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).
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,
Hello you wonderful patient beings. Thanks heaps for coming.
Hurray! Today upload of brand new artwork:
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]
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).
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,
Hello my favourite blog readers (if you are reading this, that’s you)!
Thanks for coming again. It’s STILL HOT! It’s night time and it’s still 27C (80.6F). Sorry to talk about the weather but it’s affecting me. I am sitting typing, and sweating. Yuck.
That new sign up/newsletter page of mine I mentioned, I think it may be having teething troubles.
By the way, anyone who has had a try: although it sends you to a thanks for signing up page, after that you will get a confirmation email; you need to click on that link and say ok. Then you get a green welcome email, and you’re on the list!
If it hasn’t worked I would appreciate you having another try, and also much appreciate you letting me know if it doesn’t work, as well.
Also due to rearranging of my web hosting if anyone has tried to email me it will have bounced back. Hopefully this is fixed now.
On the artwork front: Yesterday I made time to print off the flying lady print ready to do colour testing, and the cat/orchard prints to decide if it’s worth persuing. I think I won’t spend any more time, energy or paper on this particular cat print, it’s not working. I may use the special W&N (Winsor and Newton for those of you more recently arrived) anniversary blue (Smalt/Dumont’s Blue) to do the background of the lady one. Will paint, scan and show you very soon!
Just to let you know that I am thinking of you and that things are hot here. We are in the midst of a heat-wave the hottest and longest since the 1930s (apparently).
Progress on prints has been put on the (much used) metaphorical back burner as other work and family things have taken the front seat (burner?). So apologies to colour fans out there, keen to see the colours on the latest prints (as am I!) The lino blocks, newspapers, roller, ink, knife, ink rolling surface, paper and wooden spoon are ready and waiting for a little stretch of time!
I hope you are keeping well, whatever the weather where you are!
Hooray! I have a web site!
Well, at least a landing page, a sign up form, a thanks for signing up form, 2 external galleries, a blog, and 6 blog pages! Try it out: Tangerine Epiphany dot com. I have totally skewed my hits to this site due to testing my links and buttons!
Let me know what you reckon, and also if any of the buttons still don’t work properly (I’d appreciate that).
Sign up to the mailing list if you like. The newsletter won’t be a big annoying deal, just an occasional note on a (probably green) template to alert people to new artwork becoming available.
Also, from local school newsletter, the State Education Department sorry message:
“We, as South Australian educators, formally acknowledge and apologise for the role that we and our system played in teaching destructive and false information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and for ignoring the true history of this land and its Indigenous people.
We also formally acknowledge and apologise for the role that we played in contributing to a social climate that condoned the removal of you precious children, and we say sorry to those children who were stolen.
We commit ourselves to working towards Reconciliation and building better relationships so that we can constitute a united Australia, respecting the land, and valuing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage and Culture so that we may provide justice and equity for all.”
Necessary and sobering. Hope we can do better.
At last I have scanned the artwork (bigger than for on this blog) for my Tangerine Meg Etsy shop. All of the prints I have been rabbiting on about here are available as an original print from me! I will personally package them up and post it to you anywhere in the world!
The only remaining pieces of the puzzle are to upload my free email newsletter sign up form onto my site, and make a couple more blog pages for the rest of the info.
Hello lovely readers!
I am pondering colour schemes for the dancing/flying lady print today. Here is the colour-test print:
She was to have a similar coloured dress to Joy Riding lady, with pink background and blue pattern, but the whole thing is a bit dead without orange and yellow. Currently she has a great tie-dye dress thing happening as I trial the possibilities!
The big lady (the background colour) could be either blue or green or maybe darkish yellow. I thought I wanted the surrounding hearts and flowers to be pink, but now wonder if some should be orange.
This is definitely a work in progress, at the “live with the not knowing” stage. Need to do some more practise prints to fine tune.
Thanks for reading the musings of a colour-lover, who is in the midst of decision making!