Friday, June 24, 2011

The 60's - Was It All Fun?

It seems we all remember 'flower power', etc., but there was more to the 60's than just that.

Food for thought?

Going to a Go-Go

It's My Party...

Thursday, June 23, 2011


60's Family

School and the bad black wolf

Nightmares of my childhood : Homework and the Big Bad Wolf.
(I could´ t post yesterday because blogger was not working properly.Please rmove it if you think it is  out of time.)

Theme of the Week - The 1960s

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

La Llorona

As a child, my grandmother would tell me Mexican folk tales which were terrifying.  I realize now that many of them were meant to teach a lesson, but as a kid, all that you remember at night are the witches, devils, and horse faced women.  Probably the most famous of all is the story of La Llorona, or Weeping Woman. You were told if you disobeyed or were out too late, that the Weeping Woman would kidnap you.  

There are a few variations to this story, but essentially it's about a beautiful woman who gets married and has children. Her husband goes on to leave her for another woman.  In a fit of anger, she drowns her children which she greatly regrets and kills herself.  Her wailing spirit is said to roam near water looking for her  children.  

Monday, June 20, 2011


A Recurring Nightmare

During a lovely family outing, my father would remind me that I had to walk up a pretty little path near the lake. I knew the path would go higher and higher, and get smaller and smaller, but I had no choice. And every night I had that dream, I would wake up falling...(call the shrinks!).

Night Terrors

There is so much to consider in this one but a universal truth is that all children are afraid of the dark. There are monsters under the bed, in the cupboard, outside the window. We all needed the door open a little so we had an 'escape', or a nightlight left glowing to banish the creatures back to wherever they lurked.

Night Terrors
After doing this, it's brought all those memories back. Now I'll probably have to leave the light on.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Voices in her head

I watched a lot of scary movies about mental illness in my childhood, Sybil, The Three Faces of Eve, The One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and for years I worried that I might be crazy....

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Heavy Metal Babysitters

My childhood fear of the "heavy metal" teenagers in my neighborhood was warranted. Most of the time they were smoking something wicked, trespassing, riding dirt bikes and harrassing younger kids. Sometimes my "babysitters" would be dating these guys. My brother and I would go hide out in our camps.

Fever Dream

Friday, June 17, 2011

Quatermass & The Pit

I was racking by brains trying to think of a scary moment in my otherwise pleasant childhood and I realised the only scary things were on TV ( nothings changed!). A programme that I remember giving me chills was the third Quatermass serial " Quatermass & The Pit" from around 1958 when I would have been 11, so a bit older than the boy in the collage. My parents let me stay up late to see it even though I watched most of it behind the sofa!

You can watch it all on YouTube HERE if you are brave enough! Ha ha!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

First Kiss

Theme of the Week - A Scary Childhood Memory

Make a collage of a scary memory from your childhood and if you want, tell us the story.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Charity Shop

New (hopefully) improved version of collage with added junk and old biddies in the window.

Cheap is expensive..!

Real 'Real Estate' what to do. I sound like a chicken. Reading the local property magazine inspired me.

Real 'Real Estate'

... after all you can never really believe what you read can you?

Saturday, June 04, 2011

If the Queen was a Zombie...


Johnny Stagg

Lube Moon

when I walked in there and saw you standing alone,
singing without a dream in your heart,
without knowing the lyrics,
or how to pronounce a single word,
I fell in love.

Your Mom was so cool


How very convenient this week's theme is.  I am immersed in a project A Letter A Week, that involves me making a 7 x 7 cm work each week based on a letter of the alphabet. 

There are two alphabets during the year and one should be 'black & white, and ? something else', the other is the artists free choice. 

I am on the home run for my first alphabet, free choice, so have the letters for the word 'stain'.

The object is to present the completed alphabets in a way that is suitable for exhibition.  Am still working on that.

I'm sorry, what was the question?

Beach combing for a little boo

package for a friend in Brazil

He was just going to gobble them up

I used aquarelle pencils for colouring in some of the elements in this collage.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Assembling Book Pages

Three pages for an assembling book I am making at the moment that fist this theme quite well as its collage and coloured with rubber stamps.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Theme of the Week - Tinting

Add some color to your collage (any theme) this week by incorporating paint, watercolor, markers, colored pencils, or whatever medium you choose.