factor.

See you next blogging increment,
Meg

Colour schemes in progress

Hi Lovelies!
Hope you had a great weekend.
Yey! I got some painting done on the 2 Joy prints I am working on. Nothing resolved yet, but progress made! RainGirl looks like having a pale washy grey sky (that doesn’t sound like me does it?), and really bright clothes (that does though).
For the background of the joyous girl (in the non-rectangular border, uploaded on Valentine’s Day) I tried the special anniversary “Smalt” Blue (mentioned back on January 17); it goes on nicely and dries a bit purply.
I got a new (prickly) Youngberry cane planted today, in a break from doing inside things. It has a good spot on the dripper line, and I hope it will like being near the raspberries (which are sprouting happily) and the fence (which is sprouting hardly at all). Would like to get some blackberry canes, and boysenberries! Keeping slowly aiming towards a year of fruit (that includes yummy colourful berries. Yey!).
Have fun.
Meg

Tim Tam budget

Hello folks,
Hope this finds you well.
Have been very busy with work and work, so haven’t a colourful upload for you as I had hoped.
However, I have cool link. The energy budget for Australia has been represented by TimTams (chocolate biscuits) and you can redistribute them in the “game” as a means to give feedback to our new Federal Treasurer! This site is for Australians to use, but anyone can have a look. In case you are on dial-up I should warn you that it takes a little while to download.
Best wishes,
Meg

Rain and Earth Hour

Hello lovely bloggy buddies!

Great news…The drought has broken!
I awoke this morning to the sound of a beautiful heavy rain shower. (I promise not to talk about the weather any more unless it gets extreme again).

Here in Australia we are one of the first countries to participate in Earth Hour. Earth Hour is an organised turning off all lights and non-essential electrical appliances for an hour from 8 til 9pm at your local time. See the link for further info (wikipedia).

Wishing you lots of wonderful things,
Meg

Budget tool

Greetings dear blog readers! Just a short post today!
We have had a few showers of rain which is a relief and encouraging (but not enough!)
I have been reading a lot of blogs and stuff about budgeting and being frugal with food and expenses. So this weeks wonderful internet discovery (via Get Rich Slowly) is Pear Budget. There’s a link here & also in my blogroll. It’s a very simple on-line budgeting tool. (Currently in testing stage and free, and when finished testing will be $3/month).
This should help get a more realistic sense of where money is coming in and going. I will have to make a bit of a mind switch from weekly to monthly dollar amounts, but I am sure this is do-able.
Take care of yourselves,
Meg

Girl wishing for rain

Hello you wonderful patient beings. Thanks heaps for coming.
Hurray! Today upload of brand new artwork:

Girl Welcoming Rain
This is the RainGirl I was only thinking of last time I wrote. She was inspired by a friend’s great idea of holding a RainDance event, and is really me although I don’t look like that. Appreciative of the first of (hopefully many) drops of rain, I am trying to forecast a happy near future!
It was fun doing this. I enjoyed working on the elongated rectangle lino, designing within that parameter. Also just the immediacy of the process on the smaller block (15cm x 30cm) gave a feeling of achievement (ie. It was smaller so I got it done quicker)! Also with the smaller block I was forced to Keep It Simple!
I haven’t yet coloured her with paint for print run yet, but have cropped and coloured with Photoshop for Tshirt design. This is how I have adapted would adapt her for on Ts:
[Unless demand requires otherwise, RainGirl currently not available on Tshirts]
waiting for the first precious drop
Update on weather (zone out now if it bores you): Cooler, but no rain (see above).
Update of weather/garden (stay zoned out if necessary): Still bucketing the washing water onto the fruit trees (including) phoenix-like female kiwi fruit vine, cranberry bush (stoic!) and 2 raspberry canes (which don’t seem to mind the heat/lack of water too much although the other 6 I planted with them are gone), as well as my Geraldton Wax (Australian native tree, which seems to have enough of a start now).
(Zone back in for short sign-off)
See you soon,
Meg

Cool change, now we just need some rain.

Hi guys,
Not much to report, but I thought I would at least check in and let you know that the cool change has come – what a relief! We had about 50 tiny drops of rain this afternoon, but not enough to get into the soil. It was enough, though, to get that nice smell of rain.
I found an interesting blog the other day: One of my favourites, Seth Godin (on the 17th of March) wrote a blog called “Why bother having a resume?”. It got me thinking.
Would you guys like a link to put your name to a petition to help Tibet? Also, for Australians here is a link to ask Mr Rudd to speak to the Chinese Government about the Tibet issue.
I was almost feeling too embarassed to write as I haven’t had time to do any painting. I have had a couple of nice ideas for new prints, though. One cat idea, of course, and one girl welcoming rain idea (on a tall piece of lino).
Hope all is well with you lovely blog-reading people,
Meg