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Everything wishes to be Free

Everything wishes to be Free

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in All My Relations, Journal |

‘Everything wishes to be Free’ is a watercolour drawing on illustration board. It was finished in August of 2014. The original inspiration was a young neighbour woman. When I photographed her she was so beautiful that I didn’t know what to do with her. I was worried that if I painted her she would end up looking like a fashion model. But...

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“i hear a Call”

“i hear a Call”

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in All My Relations, Journal |

  I was pleased to be able to complete this drawing. It had been sitting in my map drawers for ages. She was waiting in there, not because she wasn’t ready but because I wasn’t. I think she had something to tell me that had to wait until now, when I was ready to listen. It was what she needed to be finished.   Here she is before I...

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‘Calling the Bees’

‘Calling the Bees’

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in All My Relations, Journal | 2 comments

This painting began with a photo I had taken of my step-grand-daughter with her mother on the beach. Phoenix has a wonderful intensity about her that I find fascinating. I have painted her several times. I hoped for a certain ambiguity in the work, that people might feel a bit nervous in seeing a swarm of bees so close to the toddler’s face. As no...

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will they Remember us

will they Remember us

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in All My Relations, Journal | 3 comments

“will they Remember us” has been sold and went today to its new home. I remembered that writing had come through about the work a while back,  but I hadn’t put it up on the site yet – so I wanted to. ~In the same way as I receive inspiration for an artwork, sometimes I receive words as well. The italics are the voice of the...

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This One Needs a Title

This One Needs a Title

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in All My Relations, Journal | 2 comments

I had to show you the finished work that I wrote about last week. The next day I went into the studio and almost right away I knew what I wanted to do. I was nervous, uncertain if the painting would be improved. But better to take a chance. On Facebook a friend said that he found the earlier version (below) too cold. He has yet to see the final painting. I...

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Bee Wildered

Bee Wildered

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in All My Relations, Journal, the Daughters of Gaia | 2 comments

On Monday I mailed this little painting to her new owner. I wrote this blog post months ago but never published it.  I decided to post it now to let her have her voice. ‘Bee Wildered’ by Zom Osborne coloured pencil and acrylic on wood 25cm x 20cm Bees are on my mind. With the painful drop in their numbers, many people are feeling acutely aware of the...

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Is it a Drawing or a Painting? I Don’t Know Yet.

Is it a Drawing or a Painting? I Don’t Know Yet.

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in All My Relations, Journal, Newest Series, works In progress | 2 comments

Here is the initial sketch for what I am working on at the moment. I want to work larger and am trying out different supports. So first I drew out the composition onto some Arches illustration board that I bought as part of this experiment.  It was so large that I had to put the board on the easel so I could stand back to get the proportions correct. After...

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Beetledance, and a New Series Began

Beetledance, and a New Series Began

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Journal, Newest Series | 6 comments

With the hanging of my solo show in Alstonville there was a sense of completion . All the paintings and drawings were out of the studio and the house, and I guess there was room for something new. It all sounds predictable, but the truth is I wasn’t expecting it. There is so much inspiration in the series  ‘the Daughters of Gaia’ that...

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How Long does it Take to Finish a Painting?

How Long does it Take to Finish a Painting?

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Journal, the Daughters of Gaia, works In progress | 4 comments

I work on quite a few paintings and drawings at the same time. It isn’t uncommon for me to set aside pieces for months, not knowing if or when I will pick them up again. I would say 1 in 10 artworks I start are never finished.  Sometimes I need to nut something out in a painting and the painting itself never really gets off the ground. Other times I...

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the Opening of the Daughters of Gaia

the Opening of the Daughters of Gaia

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Journal, the Daughters of Gaia |

It was a lovely evening, the weather was perfect and the company intelligent and articulate. But… I am afraid I didn’t do well with the photography. I knew that I wouldn’t be  taking  photos so I left it up to my dear husband who is only beginning to be comfortable with his phone camera. Even though this photo is fuzzy I quite like it. I...

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