The Kelpies and The Selkies Exhibition & Online Shop

Some of my artwork is currently part of an exhibition in Stirling, Scotland. The opening was last night and our online shop and exhibition is now open too! I am loving being a part of this.. such a quirky theme ^_^

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The Kelpies and The Selkies Exhibition is now open in the Yoga Tree, Stirling Arcade, Stirling in Scotland.

It is open daily from 10 – 5. I was at the opening night last night, which was just lovely. The work looks amazing all together.

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I have three pieces on display (also available to purchase) and a small selection of my WhimSicAL LusH Mugs too!

Our online shop is now live too. So if you can’t make it to Stirling, please do pop over to the shop for a look.

~EXHIBITION SHOP~

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An Autumn Wander In The Woods

I love Autumn, especially in Big Tree Country.

It is a bit sad that summer is finally over but the slight chill to the air makes everything seem so crisp and clear. The rain washes everything clean and brings out the most amazing smells in the forest. It also tops the river up so that the salmon can swim back up to spawn.

The light is wonderful for taking photos, especially of all the wonderful toadstools and mushrooms that are emerging out of the ground just now. They create miniature landscapes, gatherings that could be tiny dwellings and have the most intriguing shapes. Just crying out to be drawn and documented in some way.

Here are some photos from my wanders around the Hermitage in Dunkeld, Scotland. One of my favourite places to be…

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Ossian’s Cave is really wonderful. I was told that a hermit used to live here when I was a child!IMG_7168 IMG_7169 IMG_7178

The folly looks out onto the waterfall. The noise of the water is incredible and the spray often hits your face when the river is full.

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The blaeberries and ferns are changing into the most fantastic colours now..

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One of my favourite ‘shroom finds this autumn. Aren’t they wonderful ^_^IMG_7315 IMG_7316 IMG_7318 IMG_7320 IMG_7321 IMG_7322 IMG_7323 IMG_7324 IMG_7326 IMG_7327 IMG_7328 IMG_7330

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All The Fun Of The Fair

Recently I had a trip to the funfair. It was brilliant and I came away feeling really inspired to do some new pieces ^_^

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I left the funfair feeling very inspired. I loved the colours, the energy and the shapes. I think there may be some new illustrations coming from these photos..

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Summer Children's Festival

Come along to our summer festival 23rd, 24th and 25th July!

@ Diaosu Limited, 209 Hilltown, Dundee.

10am for drop in craft time (free)

1-3pm for our summer parties!
Party games, activities and rather fabulous party bags! (£6 per child)

3-4:30pm for music, puppets and fun skills!

Spaces limited so please get in touch to book a space on enquiry@diaosu.org.uk

Spring Has Sprung.. Just!

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Upon returning from 30+/40 degrees in Australia to what feels like minus 30+ degrees in Scotland I was feeling a little bit on the miserable side. But it’s hard to be miserable when the daffodils and snowdrops are in bloom!

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There are still icicles.. and a lot of snow..

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..but it’s the little things that make me smile. The little flashes of colour and signs of life, hopefully marking the end of winter!

Cottesloe Beach.. Not Just Sand And Sea

The other day I started cycling.. And just kept going! All in all I covered about 50km. One of my stops was Cottesloe Beach. This is what I found…

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.. And then it was time for home!

From Pineapples To Cuddling Koalas and Kangaroos..

Today started off with the decision that pineapples.. on a dress.. kinda rock.

20130218-162410.jpg But not being the overly girly type.. thoughts moved swiftly to packing a small lunch of boiled eggs, sticks of celery and nectarines and getting up to Caversham Wildlife Park early enough to dodge the inevitable tourists and kids!

20130218-162757.jpg Turns out that early o’clock is also breakfast o’clock for most if the animals… And coupled with it still being relatively cool (in Australia summer terms that is) the animals were all up and at em!

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20130218-235314.jpg …well kind of! These guys were still super dozy!

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20130219-090023.jpg The ostrich was a cheeky one.. And I wasn’t convinced that he wouldn’t try and peck us through the fence if we got too close! Have you ever seen an ostrich’s feet close up by the way? That is one big toe!

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20130219-090349.jpg .. And check out this lil guy.. Isn’t he adorable! His hair do is rather fantastic, he he!

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20130219-090919.jpg Kangaroos! They were so tame and REALLY liked the food pellets!

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20130219-091317.jpg They liked the food so much they’d try and wrap their paws round your arm so you wouldn’t go away! There was a particularly cuddly little joey too.. Who was more like a little dog, who I wanted to put in my pocket and take home!

20130219-093318.jpg A huge orb spider later.. Spot of lunch and time to hit the road..

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20130219-093447.jpg Caversham Wildlife Park is fab.. Would totally recommend it to anyone visiting WA. It is set amongst the most stunning plants and trees and has well cared for.. Awesome birds and animals. The keepers are super friendly and informative too. My favourite animals? Not sure.. But the dingos, parrots, koalas (who are not bears, he he), kangaroos and wombats rate pretty high up there! I have more photos too.. But on my other camera.. I’ll get them sorted soon. Got an awesome shot of the wombat and a particularly chilled out bandicoot..

Time For A Cheeky Rascal!

20130216-192538.jpg So I was standing on the floating pontoon moored just off of Coogee Beach just keeping my balance and no more in the rough sea… Big toe gushing with blood and jellyfish stings whipped across both legs.. Not the most successful trip to the beach ever! All I had wanted was a little swim in the sea to finally kill my hangover (hangovers in 35 degree heat not so pleasing as it goes!).

So as we stood bouncing about in the sea we took note of just how many of these very stingy jellyfish there were floating about in the water, where we knew we were going to have to jump! They look so pretty and graceful too.. But boy do they hurt! Neither of us mentioned the blood pouring out of my toe but we both knew that the other was also contemplating just how many shark attacks there have been in recent months/ past year or so!

Plucking up the courage… And plotting a path (we hoped) amongst the pretty sting bombs we went for it and dived back in the warm, salty water! A faster swim to shore was never done before..

We stopped off on the way home for a small beverage.. Celebratory or to calm the wounds? Regardless… This passionfruit cider (with a healthy amount of ice) sure is hitting the spot!

And no.. There was no peeing on the jellyfish stings!! 😉